Manga Monday: Golden Kamui by Noda Satoru

Hey all, this week for Manga Monday I have another Quick Review. It’s Golden Kamui by Noda Satoru!

Plot Synopsis: In Hokkaido, the far northern lands of Japan, Sugimoto survived the Russo-Japanese war of the Meiji era. Nicknamed “Sugimoto the Immortal” during the war, he now seeks the riches promised by the gold rush in hopes of saving the widowed wife of his now deceased comrade from the war.

Plot: The plot is pretty awesome, I was pretty much instantly hooked after this first chapter, hopefully I’ll get to read all of it sooner rather then later. I do want to point out one more thing about the series, it is award winning, so take that how you will.

Characters: Sugimoto is a pretty interesting guy, it’s pretty obvious he’s dealing with serious issues from the war he fought in, despite all that he’s a pretty stable fellow. The rest of the cast we’ve met are pretty much nameless, but they look fairly interesting from this first chapter.

Art: The art is amazing, but once I looked up who the publisher was I wasn’t surprised to find it was Shueisha. That being said it is very graphic, so those with squeamish stomachs should probably not read this.

Overall: This has me hooked, so I’m going to give it the go ahead. Plus it’s an Award Winning series, it can’t be super terrible if it’s received an award.

For those who like: Historical Fiction, Military, Drama, Action, Adventure, Romance, Excellent Plot, Amazing Cast of Characters, Fantastic Artwork.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

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TNT: Peerless Martial God Chapters 1-40 by Jing Wu Hen

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This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m covering another Xianxia from China! It’s Peerless Martial God Chapters 1-40 by Jing Wu Hen!

Plot Synopsis: Lin Feng tried to be the diligent and hard-working good guy. He studied hard, did his best to make his family proud and not get into trouble, but when he saw a girl being taken advantage of, he had to intervene. He had been tricked, sentenced to 10 years in jail and framed for a crime he never committed, all was lost. If his life was over he would take those who ruined his life with him…

Suddenly he opens his eyes again. He is not dead, but alive in the body of the Lin Feng of a different world. This Lin Feng had been killed for being a worthless piece of trash…

Plot: The plot starts off similarly to many other Xianxia, but what really sets it apart from others is the fact that Lin Feng truly learned from his past lives and vehemently refuses to take shit from anyone ever again. It’s awesome, we get to see him vocally tear apart foes with words and make them look like fools. I’d totally prefer him as President over certain foul-mouthed orange sponges, but that’s a story for another day. These first forty chapters are all about establishing the foundation for Lin Feng, and while it may start off slow in these forty chapters it’s incredibly worth reading, not to mention it’s a blast to do so.

Characters: Lin Feng is probably tied with Yun Che and Nie Li for being one of my favorite main characters in all of Xianxia, though I haven’t read too much compared to other countries stories.  His father Lin Hai is also pretty awesome, and I really enjoy Han Man, he’s really straightforward, although not necessarily the sharpest tool in the shed. Liu Fei is probably my favorite female character of the series thus far, but I have a soft spot for bad ass archer women.

Overall: Definitely worth reading, it’s one of the better ones out there, and the plot and cast are awesome.

For those who like: Action, Drama, Xianxia, Martial Arts, Reincarnation, Witty Dialogue, Excellent Cast of Characters, Fantastic Plot.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

Manga Monday: Platinum End

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This week for Manga Monday I’m covering a brand new series. It’s Platinum End by Tsugumi Ohba and Obata Takeshi!

Plot Synopsis: The story centers around Kakehashi Mirai, a boy who “does not seek out hope in order to live.”

Plot: Mirai is a gloomy kid, who at 15 years of life has decided to end his own life because of the suffering endured by his Aunt and Uncle. The plot gets darker from there, and looks to be eclipsing Death Note in terms of just sheer explicit material covered.

Characters: Mirai is like I already said pretty gloomy, but Nasse takes the cake in terms of being just plain creepy. I’m not super thrilled with the cast at the moment, but at least Mirai isn’t going on a power trip with an Angel watching his back. That all being said I’m enjoying Nasse and Mirai’s relationship so far. It seems to be interesting.

Art: The art is great, just what you’d expect of the duo who made Bakuman.

Overall: It’s just come out so it’s a bit early to judge conclusively, but so far so good.

For those who like: Drama, Action, Great Artwork, Excellent Plot, Fantastic Cast of Characters.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.