Sensate Saturday: Zero The Man of the Creation by Ai Eishi

This week for Sensate Saturday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s  Zero The Man of the Creation by Ai Eishi!

Plot Synopsis:  There is a mysterious and resourceful man who goes by the name “Zero.” An expert on artworks, antiques and ancient artifacts, Zero is adept at rooting out their histories and uncovering any unusual qualities they possess. Because of this, he frequently gets called on to dispel “curses” and to both uncover and create forgeries.  Zero is a man who will stop at nothing to see a job done, but he will also charge whatever fee he deems appropriate: it might be a billion dollars, or it might just be one.

Plot: The plot of this first chapter was excellent and also really informative, as someone who has studied Art History, although not the subject covered in this first chapter, I was highly intrigued and captivated by this plot. I won’t say it’s the best thing I’ve ever read, but it definitely scratched the Art History itch for me and that’s more than enough to make me pleased. Sadly while the series is complete in Japan it’s only started to be translated, so I’ll probably need to wait a few years (probably more) before reading the rest of the series.

Characters: Zero is a really interesting main character, and while it seems that the rest of the characters introduced in this first chapter are going to be just one time characters, you never know.

Art: The art is excellent, although it’s definitely not like more modern series, but that’s not surprising since the first chapter was released back in 1991! It is a Shueisha publication so I expect the artwork will stay consistent.

Overall: This was a really interesting read, and any Art History buffs will enjoy the series greatly.

For those who like: Mystery, Art History, Excellent Plot, Fantastic Protagonist, Great Artwork.

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

Sensate Saturday: Twin Role by Harumi Hitsuji

This week for Sensate Saturday I have another Quick Review. It’s Twin Role by Harumi Hitsuji!

Plot Synopsis: Azuma Izumi goes to a school that involves art and music but both sides compete against each other to win awards. Online, Izumi goes under the name Iz and creates the images to music videos created by a user named Kanon who is listed as a 21 year old female.  However, this user has a secret! Turns out Kanon is really the new transfer student Sagami Kaoru – the son of a famous musician and someone whom Izumi dislikes at first glance. Kaoru quickly puts two and two together and figures out Izumi is Iz, much to his chagrin and consternation.

Plot: Twin Role really shows how awkward Love Triangles can get, almost hilariously so. I’ve never been a fan of Love Triangles in general, but I have to admit that Twin Role handles it amazingly well.

Characters: Izumi and Kaoru are actually pretty well done lead characters, in fact I was really intrigued by them so I’ll probably continue reading this series when I get the chance.

Art: The art isn’t Shueisha level work, but it comes really close.

Overall: If you want to read a really awkward Love Triangle series that isn’t handled poorly, Twin Role is the best I’ve seen in a long time. For those who want action, look elsewhere, this is a Shoujo Romance/Slice of Life Series.

For those who like: Romance, Slice of Life, Drama, School Life, Great Plot, Fantastic Lead Characters, Excellent Art.

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

Sensate Saturday: Nanairo Kakumei by Yuzuhara Mizuka

This week for Sensate Saturday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s Nanairo Kakumei by Yuzuhara Mizuka!

Plot Synopsis: Ever since primary school, Nana has never been able to refuse the wishes of her friend, Yuyu, even if they were unpleasant things like matching outfits and hairstyles. She wanted to change…

Plot: The plot of this first chapter is pretty great, actually I’m really intrigued by this series so it’s definitely going to be something I’ll read, as I enjoy the premise of the story being about someone learning to stand up for themselves and making their own decisions.

Characters: Nana is our main character, and she’s a pretty decent lead, although a little whiny. The rest of the cast is good as well, although Shioka is probably my favorite character overall.

Art: The art is excellent, which is no surprise since this is published by Shueisha.

Overall: If you want a story that deals with what it’s like to be pressured into decisions, Nanairo Kakumei is a perfect fit for you. For those expecting action, you will be disappointed.

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

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

Sensate Saturday: Furi Fura by Io Sakisaka

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This week for Sensate Saturday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s Furi Fura by Io Sakisaka!

Plot Synopsis: The story centers around Yuna and Akari who have two very different views of love: Yuna is someone who sees love as a dream and Akari is someone who is very realistic about her romance choices.

Plot: The plot of this first chapter is very stereotypical, which given the other works the Mangaka has done isn’t too surprising. It’s lasted longer than some of his other works though so it’s got that going for it. That being said I wasn’t very impressed by this first chapter.

Characters: Yuna and Akari are very different characters, where Yuna is shy quiet and people shy, Akari is bright cheerful and outgoing. Frankly I don’t mind the stark characterization most of the time, but for some reason it bothered me this time. Maybe the series gets better as it goes on, but frankly I’m not interested enough by this first chapter to keep reading the story until I’ve exhausted my considerable backlog.

Art: Io Sakisaka has always had good art, but it wasn’t enough to save previous works, and it’s not enough for me to continue reading the series.

Overall: An easily skippable series, unless you are really desperate for a Romance to read.

For those who like: Romance, Drama, Slice of Life, School Life, Great Art.

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

Sensate Saturday: Akuma to Duet by Fujitsuka Yuki

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This week for Sensate Saturday I’m back with another Quick Review. It’s Akuma to Duet by Fujitsuka Yuki!

Plot Synopsis: Due to her ability to tame demons, Mel has been persecuted as a witch all her life. One day, she’s summoned to the castle and asked to marry Prince Claude.

Plot: The plot is actually pretty decent, and considering that it’s only a four chapter long series it’s not too bad. I’ve had my interest piqued, and will be continuing to read the series.

Characters: Mel is a pretty neat female lead, she’s stubborn, doesn’t take crap from anyone and follows her own moral compass. Claude on the other hand is a bit of a stereotype, but he’s not bad of a main character. The rest of the is small thus far, Kerye is probably my favorite, a talking bird is always fun.

Art: Typical Shoujo artwork, it’s neither terrible nor great.

Overall: A decent series, it’s fairly short at only four chapters long, I’m giving this the go ahead and will be reading it, eventually (as always).

For those who like: Fantasy, Magic, Drama, Romance, Interesting Plot, Great Female Lead, Good Artwork.

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

Sensate Saturday: Otometic Syndrome by Harukawa Haru

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This week for Sensate Saturday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s Otometic Syndrome by Harukawa Haru!

Plot Synopsis: Tachibana Otome, a 16-years-old otaku girl whose ideal type of guy was “Blonde Hair and Blue Eyes” suddenly meets that sort of person in real life transferred to her class…

Plot: The plot is pretty stereotypical, but it’s not terribly done. That being said it’s not super amazing either. It’s fairly mediocre and I expect later chapters to hit many different types of tropes.I’ll enjoy reading the rest of the series in the future, but it’s definitely not going to be at the top of my list of things to read. There are better series out there I haven’t had the chance to read yet.

Characters: Otome is a pretty straightforward girl, and I enjoy that characteristic in a female lead. She knows what she wants, even if it’s not realistic, she still acknowledges that is her preference. Her best friend Rika on the other hand is more grounded in reality, which is also a characteristic I enjoy.

Art: The art is pretty great, especially considering that this runs in a long strip rather than in a normal page format.

Overall: A decent read, but not outstanding enough for me to put it near the top of my reading list. I will probably get to reading it eventually. This gets my go ahead for those who don’t mind stereotypical stories.

For those who like: Romance, Drama, Slice of Life, School Life, Stereotypes, Good Artwork.

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

Sensate Saturday: Kyou no Kira-kun by Mikimoto Rin

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This week for Sensate Saturday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s Kyou no Kira-kun by Mikimoto Rin!

Plot Synopsis: Ninon Okamura is an introverted high schoolgirl who cannot talk with anyone other than her parents and Kansai dialect-speaking pet parrot, Sensei. However, her life changes when her mother requests her to befriend her next-door neighbor and classmate, Yuiji Kira, who only has one year left to live.

Plot: The plot of this first chapter was very intriguing and had me hooked almost from the beginning. However it really hooked me when the parrot started acting like a human. I’ve always had a fondness for birds, and a Kansai slang speaking parrot was pretty funny. That being out of the way, the rest of this first chapter was actually rather serious so the parts with the bird were a welcome reprieve from the depressing mood. I’ll be reading the rest of the series soon, hopefully sometime this upcoming spring.

Characters: Ninon is the standard shy, rarely speaking girl stereotype almost perfectly. Except for her parrot who she goes everywhere with, including school. Kira on the other hand seems to be the arrogant pretty boy stereotype on the surface, so seeing him act otherwise was refreshing. Sensei, the parrot, was my favorite character.

Art: The art was great, and if I didn’t know that this wasn’t a Shueisha published work, I would’ve guessed it was.

Overall: This is looking to be a definite must read for any who enjoy romance.

For those who like: Romance, Drama, School Life, Slice of Life, Parrots, Excellent Plot, Fantastic Cast of Characters, Awesome Artwork.

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