"Mumbling" Chuta Kokonose doesn't have many friends. In fact, the only conversations he has anymore are with voices inside his head. Little does he know that this voice doesn't mean he's crazy. It just means he has an alien living inside his body!
I was debating whether or not to review Reborn author Akira Amano's newest work, but I think I should considering the headaches I got from the writing. One good thing about the series is the artstyle, feels fairly clean and the characters are nice to look at. The bad is the writing. It has a rough start and only continues to get rougher. And the plot-twists come out of nowhere without any form of foreshadowing, so the story is a hot mess. And the characters feel so stereotypical, with their writing only as bland. It feels like such a down grade compared to Reborn, at least it felt a lot better even if it did go downhill at the end. The ending feels rushed for Eldlive, probably cause Akira's editor was breathing down her neck during most of the manga serialization. If I had to pick between the two, I'd probably go for Reborn again cause Eldlive is the author's biggest mistake.
The art is as good as ever. The battle scenes, the color schemes, and the character designs are great. There's no complaint from me there. The characters are okay. The main lead is mc material - sides with justice, wants to do what's right, evolves the most and passionate. Traits you see commonly in the shounen genre. The female lead as well, is your typical cold, beautiful girl that is also commonly seen. The characters play to their stereotypes. There's not much of a complexity to them, so if the story was played out for a bit more, it would get boring pretty quickly because their traits make them predictable. The story isn't as great as its art. At the beginning, there was a pontential for it somewhere. An alien in the boy's body, space police, a tragic event in the past - cliche, but if written well enough and with better explanation rather than dumping all of it in the last 10 chapters, it could've been something. Sadly, the story focused more on making plot twists and intrducing characters that, to be honest, still wouldn't impact the story in any way even if taken out. I believe part of the reason why the story isn't great is because it's rushed and ended with only 64 chapters. If the world was more fleshed out and the story more concrete, it would be something noteworthy. As it is though, it was a bit underwhelming. Overall, it was good, but it wasn't great. And as much as I don't want to compare it to Reborn, based on storytelling, this was a letdown. There could have been more, if given time - both before creating it and during. On a general sense, it lacked complexity in its characters and story. With great art should come great story, and sadly, this one didn't live up to that.
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