Manga Monday: Vector Ball by Raiku Makoto

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.

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Anime Sunday: Gabriel Dropout Episode 01 Impressions

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.

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

 

Sensate Saturday: Kako to Nise Tantei by Mitsunaga Yasunori

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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: Akuma to Duet by Fujitsuka Yuki

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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.

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

Manga Monday: Kioh x Kioh by Muranaka Souta

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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.

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

Sensate Saturday: Ane Golem by Horiizumi Inko

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This week for Sensate Saturday I’m covering a really short and sweet One-Shot! It’s Ane Golem by Horiizumi Inko!

Plot Synopsis: What happens when your long-deceased older sister decides to pay you a visit because you’re behaving too much like a freeter in high school? And what’s more, she’s become a golem to put you back on track?!

Plot: The plot is very short and sweet, I enjoyed it quite a bit. Frankly I wasn’t expecting it to end that abruptly, but being less than 25 pages long I can’t blame it for that.

Characters: Mari is a kind elder sister, if somewhat klutzy. Sou is a fairly typical male lead, frankly not all that interesting.

Art: The art was good, not super amazing, but not terrible either.

Overall: For a short and sweet read, Ane Golem isn’t a bad choice.

For those who like: One-Shots, Romance, Drama, Slice of Life, Supernatural, Good Artwork.

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

Anime Sunday: Nerawareta Gakuen

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This week for Anime Sunday I’m covering a film! It’s Nerawareta Gakuen!

Plot Synopsis: Kenji Seki’s daily routine was set in stone. Every morning he walks his dog at the beach to get a glimpse of his crush, Kahori Harukawa, as she rides the waves on her surfboard, and walks to school together with his childhood friend, Natsuki Suzuura. Everything changed on a sunny spring morning when he stumbled across Ryouichi Kyougoku, a handsome new transfer student who claims to be a psychic…

Plot: The plot of the film is okay, but it’s not the most amazing Anime film I’ve watched. That said it’s still got a better plot than Twilight so it’s not nearly that bad. I did enjoy it, but seeing it once was enough.

Characters: Kenji is a typical high school boy, he’s got a crush who can’t confess to and he’s got a childhood friend, who happens to be in love with him though he’s dense as hell and doesn’t know it. Frankly my favorite character was Natsuki, I was rooting for her the entire movie, but that’s probably just me.

Art: The art of the movie was good, but nothing really amazing either. It’s better than most TV series, but nothing close to ufotable levels of quality either.

Music: The music was okay, and I did enjoy the ending theme by supercell. That being said the rest of the musc was rather forgettable and wasn’t great.

Overall: If you want a Sci-Fi and Romance movie to watch, Nerawareta Gakuen might not be the first choice, but it’s better than some Romance movies.

For those who like: Sci-Fi, Romance, Drama, Slice of Life, School Life, Interesting Cast of Characters, Good Plot, Okay Art, Decent Music.

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