Manga Monday: Dr. Stone by Inagaki Riichiro

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.

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

Manga Monday: Sakigake Otokojuku by Miyashita Akira

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.

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

Manga Monday: Hinomaru Zumou by Kawada

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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.

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

Sensate Saturday: Hoshi ni Negai wo by Inoya Kotoba

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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.

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

Manga Monday: Tegami Bachi by Hiroyuki Asada

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This week for Manga Monday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s Tegami Bachi by Hiroyuki Asada!

Plot Synopsis: The story takes place in AmberGround, a land of perpetual night only partly illuminated by an artificial sun. People called Letter Bee’s travel between the various towns in order to deliver letters, a job that is incredibly dangerous due to the monsters called Gaichuu, giant insects that roam in the dark places between towns.

Plot: The plot is pretty interesting as of the first chapter, I’ll probably get around to reading the series fully later this year, sometime in the summer most likely. But so far I’ve had my interest piqued.

Characters: We get introduced to Gauche and Lag in this first chapter, along with Gauche’s partner Roda, a dog. Personally I like Roda the most, but that might just be the dog lover part of me or it may be the cold I’ve come down with. Either way the cast is interesting!

Art: This was published by Shueisha in Weekly Shonen Jump, so it’s got amazing artwork.

Overall: I’m going to give this a tentative go ahead, hopefully it stays as good as the first chapter.

Manga Monday: Yoakemono by Shibata Yuusaku

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This week for Manga Monday I’m covering a super short series. It’s Yoakemono by Shibata Yuusaku!

Plot Synopsis: The two boys Gin and Jinrou form a tough team in the mountains. One day, Gin decides that the only way they can move forward is to travel to the capital and join the Shinsengumi.

Plot: The plot isn’t super happy, in fact it’s pretty tragic. That being said this series was axed early on and thus had a really rushed ending. It only lasted 16 chapters in Weekly Shonen Jump. This is definitely not a series I’d enjoy reading again.

Characters: Jinrou is the main and Gin is his foil in every way, where Jinrou is a loner and hates big crowds, Gin loves them. The rest of the cast is quite interesting though as it takes famous and mythical characters from Japans History and Lore and gives them pretty interesting spins. That being said it wasn’t enough to hold my interest or others as the series was axed.

Art: It’s pure classic Shonen Jump artwork, and it’s wonderful. Sadly it didn’t help the series last longer.

Overall: This is a skippable series, don’t bother reading it unless you are a Japanese History lover.

For those who like: Japanese History, Action, Tragedy, Interesting Cast of Characters, Excellent Artwork.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, or less than stellar plots.

 

Manga Monday: Where is Hunter x Hunter?

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This week for Manga Monday I’m answering a question. Where has Hunter x Hunter been? Find out below!

You know where it’s been!?: Okay so I don’t actually know what’s up with the series, although I know for a fact it hasn’t been axed. Not yet at least.  Yoshihiro Togashi has been either severely sick or his son has been so often that it makes me wonder if he’s alive sometimes, but we get some news that he’s still kicking every once in a while.

Why hasn’t HxH been axed?: Well Yoshihiro Togashi is a known Mangaka for Shueisha and they know any of his work will sell well. Not only that, but HxH has been on hiatus so much that pretty much any chapters we get will be received fairly well.

But HxH didn’t even have a single chapter in 2015!: This is the most worrisome news regarding HxH, and honestly I think Yoshihiro Togashi is dealing with some super serious stuff, but that’s just a guess and not a fact.

When will it start up again?: Honestly I’ve got no clue, in fact I wouldn’t be surprised to hear that Yoshihiro Togashi has died tomorrow. I really hope not, but with almost no public sightings of him last year, with only a single piece of festival artwork being the most recent sign he’s alive, I’m honestly just as stumped as everyone else.  Hopefully he’ll finish the series, but as the main goal of Gon has already been met, the series could be axed any day now. It’d be a disappointment, but not unexpected at this point.

That’s it for this week’s Manga Monday!