Generally I find one shot manga to be too short to get into - that was not the case with $100 is Too Cheap! It's short, but it also has an interesting and humorous - due to the twist - story that will keep you hooked the whole time. As it's a simple one shot there's not much else to say except read it!
There's something to be said for complete consistency. $100 is Too Cheap sticks to its principals on every page, from the opening splash to its final twist. Simple, direct, and ultimately charming, this little one-shot should creep on to anyone's reading list because the price of admission is so low.
The entire manga traces the course of one conversation between two adorable protagonists. Consequently, each twist and turn of thier discussion recieves some page layout. From the drink recipie cards to the rendering of each character's analogies or explanations, each of the thirty-one pages of this manga serves the already tight storyline.
The whole thing leads delightfully to a predictable final twist, but the playful tone and the sincerety of the closing pages makes it easy to forgive any flaws there might be in the story. The little micro-parable should appeal to almost anyone and makes this one-shot equally enjoyable by fans of any age.
An air of deliberate technical weakness pervades the layouts. The pages are almost completely devoid of screen tone, as the mangaka chooses to use thick hatching as a fill instead of any semblance of gradient. Poor execution occasionally mars the clean look of the black-on-white drawings, but the straightforward character designs and no-nonsense settings should endear readers in spite of any shortcomings. Add to this the enchanting juxtaposition of Petey's candid expressions with Sun's practiced deadpan and the artwork goes a long way toward helping shape the world and characters in the face of limited real estate for exposition.
With no room for development and no time to get acquainted with the cast, the characters as they are have to carry the tiny narrative. Nonetheless, both characters fit their roles in the story well and manage to intrigue enough to incite interest beyond the scope of the plot. While the Yamamoto (the mangaka) trims their interactions and histories in order to keep everything wrapped up tight at the end, readers should agree that this pair could easily support a second or third story without overstaying their welcome.
A perfect snack, $100 is Too Cheap offers everything you'd want from a one-shot manga. Adorable visuals, a personable cast, an amusing plot, and a moral lesson. Any fan of manga can pick this up, read it in one go, and walk away satisfied.
Manga in 150 Words: $100 is Too Cheap
Why 150? It’s a one shot.
Premise: A bounty hunter stumbles upon a -$100.00 bounty on a petty criminal and takes the notice into a bar, hoping that the young bartender will help solve the mystery. Why would the sheriff fine someone for bringing in a villain?
Appeal: All of the pieces needed to solve the puzzle are laid out for you in the pages, so try to figure it out before they tell you.
Art: I think it suits the story’s Old West setting well.
Characters: Neither of the main two are terribly original, but they are fairly likable, just the same.
Overall: $100 is Too Cheap is a pretty solid one shot; it has a developed plot, just enough information about the characters, and a style that enhances the whole. It’s worth a few minutes of your time.
First off, I’m actually surprised that this reminds me of Bartender, though just vaguely. It started out with Suna giving her a glass of Darjeeling Cooler and right before it showed how to make it. Then it does it again a couple minutes later.
Now I have to say, this is actually a really good short. There really is no reason not to read it since it’s only a one shot. The story line is rather goo and there is a small lesson involved though not as strong as I think it should be.
The characters aren’t really memorable but the story line is the thing that seems to stand out rather well. Sometimes its hard to see who is talking and other times they switch from one place to the other back and forward but other then that, this is a must read if you can find it. I didn’t think they could make a really good mystery in just 31 pages but they did rather nicely.
The artwork is rather thick lined and the faces don’t really have much definition to distinguish them from one another. The hair shows the most detail alone with the lines used for shadows. It’s all inked with no half tones at all. This makes the manga a bit to dark once in a while.