TNT: 5000 Nen Dragon Volume 01 by Enomoto Kaisei

This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m back with the first volume in a somewhat amusing series I came across recently. It’s 5000 Nen Dragon Volume 01 by Enomoto Kaisei!

Plot: The plot is highly ridiculous and more slapstick than anything else. It’s very much not an action oriented fantasy series and even the times it does have action it’s more comedic than anything else. If that is your preferred fantasy sub-genre then 5000 Nen Dragon will most likely be for you. That being said the plot is not that amazing as the entire premise is based off misunderstandings and it can only take that joke so far before it loses it’s amusement factor.

Characters: Revienda is our lead Point of View character, but he’s really not that fun of one. He’s an incredibly passive character, which is definitely intended but it doesn’t make him all that interesting. Reiko the female lead is much more outgoing, but being the incredibly dense outgoing hero is still an overused device and quickly loses it’s appeal. Frankly I had a hard time pushing through my boredom reading this story to enjoy it all that much.

Overall: This is an okay series, but it’s got very little depth to it and the premise is incredibly short lived.

For those who like: Fantasy, Comedy, Misunderstandings as the Main Plot Premise.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, or something with very little depth.

Manga Monday: Halcyon Lunch by Samura Hiroaki

This week for Manga Monday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s Halcyon Lunch by Samura Hiroaki!

Plot Synopsis: Gen, a recently bankrupted and now homeless guy, meets an unusual and hungry girl named Hios who can eat anything with her chopsticks.

Plot: This is another Gag Manga, something I typically don’t enjoy, and this was not an exception. It was way too random to make me laugh like it was intended. I’m guessing others felt the same way as this series only lasted for two volumes before ending.

Characters: Gen is an oddball main character, but he is completely normal compared to Hios who is just plain bizarre. I’m unsure if the rest of the cast we meet in this chapter was even going to stick around, but given the short nature of the series I suppose it really doesn’t matter.

Art: The art is decent at least, but it doesn’t make up for the lack of story or plot direction.

Overall: Skip this, it’s just too out there for most people to understand I think.

For those who like: Slapstick, Comedy.

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

Manga Monday: Kochikame by Akimoto Osamu

This week for Manga Monday I’ve got a Quick Review for the longest Manga, by a long shot. It’s Kochikame by Akimoto Osamu!

Plot Synopsis: The story, as its name indicates, focuses on the adventures and misadventures of a police station where we meet a cast of characters located within the park front of Kameari in Katsuhika Ward of the Tokyo Prefecture in Japan. Among the characters is the protagonist Ryotsu, his colleagues Nakagawa and Reiko, and his boss Bucho, who have appeared the most frequently.

Plot: This first chapter was very slapstick, which is pretty much the same for the entire series. This series ran for 40 years starting in 1976 and ending just last year. So while you may not be really interested in the series as a whole, you ought to give at least a chapter a read just for the fact that it ran for over 1,900 chapters and spanned 200 volumes.

Characters: Ryotsu is pretty much a jerk, while Nakagawa the only other character we get introduced to in this chapter is the standard noob cop, although he obviously comes from a very wealthy family as he’s always dressed up in some ridiculously fancy suit.

Art: The art is very old style, but given that it started in 1976 can you really expect anything different?

Overall: Worth reading at least a chapter, just to appreciate how long this series ran.

For those who like: Slapstick, Comedy, Slice of Life, Long Running Series.

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

Manga Monday: Blazing Pen by Shimamoto Kazuhiko

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This week for Manga Monday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s Blazing Pen by Shimamoto Kazuhiko!

Plot Synopsis: Hot blooded manga about… writing manga.

Plot: The plot is pretty non-existent, but it’s quirky enough to make me laugh occassionally, like the above page. I probably won’t read the rest of the series, as slapstick isn’t my sort of thing in anything other than very small doses.

Characters: Ohno Akiko is supposed to be our relatable character, while Honoo Moyuru is just plain oddball. His ideas of how to draw Manga are amusing, but also complete nonsense.  We get introduced to these two characters, and one other who is sort of forgettable, but Akiko is probably my favorite for her reactions.

Art: This is an olds Manga made in 1990 so it has the style of the times. It looks quite a bit like Saint Seiya even though they’re done by completely different Mangaka.  I enjoyed the art, as it’s very well done, but it just wasn’t enough for me to overlook the massive amounts of slapstick.

Overall: For those who enjoy random humor, Blazing Pen will probably be right up your alley.

For those who like: Slapstick, Comedy, Impersonations, Dramatic Tension, Great Artwork, Funny Cast of Characters.

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

Anime Sunday: Shomin Sample Episode 01 Impressions

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This week I’m back with a series I could barely watch through the entire episode for Anime Sunday. It’s Shomin Sample Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: Kimito Kagurazaka is an ordinary high school student. One day, he is forcefully enrolled in All-Girls School Seikain where its noble female students are cut off from the rest of the world to preserve their innocence. However, this deep isolation leaves a large number of school graduates unable to cope with the outside world. To deal with this problem, the school has decided to kidnap a male commoner, Kimito, hoping that his “common man’s” influence will be a gentle way to introduce the girls to the realities of life outside. Unfortunately for Kimito, the school only considered him a candidate for this project because they thought that he was a homosexual with a muscle fetish, and therefore no threat to the innocent girls’ chastity.

Plot: What I thought was going to be at least amusing was painful to watch, while the first 8 minutes were funny, the actual first meeting with a class was so painful I nearly stopped watching. It didn’t get much better as the episode went on, so I’m probably not going to keep watching the series, unless I get really bored.

Characters: Kimito is at least amusing, but the rest of the cast is pretty cringe worthy. Aika is somewhat decent, but she doesn’t make up for the rest of the cast making me gag.

Art: It fit the series to a T and that’s all I can say that was positive about it. It wasn’t Studio Deen bad, but it wasn’t far off.

Music: Like the art it was decent, and that’s about it.

Overall: Skip this unless you are really starving for a Romantic Comedy series.

For those who like: Romance, Comedy, Ridiculous Plot Hooks, Decent Art and Musical Score.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, or cringe-worthy cast of characters.