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  • One-Punch Man (Manga) Review

    One-Punch Man: Caped Baldy of Justice

    one-punch man – best joke ever?

    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.


  • One Piece (General) Review

    One Piece: The Greatest Adventure

    One Piece

    What is the meaning of this Shogo?

    One Piece

    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.

    The Best Series Ever?

    One Piece

    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

    One Piece

    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.


  • Skyhigh (Manga) Review

    Skyhigh: In Front of the Gates of Grudges

    You have three choices now that you’re dead

    Imagine that your life ends. Then imagine getting greeted by a rather beautiful woman called Izuko – Guardian of the Gate of Grudges. She tell you that you have three choices: to ascend to Heaven to await reincarnation; to deny their death and wander the world as a ghost, or to curse a human, typically their murderer or someone who just happened to annoy the deceased, and be condemned to an eternity of agony in Hell. In this series we follow different characters and their stories. Which will be a rather deep journey. If you’re young – then be prepared for some scenarios that can be rather bloody, nude and hurtful. This doesn’t mean that this series is bad. Not at all, the Skyhigh series (this and it’s sequels) brings quite the package.

    Appeal of Skyhigh

    Skyhigh is rather ‘goth’ and brings just what you can imagine when hearing the word. Now, the series brings deep stories that challenges your sense of morality and common sense – since it goes into dilemmas of your mind. The ten stand-alone stories that make up the two volumes essentially focus on the particular character’s death, events leading up to it and the choice they make upon meeting Izuko. Seeing as they’re arriving at the Gate of Grudges, it’s hardly likely their passing was a happy one, even though they are at first unaware of what is going on and rely on Izuko to fill them in.

    Characters of Skyhigh

    When it comes to the guardian itself, Izuko. She’s with us all the way, but we never really get her backstory, why she’s the guardian – her feelings. This is a downer – but I guess we follow the series through her eyes – we are Izuko. Probably makes no sense, but if you’re to read the Skyhigh series then try doing it. To me it kinda made sense.

     

    You’re mired knee-deep in just about every negative human emotion and action imaginable right from the start. Envy, Hatred, Depression, Murder, Greed are all mixed together and served up with a handful dose of vengeance. To say, you will enter the ‘dark side’ of human thinking and spirit.

    Skyhigh Overall

    As for art. It’s not the best, I can tell you that – but it’s doing quite well delivering the feelings of the character. As mentioned, it’s rather gothic – so keep in mind that it’s rather dark. It also has that on purposely rusty touch to it – trademark you could say from it’s creators. Overall nothing to worry about.


  • Dendrobates (Manga) Review

    Dendrobates: The Ruthless Vigilante

    Watch out Batman

     

    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!


  • Ran to Haiiro no Sekai (Manga) Review

    Ran to Haiiro no Sekai Manga Review

    The magical family

    Ran to Haiiro no Sekai has a Uchouten Kazoku feel to it – in other words; it’s charming, funny and just has a good atmosphere. In this series we follow the Uruma-family and their magical daily lives. The characters and events/dilemmas are quite funny and…well, magical. As a big fan of Seinen, Ran to Haiiro no Sekai contributes and lives up to it’s genre perfectly. It’s story is simple and doesn’t complicate things at all.

     

    Plot of Ran to Haiiro no Sekai

    The series starts out with Ran, our young protagonist, who is missing her mother. That seems entirely normal. She’s also looking for overly large shoes and her brother’s taken the time to hide them. Strange introduction to her brother, but, that seems normal. Then, when she discovers them we see that she’s not normal. With magic, Ran swipes them from the top of the light, and puts her feet into her large shoes and then grows into them. It’s all magic and Ran wanted to become bigger so that she could find her mother.

     

    Characters of Ran to Haiiro no Sekai

     

    Since the family is rather dysfunction the characters brings a lot to the table. It’s a Nurarihyon dilemma when it comes to our main protagonist, Ran. She’s in a complex relationship with a much older man. Her older character (the one that can grow into her larger shoes) has seduced a playboy. Her older brother, is a beast mage. Her father is King of all the crows, and her mother is a sorceress. That’s why Ran’s a sorceress – and the reason her mother is missing is because her mother is the strongest sorceress and protecting a huge door from opening.

     

    Final Thoughts of Ran to Haiiro no Sekai

    It’s atmosphere, the emotions always making sure that it feels intangible and whimsical. It’s very nicely planned, leaving some things unexplained for a while only to increase shock value, or maybe letting the readers know something that the characters do not, and sometimes he just prioritizes the order of events just to give us readers the best experience. Having that said, it goes pretty much without saying that the art is amazing.

    This series is worth your time!