Manga Monday: Capeta by Soda Masahito


This week for Manga Monday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s Capeta by Soda Masahito!

Plot Synopsis: Taira Kappeita, otherwise known as “Capeta”, is a ten-year-old boy whose single-parent father, Taira Shigei , works for a paving company. While completing a paving job at a go-kart track, his father sees a young boy racing at the track and is amazed at the speed and seeming thrill of the sport. Realizing that his young son has an interest in racing cars and begins to think…

Plot: This first chapter is a slow start to the series, but it managed to hook my attention enough to give the series more of my time. Eventually I’ll be able to clear my backlog. But I’m going to bet that’ll be years off from now with my luck. The plot is like I said a slow start, but I did enjoy it. Hopefully it’ll prove to be worth my continuing to read it.

Characters:  Capeta is our lead, and he’s a pretty bright young guy. Albeit he doesn’t really try to do much, but he is a 10 year old kid. Monami is his childhood friend and seems to be a pretty awesome girl, hopefully she keeps Capeta on the right track. The rest of the cast is interesting, especially Capeta’s dad Shigei.

Art: The art isn’t quite like anything I’ve read in recent years, it reminds me of early 90’s and late 80’s Manga, but that could just be my memory giving me false impressions. It is quite good however, if again not quite like the rest of it’s contemporaries.

Overall: Capeta looks like it’s a slow starter, but hopefully it’ll be worth reading. I’ll give the tentative go ahead for now.

For those who like: Racing, Sports, Go-Karts, Drama, Good Plot, Great Cast of Characters, Interesting Artwork.

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

Manga Monday: Noragami by Adachitoka



This week for Manga Monday I’m covering a series I started reading last year. It’s Noragami by Adachitoka!

Plot Synopsis: Hiyori Iki was a regular middle school student until she was hit by a bus while trying to save the life of a jersey-wearing person named Yato.

Plot: The plot seems pretty comical, but it gets really serious fairly quickly and I do enjoy the plot quite a bit. Is it childish at times? Yes, but that’s part of it’s charm.

Characters: Hiyori and Yato are the leads and they are pretty good leads, but it’s not just the leads who drive this story well. It’s the entire cast and while there is a throwaway character introduced early in the series, it’s not that much of a problem as it only happens once and the rest of the cast is quite good. Bishamonten in particular is quite good as are her Shinki. Yukine is also pretty good, but he got on my nerves for quite a few chapters.

Art: The art is great, and I enjoy it quite a bit as it’s detailed enough during the action scenes that it does the plot justice.

Overall: This is a good series it may not be a must read, but it’s pretty close.

For those who like: Action, Great Plots, Excellent Cast of Characters, Fantastic Artwork, Urban Fantasy, Japanese Mythology.

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