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
Warning: Do not read if on diet. Well, you could barely consider this a waste of time, because of its length. Read White Day if you want to learn a bit bout the actual festival and about a greedy yet pretty girl. The only reason I gave this a rating above 1 is because it actually had a bit of useful information. In short, it's pretty much just a 5 page manga that just made me hungry. D:See full review
Warning: This review may contain spoilers. Read at your own risk. After I finished reading Akuma ni Itsukushimi no Te wo, I was surprised at how nobody else on this site had marked it as "read" yet. The story's plot wasn't exactly remarkable, but it was interesting, to say the least. The plot is mainly about this demon named Rin who seeks exquisite body parts from various humans to assemble his own, "beautiful" body. He finds himself adoring the impeccable, flawless hands of Miwako-san, a great pianist. Rin offers to grant one wish to her in exchange for her lovely hands. However... See full review
I found out about Red River from the Anime Planet homepage under "Random Manga", so for me, it was like finding a hidden gem among thousands of other manga. Red River had everything I was looking for in a shojo romance manga, so I hope my following review will help you if shojo romance is your thing. Story: Red River, in my opinion, has a Cinderella dynamic in which there is a normal girl, a prince, and a wicked stepmother. Yuri is an average girl from Japan, who is transported to 14th Century B.C. by Queen Nakia, the Tawananna of the Hittite Empire. Queen Nakia is... See full review
Great shoujo manga... however romance is practically zilch until the 13th volume and beyond. It almost feels like you could fit the 13th-15th volume into a single 15 volume manga. With that said, the manga itself was very warm feeling. The manga was so fluffy and sweet that I feel like I need to read a smut now in order to be content.See full review
This manwha is really something else. It takes place in a world with demons and humans and what seems to be a old era in Korea. The main character Munsu is a former General from Jushin (a fictional land) But jushin has fallen because of the death of it’s king, Munsu’s best friend. After his death he desides to become a Angyo onshi. This are secret government agents who were charged by the king to bring justice in his country. His journey leads him to many places and new companions, but his true goal is to find the man who murderd his best friend.
The story has a lot of plot twists... See full review
This was the first manga I read that introduced me into the whole psychological thriller genre, Death Note be damned. If you can stomach some bloody scenes/deaths, and some twisted characters, be prepared for a good story. Story: The story starts off pretty simple. Here's a kid whose "imaginary friend" Deus Ex Machina forces him into a murder game to see who the next God will be. However, with each new character, the story deepens and darkens, always showing people in their worst light and never assuming that there's good in everyone. After a while, the story isn't just about this game, it's... See full review
If you like relationship drama, you have come to the right place. Get ready for one of the most craziest, frustrating, and infuriating tales of lies and deceit, all in the name of love. Story: Dear goodness. Just when you think Momo has faced and gotten past one trial of love, another pops up right in front of her. She can never seem to get it right. The story is DRIVEN by the lack of trust between characters and the lack of information they have/choose to seek. Assumptions make and sometimes break this story. Several plot developments could be solved if Momo just ASKED the other person what was going on... See full review
If you are reading this after watching to the anime then prepare to be dissapointed. the core of the sotry remains, btu the manga lacks all the details that hold tha pack together, there is less fighing between Kiba and Tsume but that is only because alot of the journey is taken out and shortened. The magna only covers a small portion of their journey compared to the anime, not devling into any of their backstories, such as why Toboe is so found of humans, that lovely backsotry about Tsume's pack we got at the end of the anime. The manga almost rushes through their escape of the city, and the whole... See full review
Though a somewhat a-typical story of boy meets super-powered-type-girl and said boy's life is forever changed story, Kuro Kami (Black God) does offer some interesting mechanics, such as the doppleliner effect which most of the premise of the story revolves around, and characters. Overall a decent read with good art, it will make a good addition to your lineup and can either be a go-to filler for those seemingly eternal waits between your major favorite titles or a solid stand-alone series.See full review
Though the art is sketchy and sometimes had to make out it is still fairly well done overall, though I cannot say the same thing about the story or the characters. The plot jumps around without rhyme or reason in many locations and it is easy to lose track of the different characters, what they are doing, and where they disappear to in the story. This series makes an OK filler if you have nothing else to read, but can easily be passed up if you're backlogged.See full review
After reading just the manga title I immediately said a big NO to reading this one. Because I assumed it was a cliche shoujo manga. I thought the main was some airhead chick and the guy was a typical prince charming. But boy was I wrong. Why was this a good read you ask? Well for starters the characters were well so well written that a they were almost realistic. The main charather Hikaru wasn't a pushover as you may think nor a clingy cry baby. She handle the situations that are thrown at her with a "mature"attitude . Not to mention all the twist that accrue that leaves you wanting more... See full review
I saw this manga lying on someones desk, picked it up and started reading it. At first (between the cover and 3rd page) I wasn't sure what to think, but was bored and continued, and continued, and book one was done in what seemed like no time at all. The next night involved staying up till 6:00AM reading 600+ pages. I'm not sure what grabs me so much with this book. It has many generic aspects, and the story is nothing special. In fact, it was another example where you know what is going to happen through general intuition. My best guess would be the feel good... See full review
I don't usually read mangas like these, but I'm so glad I did. Story: In the future, randomly selected high school classes are kidnapped by the Japanese government to compete in the game "Battle Royale". The students are gassed and wake up in a strange room carrying explosive collars around their neck in order to force them to participate. The Program requires the students to kill each other within a time limit of three days until only one remains. The game is led by the sadistic Kamon, who tells them 'It's kill or be killed.' Thus, causing fear and mistrust amongst the... See full review
Story: Story about a girl named Kozue Hiyoki. She dreams about some boy with a tattoo on his chest who steels her hart. She can't see his face. When she's transferd to an other school she's hasn't decided wich dorm she wants to stay but when she sees the crest of the S-hall she thinks it looks very simular to the tattoo on the boys chest. This S-hall isn't very populair on this school instead of the A-hall. Eventually she goes to the S-hall. The advisor of noticed that she has her heart stolen and so he gives her a new temporary heart. In order to find out who stole her heart she has to stay one week in... See full review
The story: It´s a story about two boys called Mitsuhashi and Itou. They're both going to a new school en decide to change their lives. They want to be delinquents, and not just delinquents, they want to be the best. Overal this manga lacks a good plot. At first you'll think that every chapter is on his own, but in the end there are some small stories within the whole story. Maybe that the lack of storyline in this manga makes it so fun to read. Characters: Besides Mitsuhashi and Itou there are 4 more characters who play a bigger role in this manga. I won't spoil too much of the story but there are... See full review
Story: The story was absoulutely amazing. It was heart-breakingly sad at some points, but that was only because I was so connected to the characters. The story flowed well and although I was confused at some points, my questions were answered as I kept reading. Also, I was impressed with the amount of details woven throughout the story. It obviously took the mangaka some thinking to come up with this tragic yet wonderful story. Elfen Lied made me think a lot, and although it's a supernatural tale, I drew numorous parallels to the real world. Art: I didn't like the art all too much... I can't really... See full review
Pros: Saver is an absolutley amazing manhwa. It's one of those books that you read, and then after you've finished you think about the entirte plot line and think, 'Wow. That was like ten novels put together.' It's plot is thick, entertaining, and complicated but not overly dramatic. As an example of plot style think Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien. I would definitely recommend to anyone for a nice, long, deep read. The characters profiles are well built and really make you miss them after you've finished reading. Definitely one that I'll remember! Cons: Only 6 of the 17 volumes were English... See full review
Story: Hikage is a shy girl who has a crush on one of the most popular guys at her school; Hinata Muto. The story of this manga really is like any other typical love story manga you can come accross, but this one seemed to just be a lot more better- the characters were sweet and the pacing of the storyline was impressive. When the love-triangle aspect of the story came into place it turned even better since, unlike other love stories, in this one there was absolutely no clues as to which boy the main girl would choose. The ending, what some may find dissppointing, i still liked- it was a sweet... See full review
I was a little put off by the title at first, but after a close friend recommended it to me, I changed my mind and decided to suck it up and read it. At first, I admit I was quite confused at the plot/main storyline. Finding out her landlord's son is her actually brother and the boy whom she thinks is her brother and the woman whom she thinks is her mother really aren't related to her, and to finally meet her true mother and then have an incestual relationship with her brother. Quite weird and perverted manga, but it was good reading, as a matter-of-fact, I stayed up from 10 o'clock at... See full review
The best part of this is how hot and steamy the visuals are. The main character is married to a hot model who likes to fool around in school rooms and the bath. Gets you all bothered and smiley. However, the characters are pretty stupid and the storyline isn't all that deep. The gist is that the wife is still a student and he is her teacher, and she can't let her friends know she is married. And, not because of her age, but because she is too jealous and scared he will run off with one of them. That's it. He isn't much smarter, having to keep an image of coolness, needing to become a model in Paris just to... See full review