This week for Manga Monday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s Kimetsu no Yaiba by Gotouge Koyoharu!
Plot Synopsis: Tanjiro is the oldest son in his family who has lost his father. One day, Tanjiro ventures off to another town to sell charcoal. Instead of going home, he ends up staying the night at someone else’s house due to rumors of a demon nearby in the mountains….
Plot: This is not a happy series, I’ll say that right now. If you want a happy comedic series this is definitely not going to be one of those series. I enjoyed it, although I probably will put it lower in my backlog to read rather than higher up due to the plot.
Characters: Tanjiro is a pretty interesting main character, he’s sensible and a general all around helpful person. I’m interested in seeing how that changes over the course of the series. Nezuko, his younger sister is also pretty interesting, although she doesn’t say a whole bunch in this chapter. The rest of the cast is interesting, but I won’t say who my favorite side character is yet.
Art: As you might expect from a Shueisha publication the artwork is excellent.
Overall: If you can deal with the decidedly not happy plot, this might be just up your alley.
For those who like: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Drama, Action, Adventure, Dark Plot, Good Cast of Characters, Excellent Artwork.
This week for Sensate Saturday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s You Will Hear the Voice of the Dead by Hiyodori Sachiko!
Plot Synopsis: Kishida Jun is a sickly high school student who can see dead people. One person in particular is following him around: his childhood friend Hayakawa Ryoko…
Plot: The plot is very messed up. If you can’t handle horror don’t read this series, it will probably give you nightmares. I personally won’t be continuing to read the rest of the series after this first chapter, I have enough nightmares to deal with normally and I don’t particularly want to add to them by reading this. If you like Horror though, this will probably be an awesome series for you.
Characters: Jun is an odd main character, I get the feeling that he just sort of goes through life, not really attempting anything. Although being sickly I guess that’s enough of a reason to do so. Ryoko is a silent character the entire time in this first chapter, but still I found her to be interesting. Just not enough to get over my aversion of the Horror genre.
Art: The art fits the series perfectly, tons of shading make the entire chapter feel incredibly dark. No complaints really on a technical side I could see.
Overall: If you like Horror this will probably be amazing, but for those who don’t like it they should stay away.
This week for Manga Monday I’ve got a Quick Review for a rather interesting series. It’s Vector Ball by Raiku Makoto!
Plot Synopsis: After a series of bizarre incidents in his school, student Kometaki Okaka decided to investigate the cause of it. What he discovers will turn his world upside down…
Plot: The plot of this series is really out there. It is full of really odd gags, least of all being the belly hair song…. Yeah I really just wrote that. I was actually laughing my head off the entire time I was reading, but after finishing this first chapter I found out that the Mangaka axed the series by his own request after 44 chapters. So while I’m really intrigued by the series I don’t know if I’ll continue reading it.
Characters: The cast is just plain odd. I can’t stress how odd this series is. Kometaki was an interesting lead character, if really strange, but that can be said about every character. My favorite side character was Mouryou (spelling is probably wrong, but oh well).
Art: The art was great, it’s not got the high detail level of a Jump work, but it’s still quite good. And it fits this series perfectly.
Overall: If you don’t mind the series being axed prematurely and enjoy really oddball stories, you’ll love Vector Ball.
For those who like: Bizarre Things, Action, Comedy, Interesting Plot, Fantastic Cast of Characters, Great Artwork.
Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, or a series that ends abruptly.
I know I said that the last Anime Sunday would be the last of the Winter 2017 season, but I forgot about this series. So that’s what I covering for this week’s Anime Sunday. It’s my Gabriel Dropout Episode 01 Impressions!
Plot Synopsis: Upon passing a school in heaven, graduating angels are sent down to Earth, where they must learn about humans and guide them towards the correct path in order to become true angels. However, Gabriel White Tenma, the top angel in her class, becomes addicted to video games upon arriving on Earth….
Plot: Yeah, this isn’t the most serious series, in fact it’s pretty much all about comedy. I can’t say I found the series really entertaining, but that is more of a personal issue rather than anything I found particularly flawed in the series. However I didn’t find it as funny as Dragon Maid was, so I can’t say that it was really high on my list. Hence why I may have forgotten about the series…
Characters: Gab is your typical honor student turned graduate who when granted freedom takes it to an extreme. The rest of the cast isn’t really introduced in this first episode, as it’s focused almost entirely on Gabriel.
Art: The art isn’t bad, but it’s not ufotable quality either.
Music: It’s a comedy series so it didn’t really have riveting musical scores to go along with the plot.
Overall: If comedy is your thing, Gabriel Dropout might be for you. Personally I really couldn’t enjoy it.
For those who like: Comedy, Supernatural, Slice of Life.
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.
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.
This week for Manga Monday I’m covering another One-Shot! It’s Kioh x Kioh by Muranaka Souta!
Plot Synopsis: What will Kioh do when he meets his alter ego from another dimension?! And what’s this….
Plot: The plot is very fast paced, but given that it’s a one-shot it’s not surprising. Frankly I would love to read a serialization of this series, maybe one day it’ll actually happen. Doubtful, but one can hope right?
Characters: Kioh is a pretty stubborn male lead, although his alter ego is just as stubborn. Frankly I prefer his alter ego over the normal one. Inutsuki, the only other character we really get to meet is pretty hilarious though.
Art: The art is very good, frankly I’m sad that this series wasn’t serialized, it could have a lot of potential.
Overall: For a good short story with some supernatural elements, Kioh x Kioh is a very good pick to read.
For those who like: One-Shots, Action, Supernatural, Drama, Great Cast of Characters, Good Plot, Awesome Artwork.