I'm calling it right now: Hot Gimmick is the Twilight of manga. Hear me out on this one. We have a main character who is appealing to almost every guy she comes across, though she considers herself (and the audience is supposed to, as well) wholly plain; and a male lead who's romantic actions are borderline/are abusive, manipulative, and controlling. And yet, people LOVE both series. It's possession/obssession played as love and people can't seem to get enough of it. I, however, can and did. Story: If you've read any Mayu Shinjo, you basically have the general tone to this manga. A girl (Natsumi) lives in... See full review
CHOBITS REVIEW We can love our dog, we can love our cat, hell, we can even love our pet bird but can we love robots? Chobits is a very unique manga that tries to answer this question. Art The first thing you will notice is CLAMP's style. CLAMP's artwork to me seems a bit more simplistic but it is still very appealing and at times CLAMP can draw some amazing images. I found it took a bit of reading for me to get used to their drawing style but afterwards I started appreciating it. Story This is a seinen manga without action for the most part. There is really no... See full review
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'What the hell have I just read...? Did i really just read a manga about a girl who fight using bananas?' Those WERE my innitial thoughts about Banana no Nana, not much changed there though. Story: So, a story about 2 girls that do on an adventure, one having strong legs, the other having the power to manipulate bananas, right. And on their way people to stop them. Awesome! (and banana scented) A story about friendship througout everything, even with chances of death. Love it! It even has it wierd moments like this pic.
Art: Just look back to that pic, and start... See full review
I would advise against anyone picking this series up. While the art, story, characters, and everything else are quite good, it's naught but an exercise in frustration. It was dropped right in the middle of a cliffhanger, they didn't even give it a rushed ending. The final chapter ends with the good guys in trouble, in the midst of an ongoing plot, and that's it. I've been waiting an eternity for more chapters, and only just now realized that it was cancelled. I gave it a low overall score due to it's lack of an ending, for this ruins the whole experience.See full review
Based on reading the first volume, Cage of Eden has a Hackneyed plot premise that reads like a 3rd rate "Lost" ripoff. I was bored and the characters were mostly uninspiring. The dinosaur chase scene was so predictable as to be completely unengaging. Will not be continuing this series.See full review
Story: So the story is incredibly far fetched, but if you can suspend your disbelief then it will be a very good read. There were plenty of twists and turns that kept you on the edge of your seat, yet still a fair amount of predictability, but what can you expect from a shoujo romance? I was hooked from the beginning, though, and couldn't put it down. Art: The art is old, yes, but I still liked it. Miki was adorable and I loved the chibi drawings :) Characters: I really loved the characters. There was a good amount of character development, but I would have liked to see more. It was hard... See full review
The first thing to know about the Strawberry Panic! manga is that it does not have an ending. I've bought the "complete" manga collection for it which shows all the chapters the series has, but alas there is no ending. Strawberry Panic! is a manga taking place in Astarea Hill with three competing girl's only Catholic schools. The main character Nagisa Aoi ends up transferring to one of the schools in the area called St. Miator's academy and ends up having the most popular girl in school called Suzuma having Nagisa in her sights. How does this yuri play out? Let's... See full review
Alright so Sarashi Asobi! Before I talk about here's what the friend that recommended it to me had to say "It was adorable all the way through~ And the ending made me go, “Whoot!”' This is so true, I loved it so much! The characters are lovable too! The story is pretty much about this guy Shinigami Ai who gets really bored with his job, he goes to reap peoples souls for a living- kinda. He gets interested in this girl, Ren, who only has a few days to live left. D: She is the student council president at her school and acts meanly/harshly towards people. Secretly though she is nice... See full review
Thoughts: When i found out there was a sequel to Tokyo Mew Mew, was about three years ago, just after I finished reading the original series, but I haven't gotten a chence to read it, until now. Oh, and the was the WORST MISTAKE EVER. It was just really bad. Story: The story was very undeveloped and short. The whole idea of this second series was very, very pointless. First, to find out that Ichigo went to England with Masaya, well, that actually wasn't so bad. Next was to find a new mew? Like, what is that? You just CANNOT just get a new freaking mew, it's just not done. And to... See full review
Berserk. My God this manga gets me every time. After having read to the last release, I reminisce the wild ride i've had so far; I remember picking it up and not wanting to stop for a moment because of how engrossing the story of our tortured hero, Guts, is. I was filled with incredulity at most, if not all of the plot twists. As our hero begins his descent into the hell of his past through flashbacks, we relize just how hard of a time this guy has had. I can still feel the sense of dread I got from finishing a chapter, and being filled with horror, but also excitement at what twist was coming up next. The... See full review
Now, this manga I would not reccomend reading. It may seem like an interesting one at first, but it winds up mostly being cliche, cheesey, and in my opinion, boring. Story I was feeling pretty meh on the story. Not that good, not terrible either. It is the cliche, 'Hero sent out to kill terrifying monster, but won't for some reason or another.' I really didn't like it, but maybe it is just personal opinion? Art Art, oh God, the art. My opinion is that art is usually personal opinion, but I am confident that you would share this opinion. The art let me down. A lot. I hated it. The eyes on every... See full review
This story is certainly endearing to all who enjoy a simple romance story line. Although the story line of a "student-teacher" relationship is extremely overused, it is always nice to see new takes on the old ideas. In this particular story, the heroin, Uni Kururugi, is a stony faced bishoujo who is willing to look foolish if it means achieving a goal. Another stereotypical personality trait you see in many manga heroin. However, she puts a new spin on it; instead of yelling and expressing her love loudly in public, as is so often seen in series like this, she realizes that... See full review
This is a manga that pretty much has it all, bit of blood, bit of gore, bit of lovey-dovey, you name it. It really takes you on an emotional roller-coaster! I even held off reading the last 10 chapters for more than three months since I didn't want it to to end D:. It was even able to really soften up the heart of an industrial-loving and gore-crazy maniac like myself. I'm genuinely impressed! I recommend this one to fans of any genre!See full review
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
This will be my first review, so I hope it helps! I will try not to spoil too much, but parts of this manga will be spoiled to those reading this.
I have read plenty of manga from innocent humor to...well this manga here. This is most definatly an explicit content, harem manga, and would certainly not go over well if seen by a manager or family member.
Story But anyway, like most ecchi or harem mangas/animes, not too much room for creativity in the story is allowed. This manga doesn't do amazing in this perspective, but it isn't simply fan service the whole way through. (There is quite a lot... See full review
Kujou Kiyosumi is a nerd who acutally a bookworm , back in elementary school he conffessed his love for a girl but she totally refused him in front of the school .. now he is a highschool who want to be handsome and popular he asked a popular guy to help him now he is popular what girls thinks about him ? and what about the girl he love ?See full review
This might be some kind of prequel to outlaw star, but it really bears no resemblance at all to it. Far from being a space based story, this thing is entirely a high school story, and not a very good one at that. The artwork also looks nothing like outlaw star, it bears a much stronger resemblance to ranma or to dragonball. If you're looking for a screwball school comedy, this is a decent choice. However, that is not what it is marketted as. It is promoted as being a space adventure, but that is just false advertising.See full review
Average but as usual fairly interesting while reading it. The first chapter is more promising than those that follow. Honestly i can't say that much about this manga because while not bad it's ultimately forgettable.See full review
Below average is the ebst I can say for this story. Certainly not the author's best work.
Story/Characters: The story can be summed up as a 'Run for your Life' set up and that's really what it's about. None of the characters are very well fleshed out.
Art: The art is pretty much the only high point and pretty much par for the couse for this fellow. If only the story had been better.
Overall: If thios were a movie, it'd be one of those with excellent special effects and camera work but witha lackluster story and poorly acted characters.
Mediocre at best but still interesting enogh to keep me reading.
Story: ince this is a collection of stories in each volume and each one acting as a stand alone without any real chronology. Some are better than others, some have clear allegories and messages, some have none. All in all it's quite random.
Art: Again reasonable. The style is actually pretty clean but nothing outstanding. There seems to be a bit of unintentional repeating of faces though.
Characters: Again since this functions as a collection very few of the characters have a chance to be defined in depth or in anymeaningful... See full review
Okay this is one of those creepy stories that turns out to be way sadder than expected. All said it's a good read.
Story/Characters: The only characters that are really fleshed out are the father and the titular character the latter hardly present and the former having no dialogue. That said they both manage to convey a great deal.
Art: It's hard to comment on art in manga, because there's no one way to draw. Each artist has a particular visual style and to critique style is like critiquing some's preference for coca cola as opposed to pepsi. That said the artist's visual style does... See full review
I don't even know where to start on this one, there are a lot of sports manga and quite a few about football (soccer for those in the US ) but its rare that I stumble upon such a gem. Went into this one with a fair amount of scepticism, from the beginning seeing how much they hyped Tatsumi it seemed like he'd just come in and win game after game with the occasional drama needed here and there, the first practice match only served to reinforce that feeling, oh boy ... was I wrong, its really refreshing to see how much of a realistic approach the author took, it takes time to build a team, effort and... See full review
Manga in 200 Words: Princess Mononoke
Premise: A young prince is cursed by a demon when he kills it to defend his village. He must set out into the world alone in order to find a cure for his suffering, but he’ll end up finding a war between mankind and nature.
Format: I’m reviewing both of these at once, so comparison is impossible to avoid. The manga is beautiful when compared to other manga art initially, but it’s limited by the film’s footage, so the layout isn’t as dynamic as ones you’ll find elsewhere. In addition... See full review
Manga in 200 Words: Pichi Pichi Pitch: Mermaid Melody
Premise: The seven seas are ruled by seven mermaid princesses who have the power to transform into idols with their colored pearls. Because the sea kingdoms are in danger, the girls must unite and sing their foes into submission, or everything will be lost!
Magical Girl: These girls have three forms. Each. It’s odd to me that their powered up forms are human, because they primarily use their powers in the ocean. Whatever.
Powers: All of the characters sing. Without a... See full review
Manga in 200 Words: MeruPuri: Marchen Prince
Premise: A strange little boy comes through the mirror that has been in Airi’s family for generations, so she decides to take care of him. When she awakes the next morning, however, Aram has grown into a teenager, and Airi is pulled into a world of magic that she could never have imagined.
Art: Everyone in this manga is pretty! Bishounen, bishoujo… it’s a treat for the eyes. ^_^
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Manga in 200 Words: Magic Knight Rayearth
Premise: Three normal girls are transported into a fantasy world, and given magic powers that they must use to save the world. Together, they grow stronger and learn how to work as one.
Magical Girl: I like these powers because the girls actually look like warriors for once. Granted, they’re greco-roman style warriors with really ornate gear, but at least they’re wearing armor and wielding *gasp!* ACTUAL WEAPONS!
Powers: It’s a simple formula: tank, dps, and cleric, but... See full review
Manga in 200 Words: Imadoki Nowadays!
Premise: Two people from different social spheres become unlikely friends due to their shared love of flowers, and a group forms around them. Tanpopo and Koki grow closer, but drama starts up and things get complicated.
The Planting Club: I love it. I do. Not because of flowers, but because of how the people in it grow as people BECAUSE of it. It’s a decent metaphor, and I love how an earnest girl can change people like this.
Romance: It’s complicated and twisted, but I like it... See full review
I tried to read a number of manga\manhua by Dal-Young IM lately. While I did like Unbalance x Unbalance, the rest of them didn't make me think too highly of the author. He is just a sick bastard who does some half-decent drama occasionally. And so, I picked up Tubame Syndrome for a change of style. At first I thought that, despite being a generic harem series, it had some potential (and is actually better than some crap from Dal-Young Im I read). However after a few chapters it got into "harem... See full review
The plotline in this story is incredibly good, if not for the small detail that it often gets sidetracted and the plot is often put on hold to explore evry single side character's personal story, disfunction, and family background. It does so in an entertaining way of course, and will no doubt come in handy near a climax, but honestly, do we need to know about the love affairs of a girl who only shows up for a three chapter vacation arc? In any case, the plotline is entertaining, with a delinquent girl struggling to be more feminine, (and failing miserably) a boy who enjoys fighting way too much (I suspect... See full review
The story: The story begins with two guys who're both run aways. One of them plays guitar wants to start a great rock band, and an other just wants to be great. They decide to travel togheter to tokyo and while they're on the way they find themselfs a drummer and bass guitarist. They encouter many difficulties but overcome these everytime just by brute strenght and continue their way too the top. Characters: They have very different personalities but share the same dream and believes wich is ofcourse Rock. There is a very strond, loud and bold "main" character. A softer but still strong... See full review
What is a good attention grabber to immerse the reader into the story? Gantz. Kei Kurono and his childhood friend Masaro Katou are run over by a train and are iinstantly transported into a war zone where people are violently slaughtered by strange aliens.
The man who wrote this story, Hiroya Oku, is truly a genius, as he heavily immerses the reader into a breathtaking story. Whenever I read Gantz or any of his other works like Hen, I find myself unable to stop reading. Gantz has an amazing story and is very unpredictable, as characters you bond with can be killed at any moment. This manga is still... See full review
Manga in 200 Words: Captive Hearts
Premise: Two families have been bound together for generations by a curse placed on one family by the guardian spirit of the other. Our protagonist has been completely guarded from the curse due to an accident which claimed the lives of almost everyone from the main family. Unfortunately, one girl survived, and when she returns home, everything changes.
The Curse: This would be HORRIBLE to live with, but it’s kind of fun to laugh at poor Megumi’s expense when he meets Suzuka. I like that people can resist the curse (to an extent), if... See full review
Manga in 200 Words: Beast Master
Premise: Yuiko is an animal lover who terrifies all of the animals that she meets encounters a wild beast that only she can tame. The only thing is: it’s a boy!
Audience: Girls who are drawn to dangerous and broken guys and those who like innocent romance stories.
Relationship: Yuiko and Leo are cute. (I’m the kind of girl who wanted to hug Gaara during his violent rampages, so I’m in the target audience.) With that in mind, Leo does actually hurt her pretty badly sometimes. Kudos to Yuiko for being devoted to this... See full review
Manga in 200 Words: Backstage Prince
Premise: A teenage girl injures a kabuki actor and agrees to be his assistant until he heals. After spending a lot of time together, the two end up falling in love, but plenty of people are ready to tear them apart.
Audience: Teenage girls with idealistic views of love.
Backstage Secret: I got tired of this line pretty quickly, especially since it wasn’t a secret at all. Most of the cast of Backstage Prince seemed to have a pretty solid grasp of the relationship between Akari and Ryusei.
Romance: It’s a nice thought to believe... See full review
Manga in 200 Words: Kamen Tantei
Premise: A pair of high school students who love mysteries team up to write them. Everything seems normal at first, but once a strange man shows up claiming to be their protagonist, the lines between fiction and reality blur.
Reality: It’s a fuzzy concept in this series. I’ve read it all, and I’m still not certain that there ISN’T some strange man following them around occasionally. I prefer to think that this is just meant to illustrate the close bond between authors and the stories that they write.
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Manga in 200 Words: Kieli
Premise: A young woman befriends an immortal being and a soldier’s ghost who has possessed a portable radio. Together, the group travels to the place where the soldier died, so that he might find peace.
Mood: This is a strange manga: it’s got a post-apocalyptic vibe to it, because of the war that took place before our story began, elements of drama and romance, and some mild philosophic moments. Think of it as a story about something beautiful being born in a harsh world, and... See full review
Manga in 200 Words: Rizelmine
Premise: An ordinary teenage boy comes home from school one day to learn that his parents have married him off to a twelve-year old girl that he’s never met. He can’t get out of the arranged marriage because the omnipotent government has ordered and paid for all of it.
Lolitas: There’s no question about it: Rizel is definitely cute. The problem is, I’m not a Lolita fan, and seeing kids in adult(ish) situations is weird for me. Still, at least she’s cute perky and not remarkably annoying perky.
Protomen: I read Rizelmine today... See full review
Manga in 200 Words: Tokyo Mew Mew
Premise: Five teenage girls have their DNA mixed with that of endangered species and gain their powers. Together, the girls fight to protect humanity, love, and mew aqua from a group of aliens who ruined their own world.
Magical Girls: I like these powers. Cat, bird, wolf, porpoise, and monkey- they aren’t mind blowing choices or anything, but it makes you wonder what powers your favorite animal would give you. A simple internet search will show you how many imaginations have been... See full review
Manga in 200 Words: Train Man: A Shoujo Manga
Premise: An otaku sees a girl get groped on a crowded train and stands up for her. She is grateful, and he doesn’t know what to do, so he turns to an internet forum for advice. The community bands together, and helps him improve himself, and the “Train Man” pursues the girl.
Fun fact: This is based on a true story, which makes it so much better. I love knowing that actual strangers came together and helped the real Train Man to grow socially and personally... See full review
Manga in 200 Words: Wanted
Premise: A girl falls in love with a young man who gets kidnapped by pirates! A few years later, she decides to cross-dress and sneak aboard the ship that her beloved left on in order to find him, and predictably, she succeeds.
Story: It’s really short, so several things are underdeveloped, but its biggest weakness is the predictability. Luce is exactly who you think he’s going to be, and things turn out pretty much the way you’d expect. It is, however, a cute story, so I don’t... See full review
Manga in 200 Words: Aqua
Premise: Mars has been terraformed into an ocean planet and inhabited by humans. One of the most popular methods of transportation is the gondola, and the main character dreams of becoming one of the undines who drive them.
Story: It’s a standard personal development quest: Akari wants to accomplish something, but an obstacle stands in her way. She’ll need to find her own path to succeed. Despite this simple formula, Aqua has a simple, earnest charm.
Art: There are very crisp lines and a good balance between light and dark. I especially like the... See full review
This was a cute manga. Although the "girl hiding identity in boys school" has been done before, it was a different set-up and had some cute humor in it.See full review
Dragon Ball Z. Simply it's about guys who use kung fu to fight invading aliens who want to destroy earth. Sounds kind of simple and sort of corny. Good thing the plot gets deeper and more incredible. Story: Learn Kung fu. Protect the earth from invading aliens. Learn the truth about your origins. Gain super incredible powers. Eat large amounts of food. Shoot pure energy from your hands. Die. Come back to life. Do it all over again. That's just a little bit of what makes up DBZ. Like all great shonen mangas, they're strong points are comedy and action. I recommened this for anyone who is really... See full review
Fushigi Yuugi, created by Yuu Watase, is one of my most memorable manga's i've ever read. I consider it one of the best shoujo mangas out there. If a shoujo manga attracts even guys, you know it's something about it has got to be good. Story: It's story is stunning. The legends and stories of the 4 priestesses brings me to tears. The betrayals between friends and the sacrafice that each character makes strikes at my very core. It's got a heart warming plot that makes it one of my favorite stories. Art: Not bad. Even though it's from the 90's, i really like it... See full review
Story: So when a person dies, they end up at a temple, the Gate of Grudges. Within three days, they must decide whether they want to move onto heaven, roam the earth as a ghost forever in limbo, or haunt and kill one person for an eternity of hell. For the three days they can find out whatever they need to, and they hang around with Izuko the gate-keeper until then. It's a bunch of short stories all revolving around that up there and how each dead person comes to their own decision about everything. The story for each person is told in roughly fifty pages, some deserving of it, some just kind of... See full review
Tired of shouta? gender bender? and those same girly uke's and stereotypical seme's? Under grand hotel is as close as you can get to hard hitting reality. I give this manga a 10/10 for everything. i stayed up for a whole night from start to finish and it was worth it!!! it took me a minute to get started on it because i'm not used to getting straight into sexually explcit manga so fast. those scenes will make you steamy but remember this is hard hitting reality. as you read on the intensity never stops rising. here you'll see what actaully happens in jail turned into something of an inspiring story. You'd... See full review
The manga tells the story of a super populer, handsome boy called Shuusei Kugayama who always gets ladies attention and his school mate Aoi Nishimori who lives alone and next to him. The story continues as their feelings for eachother change. I fount it addictive to read and completed all 30 chapters in a flash. Art is also good. You don't mix characters because they are not too similar physically and the details are not less. They don't wear the same clothes or the same hair styles all the time so i found it lively to read. As for the characters, they are not shallow and... See full review
When i first came across this manga i was not sure what to expect, perhaps just another ecchi story without much of a plot. Well, i was wrong, the plot is great and the characters very interesting and complicated, it makes you crave for the next chapter more than anything. It is full of unexpected turn of events and it kinda makes you bond with the characters, at least one of them. The artwork is realistic and very good, the plot as i said is well made, it is hard to notice any bad points. A genuine piece of work for those that adore ecchi genre, i highly recommend it, you won't get bored, that i promise... See full review
The manga consists of different short stories of gay couples. The main character Aoe Reiji owns a special host club called Blue Boy. The story evolves around Aoe Reiji and his acquaintances' lives. The story is easy to follow and it doesn't get boring because there are a few couples and each volume the weight shifts from one couple to another. So there is no time to get bored from one single story. The art is OK. Not bad, not gorgeus just fine. But it doesn't disturb you at all. I found it hard to recognise side characters because they look very similar... See full review
Love Hina is your standard harem story. 1 Boy, a lot of girls. But what sets Love Hina apart from the rest is that instead of the girls trying to hook up with the main character, the girls in Love Hina are trying to get rid of him! Add in falling vans, unusually large turtles, anchient civilizations, a girl with a fetish for watermelons, hotsprings, demon slaying samurai girls, a crazy inventor, an outrageously beautiful girl, a childhood promise and you got one crazy adventure. Keitaro is a two year ronin, meaning he's failed his college... See full review