Manga Monday: Maou-jou de Oyasumi by Kumanomata Kagiji

This week for Manga Monday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s Maou-jou de Oyasumi by Kumanomata Kagiji!

Plot Synopsis: The Demon King broke the truce by kidnapping the much loved princess. However, while the human world falls into despair and heroes gather to save her, the princess is actually well looked after and mostly just wants to sleep…

Plot: The plot is a huge twist on the “Damsel in Distress” stereotype and is quite funny. Honestly I had a great time reading this first chapter, and if I wasn’t trying to do some work ahead of the holidays I’d be reading every release I could of this. There isn’t much story, but it was such a refreshing take on the stereotype that I didn’t mind the lack of plot.

Characters: The Princess is a riot, and the fact that she’s just a lazy slob is awesome. There isn’t a bunch of characters we get introduced to, but the entire cast we see is quite funny and good.

Art: The art isn’t Shueisha level, but it’s darn close.

Overall: A great read, definitely worth reading for those who want a good laugh or two.

For those who like: Fantasy, Comedy, Twisting Stereotypes Around, Excellent Lead Character, Great Artwork.

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

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Anime Sunday: Magus’ Bride Episode 01 Impressions

This week for Anime Sunday I’m covering my first look at a Manga series I covered a long time ago. It’s my Magus’ Bride Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: Hatori Chise is a lonely teenager who has no family and is shunned by society so she sells herself into slavery. During the auction numerous mages bid large sums of money for her, only for the auction to be interrupted by a strange mage named Elias Ainsworth who immediately outbids every other buyer by bidding 5 Million Pounds…

Plot: The plot is pretty dark, and really faithful to the original source material. I enjoyed it quite a bit.

Characters: Chise and Elias are our two leads, and they are pretty interesting characters. Chise is incredibly somber and soft spoken due to her past, while Elias likes to do things with a flair. We don’t really get introduced to the rest of the cast in this episode.

Art: The art is pretty good, although not as good as a ufotable series.

Music: The music is pretty amazing, especially with the opening theme being performed by JUNNA who is a very talented young woman. If that name sounds familiar it’s probably because you’ve heard her sing as Mikumo Guynemer from Macross Delta.

Overall: A good adapatation, hopefully it stays true to the source material, although I wouldn’t mind seeing a happy ending.

For those who like: Urban Fantasy, Slice of Life, Drama, Romance, Excellent Plot, Fantastic Lead Characters, Awesome Musical Score.

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: Capeta by Soda Masahito

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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: It’s My Life by Narita Inomushi

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This week for Manga Monday I’m doing a Quick Review of a series I stumbled across recently. It’s My Life by Narita Inomushi!

Plot Synopsis: Astra L. Doomsday, former captain of the royal knights has finally achieved his dearest wish: To retire and use his savings to get his very own house. But not long after finally arriving to his sanctuary, a young girl crash-lands into his house. The girl is an apprentice witch, and seems to mistake Astra for someone else.

Plot: The plot is hilarious, and very light hearted. Considering that I’m writing this post two days after the US Presidential Election I was ecstatic to laugh for any reason. Nevertheless I was very pleased by how good the story is, it’s not super original, but it’s still warmhearted enough to make me enjoy myself for the few minutes it took me to read the first chapter.
Characters: Astra is a great male lead to this series, while Noel is pretty clueless albeit in a cute sort of way for a child. They are really the only characters we get introduced to in this first chapter, I don’t think the small fry characters we meet will show up again. Probably.
Art: The art is wonderful, and fits this series very well. It could be a bit more well defined in the movement shots, but overall I love the artwork.
Overall: I’m going to give this the go ahead for now, as the story looks pretty promising.
For those who like: Comedy, Fantasy, Action, Laughing, Interesting Plots, Great Lead Characters, Awesome Artwork.
Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

Manga Monday: Shoukoku no Altair by Kato Kotono

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This week for Manga Monday I’ve got another Quick Review! It’s Shoukoku no Altair by Kato Kotono!

Plot Synopsis: Mahmut is a young Pasha serving on the council of the Türkiye Stratocracy. The clouds of war are gathering over his country as the threat of the aggressive Empire looms large. With Türkiye’s council split between the warmongers and the pacifists, Mahmut begins his quest to keep the peace at any cost…

Plot: This first chapter is pretty awesome, and had me hooked from the first few pages. I’m really looking forward to reading the rest of the series when I get the chance. Hopefully that will be soon, as this series really looks to be awesome.

Characters: Mahmut is a pretty awesome male lead, and his pet eagle Iskander is just as awesome. The rest of the cast is great as well, and I’m excited to start meeting new characters.

Art: The art is excellent, in fact if I didn’t know from looking up the publisher, I’d have guessed that this was run in a Shueisha publication given how good the art is.

Overall: Giving this the definite go ahead, Altair should prove to be an awesome series.

For those who like: Action, Drama, Historical Fiction, Military Fiction, Awesome Male Lead, Fantastic Plot, Great Artwork, Excellent Cast of Characters.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, but how can you hate all that?

Manga Monday: Hero Company by Shimamoto Kazuhiko

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This week for Manga Monday I’ve got another Quick Review! It’s Hero Company by Shimamoto Kazuhiko!

Plot Synopsis: “A hero” is a job that in the face of danger and adversity or from a position of weakness, display courage and the will for self sacrifice. Would you like to work as such a hero in our company? You may transform, manipulate a huge robot or fight as a squad. Shall we realize your dream in our “Hero Company”?!

Plot: This first chapter that I reviewed is the introduction to the concept of the Hero Company itself and it’s quite funny. It makes a job that we dreamt about as a kid and totally ruins that image for us. It makes the heroes look like normal businessmen, and businesswomen, who are in it purely for the money just like most people who work for a living rather than doing what they love as a job.

Characters: We don’t get introduced to any specific characters in this first chapter, so I’m going to pass over this section this time around.

Art: The art is awesome and has a truly classic Manga feeling, in fact it reminds me the most of Cyborg 00-9 in terms of Art. So I’m definitely going to keep reading this series if it keeps up the amazing artwork.

Overall: This looks to be a truly amazing series that pokes fun at childhood dreams.

For those who like: Comedy, Crushed Dreams, Action, Mecha, Excellent Artwork.

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