Manga Discussion: Sankarea

SankareaIf you’re looking for a pretty standard shounen rom-com sort of series, then Sankarea might be something you want to check out; other than that though, it isn’t anything all that special. While the romance was at least something I was able to root for, this series didn’t really do anything out of the ordinary, nor did it really have anything interesting to say. The series fit very nicely with the other shounen series without doing all that much to innovate and so it isn’t anything all that exceptional. I wouldn’t go into this series expecting anything amazing, and if you’re not into shounens at all, I might tell you to shy away from this one. While I wouldn’t say the series was boring or unentertaining, I wouldn’t say it was anything more than just kind of okay; just managing to hold my interest enough to get me through the series in its entirety. If you’re a big fan of typical shounen romance stories though, you might thoroughly enjoy this series, unfortunately, I am not one of those types of people. I would really only recommend it to those who enjoy those series, and to people who think the premise (a guy with a fetish for zombies involved with a girl who happens to be one) is interesting, but other than that, you might wanna pass on this series. It’s not that it’s bad, it’s just that there are certainly better series out there, and so I give it a:

6 out of 10.

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Manga Discussion: Love in Hell

Love in HellA lot of potential with too short of a runtime; that’s how I feel about the series Love in Hell. This series had one of the most interesting worlds I’ve seen in a manga series, and while that may be because I haven’t read some of the larger and more well renowned series (Berserk and One Piece  to name a couple), compared to the anime I’ve watched (which is a lot) it still comes out near the top for having an interesting world. It not only has a great world that could have been explored so much, but the characters are also incredibly likable and interesting themselves. The dynamic between the two mains, Koyori and Rintaro is incredibly fascinating to watch. The series also had some very interesting character dynamics going on throughout the series, but due to the short length, they were never really explored in-depth. Unfortunately, this series only has a three-volume run, and while it does have an ending, I would have loved to explore not only the world, but the lives of the characters so much more. And while there is a second series that came out, after taking a few snapshots of it, it just doesn’t look the same. So, unfortunately, this series is just one that could have been great to me, and if it had maybe eight or ten volumes, would certainly have been up there for one of my favorites. With all that said, I still think this is a series you should check out, but sadly because of the series regrettably short length, I give it a:

7 out of 10.

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Manga Discussion: Inside Mari

Inside MariKeeping me on the edge of my seat the entire read through, Inside Mari was a fantastic and interesting ride. This series is a very unique take on identity, and to some extent, a study on the way people deal with the problems in their lives. While I can’t go into too much detail due to spoilers and the way the narrative flows, I can say that one of the main themes has to do with societal expectations of an individual; this is especially pointed out by the contrast between two of the characters of the story. The study on dealing with problems is also intermingled with that specific narrative, and only further emphasizes the first theme. This is a series I would highly recommend on the physiological aspect alone, and while I can’t really say why I say that without spoiling the series, it is something I can see just about anyone enjoying, even with the couple of annoyances the series has (such as how some of its sequences feel rather repetitive). This series is written by the same author as The Flowers of Evil, Shuuzou Oshimi, who also happens to be working on the currently ongoing series, Happiness; so if you like either of those, you might find yourself comfortable here as well (this series also had a similar feel to the works of Inio Asano, so if you like his writing this might be a perfect series for you). The ending of this series is very well done and incredibly well orchestrated from the beginning; he knew exactly where he wanted to go from the very beginning. As such, I consider this a series that you should certainly take a look at, especially if you’re in one of the groups I already mentioned. The gripping story, and beautifully written characters combine to make a fantastic series, even with its minor annoyances; and so, I would give it a:

9 out of 10.

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Manga Discussion: Boku Girl

Boku GirlAn interesting romance involving the relationships between a group of friends: Boku Girl does this in a comedic and different way. A fun gender-bender rom-com, this series is sort of long, and has some nice elements to it, but it also had some irksome moments as well, and the ending felt slightly rushed, but overall, the series was enjoyable to me. The relationships between the characters was nice to follow, and the ending, while rushed, still ended in a nice spot. One problem that the series faces however, is that it seems to feel repetitive after a while, and the progress seems to slow down considerably in the mid section, so if that’s something that bothers you, then you might not enjoy this series a  whole lot. Overall, I’d say it was an enjoyable read for me, but not something super special that I think I’ll re-read countless times in the future; it was just something that I read and felt satisfied after finishing. So, with that, I’d give this series a:

7 out of 10.

Manga Discussion: What a Wonderful World!

what-a-wonderful-worldWhat a Wonderful World is a short, 2 volume series told through various short stories of snip-its of people’s lives. A nice look at a lot of different perspectives, and it is very interesting to see all the ways that the characters are connected to each other. Each little story is like the beginning of  a much larger tale, but we only ever get to see that one little moment. While there are certainly a lot of themes going on in the series, I wasn’t able to pick up nearly that many of them, and I feel that it would take me several readings to finally come up with everything this series is about. The presentation of the story is very unique, and depending on how you see it, you might find it as a positive or a negative: because the stories themselves are so short, you never really get attached to the characters, not only that, but they aren’t fleshed out that much either, and it may find you feeling disconnected; however, because there are so many different stories and so many different perspectives, the world feels really big and alive, even with one of the narratives seeming to contradict that. The way everything connects is also an amazing feat of storytelling and truly excellent work by Inio Asano in the way he managed to pull it off. While the story might have a lot to say though, it is still incredibly complicated and hard to dissect, and that I feel is a rather large negative as it requires a lot from the reader in order to fully understand everything that is going on because everything’s moving quickly and each character only has the focus for a short amount of time. Overall though, I feel the series is a great read, and since it’s so short, you might as well. I give this series an:

8 out of 10.