Anime Sunday: Houseki no Kuni Episode 01 Impressions

This week for Anime Sunday I’m covering another series from the Fall 2017 season of Anime. It’s my Houseki no Kuni Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: In a place inhabited by jewels that take the form of people, Phosphophyllite (Phos) is weak (with one of the lowest hardnesses) and considered useless by her peers. Phos asks her aloof but wise colleague Cinnabar for help after they receive an assignment to create a natural history encyclopedia, thus beginning their friendship and personal growth. Meanwhile, the “jewel people” have to keep defending themselves against the Lunarians who want to take advantage of their luxury value.

Plot: The plot is interesting, although sort of lacking in tension, which isn’t a bad thing necessarily. Frankly I enjoyed that aspect of it. That being said it’s not going to hold your attention like a Fate series will. The art probably doesn’t help with that…

Characters: But before we get into the art, let’s talk about the Characters. We get introduced to a good number of Jewel people in this episode, although I’m more than a bit confused as to what or who this Master Kongo is as he isn’t a gem that I know of.

Art: Here’s my main gripe with the series, and that’s it using the all too frequently used CG approach to Anime. I hate this art style. It looks out of place and awkward compared to something like Fate/Apocrypha or any ufotable production. It’s not terrible, but it’s too blatant a use of CG for me.

Music: The music is okay, although it’s not super memorable either.

Overall: Skippable depending on whether you can stomach the art style.

For those who like: Oddball Series, Good Plot, Interesting Cast of Characters.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, or the too blatant use of CG.

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Sensate Saturday: Sachiiro no One Room by Hakuri

Hey all this week for Sensate Saturday I’m covering a series I just started reading! It’s Sachiiro no One Room by Hakuri!

Plot Synopsis: One day, a girl was kidnapped. However, that girl started to desire a life living with her captor, and swears that she will marry him. In return, her captor provides her with happiness that she had always longed for…

Plot: This is not exactly a happy tale, it has it’s heartwarming moments, but it also has some really dark ones as well. That being said I really enjoyed the two chapters I was able to read. Hopefully this series continues as I’m rooting for the characters.

Characters: Our two leads don’t have a name in the first chapter, so I’m not really able to comment much more than say that there is a lot of backstory we don’t get to learn yet, hopefully later chapters get into the story. However I did enjoy them quite a bit.

Art: The art is great, if I didn’t know better I’d say this was published by Shueisha, but it’s not.

Overall: A great read, if a bit dark.

For those who like: Romance, Slice of Life, Drama, Great Plot, Fantastic Lead Characters, Awesome Artwork.

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

Manga Monday: King’s Viking by Fukami Makoto

This week for Manga Monday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s King’s Viking by Fukami Makoto!

Plot Synopsis: 18-year-old Koreeda Kazuki is a genius hacker whose only real skill lies with computers. Into his aimless life steps Sakai Daisuke, a wealthy man who makes him a proposition he finds impossible to refuse: that he will become Koreeda’s investor on the condition that Koreeda use his abilities to help him “conquer the world.”

Plot: The above synopsis makes the plot sound a bit more dramatic than it really is, but this first chapter was still pretty darn interesting. Frankly I’ll probably end up reading this series once a big stock of chapters is accumulated.

Characters: We are really only introduced to Daisuke and Kazuki in this first chapter, although we’ll probably see more people who weren’t really introduced in this first chapter later on. That being said Kazuki and Daisuke are pretty interesting, Daisuke is a seriously driven person and Kazuki even though he’s essentially penniless is still an incredibly smart kid. I like them as leads quite a bit.

Art: The art of this first chapter is pretty great, not quite Shueisha level quality, but darn close.

Overall: This looks to be a pretty interesting series so I’m going to continue reading it, eventually.

For those who like: Seinen, Psychological, Mystery, Drama, Interesting Plot, Awesome Lead Characters, Fantastic Artwork.

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

Sensate Saturday: Made in Abyss by Tsukushi Akihito

This week for Sensate Saturday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s Made in Abyss by Tsukushi Akihito!

Plot Synopsis: The enormous cave system, known as the Abyss, is the last unexplored place in the world. Nobody knows how deep down goes this titanic pit, inhabited by strange and wondrous creatures and full of mysterious ancient relics which purpose in unknown to modern man. Generations of bold adventurers have been drawn by the cryptic depths of the Abyss. In course of time those brave enough to explore the dangerous pit came to be known as “Cave Raiders.” In Oosu, the town at the edge of the Abyss, there lives a little orphan named Rico, who dreams of becoming as great a cave raider as her mother was and solving the great mystery of the pit…

Plot: This seems to be pretty interesting, although so many flags were raised in this first chapter I’m actually a little apprehensive about later chapters.  I might throw this onto my read in the future pile, but thus far, with just this first chapter I’m not interested enough in continuing to read it right now.

Characters: Rico is a ball of curiosity wrapped in an orphan. I’m intrigued in her fervent desire to follow in her mother’s footsteps, but I don’t find it completely believable. If you were orphaned because your mother died when you were so young you can’t remember her, I just don’t think you’d be that eager to follow in her footsteps at such a young age.

Art: The art is interesting, but it’s not super amazing either. It reminds me of the old GBA game Sword of Manga a bit though so I was intrigued by that nostalgic feeling. Just not enough to put a priority on reading further into the series.

Overall: This might be interesting, especially for those exploration lovers out there, but personally it just wasn’t interesting enough to make me want to continue reading immediately.

For those who like: Exploration, Adventure, Mystery, Drama, Interesting Premise, Good Artwork.

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

Manga Monday: Queen Millenia by Matsumoto Leiji

Hey all, I’m back with my first Manga Monday in a while, and it’s a Quick Review for a really old series. It’s Queen Millenia by Matsumoto Leiji!

Plot Synopsis: The series takes place in the (then) futuristic year 1999. Professor Amamori discovers a 10th planet in the Earth’s solar system, which he names La-Metal, while at his observatory in Tokyo. Its diameter is 9 times that of Earth. Amamori notes the planet has a highly eccentric orbit and, as it emerges behind the distant Pluto, Amamori realizes that La-Metal is on a collision course with Earth. He calculates that the planet will impact Earth on 9 September 1999, at 9 o’clock, 9 minutes and 9 seconds.

Plot: So yea this series was written way back in 1980, and was serialized in an actual newspaper (rather than a magazine). It’s definitely one of the earliest series out there, but it’s related to the authors previous work Captain Harlock.

Characters: Yayoi, our heroine, is an incredibly mysterious girl, who just happens to know things for reasons even she doesn’t know. Hajime, the male lead, on the other hand is a spunky kid who has a huge interest in anything related to space.  The rest of the cast is very eccentric as well, although that might just be me projecting onto them because of the artwork.

Artwork: Speaking of which, the artwork is definitely some of the earliest I’ve seen, and frankly I was a bit appalled at how off the art was until I learned that this originally ran in two different newspapers, instead of a magazine like most series do today. This means that the lack of detail you see in these chapters is totally intentional to save ink. It also leads to some really hilarious art. Characters look like totally deformed monsters sometimes.

Overall: This is worth a read, if you can get over the sometimes awkward looking artwork.

For those who like: Sci-Fi, Seinen Series, Mystery, Early Manga.

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

Manga Monday: Jesus by Nanatsuki Kyoichi

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This week for Manga Monday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s Jesus by Nanatsuki Kyoichi!

Plot Synopsis: Jesus is about a high profile assassin who plans to fake his own death, laying low from all the mafia hitmen and the FBI that are after him. He plans to live the rest of his life with the money he could get from smuggling the drugs he stole from the mafia gangs – one of the reason he is chased. But he has a problem with that plan…

Plot: The plot is pretty great, frankly I’m shocked that I didn’t cover the series already. The story is fast paced and full of action and drama.

Characters: We really only get to meet Jesus in this first chapter, but he makes a great first impression. As for that name, it’s a fairly amusing reason. If you like Kickass leads who don’t take crap from anyone, you’ll love this series.

Art: It’s pretty great considering it’s from a two decade old series.

Overall: If you haven’t read the series yet, you are doing yourself a disservice.

For those who like: Action, Drama, School Life, Martial Arts, Great Plots, Badass Male Leads, Great Artwork.

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

 

Manga Monday: Atom by Tetsuro Kasahara

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This week for Manga Monday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s Atom by Tetsuro Kasahara!

Plot Synopsis: Two prodigies, Umatarou Tenma and Hiroshi Ochanomizu, have spent endless amounts of time researching robots with Tenma wanting to produce a god and Ochanomizu wanting to produce a friend, eventually producing the robot A106. The question the duo were both wondering, would A106 eventually turn into a god or a friend?

Plot: First off I should state that this series is the prequel to Tezuka’s Astro Boy, although which version it is the prequel for I have no clue. I’ve never watched/read Astro Boy because there are way too many different versions of the story. Now that all being said this first chapter was very interesting, but not super original either. Than again, since it’s the prequel to what started a bunch of different tropes, I can’t really blame it. I’ll probably continue reading the rest of the series eventually, but it’ll have to wait for me to clear out my massive backlog of stuff to read.

Characters: Tenma seems to be a pretty interesting guy, if a bit arrogant and wanting to play God with the world. Ochanomizu on the other hand was a lot more interesting to me, if only because he seemed to be the more earnest type. The rest of the cast seems to be rather small thus far, but it was just the first chapter. Six was pretty interesting, if rather quiet.

Art: Definitely a throw back to Tezuka’s original works, this has a very retro art style, but it’s very well done.

Overall: Definitely worth a read, especially for Tezuka fans.

For those who like: Drama, Action, Robots, Astro Boy, Tezuka, Excellent Plot, Awesome Cast of Characters, Fantastic Artwork.

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