This week for Manga Monday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s Mr Fullswing by Suzuki Shinya!
Plot Synopsis: Saruno Amakuni is a 15-year-old student of Junishi High School. As a teenage boy, he desperately tries to find a girlfriend. Being fed up with seeing all the girls fall in love with high school athletes, he decides to join a sports-club himself. He starts looking around at the different sports clubs with the guidance of his friend, Sawamatsu Kengo. They go to check out the weight lifting club (of which there is only one member, a large, frighteningly buff guy), only for Saruno to see a girl that he assumes to be the manager of the club and show off for her. After sufficiently hurting himself, he helps the girl, Torii Nagi , carry some weights off somewhere, and while talking to her finds out that she is actually a manager for the baseball club, not the weight lifting club…
Plot: The plot of this first chapter is full of gags, and it gets more than a little bit annoying. Frankly I’m really not interested in continuing to read this series. Maybe it gets better later on in the series, but basing my judgement off this first chapter (which is the whole purpose of my Quick Reviews) I’m not going to count on it.
Characters: Frankly I don’t like Amakuni, he’s a perverted brat who continuously makes a fool of himself. The rest of the cast isn’t that great either, in fact the only semi likable character is Nagi, but she’s pretty shallowly represented in this first chapter so I can’t get a good read on her as a character.
Art: The art is the only good thing about the series, which shouldn’t be a surprise as it’s published by Shueisha.
Overall: Based on this first chapter it’s an easily skippable Sports series.
For those who like: Sports, Baseball, School Life.
Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above and/or Mediocrity.
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 Manga Monday I’ve got a Quick Review of a series from the creator of Kuroko no Basuke. It’s Robot x Laserbeam by Fujimaki Tadatoshi!
Plot Synopsis: When a high school boy who’s been nicknamed “Robot” due to his unemotional demeanour and lack of social skills encounters golf for the first time, his life takes a dramatic turn.
Plot: The plot isn’t quite as ridiculous as Kuroko, where Kuroko is constantly surprising people due to his lack of presence. That’s actually a good thing. Because, at least in this first chapter, everything that was shown is actually possible by normal people, given enough practice with golf. I can actually personally attest to that, as while what Robot does is not easy at all, it’s possible. I’ve been told by pretty decent golfers, including my step-father whose gotten a hole-in-one on one of the toughest golf holes I’ve ever seen and that includes really famous professional courses, that my own form is pretty good, but that I had trouble with the control of power. Most people have the problem the other way around, easy to gauge power but keeping your form in the correct stance is difficult.
Characters: Robot is a pretty emotionless guy, and while he’s noticeable unlike Kuroko they both are pretty awkward in social contexts. Tomoya, Robot’s friend is a pretty decent guy as well, although his form is pretty terrible, which Robot comments on.
Art: It’s excellent which considering who is the Mangaka and the publisher that should come as no surprise to anyone.
Overall: This is a must read for any Sports Manga fans. It might be a bit less action intense than Kuroko, but it’s still good. I wouldn’t be surprised to see an Anime of this series in a year or two.
For those who like: Sports, Golf, Excellent Plot Fantastic Characters, Amazing Artwork.
This week for Manga Monday I’ve got a Quick Review of a fairly new series. It’s Dr. Stone by Inagaki Riichiro!
Plot Synopsis: This science-fiction adventure series follows what happens when suddenly the world’s biggest-ever “crisis” arrives….
Plot: This series starts off pretty well, and while Senkuu is a really odd character, I like him quite a bit. Eccentricity isn’t a bad thing. I was quickly entranced by the series, but given that it was written by the Mangaka of Eyeshield 21 I shouldn’t have been surprised.
Characters: Senkuu and Taiju are our male lead characters along with Yuzuriha as our female lead. They are all really interesting characters and frankly I’m super intrigued by them. Senkuu is a genius, and Taiju seems to be the brawny guy. So I’m really looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
Artwork: The artwork is awesome, as one would expect from a Jump series.
Overall: I won’t say it’s a must read, but it’s pretty darn close to being one.
For those who like: Sci-Fi, Drama, Romance, Action, Adventure, Excellent Plot, Fantastic Cast of Characters, Amazing Artwork.
This week for Manga Monday I’ve got a Quick Review of a rather ridiculous Manga. It’s Sakigake Otokojuku by Miyashita Akira!
Plot Synopsis: The genius principal of the private school, Edajima Heihachi, was a war hero during World War II. He trained his students to play an active role in politics, economics and industries in Japan and all over the world, though the way of training is highly anachronistic. Staged in a private boys’ school that teaches ōendan to troubled teenagers. The students are trained to “revive the Spirit of Japan” and mainly engage in fighting courses.
Plot: The plot of this first chapter is pretty freaking ridiculous and while I’ve been told that the series has a Genre Shift later, the first chapter is almost nothing but gags. I don’t have a problem with Gag Manga in general, but they can get grating after a while so knowing that it doesn’t just stick to gags is good. I’ll probably read the entire series eventually, as it’s been completely translated a while ago.
Characters: Tsurigi Momotaro is our protagonist and he fits right in with the rest of the Manga. He has a quote in this first chapter that I wholly agree with. “There’s no place for logic in Otokojuku.” It is pretty much the entire theme of this first chapter. Edajima on the other hand is completely over the top in his reactions to criticism. I enjoyed both of them immensely.
Art: The art is pretty standard for the era it was written in, which was 1985 when it first ran. That being said it was pretty awesome with tons of detail and shading, and since it’s a Shueisha publication I expect the art will stay pretty uniformly awesome during the entire series.
Overall: If you enjoy Gags and Martial Arts, you’ll enjoy Otokojuku.
For those who like: Action, Comedy, Drama, Gag Manga, Hilarious Plot and Characters, Excellent Artwork.
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.
This week for Sensate Saturday I’m doing another One-shot! It’s Hoshi ni Negai wo by Inoya Kotoba!
Plot: Nozomi joined the Astrology club to fufill her desire to make a wish upon on a shooting star, however the club was a refuge for Musashi Satou the sole member before Nozomi. Satou doesn’t like hassles and joined the club only because it was empty and he was forced to join a club by his teacher. Unfortunately for him Nozomi is a huge hassle and all he wishes for is for her to leave the club and him alone.
Plot: The plot is pretty awesome, and I found myself getting a bit misty eyed at the end of it. That being said some of the gags were a bit annoying, but they weren’t too bad. I really enjoyed this one-shot and it could’ve easily been an amazing series with just a couple more chapters.
Characters: Satou is a great male lead, he knows what he wants out of life and tries his best to get it, unfortunately for him Nozomi doesn’t take the hint very well and constantly sticks by him in order to make up for the fact that she’s alone more often than with her family when at home. Nozomi on the other hand is a pretty decent female lead, but her gags are a bit annoying.
Art: The art is excellent, and easily Shueisha quality level work, although the one-shot was published by Kodansha.
Overall: An excellent One-shot that’s only faults are some gags, and the lack of resolution due to the series being only one chapter long.
For those who like: Romance, Drama, Comedy, Slice of Life, School Life, Excellent Cast of Characters, Fantastic Art, Great Plot.