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99% Love

chii's avatar
Nov 20, 2009

This is definitely one of those barfy shoujo manga that I dislike.... with stuff like half year anniversaries and the OMG we haven't kisses yet crap. she gets all sad and moopy because he wants to do his dancing thing instead of spend time with her on that "half year" day. such crap! >:(the ending kinda blows too. it was WAY predictable but yeah. i guess some people out there will like this for it's art because the interesting plot sure wasn't there. but then again the age target is probably 12-15 year old girls who i guess these days think that way :|

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4/10 story
7/10 art
5/10 characters
5/10 overall

7 Nenme no Dou Kyonin

chii's avatar
Nov 20, 2009

Blossoming boy love. separated for years and back together once more under one roof just waiting for the romance to begin. like your typical shounen-ai is has a few lovely naked "opps" moments that eventually lead to something more that all shounen-ai fans want to see. It's very cute with agnsty males that think about the "he likes me he likes me not" type of stuff but it's still highly entertaining to read and see what happens at the end. Even adds in a cute brother complex that is sure to make shounen-ai fans drool at that thought.

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

Kimi ga Waratta

chii's avatar
Nov 20, 2009

generally i'm not a fan of the knocked into unconsciousness and dreaming type of story but this one was averagely done on the good side. nothing special nothing great. just worth my time it took in reading.the art could have been better imo. that would have made this more enjoyable. it always felt like i was reading a bad sailor moon sketch. while i love sailor moons anime i was never able to read the manga as they looked ugly to me. maybe it's just because christmas romance stories are a good soggy way to get me to show a heart. :P shoujo fans will eat this story up for dinner.

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

Suki ni Naru Made Matte

chii's avatar
Nov 20, 2009

For being a shoujo romance this one caught me. i guess it was because the male wasn't a total pussy about chasing the chick he loves. so give me good characters and i'll be happy shoujo or not. It's a cute romance romp and has some pretty cute scenes. Also it has a fablious twist at the end that is sure to please lots of people. i know i was excited by the end.check it out if you want something nice and quick and will leave a smile on your face.

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

Zero - The Beginning of The Coffin

Otaku108's avatar
Nov 19, 2009

I'm giving you a fair warning now because I try very hard not to do it in my reviews, but this one contains spoilers. You have been fairly warned.Story:There was a lot to this story that could have been great, but it really just puttered up to mediocre. I wasn't impressed at the use of sudden deaths and random physical and mental abuse by various characters. Though it was only alluded to, there seemed to also be a few rape victims and almost blatant incest. All of the above are serious no-no's when it comes to me enjoying a story of any kind. Honestly, I should have put it down when I read in the first... See full review

6/10 story
4/10 art
3/10 characters
1/10 overall

Love Roma

Szwagier's avatar
Nov 15, 2009

Browsing through a lot of Seinen mangas I stumbled upon Love Roma. Slightly curious about this story I sneaked a peek and almost gave up on reading this. The art is ugly, and that's a downer for a romance (I usually mind it less in battle mangas, since they can get some more points during fighting scenes). I decided that if I have to drop it because of the art,  I'll at least sit through one chapter - that sounded fair. To my suprise, after reading one chapter instead of dropping it I've read whole 5 volumes. Good story managed to overcome the art hurdle. Story - 7.5/10   One day, during a... See full review

7.5/10 story
5/10 art
8/10 characters
7.5/10 overall

Black Butler

LovelyWickedDescet's avatar
Nov 9, 2009

The story is of Sebastian Michaelis as he works for his young master; a 12 (to 13) year old boy named Ciel Phantomhive. But their is more to this duo then meets the eye, Sebastian is actually a demon that is under contract to Ciel, working for him until the day that he can claim the boy's soul. (I'm stopping their I do not wish to give much away if one has not read it yet.). The story if very interesting, with side trips of humor, and tradigy flowing through it as the story progresses. It really has one begging for the next chapter to come quickly as soon as it stops. Most shonen manga's I read are just to... See full review

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

Bitter Virgin

pokopori's avatar
Nov 8, 2009

Bitter Virgin, while a fantastic manga, does not leave you with a happy feeling after reading it.  Emotions are heavily involved as you find out Hinako (the female lead)'s past and how Suwa (the male lead), after learning her secret, tries to protect her from her fears.The story itself is fairly original and the characteristics of the characters were fairly realistic.  You could say that if this scenario were to happen in real life, you would expect people to react in the ways that these people did.The art was also pretty good, although nothing too amazing.  Very shoujo-esque, as expected of... See full review

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

Kamichu!

AirCommodore's avatar
Nov 7, 2009

Kamichu! is one of my favorite anime, so I decided to check out the manga version. The manga did a good job of fixing continuity issues from the anime series (the anime came first, I believe), and taking out the stories that I felt were the weakest from the anime. Unfortunately, even though improvements were made in the story, I still preferred the anime, bacause the world and all of the cute spirits are just more charming in color. Also the manga added quite a bit of fanservice-y bits (bath scenes, weird "camera" angles, etc.). I can't figure out how some of those middle school girls got such... See full review

?/10 story
?/10 art
?/10 characters
7/10 overall

Battle Angel Alita

chii's avatar
Nov 7, 2009

It's been a while since I've read it as it was my second manga ever read which has been almost 10 years ago or something like that. But what I remember is fantastic characters and their development.Alita herself is my favourite character. Her pure strength and will power that keeps her going to find herself and help others around her is just amazing. Her journey is a interesting one in a cyber punk world with people fighting for survival. The way this manga is drawn it's totally breathtaking. I wish I could draw like that haha. I can't only drool over my thoughts of it in colour.This manga has a movie... See full review

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

13

chii's avatar
Nov 7, 2009

This is a hilarious cute story of revenge. Oddly enough it has a Kill Bill feel to it so if you liked that movie a lot you'll enjoy this read. It has the typical Japanese weirdness to it that definitally adds to the story with some romance thrown in there. Short and sweet you'll be page turning so fast to see what happens!

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

Mars

pokopori's avatar
Nov 6, 2009

This manga has to be one of the best shoujo mangas I have ever read.  In terms of my personal rank, this is definitely number 2 on my list (Skip Beat being number 1 of course ^^).Story: The story of Mars is by far one of the most intricate and complex of which I have ever seen.  You pulled into the world of pain and darkness of the characters but at the same time, you see hope and a will to live and overcome their pasts. I was totally drawn into the story.  Some parts I was giddy with joy while other parts I was ready to cry as my emotions went on a roller coaster ride.Art: Absolutely... See full review

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

Uzumaki: Spiral into Horror

AirCommodore's avatar
Nov 5, 2009

STORY "A town haunted by a spiral pattern? Really Mr. mangaka? Really? Well alright, I'll read it anyway, if only because it's rated so highly." And really that's the story in a nutshell. Spirals are taking over the town (egad!) in a myriad of ways (oh no!). Soon after picking this up, I had a flshback to the first time I watched Rocky Horror Picture Show. Before watching/reading, I knew next to nothing about either of them, except that they loudly proclaimed to be "horror". And then quickly turned out to be ridiculously campy. Don't get me wrong- it's an entertaining read, it just... See full review

?/10 story
?/10 art
?/10 characters
6.5/10 overall

Astro Boy

HaruhiNinja's avatar
Nov 4, 2009

This review (like all others) should be taken with a grain of salt. However this is especially so with Astro Boy as it can be very polarising among 'hardcore' manga readers. This is mainly because it does not conform to many of the conventions which one would use to separate manga from traditional 'western' comics. I admit to being a huge fan of the character, however I understand why others do not share my view with this particular franchise. STORY: Astro Boy is not a single story spanning 23 volumes but many individual 'episodes' written over a 30 year period. Added to this confusion, the (current... See full review

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

Haunted House

AirCommodore's avatar
Nov 3, 2009

STORYSabato is a normal high school boy who tries to have a normal life, but his plans (all of which involve him trying to get a girlfriend) are repeatedly foiled by his morbid family. The first seven chapters followed a strict pattern- Sabato gets into some hijinks, flirts with a pretty girl, then gets angry as his family messes everything up somehow. Fairly silly fluff throughout, except for the last chapter, in which Sabato learns a valuable lesson (aww...). There were several pop culture references, which were rather odd, as they all seemed to be all American pop culture (Donnie Darko, &c.).ARTThe... See full review

5/10 story
7/10 art
4/10 characters
5/10 overall

Solanin

Garyuu's avatar
Nov 2, 2009

I was never really into manga. I saw Solanin and thought I would give it a try. Maybe it's because it's only two volumes long, so it would be cheap (I prefer hard copies over scans). Thank goodness for me being cheap. This was great! The story was good. It wasn't anything intense, but the presentation was great. Everyday events of the characters grabbed my interests. I never knew I could be this interested in a slice of live manga that didn't have anything supernatural or wacky. That's not to say the characters were dull. They were great. It felt like the writer put some of his experiences into... See full review

9/10 story
10/10 art
10/10 characters
9.7/10 overall

High School Debut

Szwagier's avatar
Oct 31, 2009

Shoujo is genre that suffers the most from the disease known as "Too much cliche". After all,  there is limited list of possible events, that can happen in high school romance.Some of the mangakas don't care much about it, and their titles are usually predictable and boring. Others try to cover it by making their characters go through some unbelievable ordeals (taken probably from soap operas) - those mangas usually are ridicolous and laughable. But there also are cases, when author figures a way to use the cliche as an advantage instead of a flaw - and that's how rare gems like "High... See full review

7.8/10 story
6.5/10 art
8.2/10 characters
7.8/10 overall

Beast Master

Kraecha's avatar
Oct 29, 2009

I was never a big fan of shoujo manga, but "Beast Master" changed that. This story, although being incredibly sweet and funny is differet from typical shoujo stories.First of all, the main heroin, Yuiko, isn't a weak girl who fell in love on first sight with the most popular guy. In fact, it's quite the opposite - this girl is very intelligent and kind, she loves animals (but animals seem to hate her). One day (while trying to catch a cat) she meets Leo - a weird, scary looking guy, who doesn't know anything about living in modern Japan, as he spent most of his life in a... See full review

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

Bloody Monday

Szwagier's avatar
Oct 29, 2009

Awesome and realistic high school+shounen+mystery, based in a present time, is quite a rarity. Usually mangakas either go the supernatural route ( for example Psyren, Future Dairy, Death Note ) or give up on high school setting, and change into seinen  instead ( like Remote  or Angel Heart ). Bloody Monday, while maintaning the image of characters being "extraordinary",  still manages to pull a captivating story.Story - 8/10 All of it starts with introduction of a genius hacker, Falcon. For a moment there, we are lead to believe, that the story might go the very cliche... See full review

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

Metro Survive

ThePatches's avatar
Oct 29, 2009

Story 8/10 On another of sothis' recommendations, I picked up this manga hoping to be unimpressed. After reading Gyo, Alive, and Uzumaki cover-to-cover in one sitting, I prayed that I'd get something that wouldn't glue me to my seat so that I could finally get some homework done. WRONG. Execution and attention to detail define disaster stories of any kind, and Metro Survive is no exception. Fujisawa painstakingly seals every escape, removes every option, and crushes every hope in turn, daring the audience to wish for a happy ending. His brutal narrative works, as each... See full review

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

WANTE-D

ThePatches's avatar
Oct 27, 2009

Story 4/10You could take one look at the "shoujo" tag on this manga and see it coming from a mile away. Nearly everything that's here seems painfully familiar, and I'm not that well-acquainted with the genre as a whole.Much like a sushi sampler, Mizuto-san offers up a standard assortment of shoujo heroines in a standard set of high school situations: the first story focuses on a strong-willed transfer student who follows her heart when her morals are challenged; the second tale offers a look at a girl harboring a decade long crush on a boy who showed her kindness; and the final yarn recounts the... See full review

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

The Red Snake

sothis's avatar
Oct 22, 2009

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... See full review

1/10 story
9/10 art
2/10 characters
2/10 overall

White Dragon

wolfdv's avatar
Oct 22, 2009

The tale of a man who cross dresses as a woman and kills a bunch of people with...water?  Add a young girl who has him addicted to her cooking and you've got White Dragon.How infuriating...

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?/10 story
?/10 art
?/10 characters
2/10 overall

Asa mo, Hiru mo, Yoru mo.

Eldria's avatar
Oct 19, 2009

Having read Bitter Vrigin I followed the recommendations to try Asa Mo. I completely disagree with linking the two series at all. One of the things i liked about Bitter Virgin was the believable characters (even the pyscho I've met people like her) and how they acted in ways that mostly made sense. Asa mo lacks both these things. Jun is plausible even in the way he acts towards Shinobu after she tells him she was raped in the middle of class room???? However her 'reaction' to his frankly stalker-esque approach is completely unbelievable. I can't imagine anyone reacting well to how he acts even if... See full review

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

Rave Master

Szwagier's avatar
Oct 18, 2009

I'll admit that I dropped this 3 or 4 times before I finally get into it enough to read it. Why is that? Because the first 50 or so chapters are complete garbage. I mean I know some Shounen stories might start weak - for example Kekkaishi is pretty dull until some real opponents appear - but Rave master wins in term of crappiest beginning. Not only the pace is completely off (waaay too fast dialogues) but also the  ideas for power seems pretty cheap. Explosive sword called "Explosion"? What kind of lame power is that? Putting my whining aside, once the story gets rolling (Haru's father arc... See full review

5.5/10 story
6/10 art
6.5/10 characters
6/10 overall

Tramps Like Us

Szwagier's avatar
Oct 17, 2009

When I first read the description I was pretty reluctant to read it. I mean let's face it - single woman finding a bishounen in a cardboard box, and deciding to keep him as her pet sounds like some cheap smut scenario.  But it had "josei" tag,  so I decided to give it a shot (josei and seinen turns out to be at least good, most of the time). And it was damn worth it time.Story - 8/10First of all let's clear some things up  - even though the setting is pretty unrealistic, this manga is pretty good at portraying  human emotions. Our main heroine - Sumire is intelligent and... See full review

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

Metro Survive

Otaku108's avatar
Oct 17, 2009

Story:This had a great story line, I was rivited from chapter to chapter wondering what was going to happen next. Each time something happened, whether or not I saw it coming, I felt for the characters.Art:The art was just a bit above average, but the main thing that got it to that point was the fact that the characters had a definite and distinct style difference from one another. There weren't 10 different bishi androginous characters floating around that if you just swapped hairstyles you'd be unable to tell them appart.Characters:Each of the main characters has a lot of unique and obvious personality... See full review

10/10 story
8/10 art
9/10 characters
9.5/10 overall

$100 is Too Cheap

ThePatches's avatar
Oct 15, 2009

Story 8/10There's something to be said for complete consistency. $100 is Too Cheap sticks to its principals on every page, from the opening splash to its final twist. Simple, direct, and ultimately charming, this little one-shot should creep on to anyone's reading list because the price of admission is so low.The entire manga traces the course of one conversation between two adorable protagonists. Consequently, each twist and turn of thier discussion recieves some page layout. From the drink recipie cards to the rendering of each character's analogies or explanations, each of the thirty-one pages of this... See full review

8/10 story
6.5/10 art
7/10 characters
7.5/10 overall

Baron: The Cat Returns

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Oct 14, 2009

Story: I started out as an anime fan, and only later became interested in manga. As such, a lot of my choices in what to read have been based on whether or not I enjoyed the animated version and, as a rampant Studio Ghibli fangirl, when I discovered that The Cat Returns was based on a one-volume manga, I immediately went and ordered it. Baron: The Cat Returns follows the story of Haru, a young, clumsy girl who doesn’t seem to have all that much going for her until one day on her way home from school, she saves the prince of the Cat Kingdom from being run over by a truck. To show his... See full review

7/10 story
7.5/10 art
4.5/10 characters
6.5/10 overall

Zashiki Onna

ThePatches's avatar
Oct 14, 2009

Layout. Zashiki Onna is a masterclass in how layout can carry an otherwise straightforward manga. While I found the story a traditional urban legend with a distinctly Japanese flavor, the suspense that Mochizuki injects into the work through clever scripting and shot composition pulls the viewer into Hiroshi's plight.While initially put off by the otherwise ugly artwork, I found the tight plotting and grim end worth the ride. Any fans of horror and suspense should check out this quick little number if merely to see how powerful suspense can be developed in a comic book. Just be sure to read this one as... See full review

7.5/10 story
6/10 art
6/10 characters
7/10 overall

Kandachime

Drahken's avatar
Oct 13, 2009

A good balance of plot and action. Not much to say about it, nothing stands out much as specifically good nor bad, but the overall impact is quite good.

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7/10 story
8/10 art
7/10 characters
7.5/10 overall

Beyond Twilight

Drahken's avatar
Oct 13, 2009

The story overall is good, but it's a slow read. It's not so much that the story itself is slow, just something about the way it's written. I, for one, just couldn't get into it enough to stop noticing the passage of time while I was reading. I gave it a high overall score because it is quite good, I just wish it were more engaging.

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

Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You

Drahken's avatar
Oct 13, 2009

While the plot sounds dull, something about the way it's written is very engaging. I saved this for last this week because it sounded the worst, but it wound up being one of the best (neck & neck with kandachime). I had planned to only read the 2 vols required for the manga club, but had finished all the available chapters almost before I had even realized it. My one gripe about this series is the artwork. The exaggerated/chibi art used to emphasize certain reactions looks terrible (especially for the main character). To make matters worse, they use the gimmick way too much (especially with the main... See full review

8/10 story
5/10 art
9/10 characters
8/10 overall

Seol Hui

Drahken's avatar
Oct 13, 2009

This series stinks, nuff said. The first 3/4 of the first volume was very slow, then they finally pick up the plot a bit in the final 1/4 with a surprise twist and then they end the volume without delving any further into the new plot twist. The second volume picks up with some almost completely unrelated characters & an unrelated plot. About 1/4 of the way in, it finally gets back to the main character & touches on one of the original plot points, but never does really progress the plot at all. In addition, the plot twist I mentioned earlier is never mentioned again in the second volume. All in... See full review

0.2/10 story
8/10 art
4/10 characters
0.1/10 overall

20th Century Boys

Szwagier's avatar
Oct 13, 2009

There are some mangas that have completely no appeal in it's outer appearance. You look at the cover and think "Ugh how ugly". You read the description and think "Sounds boring". There isn't a single thing that may convince you to try this title out. And then some small event changes your mind - maybe a friend recommend it to you. Or you notice the author is the same guy who wrote another title you love. Or you read some spoiler and think it might turn out to be interesting.  You start reading  - first few chapters aren't that hot, and it looks like your predictions were... See full review

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

Uzumaki: Spiral into Horror

ThePatches's avatar
Oct 12, 2009

Story 7.5/10Now, I haven't read all that much manga in comparison to the anime I've watched, but I love horror in all its forms. On sothis' recommendation, I picked up Uzumaki and could not stop until I reached the grim, grim end. One of the delicious differences between Japanese and American tales of this type is the pervasion of atmosphere so integral to the Asian concepts of fear, and Junji Itou brings it in spades.Through its escalating set of vignettes, Uzumaki paints a picture of a town and population descending into madness. Nearly all of Itou's little stories could be considered fables, as each one... See full review

8/10 story
9.5/10 art
6.5/10 characters
8.5/10 overall

Ultra Maniac

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Oct 12, 2009

Ultra Maniac is about a magical witch named Nina who comes to Earth to study abroad because she has failed witch school at her home in the Magic Kingdom. (Not Disneyland/world by the way!) Nina meets Ayu, a girl with a reputation for being 'calm and cool' after Ayu helps her find a missing mini PC that aids her in using magic. Ayu has a crush on a popular boy at her school named Kaji Tetsushi. This manga centers around crushes and romance with Nina's magic powers adding an element of comedy to the mix. ArtThe art in Ultra Maniac is very fitting for the genre. Its all very cute and stylish and very... See full review

7/10 story
9/10 art
6.5/10 characters
7.5/10 overall

Hellsing

papcorp's avatar
Oct 11, 2009

STORYEver heard those scifi stories about nazi zombies? Yep it's one of them:) Let's recapitulate the story as briefly as we can (I don't wanna spoil the fun of reading the manga so I won't get into details):British organization, which is fighiting vampires, zombies and others since very very long, have a vampire nosferatu on their salary. Vatican is in bad mood and hates anglo-catholics in UK (they have their own organization to fight badies). What is more the nazis are coming back from South America to destroy England and they have vampire soldiers onboard their zeppelins :)As cliche as it sounds... the... See full review

8/10 story
7/10 art
6/10 characters
9/10 overall

School Ningyo

ThePatches's avatar
Oct 11, 2009

This bite-sized horror story offered nothing new to the table, but proved a fun distraction. Sadly, any fan of the horror genre will be able to guess where the whole this ends up about halfway through, but given the quick pacing, that in and of itself doesn't ruin the outing.The mangaka's attempt to marry the innocent visuals of the mermaids (all cast as girls in school swimsuits) with the horrific behavior of the characters only succeeds halfway. The impressive images of gaggles of girls swimming through the air and between the walls of the class rooms certainly adds an other-worldliness to the work, but I... See full review

5/10 story
5.5/10 art
5/10 characters
5.5/10 overall

Akazukin Eliza

sothis's avatar
Oct 9, 2009

....... -_-;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.

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?/10 story
?/10 art
?/10 characters
2/10 overall

100 Days Dream

sothis's avatar
Oct 9, 2009

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.

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?/10 story
?/10 art
?/10 characters
8.5/10 overall

$100 is Too Cheap

sothis's avatar
Oct 9, 2009

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!

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?/10 story
?/10 art
?/10 characters
8/10 overall

3D Material

sothis's avatar
Oct 9, 2009

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.

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?/10 story
?/10 art
?/10 characters
5/10 overall

Hataraki Man

sothis's avatar
Oct 9, 2009

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... See full review

?/10 story
?/10 art
?/10 characters
5.7/10 overall

Katana

sothis's avatar
Oct 9, 2009

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... See full review

?/10 story
?/10 art
?/10 characters
6.8/10 overall

The Embalmer

sothis's avatar
Oct 9, 2009

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 dead... See full review

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

Hataraki Man

Omurqi's avatar
Oct 8, 2009

This review is based on the first 7 chapters of the manga.Hataraki Man is about the life of Matsukata Hiroko, a hardworking editor at “The Age” magazine, following the difficulties she encounters, as well as her successes. Having read this straight after reading a somewhat generic shoujo/josei romance story, the first thing that caught my eyes were the character designs. For once, all the characters actually had different faces, instead of just having a variety of eyes and hairstyles, and were all individually recognizable. Even though the quality of the drawings wasn’t something... See full review

6.5/10 story
7.5/10 art
7/10 characters
7/10 overall

Cat Street

yelizaveritas's avatar
Oct 7, 2009

Cat Street is something really fascinating. As for me, I was caught from the very first chapter.This manga seems to be an ordinary shoujo manga with cute art and usual characters. But then I realized that I cannot find any manga, similar to Cat Street. Sure, a lot of manga tell us a story about a girl in the cruel world of show-biz. But in Cat Street this theme is not the main – It loses to the theme of relationships between people. It’s about life – and as life is such an unpredictable thing so manga is the same.Art’s amazing. All the faces are cute – It doesn’t matter... See full review

9/10 story
9.3/10 art
9.5/10 characters
9.5/10 overall

Rave Master

Merryberry's avatar
Oct 6, 2009

Intro...A new rave master has appeared, destined to collected the scattered raves in order to save the world.  Meeting different people along the way, the rave master helps to make the world a better place for all.Story (6/10)With any manga which goes on for a while (and Rave is certainly one of them at 35 volumes), there is always the danger of it going on for too long, with a lack of a strong storyline, resulting in it being dragged out to the limit.  And to some extent that's what we find happening in Rave.  The characters spend so long helping other people and levelling up that you find... See full review

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

Lament of the Lamb

Fireaxe's avatar
Oct 5, 2009

Originally posted on the forums on April 5th 2009I've just finished reading the last volume of Hitsuji no Uta, and while I much preferred the ending Kei Toume picked for the manga (compare to the OVA), I still have mixed feeling about it overall. Maybe it's just me who can't handle so much self-affliction, or maybe it's because it was too much of a "totally dark and desperate story, an one-way trip towards destruction" (those are Toume's words from the epilogue). At times... See full review

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