Story: 1/10Having become somewhat of a horror manga aficionado and subsequently obsessed with the likes of Kazuo Umezu and Junji Itou, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the Hino Horror anthology. Eager to write a review for each of the thirteen titles, last night I picked up Hino Horror 1: The Red Snake and got ready for the ride of my life – that is, if you consider pus, random torture and epic gore a smashing good... read more
....... -_-;Well that was disturbing. A creepy muscular grandmother feeling her granddaughter up? Check! A giant worm creature that the main character eventually straddles? Check! Random pointless ecchi? Check!Honestly there isn't a point to reading this unless you want a bit of ecchi. The story is crap (a version of Little Red Riding Hood, essentially) and otherwise is a useless one shot.
Wow! ;_;100 Days Dream was a definite surprise. It starts as a relatively tame, whimsical tale of a girl who can fly and communicate with the things she meets - a bird and a tree - and ends with a twist and sadness. Definitely worth the read if you like melancholy stories.
Generally I find one shot manga to be too short to get into - that was not the case with $100 is Too Cheap! It's short, but it also has an interesting and humorous - due to the twist - story that will keep you hooked the whole time. As it's a simple one shot there's not much else to say except read it!
3D Material is a set of two one-shots centering around romance and drama, aimed at a josei (older female) audience. Story 1 is easily the most compelling, with two character embroiled in a bitter love triangle with plenty of angst to go around. I recommended the manga with Nana for that reason. Story 2 was terribly confusing for me and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.Artwork is pretty bad as well, so this is one I'd probably skip on.
I'm not feeling it.I watched some of the anime version of Hataraki Man, and enjoyed it; it felt like a somewhat-heavy slice of life title, with plenty of josei angst to go around. The manga just... is missing something. I know it came first, but I found it far more boring and uninteresting to read. Somehow the topic of workaholics (with a heavy dose of psychological conversation) doesn't make for a good read. It's hard to follow the character, hard to keep people straight (given there are so many names and faces to deal with), and overall pretty soulless. That being said, the chapter involving Hiroko's... read more
Katana is a lighthearted and engaging look at a young man who can communicate with the souls dwelling within swords. As a child he was cast aside by his peers who thought he was crazy, and he definitely doesn't want to be charged with the burden of running the family sword meister business. Nevertheless he finds that he keeps running across swords and spirits in need of assistance. Katana is relatively episodic but unlike manga such as Pet Shop of Horrors, each chapter fits a little better together with recurring characters. There's a decent blend of comedy and... read more
The Embalmer is a dark yet somehow delightful look at a young man put in a difficult position; he is an embalmer, an occupation frowned upon in Japan. We read as he handles various deaths and helps restore dignity back to the lost souls - not to mention a great deal of character development with he himself. The Embalmer is a visual treat to look at, and overall is definitely worth a read. Filled with relatively unconnected stories and a few central characters that span them all, it's an easy read that will capture your attention. If dark elements of the... read more
Talk about boring. Extra Heavy Syrup is a short, mission-based series about two girls who are looking for clues about their ex boyfriend while trying to 'clean' what's needed. It could have been an interesting story but at only 2 chapters is far too short to get into. Not to mention nothing is resolved with the girls! I can liken EHS barely to something like Rose Hip Zero, but the manga reminded me more of anime such as Get Backers. Overall, I'd suggest avoiding this one.
Overall a surprisingly interesting read. Candy Life presents a relatively standard love triangle with a bit of smut and a very sexy succubus (in the form of a 19-year-old boy), but ultimately succeeds at being engaging for the entire volume. Makoto's choice is relatively obvious but one of the character's motives are not, leading to an interesting twist that you likely will not see coming. Artwork is less than stellar with fairly ugly designs, including a horrendous cover shot; but it gets the job done.Overall I'd recommend Candy Life for a quick josei read.
Desert Storm is a collection of three one shot manga revolving around the supernatural. Each tale is distinctly unique and in my opinion vary in quality and story. The first, Desert Storm, was to me the most interesting. Revolving around Europe is rare for any anime/manga (Yugo the Negotiator immediately came to mind), and Desert Storm pulled it off well. The second, Garden, was equally as interesting and more of a straightforward love story; it was engaging and had just the right amount of... read more
If you like faces being peeled off, nazis, a boy being thrown into a wall and having his face explode, several penises, things that make no sense, and people talking about the merits of writing poetry or playing the flute, you will totally love this manga.
Meh - Alice in Underground is around 5 pages of bishie, gothic/lolita boys and girls that barely represent the characters from the story. Boring and a complete waste of time, even visually.
I rarely ever write reviews anymore due to having no free time, and definitely don't have time to write a full-fledged writeup of pros and cons - but Pupa was so disturbing that I feel compelled to at least write a warning to others. I was first interested in Pupa when seeing the upcoming Winter anime list, as there's an anime adaptation airing soon. Horror? Check. Disturbing? Check. Anyone who knows me, knows I love me a good horror title, and try my best to read as many manga related to the genre as possible. It takes a lot, and I mean a lot, for me to be grossed out and disturbed by... read more