Sensate Saturday: Aphorism by Kujo Karuna

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This week for Sensate Saturday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s Aphorism by Kujo Karuna!

Plot Synopsis: Naraka High School is a seemingly normal school. However, unknown to the public is the cruel truth of what really goes on in the school’s halls…

Plot: This series is pretty interesting, and while I know that the story is looking to head to a pretty overdone trope in recent years, I’m still hooked. I won’t go into details, because it’ll spoil you. That being said it did keep me intrigued and I don’t tend to enjoy this type of plot.

Characters: Rokudou is our main character and he’s a pretty standard male lead, not anything more than average. But he’s still got me hooked because of his actions in the chapter. Aira, our female lead, on the other hand is a much more interesting if only because she’s much more outgoing and outspoken than her male counterpart.

Art: The art is great, I was expecting this to be a Shueisha series, but it turns out to be yet another Square Enix publication.

Overall: This is definitely a more interesting story than it first appears to be, give it a shot. You might just end up getting as hooked as I did after this first chapter.

For those who like: Action, Drama, Romance, Slice of Life, School Life, Excellent Plot, Interesting Lead Characters, Fantastic Artwork.

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

Manga Monday: Enen no Shouboutai by Ookubu Atsushi [Quick Review]

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This week for Manga Monday I’m Quick Reviewing a series I stumbled across the other day. It’s Enen no Shouboutai by Ookubu Atsushi!

Plot Synopsis: An unexplainable phenomenon of people bursting into flames assails humanity. Put your life on the line to extinguish the flames!

Plot: The plot looks to be pretty interesting, but it’s not the best I’ve seen. I have some hesitations towards the series, but that’s more to do with the author’s previous works, mainly Soul Eater devolving into a mess as time went on.

Characters: Shinra is our main character and it’s pretty obvious that he’s got some serious psychological issues like PTSD. If it weren’t for that aspect I probably wouldn’t be as interested in the series and just pass it off as a typical Shounen series that will devolve into a battle series as time goes on. The rest of the rather small cast is interesting, but nothing super amazing pops out in this first chapter. It’s really all Shinra’s show, and I’ll give him a few more chapters before delivering final judgement.

Art: The art is great, which isn’t unexpected from one of the bigger names in Manga considering his prior work Soul Eater is world famous.

Overall: Give it a shot, you may or may not enjoy it. I’m going to tentatively give this a possibility of turning great, but it’s a 50/50 chance between that and devolving into a mess like Soul Eater ended up becoming.

Manga Monday: Gintama by Hideaki Sorachi

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This week for Manga Monday I’m covering a series that is funny, but also makes me groan in agony at the sheer ridiculousness of it. It’s Gintama by Hideaki Sorachi!

Plot Synopsis: The story is set in the late Edo period. Humanity is attacked by aliens called “Amanto” (天人, “Sky People”). The samurai of Japan join the battle against the aliens, but when the Shogun realizes the power of aliens, he betrays the samurai and surrenders to the aliens. The Shogun writes an unequal contract with aliens which allows the aliens to enter the country and places a ban on carrying swords in public. The swords of samurai are taken away so they can no longer resist the aliens. After that the Shogunate becomes a puppet government.

The plot is focused on an eccentric samurai, Gintoki Sakata (aka Odd Jobs Gin) who helps a teenager named Shinpachi Shimura save his sister Tae from a group of aliens who want to make her part of a brothel.

Plot: This isn’t a super serious series, in fact it breaks the fourth wall so often that I got fed up with it. That being said it’s not bad, it just is too much for me personally sometimes.

Characters: Kagura is probably my favorite character, but the entire cast is great.

Art: This is serialized in Shonen Jump so it’s definitely top tier.

Overall: If you can stand the silliness you’ll love this series.

For those who like: Comedy, Action, Decent Plot, Great Cast of Characters, Amazing Artwork.

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

 

Sensate Saturday: Chaosic Rune by Yamamoto Kenji

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This week for Sensate Saturday I’m covering a really screwed up series! It’s Chaosic Rune by Yamamoto Kenji!

Plot Synopsis: After being the only survivor in a plane crash and losing his parents Ryouga, a young boy, is troubled by nightmares and taunted by other kids at his school. Fed up, he agrees to transfer to another school intrigued by a mysterious offer and the hope they may know why or how he was able to survive the crash. Arriving at the new school, he learns he must play a little card game with three others before being accepted.

Plot: This could easily be a series for a more mature audience considering how screwed up it is. I won’t spoil all the fun, but it’s what you’d see if you took Yu-Gi-Oh and made everything actually be a serious matter instead of being a kids game. Enjoy.

Characters: Ryouga is a ruthless jerk, but that’s what makes him the perfect lead for this series. The rest of the cast is also screwed up, but hey so is this entire series!

Art: Perfect for this series.

Overall: If you want an awesome Horror/Action series look no farther.

For those who like: Horror, Action, Drama, Awesome Plot, Screwed Up Cast of Characters, Great Artwork.

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

Sensate Saturday: Cage of Eden by Yoshinobu Yamada

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This week on Sensate Saturday I’m covering a series I enjoyed despite it being a horror series. It’s Cage of Eden by Yoshinobu Yamada!

Plot Synopsis: Middle schooler Akira Sengoku and his class are flying back to Japan from their school trip to Guam, along with other classes from their school and various passengers. But their trip takes an unexpected turn when their plane hits unexpected turbulence and crashes on a Pacific island.

Plot: The plot is pretty engrossing, despite it being a pretty scary and disturbing series. I did enjoy it quite a bit, but this is most certainly not a series for kids.

Characters: Akira is a pretty bad ass lead, while Rion is also amazing as the female lead. There are plenty of characters, and lots of them are badasses. I personally like Yarai the most.

Art: The art style is Shonen, but this could’ve easily gotten away with being a Seinen series if the author wanted it. That being said it is very good.

Overall: This is well worth your time to read, even if it starts off slow.

For those who like: Horror, Romance, Action, Badass Characters, Excellent Plot, Fantastic Artwork.

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