This week for Manga Monday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s Maou-jou de Oyasumi by Kumanomata Kagiji!
Plot Synopsis: The Demon King broke the truce by kidnapping the much loved princess. However, while the human world falls into despair and heroes gather to save her, the princess is actually well looked after and mostly just wants to sleep…
Plot: The plot is a huge twist on the “Damsel in Distress” stereotype and is quite funny. Honestly I had a great time reading this first chapter, and if I wasn’t trying to do some work ahead of the holidays I’d be reading every release I could of this. There isn’t much story, but it was such a refreshing take on the stereotype that I didn’t mind the lack of plot.
Characters: The Princess is a riot, and the fact that she’s just a lazy slob is awesome. There isn’t a bunch of characters we get introduced to, but the entire cast we see is quite funny and good.
Art: The art isn’t Shueisha level, but it’s darn close.
Overall: A great read, definitely worth reading for those who want a good laugh or two.
For those who like: Fantasy, Comedy, Twisting Stereotypes Around, Excellent Lead Character, Great Artwork.
This week for Manga Monday I’m covering a Korean Manwha I stumbled across recently. It’s The Concours by Jeong Seol Hwa!
Plot Synopsis: Ho-Kyung likes the violin, but born to a normal family, he has no intention of pursuing it as a career. When he was young, it was the small violin given to him by his friend Uiju that created the small passage connecting him to music. Now as a high school student, one accident destroys the precious violin and leads Ho-Kyung to an encounter with the violin repair workshop…
Plot: First let me say that I was only able to find a single chapter translated into English and as I have no clue how to even begin to read Korean I didn’t go take a peek at the untranslated material. That being said I enjoyed this first chapter quite a bit and it was interesting. I won’t say more because of spoilers, but I am hoping to continue reading this series in the future.
Characters: Ho-Kyung is a pretty interesting main character. While he doesn’t particularly look or act like a musician he seems earnest in enjoying his hobby of playing the violin. Uiju his friend is an interesting character as well, I’m hoping we get more from him in future chapters. The rest of the cast was also interesting, but the focus was definitely on Ho-Kyung.
Art: The art is very good, and while it’s doesn’t reach Shueisha levels it’s not that far from that point.
Overall: A very interesting series, worth a look at by anyone who loves Music. Hopefully additional chapters are translated in the future.
For those who like: Music, Slice of Life, Drama, Interesting Plot, Great Cast of Characters, Excellent Artwork.
This week for Sensate Saturday I’ve got a Quick Review of an adaptation from a Light Novel. It’s From Maid to Mother by Yuzuki Seiya!
Plot Synopsis: A high school girl reincarnates in another world as Lily Ruzsa. While she occasionally reminisces about her past life, she is now known as “the Maid of the Royal Family,” after helping to rear the lady who eventually married the crown prince. One day she gets a sudden and unexpected request from the Court Magician….
Plot: The plot of this first chapter is more amusing than heartwarming, though I will say I took a peek at the second chapter and it does become rather heartwarming. This isn’t a series full of action and adventure, it’s decidedly Slice of Life and that isn’t a bad thing.
Characters: Lily is our main character and she doesn’t have any cheats, or special abilities from reincarnating into another world. All she has is her knowledge as a motherless child from Japan who had to take care of her younger brother and sister while her father worked. It’s a refreshing change of pace from the cheat level characters that so often happen in Tensei or Isekai stories. Leonard, the male lead, isn’t a bad character just really blunt and socially awkward. I like him quite a bit, if only because I see parts of myself in him.
Art: The art is excellent, which makes me really want to read the original Light Novel, however said Light Novel hasn’t been translated past the first few chapters.
Overall: A great read if you need something to warm your heart up on a Winter day.
For those who like: Slice of Life, Fantasy, Magic, Drama, Romance, Excellent and Heartwarming Plot, Great Cast of Characters, Awesome Artwork.
Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, but how can you hate all that?
This week for Manga Monday I’ve got a Quick Review of a remake to an old series. It’s Neo Maou Dante by Go Nagai!
Plot Synopsis: The story begins with an expanded account of God’s attack on Sodom from the original Maou Dante series. I won’t go into too much detail, but let’s just say that this is a very dark series. Kids absolutely should not read this.
Characters: We get introduced to the main cast, Dante a child prodigy turned weapons developer, his Sister Olga, and Medusa his beautiful and highly intelligent assistant.
Art: The art is incredibly old school, which is probably intention on the Mangaka’s part as this is a remake of a series that was abruptly cancelled in the 1970’s.
Overall: It’s a pretty dark series, but if that’s your cup of tea then Neo Maou Dante will be just for you.
For those who like: Tragedy, Action, Drama, Remakes, Dark Plots, Interesting Cast of Characters, Retro Artwork.
This week for Sensate Saturday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s Blue Flag by KAITO!
Plot Synopsis: Three students in their third and final year of high school meet during a time when they are worried about paths for their futures. Waiting for them are sweet, painful, and heartrending days.
Plot: The plot is so stereotypical that I really don’t find the series all that amazing. It’s not that much of a surprise that it’s relegated to the online publication of Jump.
Characters: Taichi is our main point of view character, while Touma and Kuze are our other two leads. Frankly I hate them all, Kuze is the stereotypical clumsy and shy girl, Touma is the energetic and outgoing extrovert that everyone loves and Taichi is the loner. It’s so cliched that I just can’t bring myself to read another chapter.
Art: The art is great, as you’d expect from a Shueisha publication, but it’s not enough to save this from getting put on my don’t bother to read list.
Overall: Skip this unless you are really, really desperate for a Slice of Life series to read.
For those who like: Slice of Life, School Life, Drama, Romance, Mediocrity.
This week for Manga Monday I’m covering a series that just launched in the past couple weeks. It’s Golem Hearts by Osuka Gen!
Plot Synopsis:Creatures known as golems have become integrated with society, performing all sorts of tasks. These golems are created by the widely-respected “sorcery scholars,” and obey the commands of their human masters without question. Noah is a sorcery scholar who strives to become the second best of his kind…
Plot: The plot is pretty cliche and full of stereotypes, but despite that it lives up to it’s name and has a bunch of heart. It’s one of those stories you know you’ve read something very similar, but you don’t care as it gives you that warm fuzzy feeling.
Characters: Noah is a pretty stupid lead, but given that it’s a Shonen series and who he is, that’s really not surprising. Lamech our other main character is also a loser, but he’s got a heart of gold along with Noah. The rest of the cast is okay, although I’m unsure how important they’ll end up being,
Art: The art is great as you’d expect from a series published in Weekly Shonen Jump.
Overall: It may be cliched, but it’s got heart.
For those who like: Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Plot with a bunch of Heart, Awesome Artwork.
This week for Sensate Saturday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s ReRe Hello by Minami Touko!
Plot Synopsis: When Ririko was five, she lost her mother. It’s been ten years since then, now she helps out her family by doing most of the household tasks. Her father started a handyman company, but then something horrible happened…
Plot: This is a pretty interesting series, it’s not super amazing and gripping, but it’s not really full of stereotypes either. I’ll probably continue to read it eventually, although it will probably be a while.
Characters: Ririko is a fairly interesting female lead, she isn’t the typical damsel in distress you find in some Shoujo series. The rest of the cast is also pretty interesting, especially Towa.
Art: The art is superb as you’d expect from a Shueisha series.
Overall: Worth a read if you Slice of Life Romances are your cup of tea.
For those who like: Romance, Slice of Life, Drama, School Life, Intersting Plot, Good Cast of Characters, Awesome Artwork.