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  • Dragon Ball (Manga) Review

    Dragon Ball Manga Review

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    Recently I finished the manga Dragon Ball. Dragon Ball’s manga encompasses the entire Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z anime series. Of course I found that there are many fillers in the anime versus the manga, but the anime rarely leaves anything out from the manga. This makes the anime very faithful to the manga which is sometimes hard to find. The manga was created by Akira Toriyama and ran from 1984 to 1995.

    Note: I will be using the American names while reviewing this manga. There are major and minor SPOILERS

     

    Dragon Ball Plot

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    I am sure everyone knows the plot of the series, but I will go over it anyways.  The first 194 chapters follows a young boy named Goku. He meets up with a young girl named Bulma which only wants the glass ball that Goku’s grandfather (Gohan) left him. What he does not know is that there are six more of these dragon balls and when gathered they grant any one wish you desire. So they begin to search for them. A lot happens throughout these chapters and alot of characters are introduced.

    The last half of the manga ( chapters 195-519) follows Goku as an adult. Now he has a child and several of his friends. The story no longer focuses on the journey of finding the dragon balls but instead on Goku and his fellow friends saving the Earth multiple times.
    I have a lot of problems with the last part of the manga. The first part actually focuses on a set journey and destination (not that the last part does not). It seems to be more focused on the story and the fun of writing/drawing the manga. The characters all play an important part and Goku seems to grow as a person as well. The last part, however, seems rushed and just attempting to get a story out there for the fans. Goku does not grow as a person at all. The other characters play a part, but nothing really special.

     

    Dragon Ball Characters

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    There are a lot of characters throughout the series. Some show only a few times, while others appear often. Due to this I only want to go over a select few characters. Basically the ones that play a big part.

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    Goku being the main character should grow. Like I said, in the first part he does grow as a character. He is a young child so it would be weird if he did not develop as he grew older. He is naive and a happy person. What you would see in any shonen manga. He eats a lot, laughs at serious moments, and always saves someone at the last minute. As the manga goes on and you begin to get the Dragon Ball Z arc of the manga, his development stops. He seems to be the same person and just becomes annoying. *SPOILER* At the end of the manga he comes to fight at the Tenka’ichi Budōkai. He really only shows up to find Boo’s reincarnation (Uub) and take off with him, leaving his family alone AGAIN *SPOILER END* That was another thing that annoyed me about Goku. He seems to really only care about himself and fighting. Even at this point Vegeta would rather stay with his family, that is just sad.

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    Which brings me to my next point, Vegeta. Vegeta is one of my favorite characters. He grows as a character (enormously) and becomes a great constant rival for Goku. I really have no problems with his character. He seems to be more ruthless in the manga than in the anime more towards the Saiyan and Namek arcs. *MAJOR SPOILER* I though that his true colors showed when he committed suicide trying to kill Boo. It really showed how his character developed from wanting to destroy the Earth to saving it *END SPOILER* He has one goal in mind, to get stronger than Goku.

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    Of course, Dragon Ball would never have the story without Bulma. Bulma is the person who prompted Goku to find the Dragon Balls and is a driving force throughout the series. She is a genius and filthy rich due to her parents and the creation of capsules (which her father created). She is just like any other teenage girl, hates the outdoors, wants to be pampered, and is looking for the perfect guy. Even her character grows more than Goku’s. She starts as a snobby girl that wants her way and runs from any danger. Towards the end she calms down alot and even goes to the fighting sites of many of their enemies.

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    I wanted to talk about the children of Goku at once. Gohan is not that big of a disappointment in the manga… well except for Great Saiyaman. That was a fail for me. Gohan does not seem to be that whiny in the manga. Goten on the other hand was a little annoying. I could see the importance of his character, but he was nothing serious to me.

     

    Trunks is a different story. Future Trunks is another favorite character of mine. He was similar to the Cell arc Gohan and therefore I liked him a lot. He is compassionate, but knows when he must fight. He is basically the same in the anime. The actual timeline Trunks was even just as good. In the anime he annoyed me a little, well a lot. I am not sure why though. In the manga he was not so annoying.

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    Krillin, Master Roshi, Yamcha, Tien, and Piccolo all play an important part as side characters. Krillin is just as annoying as he is in the anime and dies just as often. He never catches a break. Master Roshi is extremely perverted. Yamcha surprised me even more in the manga than in the anime. He really trains hard and tries to catch up even though he can not. But hey, at least he tries and that is more than some people can say. Tien shows up a lot in the first part of the manga, but he seems to take a back seat in the last part, especially the Boo arc (which he is shown like one time). Piccolo grows as a character basically along the same lines as Vegeta. They both just develop way more than the first character.

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    The other characters throughout the series all play important parts, but like I said there are so many to go over. Even the villains are hard to go over, so I want to just sum them up together. Basically all the villains have one goal, World or Universal dominance. They are all ‘really strong’ until Goku comes out of left field and throws a wrench in their plans. Many times it is not even intentional like the Red Ribbon Army. The villains in the first part are more of a joke than those in the second part. The Dragon Ball villains consist of humans and then eventually Piccolo. The last part of the manga has villains that are from other planets so they are more serious in their conquest.

     

    Dragon Ball Artwork

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    Akira Toriyama was pretty consistent with his artwork throughout the series. The first part is a little more sloppy in some ares, but it is still very well drawn out. The paneling selection works out for this manga as well. Mostly the manga is filled with action scenes due to the genre type. In most mangas I read that have many fight scenes, the artwork begins to get sloppy and you start to jumble things up. It gets annoying, but Toriyama seems to keep his clean and this helps with the enjoying the manga a lot more. He seems to like to draw out the characters and takes time in their wardrobes. A good example is Bulma. He hair changes often as well as her outfits, making her character more believable as a  typical girl.

    Dragon Ball Overall

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    Overall I did enjoy the Dragon Ball manga. I did get a little bored when I began the DBZ arc, but that is only because I have watched almost all of the anime. Like I mentioned earlier, the anime follows the manga panel to scene almost (except when fillers come along). Even though I enjoyed the manga, I would recommend people to read the Dragon Ball arc, but actually watch the Dragon Ball Z arc. You will get more enjoyment out of it that way.
    There are many things this manga can teach you, mainly perseverance. There were many times that everyone was sure to die or fail, but they kept pushing to get to the end. It may have been a fun journey at first, but it becomes more life threatening towards the end.

     

    Overall Grade: 7/10


  • Inuyasha (Manga) Review

    Inuyasha Manga Review

    Man, when I say that I fell in love with this as a child. I’m am not kidding. This show was everything to me when I was a kid. If not Dragonball z and this I would not be into anime nor would I be into manga. Reading it over as an adult, I was speechless with the amount of details, fast pace and love able characters. As a kid I consider this the romance/fantasy/action of all time. The magic lasted but the nostalgia didn’t last and I found myself seeing things I didn’t see as a kid. But on to the review.

     

    Inuyasha Art

    Visually the series is amazing. The constant switching from daily life of modern times to epic quest during the feudal era was very interesting and was great story. The level of detail was rather average but it was still very good. The characters are usually drawn simple and the backgrounds feel empty when not showing long panels but nothing too bad. The atmosphere of the manga has huge contrast, as there are events with minor violence as well as gruesome violence, full of bloodshed and gore. It’s has normal areas such as villages and modern day Tokyo but also has nightmarish ones like tombs made of bones and a castle with acid fog or castles hidden under water. The variety alone is enough to keep you reading every chapter. The character figures are generally rather simple and cute looking. All normal people have back hair though which I though was a little weird. The secondary details are rather poor so if a new villain looks like he’s shit then he probably is. They way most of them look are enough to attract any reader though. Special effects will remind you of Dragonball Z. Everyone yells their attacks, wears the same thing basically. I found that this didn’t really make me mad but I know it will for some of you.

     

    Inuyasha Plot

    Just like another manga it starts off very strong. The first 50 chapters are among the best in action manga ever. They had good ideas such as, time travel, demon slaying, magic relics, to avenging a sinister person. They had comedy, romance, drama, and mystery all in one. Everything you love you could see in this manga. Everything was a solid 10. But then, well they murder the story kinda. Sadly after the initial first 50 chapters, it turns Ito your average shonen manga. Pointless power ups, repetitive plot, stale characters, and a hunt for a villain for years. Get a power up, fight a boss, repeat. The story never truly offers a solid resolution for any of the unfinished side stories. Up until the last arc, Inuyasha Doesn’t come to terms with his evil side until then, Mikoru doesn’t undo his curse, Sango doesn’t find her brother, Naraku keeps invading them, kikyo doesn’t undo her undead nature and no one Admits there true feelings to anyone or at least in a long lasting way!!! Ugh! The first few battles had fast pace action and actually had strategy in battle. Enemies actually lasted a whole arc instead of being destroyed in 5 pages. Inuyasha gets a super sword that can basically kill anyone. Even worse, he kept getting defensive abilities that could block anything. He was practically indestructible. In about 70 chapters he was the strongest demon alive. Naraku kept fucking escaping only to leave and power up again just like Inuyasha! This was so annoying!! The only reason villains kept surviving because Inuyasha wouldn’t use his kill attack at the beginning of the battle. The manga eventually ends with closure. It does feel dry for everyone other than the main cast though.

     

    Inuyasha Characters

    Inuyasha is clearly the main character so everyone pretty much just becomes his underling throughout the series. Or not….he soon just becomes a lap dog for kagome the cute Japanese school girl who keeps abusing him and punishing him in the most ridiculous ways. They are supposed to like each other but it’s hard to see sometimes. Then you have miroku, an ero monk who will never miss the chance to feel up some girls ass. It was funny the first 50 times but just got stupid after a while. Especially since he has a love interest and is basically cheating on her all the time. This said love interest is Sango and she is looking for a way to save her brother but since she never find a way for the most part, she just exist to hit miroku and nag all the time. Then there is shippo the cute mascot. I basically just told you who he was. Then you have seshomaru, the big bad brother of Inuyasha, the best character and main antagonist of the series Naraku. They have the most common sense but are not present all the time in series. They mess around but never truly accomplish anything until the end of the series. The character were good for the most part I enjoyed them.

    Despite the lack of development for part of the story I really loved this series and I would probably re read this any day. If it has less dead time in the middle it would have been a masterpiece.

    Thanks for reading.

    -Manga Llama-

    Story: 8/10

    Characters: 7/10

    Enjoyment: 10/10

    Overall: 8.5/10


  • Owari no Seraph (Manga) Review

    Owari no Seraph (Manga) Review

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    Genres:
    – Shonen
    – Supernatural
    – Mystery
    – Action
    – Drama
    Status: Ongoing
    Chapters so Far: 19

     

    So lets begin with introducing you to one of my most anticipated mangas and in the future an anime. This time I will be focusing on ‘Owari no Seraph’, or ‘Seraph of the End’, this manga is a dark fantasy manga. An anime adaption for this manga was announced on August 28th.

    Owari no Seraph was serialized in Jump Square by Shueisha and written by Takaya Kagami and illustrated by Yamato Yamamoto.

    Although there may not be many translated chapters so far, each chapter is rather long, each chapter has approximately 40-50 pages, and each is pretty in depth, there are the occasional cliffhangers at the end of some chapters to keep the readers on edge and waiting for more.
    Why does it seem likes it’s set in a school? Read and Find out
    There will be ‘some’ SPOILERS…

     

    Plot of Owari no Seraph

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    Owari no Seraph follows the journey of the MC, Hyakuya Yuuichirou, this manga is based in the future, so I guess you could say its dystopian but then again it’s supernatural so maybe not. Moving on, in the near future, a new virus has appeared on Earth making the world’s population a victim. However, the noticeable problem is that only those who are over the age of 13 are infected. At this same point in time, Vampires appear from the depths of human life and thus enslave human kind, humans are treated as livestock for the Vampire’s own needs.

    The MC, Yuuichirou has always dreamt big, he and his adopted ‘family’ have been enslaved since the age of 8 and during his and his friends enslavement they try and escape. One friend in particular who he loves like a brother, reaches his demise, this character plays a huge role later on, his name is Mika. Their escape fails however and a tragedy befalls on them, instead we go through a time shift, I’ll skip one time shift, so if you want to know more, then heeey, better read the manga sweetie!

    Ok, since the plot gets more complex here on out, Yuuichirou sets his thoughts on total revenge on the vampires, his wish is to kill them all, and to successfully complete this goal he has to join a special squad that allows him to do so. At this point we see the emergence of a female lead, by the name of Shinoa Hīragi.

     

    Breakdown of the Plot

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    Moving on, in terms of plot, I would have to say it is pretty cliche, it begins with an event in the past that influenced the MC. Furthermore, if you have read this manga some of you may argue that the beginning first chapter is pretty similar to Ao No Exorcist, I can agree with this, but in some ways, the plot itself tricks the reader into thinking that it is unique. On the other hand, I could also argue that the idea of revenge is used incredibly often in plots as it gives the characters something to strive for, and in this case the eradication of the Vampires.

    However, one underlying aspect of this manga which I found fascinating was how it pit the themes of innocence and cruelty so clearly by using children as a device to imply purity and naivety. The beauty of a child is marred by the cruelty that is witnessed and the contrasts in white and black.

    Furthermore, as with any typical shonen plot, the main character usually values the power of friendship. Yuiichirou also picks up on this, but as I was saying with the underlying themes, we have to take into heart that this manga’s genre is also ‘mystery’ and at certain points in the plot the author is skilled in making you think that something isn’t quite right, for instance, the title is ‘Seraph of the End’ (if I am to use the English translation), and usually there is the link between a title and the plot, now at various points in the plot there are also mentions of the word ‘Seraph’ and all these different hints make the reader think, something which should occur in any good mystery.

    Upon even further reflection, another theme in this plot is the use of political unrest and possibly corruption, torture and blackmail, the two best friends in information extraction, the implications of this and how the character reacts to this conjured up a feeling of interest in myself. And though I may not seem it, I also love the idea of politics and all the power plays in this manga, in terms of class and status and also military power added a unique variety of flavour that I very much loved the taste of.

     

    Characters of Owari no Seraph

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    Leaving that behind, let us focus on the different characters; Yuuichirou is the blatant and perfect example of a MC that holds a deep inner pain or loss yet is surrounded by friends and support. The beginning of the story introduced us to his eight year old self who has been adopted into a greater family, (keeping this spoiler free as possible), his ‘father’ is killed by the Vampires, and he and his ‘brothers’ and ‘sisters’ are enslaved by the Vampires, resulting in his hatred and goal of defeating their captors. His character development is fair, although a little rushed in some areas, especially after a time shift, but his growth in personality is certainly one to admire, from the point of view as a reader.

    On the whole, the characters are pretty simple to understand, but the varying archetypes and personalities are all unique, to the very core. The main female lead, is also strong in personality, and holds an important status; she’s teasing and ‘manipulative’, in some aspects her character is very quite amusing, adding some important comic relief in certain situations.

    Moving on, as I stated before this manga revolves around the idea of military power and therefore status and class play a great role in differentiating between characters. The method in which class is used to separate the Vampires into their individual roles and parliamentary seat, a model of this would be the Vampire Queen, or head, each individual supernatural power depends on their seat. On a similar scale, on the battlefront of the humans, their link with demons and other supernatural forces depend on their personality and mental capability. All in all, character development could be better, but the variety of characters sidetracks the reader from this smaller defect.

     

    Art of Owari no Seraph

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    Onto art, to be completely honest, art is the one deciding factor that gets me to read a manga, and this manga does not disappoint. You may think I am exaggerating when I say that the art is one of the best I have seen, but honestly speaking I do not see that as the case. In terms of digital art, the colours are superb, the layout of the panels in each page, are not always regular and used to their finest so that the scene strikes and emphasises the context in that particular part of the story. However, despite being a shonen manga, the tones and dark colours are rather heavy; the dark colours truly bring out and accentuate the cruelty and contrasting fronts between Humans and Vampires.

    If you do go on to reading this manga, it is not very long, but what is ironic is that some Vampires are drawn and coloured with little to no tone, does this symbolise the differences between the two species, or does it have connotations that actually, we as humans are the more dangerous and disgusting species?

     

    Penultimately, I could not help but notice all the symbolism and binary language that was present, so I will be making a future blog to analyze and assess this region of manga, and storyline. This manga, gave me so much to enjoy, and although I did a long ass review, the most important thing for me was that I enjoyed it to the fullest, and hopefully you do too!

    So I’ll be ending this soon, but in terms of the short mangas I have read this probably breaks into my top 10. So, I guess I’ll give this a rating of around 8.5, this is mainly due to the fact that there is still so much to develop in terms of plot and character growth, but I look forward to some more chapter releases and also the anime adaption which is soon to make an appearance, so yay.

     

    Reviews by
    Ginny T. UK.Surrey based/AnimeAmino Original blog.
    Instagram: @gin.98


  • One-Punch Man (Manga) Review

    One-Punch Man: Caped Baldy of Justice

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    One-Punch Man is in my book the number one Shonen clichè, and I’m pretty sure a lot would agree on this. That however isn’t a bad thing, not at all. One-Punch Man makes fun of the traditional tropes we usually see in an action manga splendidly. You’ll see over powerful villains for some reason introducing themselves again and again much to Saitama’s dismay. I would like to say that this series reminds me of Dragon Ball, yet not. It’s hard to put it in words but the feel to it, brings me back to DB. The fights, the humor you name it.

    The Plot of One-Punch Man

    Now the people who haven’t had a chance to read One-Punch Man before – here’s a little synopsis to get some insight: The story takes place in a the fictional Z-City. The world is full of mysterious beings, monsters and villains that causes destruction and havoc. A hero association has been established to protect the citizens from all these dangers. Individuals with superhuman ability can register themselves to the association. There, they will take a series of test to determine what class they are. Class C being the lowest and S the highest.

     

    Characters of One-Punch Man

    Now our main protagonist here Saitama was at first your typical Salaryman. He’s middle aged and lived a boring and uneventful life. One day however, it all changed when he saw a kid being attacked by a giant lobster monster. He decided to help and, you can say, miraculously defeated the monster.

    That day he decided to become a hero. He trained hard every single day for three years. 100 push-ups, 100 sit-ups, 100 squats, and 10 km running everyday for that period. Shortly thereafter, he gained superhuman strength, speed and lost all his hair. Saitama is a seriously entertaining protagonist. He’s laid back, he always have a goofy look on his face and he’s bald – which you doesn’t often see. He’s bored as hell. As the title says, he wins most of his fights with a single punch and now he’s basically going out of his skull because of it.

     

    Genos here on the other hand is kinda the opposite. He’s a cyborg and once he saw Saitama’s power, assigned himself as his student. He is your typical avenger-type Shonen character. He’s became a hero to find and exact revenge on a mysterious robot that killed his entire family. He now follows Saitama (whom Saitama objects to) in hopes to gain the strength he needed to accomplish his goals. This is a quite humorous duo.Now there’s a lot more characters but I decided that’ll do

     

    Art of One-Punch Man

    Now the art is just excellent the whole time. Saitama’s design is very basic – bald, white super-suit, cape. Yet his face is quite expressive. Since it’s so simple, the face expression does most of it. It’s wonderful how much emotion he can convey with a single look. While the hero is very simple, the rest of the cast and the world is incredibly detailed, whether it’s his cyborg student’s cool robot parts, animal themed villains, or the vast amounts of rubble caused by the fights. Overall, the art is gorgeous.

    One-Punch Man  is steadily growing popular in Japan. This is quite obvious. Looking for a comedy, filled with action? – then One-Punch Man is worth your time.


  • Sword Art Online Progressive (Manga) Review

    Sword Art Online Progressive Manga Review

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    I honestly had just thought that Sword Art Online Progressive was another side story. Instead it is actually a retelling of the first floor boss battle. It starts out weird, making you think it is another side story, but eventually gets into the story. A few new characters are seen in the story as well as new ‘footage’ so to speak. You also get to see a more perverted side of Kirito and a more intimate side of Asuna.

     

    Progressive Plot

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    The story of SAO Progressive starts out a little weird. Asuna is in reality and at her house. Basically you get a little back story on her life before the incident of SAO. She is worried about not passing a test (or something) and not being able to go to a good college. You find out that it is a dream she having in SAO. She has lingering thoughts of not being able to get into a good college now due to the circumstances. She basically is starving herself to fatigue in the game and not properly taking care of herself. During a fight a man comes to save her at the last minute. It happens to be Kirito. He begins to talk her out of suicidal tendencies and teaches her to fight with her Sword Skills more accurately.

    Diabel is holding a meeting to gather the strongest players to defeat the first level boss. Both Asuna and Kirito end up at the meeting. It is here the two party up and Kirito invites her to stay at his place. At first she refuses but after he mentions a bath room she quickly takes his offer. Soon after they go to defeat the boss on the first floor. Through out the fight people die, mainly Diabel. Asuna announces that Kirito is in charge per Diabel to help quicken the boss battle fight. Here the manga ends, but is suppose to continue soon.

     

    Characters of Progressive

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    Characters of SAO Progressive

    All of the characters from the second episode are present throughout SAO Progressive. Asuna takes place as the main character while Kirito takes the side character. The only new character so to speak is Rat. He gives information to people but sometimes at a price. He likes to rip people off and also give false information to others. He seems to like Kirito and Asuna and tends to stay around them the most. He is a small kid with a hooded cape.

    Progressive Bonus

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    Progressive does come with a small bonus, Asuna taking a bath. Yes that is right, within this manga Asuna does take a bath and things are seen slightly. She sinks into the tub thinking of her past and life before SAO and how she got stuck in here playing a game meant for her brother. Kirito is in the other room fending off Rat, the curious information giver. He wants to sell this information at a high price since Asuna is the ‘cutest’ SAO female player.

    All in all, Progressive was a great manga. I loved how they went into more detail about the first boss battle. Even if it still has not officially ended, the story and characters were great. It stuck to the art of SAO and the basic storyline. I was impressed with this manga and would recommend it to any Sword Art Online fan.

    Sword Art Online Progressive Grade: 8 out of 10


  • One Piece (General) Review

    One Piece: The Greatest Adventure

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    If you know me by now, then you should know that I’m a huge, and I mean huge fan of One Piece. It’s as the title says. This however doesn’t mean it’s my favorite – since it’s so freaking hard to rank. Thus I leave out One Piece when it comes to lists – goes for other ‘bigger’ series as well. You can say that this blog is a ‘fanboy blog’ if you want, but I think I’ve earned to let some love out.

    But yes, you can say that One Piece is kinda my favorite.

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    The ‘big 4 or 5’ whatever comes up often – which I really couldn’t care less about. Aye this be true.

    One piece can and will make you shed tears of joy and sadness. When you watch one piece you get a sense of adventure that no other manga/anime delivers quite as well. You will always find yourself wanting more (This Jikan would back me up on with joy).

     

    One Piece Overall

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    The amazing thing about one piece is that its writer found a way to tell a HUGE story that got twist plots and so much glamor while giving the audience a feeling of adventure that will never make you lose interest in the characters or the story. You will be sad when the characters are sad you, will laugh when they laugh and you will cry you eyeballs out when something happen to them.

    The animation seems to bug a lot of people. Why is debatable but as most of the cases – the manga is better. The anime is of course in my eyes still amazing.

    Inspired by Caitlin, devoted to Jikan.


  • Dendrobates (Manga) Review

    Dendrobates: The Ruthless Vigilante

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    Dendrobates, a rather simple but very intriguing manga packed with action and some comedy. I should mention  that this series bring some disturbing material. So if you’re too young then you should probably take a step back from it, though it’s your own choice. Our main character Sengawa works as an accountant for the police. At night he turns into a vigilante – ruthless towards whoever deserves it. You can say he has a strong sense of justice but he denies it – just calling himself a killer.

    It all has a touch of ‘Death Note’ to it. But don’t worry if you think this series is a clichè – because it’s definitely not, it has a lot to offer. The beginning of Dendrobates is slow but it’s fun and intriguing to read nonetheless. Sengawa has a reckless disregard for the system, his brutality and the steadiness of his own view of life. He has a mysterious past, one unlikely to be good and with a singular purpose of his own making. And that is to avenge crimes, for which he can be hired for fairy little – since he doesn’t care for it.

     

    Plot of Dendrobates

    As I mentioned, the beginning is slow so don’t let it fool you – many series starts of slow. The overarching plot itself is not actually addressed until much later in the course of the manga. At the very least, this does not distract from the enjoyment of seeing some villains get knocked off in the most elaborate and gruesome of ways. Now it does have some issues. First of, Sengawa – the dude is an enigma yet contributes to the max. Second is development which can turn one off.

     

    Dendrobates Overall

    Now the art is quite dark. It portray the vileness of people and delves into the starkness of the landscape. It focuses on the eyes and evil smiles in order to reveal the true nature of our dark sides. We aren’t only foul on the outside. There’s plenty of gore too, to highlight the brutality of the murders but it doesn’t go over to top with it.

    Want a gun-filled action?

    Then Dendrobates is for you!


  • Sword Art Online: Aincrad (Manga) Review

    Aincrad Manga Review

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    Sword Art Online: Aincrad is only a short version of the anime, which happens to be a short version of the light novel. So a lot is left out of the manga making it only two volumes long. A bit of a disappointment to some fans, but still a good read. What it lacks in length it also lacks in character development, so please watch the anime and do not judge int by the manga.

     

    Sword Art Online: Aincrad Plot

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    Sword Art Online: Aincrad is based after the Aincrad arc of the light novel series. The year is 2022 a man named Kayaba Akihiko traps people in a virtual reality video game. If you die in the game , you die in real life. The main character Kirito is attempting to beat the game for himself and the other players. He must reach the top of the Aincrad castle on the 100th floor.

    Unlike the anime, the manga stays on track on the main story. You never meet certain side characters due to the fact that they are not vital to the plot line. It gets to the end really quickly with two years passing by in the game. Many people have lost their lives trying to beat the game or attempting to escape only to die on the other side.

     

    Sword Art Online: Aincrad Characters

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    Kirito and Asuna

     

    Kirito is the main male protagonist of Sword Art Online: Aincrad. He is a quiet fifteen year old boy only to become the eventual hero of the game. He is extremely skilled and mostly works solo through out the game. He mostly does this to not be responsible for anyone’s life.

    Asuna starts out as a weaker character only to be the brave one on the front lines. Her desire to return to the real world gets her through the game, that and Kirito. She falls in love with him and becomes his wife in the game.

    Other characters show up in the manga, but only a few are mentionable. Klein and Agil are friends of Kirito and appear throughout the manga in certain situations. Klein is a rough looking man that fights on the front lines while Agil is a merchant only fighting in big battles. Yui’s character makes a short appearance, but only to set up her story in Fairy Dance.Heathcliff is another manga character that has a few twists. He is the guild leader of the Knights of Blood.

     

    Sword Art Online: Aincrad The Manga

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    Kirito Battle Scene

     

    The manga was quite short and disappointing. I only read it to see if it was more in depth than the anime, but was sad to find out that it was only two volumes long.The artwork, however, was worth the read to me. It was really beautiful and reminded me of older manga’s for some reason. The fight scenes were laid out very well as well. They were really detailed. I recommend this to those that want to brush up on the story or just do not have time to watch the anime or read the light novels.

     

    Sword Art Online: Aincrad Grade: 5 out of 10


  • Fullmetal Alchemist (Manga) Review

    Fullmetal Alchemist Manga Review

    Fullmetal Alchemist

    I had always heard that Fullmetal Alchemist was a great anime. I heard that Brotherhood was even better. To be honest, I though Brother hood was a sequel to the older series. I now know that it is a remake and is closer to the manga. Well I had been wanting to watch the Brotherhood series after I heard about that. Instead I decided to just read the manga. I had somewhat of an idea what the manga was about, but what it ended up being far exceeded my expectations.

    The Plot of Fullmetal Alchemist

    Score 8/10

    Fullmetal Alchemist

    The basic plot is about two brothers that practice alchemy. Edward and Alphonse Elric are the Fullmetal Alchemist team. They attempted transmutation (bringing a human back from the dead), but failed miserably; Ed losing his arm and leg, while Al lost his entire body. Ed quickly places Al in a suit of armor. The two journey around to find out a way to return to normal. They look for things called philosopher stones, but stumble upon a secret far greater.
    The beginning of the story moved it a bit slow. It just randomly picks up and throughout the first few volumes are random sprinkles of memories. I thought I was going to stop, but that was until you come across a man named Greed. Yes the seven deadly sins are present in this series. After that point, the series does a three eighty. I could not put it down! The ending was a little cliche, but really cool. I was actually happy with how they defeated the villain. The only thing I was not satisfied with was the epilogue chapter. I thought it would be different.

    Characters of Fullmetal Alchemist

    Score 9/10

    Fullmetal Alchemist

    For spoiler purposes, I will only go over a few characters from Fullmetal Alchemist. Basically the ones you know their intentions from the start.
    The main characters are Ed and Al Elric. Ed is a hot headed, short teen who is bent on getting his brothers body back. Al is a soft, sensitive teen full of surprises. They were a typical main character for this genre, but they were different at the same time. Their character development took it a new direction. Instead of becoming a stronger person in the end, they chose to be weaker (you will understand a t the end). I thought Ed would have sacrificed something else or worse do the one thing they didn’t want to do. I was very impressed with their character development.
    Roy and Riza are the main government characters. I thought their pasts would have been a bit different, but things were revealed I never imagined. I loved these characters the most I think. Who they became at the end really surprised me and it will surprise you as well.
    Winry is the last character I want to go over. She was almost my favorite character until I realized she had the least development. Her character basically remains the same save one thing that is revealed to her. Other than that she is a great love interest character.
    The villains will be tough to go over without giving away major spoilers. I loved how it all ended up though. This series has a great selection of villains.

    Art of Fullmetal Alchemist

    Score 9/10

    Fullmetal Alchemist

    I really like the manga art of Fullmetal Alchemist. It was smooth and the characters were beautiful. Plus the mechanical drawings were really awesome. Very detailed. The characters clothing were very interesting as well. I love the red coat Ed wears around all the time. Evenwhen Al was back in his normal body, you could still feel the armor guy there. You could tell it was him because of the artwork.

     

    Fullmetal Alchemist
    Over all I loved the manga. I love the villains and actually sympathize with a few of them. You come to love every character. The manga knows how to draw you in, giving you enough to want more. The ending was phenomenal. I loved the main purpose behind doing what the main enemy was doing. Sorry hard to not give away spoilers. What I thought was going to be just another action packed adventure manga, became a very emotional read. I would recommend this to anyone who loves a good manga.

    Overall Score: 9/10


  • SWOT (Manga) Review

    SWOT Manga Review

    SWOT

    I discovered this manga through the help of a certain friend on Myanimelist.net. It immediately grabbed my attention because of the very interesting plot. I was also curious since a lot of reviews in MAL was all about how it actually sucks. Even though, I decided to give it a try. I don’t want to be like the majority of fans that decides on whether to pick a certain manga or anime because of its popularity or not.
    Before I proceed to the plot review, let me first define SWOT for those who are wondering whether it is just a random word. SWOT is actually a British informal word that means to study assiduously. You can use this verb as an adjective which is the case in this manga.

     

    Plot of SWOT

    Score 6/10

    SWOT

    Manabizaki Kyou is a transfer student, but he is also a SWOT. He dreams to one day attend Tokyo University and from there work for NASA. The new school he transferred to is suppose to be a very prestigious school. Before he transfer, though, the school took in a bunch of delinquent students. Now the school is full of gangs and violent fights.

    Manabizaki just so happens to be a skilled fighter though. He is very particular at defending his study area. Iwashida, a weak boy, befriends Manabizaki as well as a legendary delinquent, Hasuno Nene. She happens to make him feel certain feelings for the first time, making him confused.

    Let me now review the plot. Just like any other shounen, the main guy is pretty ambitious. He wants to pass the so-called National exam to fulfill his dream of working for NASA. To be honest with you guys, we kind of share the same dream, that’s why it really did interest me. The main character is referred to as a SWOT. He does not give any attention to anything or anyone that he thinks is not in any way related to his dream. The plot is definitely nice. The fights weren’t so bad. It actually has incredible fight scenes. You’ll really admire our main character by the way he fights. Since he is the ultimate SWOT in the school, he uses certain aspects of Physics. Yes, Physics. The science subject that most of us hates, even I hate it. So yeah, he did use the concept of free fall, projectile motions and also other stuff. Our main character is actually strong.

    Oh by the way, romance is also included in this one. Love at first sight, to be specific. It’s actually a good combination of comedy, romance and action. Like any other shounen. It is my first time reading this kind of plot though. The manga is only about 20 chapters. It’s quite nice to see a short manga that is action-packed. It is also interesting due to the fact that the main characters got mixed with all the delinquents fight. It is definitely worth the read. I did enjoy reading this one.

     

    Characters of SWOT

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    Manabazaki Kyou is the one and the only SWOT. Our main character. He is a smart person and most likely to fulfill his dream. Despite the confusion, he is now trying to monopolize the delinquents so as to achieve his dream of having a peaceful study area. I am neutral when it comes to his personality. He isn’t so appealing though. Let’s just say that at first he is the typical tsundere and annoying person in a series. There was a sudden 180 after he met Nene though.

    Hasuno Nene is Manabazaki dream girl. She is not really smart, actually, a bit behind. She is also a great character. Kyou and her are a perfect fighting duo. Her personality is a bit interesting as well. At first you’ll think of her as the typical strong willed character. I was surprised she wasn’t like that at all. A misunderstood character.

     

    The Art of SWOT

    Score 3/5

    SWOT

    The art isn’t really that great. It somehow reminded me of all the shounen that I have seen and read. I was a bit confused at first since the first one I read Kyou has white hair, but suddenly becomes red. I wasn’t aware that there was an alternative version of it.

    All in all, this manga is a 6/10 for me. It was interesting and worth the read. I recommend it to those who want to read a short yet action filled shounen. Enjoy and happy reading!