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Sumomomo Momomo

on Jan 21, 2011

Sumomomo, Momomo ~The Strongest Bride of Earth~ volume 1 We’ve seen some revolutionary titles from Yen Plus in the past, but I think this one tops them all in terms of comical absurdity. Sumomomo, Momomo derives its bizarre name from a Japanese tongue twist, which roughly translates to “Plums and peaches are part of the peach family.” The plot is a bit hard to explain, but a typical chapter goes like this: The young-looking love interest proposes amorous affairs (usually ready herself) to our teenage protagonist, who uninterestedly refuses. Through various martial arts manga cliché... See full review

?/10 story
?/10 art
?/10 characters
6.7/10 overall

Moon Boy

on Dec 27, 2010

In a world full of manga covering almost anything imaginable, from card games to aliens, it's incredibly hard to be original. Sometimes a manga successfully covers an interesting concept in a unique and fascinating manner, like Iron Wok Jan or Skip Beat. And then sometimes there are the manga that attempt originality by being weird. Moon Boy falls under the latter category. Moon Boy has no theme. It has a plot, it has characters, but it doesn't have an overarching theme. There's not enough focus on the romance for that to be the theme and the plot itself tries impossibly hard to have no message. So I'll... See full review

6/10 story
5/10 art
5/10 characters
5.3/10 overall

Blust!

on Dec 20, 2010

Story: An interesting, original story of a terrorist organization and their prey. Art: It's Yusuke Murata, it's fantastic. Characters: Well, they're not Eyeshield 21-level characters, but they are mostly well thought out, interesting characters. Pacing: It's a bit speedy at times or infodumpy at others, but it's not bad. Humor: Not hysterical, but reaches moments of hilarity. Action: Well drawn, concise, awesome. Last Word: WHY DON'T PEOPLE LIKE THIS? I mean, yeah, it's not as good as Eyeshield 21, but it's not written by Riichiro Inagaki! This is original, interesting and definitely the most... See full review

8/10 story
10/10 art
7/10 characters
7.5/10 overall

ULTIMO

on Dec 17, 2010

What starts out as a fun, unique blast outside of the norm quickly becomes a pretentious, insipid, vapid and repetitive wander through pointlessness in an attempt to find something resembling a plot. The plot it finds? A shallow rehash of Shaman King's overall premise, with lame and distracting Stan Lee cameos that only reaffirm just how terrible the writing is. It's always cheesy, but never the good kind - it takes so bad it's good one stop beyond until it's just wallowing in the depths of absolute horridity. The dialog is the worst part, worse than even Bakuman's romantic moments. A line will start out... See full review

0.1/10 story
8/10 art
0.1/10 characters
2.7/10 overall

Bakuman

on Dec 17, 2010

This review is so painful to have to write. I wanted to like Bakuman, I really did. As a manga, it's very high quality. The art is good, the characters (mostly) are good, the premise is good, the story is interesting and - and - and it's the biggest disappointment ever. Let me start off by addressing something; I know standards are different in Japan. I don't care. In Death Note, I thought the sexist portrayal of Misa was used for characterization, to make a point, kind of like an Aldous Huxley character; no, Tsugumi Ohba's just sexist. That's it. Great writer, very sexist. Takeshi Obata is one of the... See full review

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

Beast Master

on Dec 17, 2010

I'm a Kyousuke Motomi fan. His writing is excellent, his art is spectacular and his characters are, for the most parts, phenomenal. However, Beast Master isn't the example of this. Beast Master IS pure fun. Through out the entire manga, I was having a good time. It's not inspirational, it's not powerful, it's not at all memorable and the romance isn't very heartwarming. But it's enjoyable. First of all, I consider to most important part of a manga to be its characters. Characters trump over everything, even plot. Beast Master features your typical animal-loving-but-hated-by-animals female protagonist and... See full review

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

Skip Beat!

on Nov 13, 2010

Premise - A girl is tossed aside by her childhood friend who's now a celebrity and decides to pursue him in showbiz. Plot Exposition - This is perfect pacing. Perfect. Pacing. Pacing. Perfect. It's so interesting as well! Protagonist - This is one of the most likable characters ever written. Relatable, interesting and awesome. Love Interest- He seems almost flawless, but he has a childish side and even a tragic and maybe delinquent-esque past. He's so interesting. Supporting Cast - All so original and interesting. Although that might be helped by the small cast, which is usually good for a shoujo... See full review

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

Rosario to Vampire

on Nov 13, 2010

Premise - A human stuck in a monster school falls in love with a vampire. Plot Exposition - It's almost like this chapter is identical to the last one! Protagonist - I can't criticise him, merely because he's not a character. He has no personality, nothing interesting about him, he's just...nothing. When he becomes something he's really just there for coexistence speeches after he pounds the heck out of some baddy. Love Interest- What might have been an interesting character turns into a stupid monster-killing machine very quickly. Supporting Cast - A bit more interesting than the two leads. And by that... See full review

1/10 story
6/10 art
1/10 characters
2.6/10 overall

InuYasha

on Nov 13, 2010

Premise - Jewelry breaks. Plot Exposition - PFFT THAT'S HILARIOUS oh you were being serious. /Terribly corny with terrible pacing and just so repetitive. Protagonist - Extremely UNlikable. Selfish, whiny - Love Interest - Even more so unlikable. Selfish, whiny, arrogant, insensitive. Antagonist - Well written at first, but really just uses the same tactics over and over again to intimidate and comes off as a one trick pony. Supporting Cast - Remember when Rumiko Takahashi wrote likable characters? Action - THIS IS THE SAME THING OVER AND OVER AGAIN! You're going to swing your sword dramatically, a... See full review

4/10 story
8/10 art
2/10 characters
4.6/10 overall

Black Cat

on Nov 13, 2010

Premise - There's a retired assassin and his partner and they have tragic pasts and yeah. Plot Exposition - Tao. You're kidding me. After that awesome introduction...tao. Screw you, energy blasts! Protagonist - A unique personality on an interesting character ruined by the fact that it's less of a unique personality and more of a personality swap that is SO OVERPLAYED. Antagonist - And I'm not sleeping tonight. Very well written and drawn exactly as he should be. My only complaint is that his ultimate weapon, no matter how cool it looks, was less useful than his first weapon. Supporting Cast - Sven... See full review

6/10 story
9/10 art
7.5/10 characters
7.5/10 overall

Spiral: The Bonds of Reasoning

on Nov 13, 2010

Premise - An incredibly talented man left his wife and brother to go after the "blade children", which we know nothing about. Oh, this is gonna be terrible, it's gonna be so - Plot Exposition -This is awesome. This is just...awesome. But, wait, why are you linking thisto theBlade Children?Who are they? You'renot gonna say...okay, that's cool. Protagonist - He's so likable when he's not talking to a female! I actually want him to believe in himself and very rarely do I actually feel that way about a character. Antagonist -Brilliant. Perfectlywritten. Although he might not be thebiggest... See full review

8.5/10 story
5/10 art
8/10 characters
8/10 overall

Special A

on Nov 12, 2010

Premise - There's an advanced academy for a small group of elite students to do whatever they want in. Plot Exposition - Wow, that was fast and wow, this is slow. Protagonist - An inredibly dense character but still likable. Love Interest- Pretty darn interesting and actually has a bit of troubled history, but he's still cheerful and that in a shoujo manga is pretty awesome. Supporting Cast - A supporting cast built around originality. Every single character is fresh and new and they each get their chance in the spotlight, which is nice in a shoujo manga. Romance- FINALLY! Comedy - Heh. Tragedy ... See full review

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

Loveā˜…Com

on Nov 12, 2010

Premise - A short guy and a tallgirl like each other, kind of. No one else in the world matters. Plot Exposition - Y'know, there are other people in the world with worse problems. Including your friends! Why are we ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS focusing on you two? Protagonist - Relatable, but can be a bit of a jerk sometimes. Love Interest- Hey, this guy's MORE relatable! Screw you, protagonist! Supporting Cast - WHY CAN'T WE FOCUS ON THESE GUYS? Romance- Wow. I didn't see that coming at all. That was awesome. Comedy -Okay, that joke was really funny the first time. Even really funny the second. But this is... See full review

5.5/10 story
5.5/10 art
7/10 characters
6.8/10 overall

Buso Renkin

on Nov 12, 2010

Premise - Alchemy is an excuse for people killing demons in high school. Plot Exposition - I see - wait! No! Keep explaining things! Oh...another fight.The plot, guys? Remember? Yeah, neither do I. Protagonist - Not a unique personality by any stretch of the imagination, but both flawed and likable. Antagonist - The antagonist in the first two volumes (as well as the pacing and action) are very intimidating, but after that you're usually just reading to see how the protagonist will beat the antagonist. Supporting Cast - Typical, but fun. Action - Very well done at the beginning, but becomes fairly... See full review

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

Rosario to Vampire Season II

on Nov 12, 2010

Premise - So Rosario to Vampire has returned, this time even shallower than before. A Little Introduction- The inconsistent, pathetic excuse for a plot and terribly ineffectivedrama that made up Rosario to Vampire wasmade even worse by the mismatch of art and narrative as well as completely flatcharacters and eventually it just became an excuse for Tsukune to spout some shallow, pretentious speech about coexistence and have every female inthe room swoon. The Sequel - But Rosario to Vampire Season 2 is different.Note: This review is based off of the first chapter only. That's how much I could take before I... See full review

?/10 story
4/10 art
1/10 characters
1.7/10 overall

Fairy Tail

on Nov 11, 2010

In an unbelievably large step up from his previous work, the horrendous manga "Rave Master", Hiro Mashima throws off the shackles of unoriginality, cliche and inconsistency to focus on what he does best; characters. You can really tell that he was holding back in Rave Master, as each character had some kind of lame trademark that was being so desperately balanced by other parts of their personality that none of them were original or unique and they all came across as pretentious. However, in Fairy Tail, every single character has no balance. They are all extremes. And this works out fantastically... See full review

5/10 story
6/10 art
8/10 characters
6.6/10 overall

Azumanga Daioh

on Oct 23, 2010

Azumanga DaiohPlot – Girls go to high school.Characters – Chiyo, a 10 year old genius who skipped many grades, is most likely the protagonist. Her friends, stereotypical buffoon “Osaka”, annoying and self-centered Tomo and Sakaki, an intimidating badass in appearance who secretly has a love for cutesy things, all get their share of the spotlight, as well as some other friends and their teachers, two of whom are drunkards and perverts.Why It Works – The simple premise allows for total freedom of character interaction, which ultimately becomes the highlight of the manga. With... See full review

5/10 story
7/10 art
8.5/10 characters
7.8/10 overall