This week for Sensate Saturday I’m covering a series I despise, but since other’s won’t stop pestering me to cover it I’m going over it anyways. It’s Tokyo Ghoul by Sui Ishida!
Plot Synopsis: The story follows Ken Kaneki, a college student who barely survives a deadly encounter with Rize Kamishiro, his date who reveals herself as a ghoul, a human-like creature that hunts and devours human flesh, and is taken to the hospital in critical condition.
Plot: The plot is medicore, and while I love a good anti-hero protagonist, this series makes me feel only disgust for pretty much everything about it. This series is gory, disturbing and just flat out wrong to me personally. It has Cannibalism, among many other things that I just can’t stand for. The action scenes are the only decent thing about it, but since I can’t stand the characters in this series except for one occasionally I just don’t care enough after reading up to current release in Japan a year ago.
Characters: Kaneki is a whiny bum, that’s how I can best describe him as I see him. The only decent character in the entire series is Touka and that’s because she’s not wallowing in self pity or self aggrandizement. She deals with the life she was given and continues living. I hate pretty much every other character, and Touka is only decent in my book.
Art: Fits the series well, and I guess that’s the only really good thing about the series, it has the artwork to go along with the plot even if it only makes more disturbed and disgusted.
Overall: Some people love this series, I am not one of them. If you can deal with a mediocre plot and severely disturbing topics you may be able to stomach reading past the third chapter.
For those who like: Horror, Action, Romance?
Not for those who don’t like: Regurgitating their stomachs out every other chapter.
This week for Shoujo Saturday I’m covering a series I found recently but only had time for one chapter. That means it’s a Quick Review! It’s Shiroi no Koukoku Monogatari by Shirasawa Inui!
Plot Synopsis: Having lost his money, lover, and future, a man who has given up on everything finds himself reincarnated in the kingdom of Altodestenia. He, Lectival, has no memories prior to being saved by Meriela, the daughter of an aristocrat, and now finds himself rising up to save the kingdom in it’s current crisis.
Plot: The plot seems pretty good, and I’ll be reading the rest of the released chapters very soon, I’ll probably cover the full series next week.
Characters: Meriela and Lect seem to be pretty freaking awesome main character, but I’m hoping the cast expands soon, granted I’ve only read one chapter so far.
Art: The art is amazing, but that may be a problem of poor raw scans. Either way though I think it’s the plot and characters that will make this a good series, and not the art.
Overall: I’m interested enough to keep reading and I’ll have a full review up very soon™.
For this week’s Shoujo Saturday I’m covering a series I literally just read through today (the day I’m writing this) and was floored by how good it was, despite being a horror series. It’s Kono Shima ni wa Midara de Jaaku na Mono ga Sumu, or Indecent Things Live on this Island in English, by Hara Tsumoi!
Plot Synopsis: Taro Kajiura and his friends from the same folklorist research group at Tonan University went on a trip to Ikishima island in order to pursue the origins of the myth about princess Kwannon. At the same time the villagers of Ikishima were holding the annual festival in which outsiders were forbidden to participate in since 400 years. The consequences for breaking that rule were more severe that anyone had imagined…
Plot: The plot is very serious and sort of screwed up, but it’s very thrilling and pretty good. That being said there are some very seriously messed up subjects covered in this series, including rape and slavery so fair warning. Thankfully Kajiura isn’t the perpetrator in any of it, but it’s still a bit dicey for those who aren’t comfortable with those subjects.
Characters: The cast is pretty good, but since the series has just started it’s not very expanded yet. I hope it’ll grow over time.
Art: The art is great, and it fits the series perfectly.
Overall: If you like Psychological Thrillers this is the series for you.
For those who like: Psychological Thrillers, Romance, Horror, Supernatural Stories, Great Plot, Good Cast of Characters, Excellent Artwork.
This week for Shoujo Saturday I’m covering a series that I generally don’t like the genres it’s in, but I ended up liking this series. It’s Getsurin ni Kiri Saku by Maruyama Tomo!
Plot Synopsis: A new transfer student has come into town, a girl with a mysterious air and black clothing who is called Inugami Sakuya.
Plot: The plot is incredibly dark, and if you can’t stand your heartstrings being moved about like a puppet’s strings this might not be for you. However the plot is quite good, and I really do enjoy it. That being said I can’t say much more without spoiling anything.
Characters: Of all the characters Sakuya and Shippe are probably my favorite, although I enjoy the entire cast for the most part. Kaina is a bit odd, but he’s also another character I enjoy quite a bit.
Artwork: This is a Seinen series, and it revels in the freedom inherent in that classification as this is easily as violent as any other series I’ve ever read. It’s also got some very unpleasant scenes that may or may not make you throw up. I didn’t, but it was a close thing.
Overall: This is a series to try, but if you can’t deal with the hyper violence there is nothing to be ashamed about for moving on.
For those who like: Romance, Horror, Tragedy, Hyper Violence, Action, Fantasy, Excellent Plot, Fantastic Cast of Characters, Amazing Artwork.
This week on Shoujo Saturday I’ve found a very funny series to cover. It’s Boku Girl by Sugito Akira!
Plot Synopsis: Suzushiro Mizuki is a 1st year high school student who has the difficulty of constantly being mistaken for a girl. It’s so bad that he’s endlessly rebuffing the confessions of many men. Even the girl he has a crush on seems to think of him more as one of the girls rather than as a potential love interest. Meanwhile, the trickster god Loki has grown bored with playing her tricks on her fellow gods. Turning her attention to the mortal world, she targets Mizuki for her next round of fun.
Plot: Make no mistake there is a lot of uncomfortable things mentioned in this series, but half the fun is the hilarity of it all. Poor Mizuki being the brunt of Loki’s torment makes for one of the most hilarious series I’ve ever read. I won’t go into it too much as to avoid spoiling the fun, but it’s pretty freaking funny.
Characters: Loki is the perfect example of a Jerkass God, and that makes her my favorite character of the series. The rest of the cast, including Mizuki is pretty great as well, but nothing can match Loki.
Art: The art is Seinen, which means that there are fanservice moments, but to be honest it’s all pretty freaking funny. Poor Mizuki.
Overall: This is a must read series for anyone who likes to laugh, which is everyone.
For those who like: To Laugh, Comedy, Jerkass Gods, Amazing Cast of Characters, Great Plot, Romance.