Manga Monday: Golden Kamui by Noda Satoru

Hey all, this week for Manga Monday I have another Quick Review. It’s Golden Kamui by Noda Satoru!

Plot Synopsis: In Hokkaido, the far northern lands of Japan, Sugimoto survived the Russo-Japanese war of the Meiji era. Nicknamed “Sugimoto the Immortal” during the war, he now seeks the riches promised by the gold rush in hopes of saving the widowed wife of his now deceased comrade from the war.

Plot: The plot is pretty awesome, I was pretty much instantly hooked after this first chapter, hopefully I’ll get to read all of it sooner rather then later. I do want to point out one more thing about the series, it is award winning, so take that how you will.

Characters: Sugimoto is a pretty interesting guy, it’s pretty obvious he’s dealing with serious issues from the war he fought in, despite all that he’s a pretty stable fellow. The rest of the cast we’ve met are pretty much nameless, but they look fairly interesting from this first chapter.

Art: The art is amazing, but once I looked up who the publisher was I wasn’t surprised to find it was Shueisha. That being said it is very graphic, so those with squeamish stomachs should probably not read this.

Overall: This has me hooked, so I’m going to give it the go ahead. Plus it’s an Award Winning series, it can’t be super terrible if it’s received an award.

For those who like: Historical Fiction, Military, Drama, Action, Adventure, Romance, Excellent Plot, Amazing Cast of Characters, Fantastic Artwork.

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

Sensate Saturday: Samon the Summoner by Numa Shun

This week for Sensate Saturday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s Samon the Summoner by Numa Shun!

Plot Synopsis: Class-president Teshigawara Sakura tries to get the new transfer student Samon Shosuke  to join a club or found his own as he is always alone in class. He got off the wrong foot with the class after claiming that his favorite Hobby was “summoning Demons”. Samon becomes interested in her after he learns of her being a “good person” including her image as an Angel. So he invites her to the roof to talk about something. Thinking he is about to confess his love she gets excited. At least at first….

Plot: The plot was fairly interesting, I have to admit I wasn’t expecting it to be so interesting before reading this first chapter. Hopefully we get to see lots more comedic action as the series progresses.

Characters: The lead pair are both fairly interesting, with Teshigawara being the epitome of a goody goody two-shoes, and Samon being pretty apathetic and uncaring towards the world as a whole. I hope to see them both grow as the series goes on.

Art: The art wasn’t quite as detailed as I was expecting from a Shueisha publication, not that it was bad it’s just the art style wasn’t quite what I was expecting.

Overall: I’m interested to see if this gets better, or if it just continues the same antics without really going anywhere. Hopefully it’ll be the former, because if it’s the latter I’ll probably stop reading it.

For those who like: Comedy, Drama, Action, School Life, Fantasy, Magic, Great Lead Characters, Interesting Plot, Good Artwork.

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

Manga Monday: Black Torch by Takaki Tsuyoshi

black_torch

This week for Manga Monday I’ve got another Quick Review, although this is a very new series. It’s Black Torch by Takaki Tsuyoshi!

Plot Synopsis: As a descendant of shinobi, Azuma Jirou has been learning ninja techniques his entire life. But in addition to that, Jirou also has the ability to talk to animals. One day when he rescues a strange black cat named Ragou, he learns that the world is filled with spirits called mononoke that can take the form of both people and animals…

Plot: The plot of this first chapter was pretty awesome, and while there were tropes aplenty I didn’t really mind them. That being said some will probably be less excited, but personally I think this might just become a great series in the future. I’ll probably hold off on reading the second (and latest chapter) until there are a lot more chapters to read.

Characters: Jirou is a pretty interesting main character, he’s a pretty slick young man who seems to have his stuff together pretty well, although he is a bit arrogant. Ragou on the other hand is pretty snarky, which was fun. I hope he keeps that quality as the series continues, as I always enjoy snark.

Art: The art is excellent, but given that this is a Shueisha publication I expected nothing less.

Overall: Giving this a go ahead, though with the warning that it’s only got two chapters thus far.

For those who like: Urban Fantasy, Ninjas, Supernatural, Action, Adventure, Drama, Great Plot, Excellent Characters, Awesome Artwork.

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

Sensate Saturday: Kako to Nise Tantei by Mitsunaga Yasunori

kako_to_niseitantei

This week for Sensate Saturday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s Kako to Nise Tantei by Mitsunaga Yasunori!

Plot Synopsis: Satoru earned a name as a genius boy detective, and the police rely on his reasoning skills. His secret, though, is that he is able to see the ghosts of the dead, and they provide him with the hints that lead him to solving cases.

Plot: The plot is pretty good, especially since while Satoru isn’t a real detective, he’s pretty damn good at acting like one. Honestly it reminds me a bit of Pysch, that USA TV show, except in reverse. Hopefully this series proves to hold my attention more than Psych did.

Characters: Satoru is a snarky individual, which is great. I’ve repeatedly stated that I love snarky characters, mostly because I’m quite the snarky bastard myself. But that’s a story for another day. Kako on the other hand is one creepy girl.

Art: The art is great, but given that this is a Shueisha publication I’m not surprised.

Overall: Giving this my definite go ahead for now, unless later chapters really screw this up, the series should be pretty awesome.

For those who like: Mysteries, Murder Mysteries, Supernatural, Urban Fantasy, Awesome Plot, Great Cast of Characters, Excellent Art.

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

Sensate Saturday: Furi Fura by Io Sakisaka

furi_fura

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.

Manga Monday: Hinomaru Zumou by Kawada

hinomaru_zumou

This week for Manga Monday I’ve got yet another Quick Review! It’s Hinomaru Zumou by Kawada!

Plot Synopsis: It is a divine ritual, a martial art, a combat sport—it’s sumo!!A “small” new student, Hinomaru Ushio, appears before the weak little sumo club of Oodachi High School! The words “big” and “heavy” are the rules to this sport, which does not fit this newbie any inch, but this guy goes and does what…!?

Plot: The plot of this first chapter was pretty intense, but given that this is serialized in Jump I can’t say I’m too surprised that it was that intense. I enjoyed this first chapter quite a bit, even if there was plenty of stereotypes used.

Characters: Ushio is a pretty interesting lead character, not just because he’s small, but because he takes no crap from anyone. I enjoy seeing such characters, even if they are somewhat stereotypical. Oozeki on the other hand is another stereotype and frankly wasn’t my favorite side character. Hopefully he gets some much needed character development.

Art: This is a Jump publication so the art is excellent as always.

Overall: Giving this the tentative go ahead, the series looks to be pretty interesting and if it keeps the quality as good as this first chapter it should be a hit.

For those who like: Sports, Wrestling, Sumo, Action, Drama, School Life, Great Plot, Excellent Lead Character, Fantastic Artwork.

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

Manga Monday: Yogen no Nayuta by Fujimoto Tatsuki

yogen_no_nayuta

This week for Manga Monday I’m covering another One-Shot! It’s Yogen no Nayuta by Fujimoto Tatsuki!

Plot Synopsis: A tale about a prophecy involving a girl with horns who is said to bring destruction upon the world, and her brother.

Plot: The plot is pretty tense, and I really didn’t expect this to run in a Shounen publication, but it did. That being said it was a One-Shot so maybe it was able to get away with more than a full serialization would. The plot is also really screwed up, so if you have any squeamishness you probably don’t want to read this.

Characters: Kenji is our main PoV character for this One-Shot and his sister Nayuta is our titular female lead. She’s definitely not normal, and is pretty disturbing. The rest of the characters we meet are never named, so I can’t really comment on anyone else.

Art: The art matches this screwed up One-Shot very well, but given the author’s other work which is even more seriously screwed up I found Nayuta to be much more tolerable.

Overall: If you can handle the gore, this One-Shot might be worth a read. Otherwise move on with your life, you really don’t want to read this.

For those who like: Drama, Action, Violence, Gore, Tense Plot.

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