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Bakuman.

mangaislife's avatar
Dec 18, 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

mangaislife's avatar
Dec 18, 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

With the Light: Raising an Autistic Child

Garylikesmanga's avatar
Dec 17, 2010

Before I begin the review there are some things to mention about this series. This series is complete, in a sense, as volume 15 is the final volume. It is scheduled to be released in the fall of 2011, in English. If you have seen the Englsh volumes of this manga, each English volume equals two of the Japanese volumes, so in America (and other countries that receive the English translation) volume seven is volume 13 and 14, and 15 is volume eight. Volume eight consists of four chapters of With The Light, two extra chapters that are pretty crude storyboards, but full chapters, nonetheless. It also includes... See full review

10/10 story
7/10 art
10/10 characters
9.5/10 overall

Girls Bravo

Ogawaa's avatar
Dec 16, 2010

This will be pretty short since there's not much to talk about.
It might be sometimes funny at the beggining, but after a while it gets really boring. Things just go repeating themselves over and over again. If you want a story, forget it, you won't find it here. There's next to no character development at all, things pratically end the same way they started. It's not really worth the time reading this, unless you're really bored.

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3/10 story
7.5/10 art
4/10 characters
4.5/10 overall

Onani Master Kurosawa

VivisQueen's avatar
Dec 14, 2010

STORY
The opening scene of Onani Master Kurosawa shows the titular protagonist vigorously pleasuring himself in an abandoned girls’ lavatory. The bottom of the first page offers a full, digitally-rendered shot of the stain he leaves on the wall. What else should we expect from a manga whose title begins with the Japanese word for ‘masturbation’?

Certainly not a Death Note parody, I’m sure. As we watch the aloof Kurosawa drift through school via vainglorious monologues, arrogant smirks, and carefully plotted toilet breaks, the manga appears nothing more than a puerile... See full review

7.5/10 story
6/10 art
8/10 characters
7.5/10 overall

Beauty Pop

Garylikesmanga's avatar
Dec 14, 2010

Story: Beauty Pop is the age old story of a high school which has an all male beauty club... that is popular school wide. Clearly a work of fiction, Beauty Pop covers a fairly interesting topic that is more fun than plausible. The story mostly revolves around the makeovers and competitions that the aforementioned beauty club (Called the Scissors Project, or SP) perform, at least in the early chapters. As it goes along you begin caring about the characters more, and while there is an obvious male lead, I found myself wondering who the female lead, Kiri Koshiba, might actually end up with. One thing I like... See full review

9/10 story
8/10 art
7/10 characters
8/10 overall

Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan

TheClosetP's avatar
Dec 13, 2010

When I first heard of Nurarihyon, I had mixed feelings which included thoughts of an Inuyasha character rip-off or Katekyo Hitman Reborn in a more mello atmosphere. Yet, Nurarihyon no Mago strays from the stereotypical Shounen manga of action after action chapters and gives accurate insight on Japanese folklore. The plot involves a young boy named Rikuo, who is 1/4 youkai and lives with a hundred other youkai demons. He is the next in line to become the heir of the Nura Clan and will lead the 100 youkai march during the night. Like all practical shounen protagonists, Rikuo does not want to be a youkai... See full review

7.5/10 story
8/10 art
6/10 characters
7.5/10 overall

Tramps Like Us

nasreen10's avatar
Dec 13, 2010

I swear I remembering writing this right after I finished reading it but it's not here. So strange. I'll try to do my best to rewrite it but it's been a while. Story: While I was finishing another manga series, I stumbled upon this one on one of those ads. I liked the cover and the plot sounded interesting. I thought it would be one of those guilty pleasures. The kinds that you like for some reason but don't like telling others about. This one surprised me and I found myself really liking and quickly becoming addicted. I was rooting for them the entire time and, even though I was annoyed at times, I still... See full review

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

Azumanga Daioh

cassiesheepgirl's avatar
Dec 12, 2010

Story: High school may well seem like a trying time but, as old farts like myself will tell you, your school days really can be some of the most fun of your life. Azumanga Daioh proves this unequivocally with every turn of the page as it documents the everyday life of the innocent ten-year-old prodigy, Chiyo, and her new high school friends during this turning point in their lives. As with all the best comic slice of life series, Azumanga contains very little in the way of plot. While the overarching narrative follows the girls’ escapades through high school, the joy of this manga... See full review

8/10 story
7/10 art
10/10 characters
8.2/10 overall

Cromartie High School

cassiesheepgirl's avatar
Dec 12, 2010

Story: Delinquents. In real life, we pretty much stay the hell away from them; certainly in my local town if you see a rough-looking chav* you avoid eye contact and dive into the nearest bookshop. However, when it comes to fiction, none of that matters, especially when considering the gang in Eiji Nonaka’s seventeen-volume work Cromartie High School. They probably couldn’t organise their fists to punch you in the face. With its vibrant Pop-Art style covers, this manga immediately catches the eye, but what lurks inside is a treasure trove of comedy gold that will have you laughing like a... See full review

8/10 story
7.5/10 art
9/10 characters
8/10 overall

Embracing Love

Jurianne's avatar
Dec 11, 2010

You like boys love ? Read this !
You like story with actual plot ? Read this !
You like characters development ? Read this !
You don't like typical uke and seme ? Read this !
You dislike sex in your shonen-ai series ? Read this !
You love sex in your shonen-ai ( aka yaoi ) series ? MUST read this !
YAOI, BISHONEN-AI, COMEDY, ANGST are THIS WAY !

Summary:

Two AV ( Adults Video ) actors Iwaki Kyousuke and Katou Yoji are competing for the same role, being the male one ( seme ) of an upcoming movie. They went as far as betting the outcome of the audition... See full review

9/10 story
9.5/10 art
10/10 characters
9.5/10 overall

Black Bird

luvmaya's avatar
Dec 9, 2010

Black Bird is a smutty Manga about a girl named Misao who can see demons. A human like her is born once every 100 years and after her 16th birthday, she will be targetted for the rest of her life because she smells good(Dodgy stuff) She always liked her old next door neighbor Kyo who moves away...but guess who comes back before her 16th birthday and asks her to marry her? And guess who is some random demon crow lord who love her? AND GUESS WHO says she has to sleep with him or she wont be safe? That's right, the fonz... The story is okay. Apparently her touching kyo gives him energy so we can only... See full review

7/10 story
9/10 art
6/10 characters
7/10 overall

No Touching at All

Nocturnalgloria's avatar
Dec 8, 2010

No Touching at All is a rare treat. It starts off in a subdued manner that sets the mood for emotional disclosure between two men. Few manga manage to reflect the prejudices regarding homosexuality in Japan in such a believable way but Yoneda Kou is able to tap at the human element without ever losing sight of the sociological context. Which is not to say that this is a manga with an agenda, it is simply a genuine portrait of emotions.  At the front are two main characters- a standoffish young man and a happy go lucky co-worker- who strike an unlikely relationship that is yet not random but built by... See full review

10/10 story
9/10 art
10/10 characters
10/10 overall

Hanshin

tamirsalem's avatar
Dec 7, 2010

I found this manga here in Anime Planet in the random manga section, and it surprises me no one ever wrote a review for such a great manga. Hanshin is about Yucy and Yudy, conjoined sisters. Yucy is gorgeous but is incapable of walking, eating and doing other basic activities by herself. Yudy is ugly, but incredibly intelligent. Though the situation of the twins is naturally impossible, dismissing the manga for this inacuraccy is quite foolish. With less than 30 pages, the story is incredibly deep and revolves around Yudy, which, due to her ugliness, is ignored by everyone and has to help her sister do... See full review

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

After School Nightmare

NekoKriszty's avatar
Dec 7, 2010

I have read this manga the last week, and I must say, I would have never thought it would end like this - nor the story, nor my feelings towards it. First of all, it was labeled gender-bender. I am not a big fan of the genre. Girls who look cute in boys' outfits? Not for me. Then came the biological twist. Mashiro's upper half is male and the lower is female? That was so ridiculous in my eyes. He's just a boyish chich with no boobs. :D The first chapter was very confusing, but at the same time, it captured my interest. I wandered what all the crazy stuff was about. There was one more point that I really... See full review

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

Rules

Nocturnalgloria's avatar
Dec 5, 2010

Every day characters, every day events, rendered masterfully. Rules is more than just a Boys' Love title, it is a true to life story about coming to terms with sexual identity and orientation. Nothing in this manga is gratuitous and the romantic theme is fully developed through character interaction. It is in this domain that Rules excels, it captures all the awkwardness and warmth of love as it actual is in real life instead of relying on conventions. Dialogue flows or stalls according to the mood and some wordless scenes carry even more emotional rapport.  Rules... See full review

9/10 story
10/10 art
10/10 characters
10/10 overall

Tokyo Mew Mew

nasreen10's avatar
Dec 3, 2010

Story: There was an attempt for a decent plot but I don't it quite came through. I'm a big fan of magical girl but I didn't like this at all. The pacing felt really fast and not quite developed enough. Conflicts seemed to be resolved incredibly quickly without too much explanations. The ending was frankly ridiculous. It was cliche and over-the-top. There was romance but I felt that it was shallow so it just annoyed me. It just seemed to full of fluff. I do acknowledge that there were plot twists and surprises but they were borderline melodramatic. However, overall, it just didn't cut it for me. At least, it... See full review

6.5/10 story
5/10 art
3/10 characters
3.9/10 overall

Kijin Gahou

4EverDreamer's avatar
Dec 3, 2010

I think this is a message about how complicated we've made sex. Something so natural is embellished with materialism and laws on how and what to do, even when. It isn't beautiful anymore.

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8/10 story
4/10 art
5/10 characters
6/10 overall

Chocolate (Mitsukazu MIHARA)

4EverDreamer's avatar
Dec 3, 2010

I just don't get it, I guess. A man loves a chicken and she is going to have his baby. So what? Is there some deep metaphore I should be getting? I just think he's crazy.

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2/10 story
3/10 art
5/10 characters
3/10 overall

The Female Fridge No. 1

4EverDreamer's avatar
Dec 3, 2010

Hmm, this is interesting. More graphic than I tend to read, but I kinda like the metaphore of the fridge (sexual). A woman is turned into a fridge and her crush reaches "inside", which raises her temperature. Interesting is all I can really say.

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

Pluto

Thrawn's avatar
Dec 1, 2010

You know, I really wish that for all the works made by Naoki Urasawa that are reviewed, they would simply say: "Made by Naoki Urasawa. Stop reading this and go read/watch -manga/anime being reviewed-". But alas, sometimes one thinks they need more of a reason than the series being completely awesome or the creator being as equally awesome. Then again, it wouldn't fill the reader's noggin with praise for said works. And then again, they shouldn't need to be told that he's awesome. They should know it. Oh well, lets begin. To start off, it uses an arc that appears in Astroboy and makes it it's own... See full review

9.5/10 story
9/10 art
9/10 characters
9.4/10 overall

100% Perfect Girl

Galadriel's avatar
Nov 30, 2010

Here I am with my second manga review. First one was about a sweet yuri manga that i enjoyed alot, called Girl Friends. Now I've read something different, a whole lot different which really impressed me a lot. So enough with the brief introduction and off to reviewing 100% Perfect Girl. Honestly, I never expected this manga to be this good. I came across it accidentaly, by doing a background check of the author Wann, the author of Can't Lose You manhwa which I've... See full review

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

Peach Girl

nasreen10's avatar
Nov 30, 2010

Story: Drama, drama, drama. It's like a high school soap opera. It's really addicting and you're done with a volume before you know. It's got plenty of drama, comedy and romance. It can be pretty melodramatic at times but it does good with what it's going for. I don't have as much problem with the story as I do with the characters but I'll get to that. I did like the ending. Warning though: it's very addicting. VERY ADDICTING. Also, I did like the Peach Girl code: Love yourself for who you are. I thought it was a really nice touch. Art: The art is ok. Sometimes the dramatic scenes don't do it for... See full review

7/10 story
6/10 art
4/10 characters
4.9/10 overall

The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service

ArtisanKirei's avatar
Nov 30, 2010

Overview Not for the weak of heart, Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service is a 13 volume (currently 11 published) dark comedy from the mind of Eiji Otsuka, creator of MPD Psycho. The story focuses around a group of graduates of a Buddhist college who start a 'club' to help them make some money. Each of the five group members has a specific talent; Ao Sasaki is a skilled hacker and the 'head' of the Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service, Kuro Karatsu can talk to the dead, Mako Numata can dowse (only for bodies though!), Keiko Makino is a trained embalmer and Yuji Yata can channel aliens, one specifically - the puppet... See full review

8/10 story
8/10 art
10/10 characters
9/10 overall

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind

ThePatches's avatar
Nov 30, 2010

Story 7/10
My best friend frequently complains when great writers shun editing. He argues that by stripping your message down to its juciest part, it becomes inherently better. With Miyazaki, the jury is out. Most western audiences know him for sumptuously animated movies with simple fairy tale plots that say so much by attempting so little in a narrative sense. But when reading the source manga for Nausicaa, you have to wonder how much of his great vision and ambition he leaves on the cutting-room floor when he makes a movie. Epic in scope, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind quickly... See full review

7/10 story
9.5/10 art
9.9/10 characters
9.2/10 overall

Blood: The Last Vampire 2002

sabasebatyne's avatar
Nov 29, 2010

     I was largely unimpressed with this adaptation. Although I loved the "feel" of it being closer to the original, the liberties that were taken with the story and characters was just too much for me. I suppose this fits into the alternate history, "what if" category. It presents an interesting conclusion, in that it's different, but different isn't always good, and the change doesn't suit Saya at all, in my opinion.      The story was pretty standard fare as far as the series is concerned, nothing special, aside from the major plot... See full review

4/10 story
8/10 art
6/10 characters
6/10 overall

The Female Fridge No. 1

bollier's avatar
Nov 29, 2010

This story was beyond strange.  Basically, a woman wakes up, and is suddenly a fridge in an apartment belonging to a man she likes.  The art is bad, and we so no depth to the characters at all.  It's meant to be funny, but it comes off just a bit weird.  Very original, but not in a good way.  At 12 pages long, you might as well give it a shot.

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3/10 story
4/10 art
3/10 characters
3.5/10 overall

Chocolate (Mitsukazu MIHARA)

bollier's avatar
Nov 29, 2010

This one-shot is...odd to say the least.  It does end up being funny, and at 9 pages, is just short enough to be funny without getting too disturbing.  The animation is fairly simple.  The characters get the job done.  This one-shot will give you a couple of good laughs in the five minutes it takes to read, so go ahead and enjoy!

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

Gyo

chii's avatar
Nov 29, 2010

No love for bloaty girlfriend! Flying bag stink fish! Shark goes GASHUNK! You can never have too many legs! The bonus stories attatched at the end are AWESOME! "This is my hole! It was made for me!"

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9/10 story
9/10 art
10/10 characters
9/10 overall

Yamamoto Mimikaki-Ten

chii's avatar
Nov 29, 2010

This one shot was sent to me by my dear friend NimirRa on a day when I really REALLY needed some cheering up. When I clicked on the link I saw the english title Yamamoto Ear Cleaning Shop. Right away I knew I was going to fall in love with this delightful short. Ear cleaning is a very important thing to me that I take quite seriously at times. Sometimes I wish that I could look at it through a microscope just cause. So when I saw that someone took the time to draw out a one shot about this very subject it was like I did it myself. I personally don't... See full review

10/10 story
9/10 art
9/10 characters
9/10 overall

Chocolate (Mitsukazu MIHARA)

chii's avatar
Nov 29, 2010

Children Can't Choose Their Parents is a wonderful story about forbidden love. How it effects those who are in love and those that are around the strange couple in love. All I can say is you will either be laughing, crying, or disgusted. The surprise ending will keep you on your toes and probably make you ponder a lot of things.

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

White Clouds

chii's avatar
Nov 28, 2010

It's short, sweet, and straight to the point. It will tug at your heart strings if you have ever owned an animal and considered it more than just a pet and an actual part of the family. The other great thing is that we get to see how much a pet feels about us even when we are old and wrinkly. It may make you cry. I know I almost did.

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

InuYasha

mrawesome2938's avatar
Nov 24, 2010

A great story line filled with humor with great battle line and VERY witty characters although the art is not the best and i could do with out the nudity

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8.5/10 story
6/10 art
8/10 characters
7.9/10 overall

Tenshi no Hane to Akuma no Shippo

07vihano's avatar
Nov 24, 2010

This annoyingly cute story isn't much in terms of substance, but is a lot in terms of visual adorability. If you like a manga that's written for the illustrations and not illustrated for the writing then this is perfect for you. If you just want to go "MOE!" over the fact that the perpetually chibi-esque male bad-ass devil character suddenly has a cat tail and ears, this manga is perfect for you. If you love looking at pictures more than enjoying a good plot, this manga's perfect for you. Other than that, there isn't much in terms of redeem-ability.  I want the last few hours of my... See full review

3/10 story
8/10 art
4/10 characters
5/10 overall

Sweet Black

Animatic21's avatar
Nov 24, 2010

I just read this a second ago and thought to myself "haha I like this". It reminded me allot of Maid-sama how Usui loves to torture Misaki and how funny they both are. I really wish this was a full series though and went in depth with their relationship. But over all its pretty funny and a good quick read.

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

0x0 Memories

redwolf's avatar
Nov 22, 2010

A cute manga about a girl that loses her memories when she is hit on the head with a ball. Now with only knowing what she is told about her past she must try to regain her normal life, but with two boys fighting for her love, that will be hard to do. It's really pretty good if you like short romance mangas, its only a one shot but even so I would have to say you should defently check it out.

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

Chibi Vampire

nasreen10's avatar
Nov 22, 2010

Story: I'm a fan of the vampire genre but it can become overdone. However, Karin adds a nice fresh twist to it (and a funny one at it). It may not make the most amount of sense but it still interesting. I really enjoyed this romantic comedy. It had plenty of romance, humor and plot twist to keep it going. The pacing was good. Not too fast but things didn't drag on too much either. Each plot line was developed and concluding nicely. You are left with a few questions but not too many. The romance wasn't shallow and the humor was hilarious. Any shoujo fan would love this. The battle was a... See full review

7/10 story
6.5/10 art
8/10 characters
7/10 overall

The Law of Ueki

cassiesheepgirl's avatar
Nov 22, 2010

Story: Anyone who has read my review of Law of Ueki anime will know that I love this series and have been sucked into its wacky world twice already now. So when I felt like drifting off into a world of magically-enhanced teenagers and madcap battles for a third time, reading the manga seemed like the natural next step of my Ueki voyage. Kousuke Ueki is a perfectly normal middle school student who, like every other decent boy of his age, transforms manky bits of rubbish into monolithic trees in order to uphold his strong sense of justice. This ability was a gift from his carefree homeroom teacher... See full review

6.5/10 story
5/10 art
6/10 characters
5.9/10 overall

Anedoki

lEmina's avatar
Nov 21, 2010

Review for Anedoki - lEmina: The scores are reflected of my thoughts on the Anedoki so they may seem lenient to others. Anyway, when I first started to read it, all of the volumes were out and was wondering how they'll fit a story in 26 chapters! As I started reading it the story seemed bizzare, a girl aged of 17 suddenly moving in with a 13 year old boy. Of course, this only happens in Manga so it was good the writer of the manga was so creative. The ecchi-ness was kept very nice. I shall not ruin it for others, but it has what you expect: bathroom scenes, perky breasts. In all, if you enjoy love... See full review

9/10 story
9/10 art
8/10 characters
9/10 overall

Tokyo Boys & Girls

MatteHanaymeY3's avatar
Nov 20, 2010

I would recomend this... but not really as a high priority. The plot line of Tokyo Boys and Girls is easy to fall into, but because the art is dated and the basic story is anything but basic, it's easy to get distracted, too. I love the back story of Mimori and Haruta, but all the characters have moments when you just kind of want to slap them. It's a good story and I enjoyed it, but others might not find it worth while.

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7/10 story
5/10 art
8/10 characters
7/10 overall

Private Prince

sweetlover14's avatar
Nov 16, 2010

Okay, while reading this, I couldn't help but notice little details here and there that reminded me of another manga that I had read not too long ago. I'm not going to go into details on that here, because that is not what this review is about. I really enjoyed the dialogue even though it sounded just a little corny at times. The art was rather interesting, in that it reminded me of another of my favorite mangakas. The character development continued on rather smoothly, leaving me hanging on a cliff until I finished it. But despite these similarities, it is clear that this is its own story. From the very... See full review

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

Rosario + Vampire

mangaislife's avatar
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

mangaislife's avatar
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

Law of Ueki Plus

cassiesheepgirl's avatar
Nov 13, 2010

Story: Life is full of inevitabilities and uncertainties. Considering how much I loved the first Law of Ueki manga and the anime adaptation, I was bound to read the five-volume follow up, Law of Ueki Plus. Whether I liked it or not was not so obvious, since sequels are a bit of a dangerous area; some simply repeat the format of previous successes and feel uninspired or dull as a result, whereas others simply lack that spark of the original and thus taint one’s adoration for the source material. One thing that I WAS sure of was that I had no intention of actually reviewing this manga... See full review

4/10 story
6.5/10 art
4.5/10 characters
4.7/10 overall

Black Cat

mangaislife's avatar
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

mangaislife's avatar
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

mangaislife's avatar
Nov 13, 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

Buso Renkin

mangaislife's avatar
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 + Vampire Season II

mangaislife's avatar
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

Pet Shop of Horrors

bollier's avatar
Nov 10, 2010

Before I start this review, I must admit that this is one of my favorite manga, and it might seem a bit biased.  Petshop of Horrors tells the story of Count D, the owner of a mysterious petshop that sells strange and oftentimes dangerous animals. STORY: 9/10For the vast majority of the series, each chapter serves as a self contained story.  Almost each chapter deals with a random person finding D's shop, obtaining an animal that will help them with their life (and I use the term animal very loosely), and then we see the results, good or bad, of their behavior.  There is an overarching... See full review

9/10 story
9/10 art
10/10 characters
9.5/10 overall