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Pluto

on Nov 30, 2010

You know, I really wish that for all the works made by Naoki Urasawa that are reviewed, they would simply say: "Made by Naoki Urasawa. Stop reading this and go read/watch -manga/anime being reviewed-". But alas, sometimes one thinks they need more of a reason than the series being completely awesome or the creator being as equally awesome. Then again, it wouldn't fill the reader's noggin with praise for said works. And then again, they shouldn't need to be told that he's awesome. They should know it. Oh well, lets begin. To start off, it uses an arc that appears in Astroboy and makes it it's own... See full review

9.5/10 story
9/10 art
9/10 characters
9.4/10 overall

Maison Ikkoku

on Jan 6, 2011

When someone says Rumiko Takahashi, you may think of Ranma 1/2 or Inuyasha. But instead you should think of her romantic/comedy masterpiece Maison Ikkoku. It's one because of the story it tells, the characters that inhabit it and the feelings that live in them. The story is simple and keeps it's feet planted firmly in reality; real life. It feels real, the events feel real, the emotions feel real, everything feels real and that's the beauty of it. No fantasy, no sci-fi, only characters and a setting that could be seen in the real world and it's through this sense of realism that I really felt for Godai as... See full review

10/10 story
9/10 art
9.5/10 characters
9.5/10 overall

Duds Hunt

on Jan 7, 2011

Hate your job? Shucks, you can't get another one with that education; this is the only one you can and will get. Sucks, don't it? But that's where games come in, and in this case, Duds Hunt. Register, wait at least three or so days and get what you need for the game. Simple, ain't it? The rules are simple as well. Get the marker. Of the opposition; or more accurately, the other players. But they aren't going to give it to you willy nilly or just because you asked nicely. Oh no, you're going to have to use force. No need to be nice here. Nice will get you no where. Well, it might, but not that far. You have... See full review

9/10 story
8.8/10 art
?/10 characters
9/10 overall

Hohzuki Island

on Jul 23, 2011

When I go for a horror manga that deals with survival, I expect:

1. Suspense

2. A satisfying conclusion

3. Violence and blood (Optional but appreciated, not a dealbreaker)

I for one, am a sucker for suspense. If there's an inkling of it, I'm in and am probably all caught up in it while others are shaking their heads. This has done it for me in the suspense department and it had enough to make me want to continue on in one sitting. You got your mystery to go along with it; the disappearances, the lack of trust and a sense of something deeper. There's always a... See full review

5.5/10 story
7.5/10 art
?/10 characters
6/10 overall

Kijin Gahou

on Sep 20, 2011

The premise just begs for some absurd crap to happen and the magic shrooms or plants did their work. It's completely bonkers in it's premise and downright ridiculous as it progresses to the sexual content. Absolute lunacy. It's ugly, crazy and a disturbing ending to launch the last firecracker. Santa doing fly-by's had me sold, swarming people with presents they don't want. It's a one shot so five minutes for the fast readers and not much lost for some whacked-out gains.

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5/10 story
3.5/10 art
?/10 characters
4/10 overall

Mudazumo Naki Kaikaku

on Oct 29, 2011

*Review only goes up to chapter 49, the end of the Twilight of the Gods arc. Story: World leaders play mahjong with each other to settle disputes, debts, gamble and to decide the next Pope. That's the basic, bare bones plot, but it gets more ridiculous as it advances. By the time you hit Ragnarok, you think you've seen it all but Twilight of the Gods rears it's head and it just goes off into the ocean. It's silly, it's absurd and it's delightfully fun if you can get past how mad crazy this all is. It's not particularly deep nor should you expect that. Knowing mahjong helps loads but I know squat about it... See full review

7/10 story
8/10 art
7/10 characters
8.5/10 overall

Hozuki-san Chi no Aneki

on Mar 1, 2012

Alternating between 4-Koma and the normal... non-4-Koma format, Hozuki-san Chi no Aneki is about a brother, Gorou, who lives with his sister, Haru, (Not related by blood; step siblings?), and has a sister complex. A huge sister complex. BIG. It's what drives most of the jokes, concerning him at least, and how the sister trolls him about it; with him ending up in compromising positions infront of his classmates and peers; him trying to prove his worth and manliness, the usual stuff. It has the requirements for a comedy about a brother/sister duo and it works. The short volume series does work in it's favor... See full review

?/10 story
?/10 art
?/10 characters
9/10 overall

Hideout

on May 12, 2012

It goes from dramatic reasoning to psycho lunacy and only gets better from there. From a man's good intentions of trying to reconcile with his wife to his intent to commit murder, it starts off a tad dreary and goes to hell as things take a turn for the creepy. It's an unpleasant read, but in a good sense. In the single volume that encompasses it, we get to know enough of the main to feel like he isn't just a cog in the machine to move the plot along. He has depth and his wife is given some padding out, who is simply more than a miffed miss. We know more about how they got there instead of just a... See full review

9/10 story
9/10 art
9.5/10 characters
9/10 overall

Look Me in the Eyes When You Talk

on May 12, 2012

It's decent enough, with the premise of a merciless beating and some recovery that makes the man who never looks someone in the eye unable to see anyone's eyes. It retains a bit of a creep factor with those eyeless faces but doesn't have a whole lot of suspense. I did like the aftermath of his hospital stay but the ending left me confused. As a one shot, it's worth a quick read.

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?/10 story
?/10 art
?/10 characters
6/10 overall

Taisougi

on Aug 23, 2012

I'll be honest, I laughed at this one. Might have been from some brain contagion corruption, the amount of fetishes it packs in in 20 pages or how completely eye fucking crazy it is. Most of his stuff is off the wall and has some crude sexual content that might scar the brain and some shitty art and this one has it's fair share of it, that and on par. There's no main character but it's snippits of other people and their fucked lives of getting the wrong room. It's perverse, it's twisted, it's Kago and it's quotable! "Lift your ass, bitch, I've got to tear you apart!" Mileage may vary... See full review

?/10 story
?/10 art
?/10 characters
7/10 overall

Kasutoro Shiki

on Aug 24, 2012

It took me a minute to type the summary of this review: The fuck? You see it in the title: Abstract. This is some real- man, I can't even begin to explain it to you. You probably wouldn't get it. "2D panels translating into anal bleeding 3D", you say? "What else is there?" your peeble, feeble mind asks. God, it's so much more than that. This is a work of art that is so fucking insane and represents the juxtaposition of- that it's just-  factory of fucks, you wouldn't even appreciate it or understand it even if I tried to explain it. Quite simply, if Lord of the Ring is his... See full review

?/10 story
?/10 art
?/10 characters
9/10 overall

A Drifting Life

on Sep 30, 2012

A Drifting Life has been at my library for lord knows how long. Sitting there, amongst all the short volumes of more known works and volumes numbering in the teens. Picked it up when it finally dawned on me that it was on my to-read list and immediately started on it when I got home. What ensued wasn't a fast-paced tour-de-force or a high intensity rollercoaster or anything that encompassed speed or particularly excitement. What it was was history, life, the old way and a realistic view on a budding mangaka. This was the age of Tezuka, as the A-P description states. It was an old era, where rental book... See full review

?/10 story
?/10 art
?/10 characters
9/10 overall

Ouran High School Host Club

on Oct 2, 2012

I truly adore this series. Started reading it when it was still ongoing, waiting for each chapter to be released, up to it's conclusion. It's a simple premise; a girl has to crossdress as a guy to pay off a debt to a host club and while it starts as a comedy with any hints of romance played for laughs, it later on delves more into romance as feelings become clear and hearts become known. So comedy -> romance, but it does both quite well and the comedy isn't completely absent when the romance kicks in. First and foremost, Haruhi is the straight man in a world of boke, thanks to Tamaki and the Hitachiin... See full review

?/10 story
?/10 art
?/10 characters
9.5/10 overall

Drifting Classroom

on Oct 23, 2012

Story: Survival Horror, one of my favorite genres, and this one does it justice. It's a tale about an elementary school, like the one you went to, except they deliver bread to it. But one day, it gets sent to a wasteland devoid of life. And the kids, teachers and that delivery man, are stuck there. What ensues is the usual by human standards: panic, hysteria, denial and the usual, except for a twist or two that elevates the shock and disturbing factors. The series is quite good on being disturbing, and not just because it's focusing on little kids. They're human still, and think like humans and being in a... See full review

8/10 story
9/10 art
6/10 characters
8/10 overall

Battle Royale

on Oct 25, 2012


Story: Brutal, gory, remorseless, violent. All part of the underage student killing glory. Student killing, you say? How could a government do such a thing? It's explained, and the series does a good amount of explaining about the program itself and the government that conducts it. Have to give it props for explaining the ones pulling the strings. Dat violence, but I'll tell ya this; it's not all about the violence. On the outside at least. On the inside, they're beaten down, torn apart and ripped to shreds as their minds break to the twisted game they're forced to play. Players go insane, turn... See full review

8.5/10 story
9/10 art
9.5/10 characters
9/10 overall

Uzumaki

on Oct 26, 2012

Story: I will never look at spirals the same way again, and never did after reading this. Or snails. Or hospitals. Quite frankly, this is some disturbing shit. It doesn't simply create a shock scare or two, you see it gradually going to shit, the transformations of the spiral, the horror that is right there infront of you. It doesn't shirk on that front and that just makes it even more chilling.

Bone-chilling, as some of the chapters are simply nightmarish. Transformation body horrors first and foremost, with some blood mixed in for good measure and a dose of Vitamin Die. Too many chapters to list... See full review

8.5/10 story
9/10 art
6/10 characters
8/10 overall

Chaosic Rune

on Nov 5, 2012

October's Badass War on Halloween MM
Story: To be frank, this is a world of badass. Cards that summon monsters and shit, where if the monster gets injured, so does the summoner and none of that "punch monster, oooh! Summoner is bruised! And he's cut?!" kinda shit, this is where if a monster fucking rips the arm off of another monster, the summoner's arm gets fucking ripped off. This is card games at it's finest: Chockful of violence, blood, mutilations and shitloads of killing. None of that pussy ass hologram shit from Yu-Gi-Oh!, this is as manly as fuck. But I can't neglect how many people... See full review

8/10 story
8/10 art
7.5/10 characters
8/10 overall

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai - Tsumihoroboshi-hen

on Nov 9, 2012

This one's kinda tough to review. It's a pie slice from the Grand Higurashi Pie that goes well with the other slices, even though they have different flavours. There is a hint of flavour of the other arcs but it still has it's own distinct flavour. So, pie. It's a late bloomer in the baking cycle, considering that it's in the mid teens of the series and being Kai, here meaning Answer. Answering questions from earlier on and providing it's own. Lets say you read one or two of the arcs preluding this, that doesn't mean you should dig your fingers into the squishy innards of this one from your half-baked... See full review

?/10 story
?/10 art
?/10 characters
8.3/10 overall

Alive!

on Nov 10, 2012

At War on Halloween MM I truly don't know where to start with this one. It wasn't outstanding, but it also wasn't bad. Pretty good for a one volume work though, which is a plus. Has a good premise and deals with inmates saved from death, isolation and comfort within said isolation. And a deal with the devil, but that's what you get when some mysterious saviour gives you a choice of death or coming with them. So, good premise and it delivers. After the introduction of the girl, things get dicey and more interesting and once the second half kicks in, it takes a turn for the odd. It's... certainly not what... See full review

?/10 story
?/10 art
?/10 characters
7.5/10 overall

12 O'Clock Bell Rings

on Nov 17, 2012

Cinderella, it has all the makings of it except most of them are skewered and twisted, but not enough to make you forget where it's roots are. Aside from the completely roundabout ending that changes what you just read, it also alters the... "Fairy Godmother", who is more like the classical witch, complete with that awesome witch hat but minus the wart on the nose, green skin (Black and white) and all-around ugliness. But witchiness aside, or with it, the writing is pretty entertaining: Snarky, sarcastic, hardly befets a Disney princess or a truly sympathetic heroine but it goes perfectly with... See full review

?/10 story
?/10 art
?/10 characters
8/10 overall

Detroit Metal City

on Dec 17, 2012

Story: I'm going to be writing this review in a manner that suits it and to make sure you know what I mean, here's some statistics from the first 100 chapters on two words: Rape: Used over 250 times. Fuck: Used over 250 times. You can't make this shit up. There's even a 10 rapes per second feature that shows up. And killing your mother and fucking your dad the day after, all in a song's work for DMC. Things like that, killing and rape, it makes mention of it in spades and considering it's split between Krauser and Negishi makes it even more impressive. One page has fuck 20 times on it! For all it's fun... See full review

7.5/10 story
5.5/10 art
7/10 characters
7/10 overall

Garden (Yuichi YOKOYAMA)

on Jan 10, 2013

So, there are these characters, characters as in these... characters. They go into a garden full of geometrical shapes, rife with abstract patterns, constructions and the ordinary made into something obscure and unusual while keeping in the bounds of what we see today: Trees made of cars, mechanical whozawhats in the form of a piece of nature, all sorts of jazz. If you got any of that, then give it a go. If you're like me and didn't entirely follow that then go read something that is more structured. The only way this is structured is the progression through the garden. There is no end goal and the only... See full review

?/10 story
?/10 art
?/10 characters
4/10 overall

Cage of Eden

on Feb 12, 2013

Story: You know, I can't believe it ended. It left so much open, so many threads untied and loose. So many things missing, so many questions left unanswered and yet, it answered some of the most important of them all, and to it's benefit in a good pace. And why, is this guy talking about the ending right at the start? Because you already know deep down that a dumbass manga like this, chockful of fanservice, ridiculous events, hot-blooded hammy speeches and action, can never, ever, EVER hope to achieve a satisfying conclusion. It's the nature of things. But damn a nice plot it doth threads. Kids on a... See full review

7/10 story
8/10 art
8/10 characters
8/10 overall

GE - Good Ending

on Feb 21, 2013

Story: I just loved this straight from the first few pages, where the main gets the taste smacked out of his mouth by a rogue tennis ball while playing voyeur on a distant third or so floor with some peeping specs. Comedic moments like these are present throughout, by means of slapstick, comedic dialogue or what have you but never consistent, as interspersed within the pages of this series is some truly heartwrenching moments, tearjerkers, heartwarming and it's a torrent of emotions. One chapter may leave you laughing, another may tug at your heart strings and convince you to read just one more chapter... See full review

9/10 story
9/10 art
9/10 characters
9/10 overall

Me and the Devil Blues

on Feb 26, 2013

Story: Legend has it that if you stand at a crossroad at midnight and play your guitar, a man will come up to you and ask for it. If you give it to him, he'll tweak it and you'll play like no other. To be able to play music beyond measure, all it would take is your soul. The same legend goes for Robert Johnson, one of the most legendary bluesman in history. King of the Delta Blues, he is a bonafide legend. Me and the Devil Blues is all about him, from the start of his time with Virginia and the birth of his blues. It's like no other manga I've read and not just because it's one of the few based on the... See full review

9/10 story
9.5/10 art
9/10 characters
9/10 overall

Onihime VS

on Mar 1, 2013

Story: All you need to know about plot is that this guy has a heart condition and... etc etc etc... chugs down a banriku- Banrink- a drink that gradually turns his heart into a macguffin for ultimate power among oni. And he's protected by two hot oni chicks. Sorry, 10,000,000 yen and an extra year of life for his heart to be eaten at the end of that year. His delicious heart needs to mature and all. That's pretty much it for the spiffy premise. What then progresses is combat, fanservice, a bit more combat, more fanservice, mammaries, some truly dispicable content and more fanservice. You really aren't... See full review

5/10 story
8/10 art
7/10 characters
6/10 overall

Mizugi no Sekai

on Mar 1, 2013

That's my face through the entire thing. Not only is it a one-shot, it's a one-shot about a world where people wear swimsuits. All the time. And this is at school, where they got out of the wet, wet outside, in their swimsuits. It is exceptional: in it's delivery, in the art, the colour, the wetness of it all, dat milk, even when writing on the board it's delicious. Considering that it's swimsuits and nothing else, I'm scoring it appropriately, with 90% of the score going to art, fanservice and swimsuits with the remaining 10% to everything else. Which is nothing.

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?/10 story
?/10 art
?/10 characters
9/10 overall

Conveni-N

on Mar 6, 2013

Story: It's nonsensical, it's stupid, it's shamelessly perverted in it's perverted progression and it's crazy, absolutely bug nuts absurd. The progression is progress, it continues as if it's natural and it does feel natural in a way. It flows, doesn't feel disjointed or frazzled but what's in the flow is a load of crap. It's- Ugh. A convenience store, run by ****-san (No, really. Unless you want me to call him Manager) who gets hit by an 18 wheeler, on a green light, while the driver was sleeping off a booze run (Fabricated). I'll keep this brief. Guy fucks up, gets blackmailed to join the ranks of the... See full review

4/10 story
9/10 art
4/10 characters
6/10 overall

20th Century Boys

on May 4, 2013

Story: Naoki Urasawa's name on the cover is a seal of quality. You know the series you're about to read is some of the best in the genre, if not the entire damn medium. He's just that good, and 20th Century Boys is no different. A tale of heroism and heroics, childhood dreams and growing up, good vs evil and confrontation, it spans a nice set of volumes and with detail, loads of dialogue and for here, the power of music, driven by T.Rex's 20th Century Boys. While the tale is a long one, it has the Urasawa style of taking it's time. It doesn't rush and for better or worse, it gives you all of what you need... See full review

9.5/10 story
10/10 art
10/10 characters
9.5/10 overall

Kamisama no Iutoori (Akeji FUJIMURA)

on Jun 13, 2013

Story: I'm a fan of this kind of stuff: Survival, youngsters being tossed into "life or head explosion" situations, high stakes games, head explosions and turning mundane games into high stakes games (Totally different from "high stakes games" on it's own) or turning childhood games into horrifying nightmarish trials. And psychological breakdowns, those are always fun. The manga tackles all of that and for those who are fans of that kind of stuff, it should satisfy despite a high turnover rate, questionable plot developments and in my opinion, somewhat poor reasoning and it was... See full review

7.5/10 story
8/10 art
6.5/10 characters
7.5/10 overall