Idols, and idol-related media, has been becoming ever more popular in Japan and other Asian countries. Groups like AKB, NMB48, and Hello! Project are poping up and quickly growing in both size and popularity. This idol-culture is now spreading in North America too, fueled in part by the number of idol anime and manga being released and translated. IdolM@ster, Love Live, Aikatsu, and AKB0048, are some examples of recent idol shows, each one using a different angle to explore the lives of female pop idols. I personally enjoy idol anime, but idol manga is something new to me; AKB49 is my first idol manga... read more
Very simple, but beautiful! This is very shot manga chapter that shows the creation of a Rozen Maiden doll. It is too short to write a proper review for, but if you are a fan of the Rozen Maiden series, I would highly recommend this. It can be read at any point in the series (including as a prequel), and is only several pages long. It's a bit abstract, but it fits the series nicely.
Story: This manga is one volume, but is divided up into several one-shot stories that are sometimes related. The stories are random and there isn't really any continuity. It's not interesting to read. If one or two of these were tweaked they could be cool horror one-shots, but alas they throw in some humor and ruin that mood. Art: Nothing special. However, I'm a fan of the few horror scenes. Very creapy looking. Characters: We don't learn much about them and there is no development. Two characters appear in most of chapters, but most appear randomly. Two others appear randomly for one... read more
Digimon Next isn't a very entertaining manga, even for someone like me who loved the original tv series. Story: The story was simple; kids get sucked into the digital world to save it. They each have problems that they must face and overcome at some point to beat the baddies. Other than using Tamagachi-type things, the story isn't much differnt from any other digimon series. The one difference is it's not as long, so events are more rushed than in the tv shows. Art: Extremely average, some pages were too blank. Characters: Very generic. ... read more
This was a random one-volume yaoi manga I ordered at the local comic shop for fun. I was never a big yaoi fan, but decided I should try some. Luckily, I ended up with a good one! That Was Good is made up of 3 unrelated stories. The first involves a pilot, his son, and their new housekeeper, and is called That Was Good. This one is the longest one, and my favorite. I REALLY enjoyed the story and was disappointed when I realized that the entire volume wasn't centered around these characters. A great story, characters, and the perfect mix of comedy, drama, and lust. I highly recommend it to yaoi... read more
Model is about a young girl, Jae, whos roommate brings home an unconscious man. During the night the weak man, Micheal, reveals himself as a vampire as he drinks Jae's blood before passing out. As her own personal revenge she decides to draw him (she's an artist), plus she is drawn to his beauty. In the morning, they end up making a deal: Jae will live at his place and paint him, at the cost of some of her blood. Also living at Micheal's mansion is Ken (his son), and the maid Eva. Plot basically involves Jae trying to piece together the pasts and present of the people living with her. Ken... read more