This week for Manga Monday I’ve got a really interesting Quick Review for you all. It’s Yuukoku no Moriarty, or Moriarty the Patriot, by Takeuchi Ryousuke!
Plot Synopsis: The story of Sherlock Holmes, reimagined with Moriarty as the protagonist and exploring his motivation in becoming the greatest criminal Britain has ever seen….
Plot: This isn’t a happy story, it doesn’t reimagine Moriarty into some noble hero. However if you ever wondered why Moriarty did what he did, this gives a good guess as to the explanation. I won’t spoil anything further, but I’ll just say I was hooked by the end of the chapter, I might even see about getting my Aunt to read this, as she loves Sherlock Holmes.
Characters: William is our lead character, and the rest of the cast is good as well. I won’t spoil anything, though we don’t get introduced to Sherlock yet in this first chapter.
Art: The art is excellent, easily meeting Shueisha’s standards. Given that this is are published by Shueisha that should come as no shock.
Overall: Yuukoku no Moriarty is quite an interesting read, and I highly recommend it for anyone who loves Sherlock Holmes.
Merry Christmas everyone! This week for Manga Monday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s Gunjou ni Siren by Momokuri Mikan!
Plot Synopsis: Two guys: cousins, both left-handed, both passionate about becoming their school team’s best pitcher. One of them has already lost the spot once – back in elementary school – and his cousin moved away not long after, seemingly clueless to the fact that he was leaving the guy who introduced him to baseball dispirited and defeated…
Plot: The plot is decent, and more than a bit melodramatic. I don’t mind the melodrama all that much, but it did feel a touch over the top, and I’ve got a tolerance for that sort of thing. I only read this first chapter, but I definitely enjoyed reading it quite a bit. Sadly it doesn’t have many translated chapters out there yet, and due to being sick still (I’m writing this in advance) I didn’t have the bandwidth or brain power needed to sort out the untranslated chapters.
Characters: Shuuji is our main character and he’s a pretty mopey guy. I honestly don’t like him. He’s incredibly bitter over something that is pretty minor. Sorry, but losing your spot in a grade school sports team isn’t all that important in the grand scheme of things. Sora on the other hand seems to either be incredibly good at masking his true feelings or is just clueless. Personally I’m thinking it’s clueless, but who knows.
Art: I’d make a comment about how it’s Shueisha level work, but after checking the publication information it turns out that they do publish it. So yea, guess it does.
Overall: A good read, with sadly very few chapters released in English.
For those who like: Drama, Sports, School Life, Angst, Great Artwork.
This week for Sensate Saturday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s Blue Flag by KAITO!
Plot Synopsis: Three students in their third and final year of high school meet during a time when they are worried about paths for their futures. Waiting for them are sweet, painful, and heartrending days.
Plot: The plot is so stereotypical that I really don’t find the series all that amazing. It’s not that much of a surprise that it’s relegated to the online publication of Jump.
Characters: Taichi is our main point of view character, while Touma and Kuze are our other two leads. Frankly I hate them all, Kuze is the stereotypical clumsy and shy girl, Touma is the energetic and outgoing extrovert that everyone loves and Taichi is the loner. It’s so cliched that I just can’t bring myself to read another chapter.
Art: The art is great, as you’d expect from a Shueisha publication, but it’s not enough to save this from getting put on my don’t bother to read list.
Overall: Skip this unless you are really, really desperate for a Slice of Life series to read.
For those who like: Slice of Life, School Life, Drama, Romance, Mediocrity.
This week for Manga Monday I’m covering a series that just launched in the past couple weeks. It’s Golem Hearts by Osuka Gen!
Plot Synopsis:Creatures known as golems have become integrated with society, performing all sorts of tasks. These golems are created by the widely-respected “sorcery scholars,” and obey the commands of their human masters without question. Noah is a sorcery scholar who strives to become the second best of his kind…
Plot: The plot is pretty cliche and full of stereotypes, but despite that it lives up to it’s name and has a bunch of heart. It’s one of those stories you know you’ve read something very similar, but you don’t care as it gives you that warm fuzzy feeling.
Characters: Noah is a pretty stupid lead, but given that it’s a Shonen series and who he is, that’s really not surprising. Lamech our other main character is also a loser, but he’s got a heart of gold along with Noah. The rest of the cast is okay, although I’m unsure how important they’ll end up being,
Art: The art is great as you’d expect from a series published in Weekly Shonen Jump.
Overall: It may be cliched, but it’s got heart.
For those who like: Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Plot with a bunch of Heart, Awesome Artwork.
This week for Sensate Saturday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s ReRe Hello by Minami Touko!
Plot Synopsis: When Ririko was five, she lost her mother. It’s been ten years since then, now she helps out her family by doing most of the household tasks. Her father started a handyman company, but then something horrible happened…
Plot: This is a pretty interesting series, it’s not super amazing and gripping, but it’s not really full of stereotypes either. I’ll probably continue to read it eventually, although it will probably be a while.
Characters: Ririko is a fairly interesting female lead, she isn’t the typical damsel in distress you find in some Shoujo series. The rest of the cast is also pretty interesting, especially Towa.
Art: The art is superb as you’d expect from a Shueisha series.
Overall: Worth a read if you Slice of Life Romances are your cup of tea.
For those who like: Romance, Slice of Life, Drama, School Life, Intersting Plot, Good Cast of Characters, Awesome Artwork.
This week for Manga Monday I’m covering a really weird series. It’s Shinkaigyou by Tanaka Kanako!
Plot Synopsis: Ryohan is a scientist who created a weird fish/shark man who can shrink to the size of a microbe that can destroy viruses and diseases in a human’s body. However the weird fishman hates humans…
Plot: This is a really weird series, frankly I’m not surprised it only lasted a single volume, because it’s just not that great a story. Of the chapters I read we didn’t even learn that fishman’s name.
Characters: Ryohan is an oddball main character, if he even is the main character. It’s hard to tell.
Art: Pretty good for a series that ran in 1999, but nothing amazing.
Overall: Skip this series, it’s really not worth your time.
For those who like: Mediocrity and nonsense.
Not for those who don’t like: Either of the above.
This week for Anime Sunday I’m covering another series from the Fall 2017 Season! It’s my Black Clover Episode 01 Impressions!
Plot Synopsis: Asta and Yuno are orphans who were raised together from birth after being abandoned at a church orphanage on the outskirts of the Clover Kingdom at the same time. In a world where everyone has the natural ability to perform a kind of magic, or a Magical Power, Asta is the only person born without any, leading him to train physically as compensation. Conversely, Yuno was born as a prodigy with immense magical power and the talent to control it. When they are 15, Asta and Yuno are granted the ability to become wizards known as Magic Knights by receiving grimoires, with which all magical power is channeled. Yuno is granted a wind-based grimoire held by the kingdom’s first Wizard King, while Asta does not receive one.
Plot: This could be called SCREAMING the Anime. Frankly I got really tired of this really quickly where Asta is constantly screaming. His first words in the show are a scream (and I’m not counting the baby screaming). Frankly it takes the stuff people hate about most Shounen series and makes a story out of it. Unlucky Protagonist? Check. Best Friend who is a super genius? Check. Rivalry between said characters? Check. I could go on and on, but frankly I’m sick of even writing about this series.
Characters: Asta and Yuno are our two leads, but frankly I hate them both, although Asta gets a much larger portion more of my ire. The rest of the cast is uninteresting as well.
Art: It’s okay, but nothing spectacular and not even close to something on ufotable’s level of quality. The frequent use of CG is also annoying.
Overall: If you like stereotypes and lots of screaming Black Clover might be for you. Otherwise move on and do something more worthwhile like watch an episode or three of a Fate series.
For those who like: Screaming, Stereotypes, Bland Characters and Plot, Screaming oh wait I already said that.
Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, particularly the screaming. Is that horse dead enough yet?