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  • Kuroko No Basket (Manga) Review

    Kuroko No Basket Manga Review

    I can proudly say that I pretty much loved everything about this manga. Even watching the anime after finishing the manga made it even better. I did watch the anime before I read this. I’m not even into sports that much but this manga was freaking amazing. It was a great example of a shonen sports manga. But on to the review of the one of the best sports manga.

     

    Kuroko no Basuke Plot

    Kuroko no Basuke has a very shonen type story where as the players get power ups and fight the next enemy so to say. This was done so well especially considering not a lot of anime fans like sports. Even the ones like me that don’t like sports can enjoy this show because it was exciting. Every new generation of miracles that pops up has you asking questions like “what can he do?”. Then when you find out you are amazed like I never even though of this. All the generation of miracles had a great power and the stronger they got the more exciting the manga was. Me personally I say the show had not much story but had a very clear goal. The smaller stories within the manga help with the development of characters and gave them reasons to be stronger during games. It was just an overall well planned story for Basketball. I really like the whole shadow and light thing too. Kinda makes you wonder if you could ever have that kind of bond with someone. I loved everything about Teiko and their back stories where one of he best parts of the manga. It just does a really good job of letting you feel what the player is felling and showing you what true struggle is in the darkest of times.

     

    Kuroko no Basuke Characters

    The characters are good for the most part. I really liked Kagami and his goal to beat the best players in Japan. It really made me want to root for him but kuroko was sooo dull at times. He had his good moments and he could be funny but he was just really dull while doing all these things. They got tremendous development though. Even side characters like Kiyoshi and most of the generation of miracles had good back story also. I freaking loved Akashi, he is bae. Both his personalities are amazing from his emperor side to his more calm and nice side. I hate kise. That’s it I just don’t like him. His ability was just dull and overused in shonen manga. Murisakibara was a god like center and I almost shat myself when he broke the goal. Aomine was cool but he was too god damn cocky. And I don’t like how he was crying like a little bitch when no one could beat him. Midorima was a great character and I loved his personality. He kinda reminded me of me sometimes and I could really relate to him. Overall the characters were amazing and you will like at least one of them. As long as you give the manga some time to explain the character and why they are the way they are.

     

    Kuroko no Basuke Art

    The art was really good. It could be over dramatic at times but for the most part it really gave you a feel of what was going on. Especially, when they were playing murisakibara and he looked like a freaking monster about to destroy them. Everything about the art was pretty good. No big mistakes and I couldn’t see them drawn any other way really

    Kuroko no Basuke Overall

    Overall I really enjoyed this manga. I just really loved the mixing of battle manga elements in a sports manga. Things like the zone and special basketball moves really made you want to keep reading and see what happens next. If you ever have time give it a read or even watch the anime. But if you have anything different to say or you just want to talk about the manga, comment, like, send me a hate message, Whatever you like. Thanks for reading

    -Manga Llama-

    Story: 7/10

    Characters: 9/10

    Art: 9/10

    Enjoyment: 10/10

    Overall: 9.5/10


  • Horimiya (Manga) Review

    Horimiya Manag Review

    Omg, if my review of this manga doesn’t make you want to read this then I don’t know what will. It will be hard to complete give a complete way of how much I enjoyed this without spoiling things but I will try my best not to. Ok, on to the review!

    The funny thing is, this manga is….. very simple in almost all areas. Why is it so good if it is simple? Because the main reason for this manga is the characters and the readers enjoyment. Horimiya is a RomCom. RomComs are very predictable and easy to guess. But the thing about this manga is that the story doesn’t focus on romance that much and the comedy isn’t focused around the romance either. I actually rather hate it in romantic comedies when something that isn’t such a big deal is made into this huge thing for no reason. But this isn’t the case with Horimiya. They don’t get flustered if someone asked them to be their boyfriend or girlfriend. There isn’t any big dramatic scenes like the “big first kiss” cliché. Like I said before it seems as if it’s not even focused around the RomCom aspect. In fact it’s more of a slice of life than a romantic comedy. The couple and their friends go through their last year of high school where a bunch of comedic things happen. You also get to see the couple being together early on and enjoy how their relationship last instead of them getting together and the end and leaving it to the imagination. It’s kinda hard to explain the story any further with out spoiling the whole thing but I think you guys can get the gist of the story.

     

    Horimiya Art

    Romantic comedies tend to have the same art style and they are all pretty good for the most part. The art in this has nothing really all that special about it but the expression that the characters make are priceless and funny. The comedy scenes are good and don’t seemed forced. Idk about you guys but some comedy scene seemed forced. I really don’t see any flaws.

     

    Horimiya Characters

    The characters are really what makes this manga amazing and enjoyable. Especially Miyamura Izumi, In school he seems like a kinda shady guy with glasses and people assume he is an otaku. Looks are very deceiving. He is not an otaku and in fact looks like a punk rock kinda guy with a whole bunch of piercings and tattoos. In reality? He is just and airhead that only excels in physical education and health despite his looks in school. Hori kyokou is the main character. In school, she is cute, smart, and actually quite popular. After school? She goes straight home and become something like a housewife though. She is also a sadist. The overview of the manga makes it seem like their split personalities are a big deal but they are more just apart of their life than anything else. They don’t go to extremes to hide their other sides not do any situation happen where their secret is at stake. This is really just a slice of life manga in my opinion. Everyone of the characters gets development even the side characters and that’s one of the treating things about this manga.

     

    Horimiya Enjoyment

    Like I said before, I don’t know how anyone couldn’t enjoy this. It is nice, refreshing and doesn’t have all the annoying bits of a typical RomCom manga. For me reading it was actually fun and enjoyable. I laughed like crazy at times and it even gave me a sense of complete happiness for a period of time. I can’t even remember the last time I laughed so much at a manga or anime. Even though I just read this today, in already thinking about re-reading this. This is one of those man has you can go back and read several times an still get the same feelings that you did the first time.

    Overall, I’m am giving this a big huge 10/10! I can’t think of anyway that this manga could have been any better than it is. It is perfect the way it is. This is one of those mangos that I wished they dragged on because it would have nice if they did. The only thin I find wrong was the fact that it has not set goal. I really hate that actually. They didn’t focus on whole chapters of trying to get the main two characters together. They got together easy and early on too. It’s really just a typical high school happy life manga.

    -Manga Llama-

    Overall: 10/10!

    Characters:10/10!

    Story: 9.5/10(only because of the no set goal)

    Enjoyment:10/10!

    Thanks for reading


  • Angel Sanctuary (Manga) Review

    Manga Review: Angel Sanctuary

    In this world, manga like this can be summed up in about 1 or 2 sentences. I’m going to try to make this lengthy but not too long at the same time. Angel sanctuary is pretty good. It’s one of the only manga with an incest story that I can actually say I like. Usually when I give a negative or mixed review it hard to explain exactly why I feel this way about it but on to the review.

    If I had to sum up the theme of this series it would be, “exactly what are the thresholds of love?” This isn’t because the main romance which is between a boy and his sister. Rather, across the whole cast because they all see to have some love that is deemed unacceptable in the eyes of society and God. There are two reasons I can come up with to why this series gets put down. The first is based on how mature you are. This is a manga the has blood, transgendered issues, incest, rape, homosexuality, religion and death. Most people have a jerk reaction to the writers way of approaching these issues as disgusting. To be straight forward, if you aren’t mature, stay away from this manga. The other reason is the identity crisis in the early volumes. It also jumps around on its focal point and doesn’t lay out the story clearly for the reader. Volume 1 is particularly guilty of doing this. However if the reader is willing to work past this then you may be surprised with the result.

     

    Angel Sanctuary Plot

    Angel sanctuary is divided into about 3 arcs. The earth arc, hell arc, and heaven arc. They all shed light on the complex world of angel sanctuary. From the deadly depths to the hypocrisy and morbid politics of heaven. Besides the main char there are about 20 other characters that get equal face time and there own back stories. This is a part of the great things about this manga. Normally a large cast means no development. Which leaves some of the characters as empty shells. But the writer did a good job of developing these characters. They were all touched with perfect detail. They are all given a task and something to overcome. They are each given a chance to grow and develop in such a way that you end up caring for the characters as much as you care for the main character.

     

    Angel Sanctuary Characters

    Most of these characters are incredibly morally ambiguous. The line between good and evil is just not there in this manga. Characters you believe to be good act unforgivably and the villains end up becoming victims. Redemption and corrupted innocent are kinda repetitive in this manga though. But it works well. It also raises questions about God and heaven, the origins of evil and the lack of limitations for love.

     

    Final Thoughts

    This is a manga that has the ability to touch anyone as long as they are open minded. It is bloody and action packed. Although it’s a Shoujo series, it can appeal to women but also to men too. Though it had it slight faults in the beginning there are not nearly serious enough to take away from enjoying this manga. This is one manga you should take a look at just to see if you can get through it.

    Story: 8

    Characters: 8

    Art: 7

    Enjoyment: 8

    Overall: 7.5

    But if you have read this and have anything different to say or just want to talk about the manga in general, comment, like, send me a hate message. Whatever you like. Thanks for reading.

    -Manga Llama-


  • Mirai Nikki (Manga) Review

    Mirai Nikki Manga Review

    Mirai Nikki, or as some like to call it, Future Diary, is a rather popular anime/manga and if you ask someone what they they think of it, it can go in two ways. Hate or love. I’m going to try to be the neutral here and tell you the good and bad about this Manga/Anime. The reason this Manga/anime is so popular is probably because of Yuno Gasai. I’m sure that if you have heard or seen anything from this Story it is probably her. She is the famous yandere that everyone loves. But on to the review.

    The Plot of Mirai Nikki

    This manga is very heavily based on survival and relying on others. It starts off a little slow but then really kicks off with tons of action happening. I’m not too sure how I feel about the survival genre honestly. It always seems to stray off and never stick to the idea of survival. Being the popular Anime/Manga that it is, it is one that deserves credit from the people who bash it but less credit from the people that overhype it. Sure it’s not amazing, but it is also not bad at all. I can’t say it’s the best thriller cause I don’t read much thriller manga.

    This is Yukiteru Amano, a boy who is generally alone and likes to keep a diary of everything he observes and sees. While in his room we get introduce to the Deus Ex Machina and he tells Yukiteru of a battle royale to determine the next heir to his throw. The next God of time. There are 12 people participating and all are blindly hiding there identity. Yukiteru gets a sense of terror of what’s about to happen next. It is killed or be killed. With that in mind you would think that it would stick to that for the whole story right? Right? Wrong!! They totally stray of the aspect of survival period in some chapters. Which totally killed the feeling it was trying to give off in the first place.

    The story stays pretty linear and keeps up with the fact that it’s a life or death situation. It’s kinda predictable at times but at other times I was completely wrong. That’s was one of the key points that makes the story good. It give you a real sense of “what’s gonna happen next?” They don’t twist the story and totally twist something else and keep twisting things.(I’m talking about you Attack on titian) it’s all combined and is linear. You may ask question but they get answered.

     

    The Players and Diaries of Mirai Nikki

    These are the diaries. This is basically their main weapon and guides each character throughout the tournament. The diaries powers vary depending on the person using it and the circumstances. The whole concept is pretty amazing. Although while some characters stay relevant and alive, some of the diary users just seemed as if they were there to just be killed off. If their diaries are destroyed then they also die in the process. There is no coming back after the game is over. It seemed like they didn’t really make the most out of the diary either. The idea wasn’t explored quite enough.

    With the whole 12 players in this game, there could have been more diversity here. But it is not explored as much, just like the concept of the diaries. While most characters are introduced at the start some are introduce later and the relationship get very interesting. Some of the most interesting I’ve seen in a manga. The constant trust and distrust kinda makes the story a little akward sometimes also. With the others 10 diary users it seemed as if the development kinda just want there after being introduced. Seemed as if only Yuno and Yukiteru got attention after a while. Yuki a complete dick by the way. I mean he is the worst person to have as a partner in anything. He has random confidence, he is bipolar and he likes to be a puppet to everyone for some reason.

    Well, I mentioned her slight before but this is Yuno Gasai. The Famous/Infamous Yandere queen. She is introduced in this story as Yukiteru’s love interest. She is also his stalker. She is very smart and is quick witted. Her back story is very clear and kinda shows the reason she became the way she did. While most of the things she does is irrational, they are all to protect Yukiteru. She does anything for him and she will sacrifice anything for him. She is basically the man in this relationship because she seems to be the only one who knows how to get shit done. Like I said the other charters were introduced and kinda thrown away except for Minene. She also gets random development towards the end for no particular reason then because the writer wanted it to happen.

     

    The Art of Mirai Nikki

    As for art, it was good for what it was. For an action manga, art is kinda essential and in some departments the. Art was lacking. It wasn’t bad but it was also not very good. Every charter does have there own unique features and structure. No one is the same but at the same time no one really stands out. The art style was good for the diaries. I like the scroll the best out of all the diaries but I also liked the radio and the coloring book. Art is nothing to really worry about because it works for this type of story.

    This manga isn’t perfect. This manga isn’t bad. It is very consistent and linear. For the survival genre I enjoyed it. The ending wasn’t too bad and the story was really planned out. Dialogue wise this might be not all that great but the concept was really good. Honestly I would recommend this to just about anyone. Maybe people who are a little new to anime may like it a little more. It’s good for action,story and if you just wanted hear yuki being called over and over. Hey I don’t judge. But with all that said, comment, like, send me a hate message. Whatever you like. Thanks for reading.

    Story: 9/10

    Art: 7/10

    Characters:8/10

    Enjoyment: 8.5/10


  • The World God Only Knows (Manga) Review

    The World God Only Knows Manga Review

     

    I freaking loved The World God Only Knows. I loved it so much that I even watched the anime. I’ve seen the anime about 50 times already haha. Every character kept me intrigued and made me want more out of them. The maid idea of the manga was kinda dropped towards the end but honestly if the manga didn’t change I wouldn’t have enjoyed it so much. It would sooner or later get boring and people would enjoy it as much.

     

    The Plot of The World God Only Knows

    Katsuragi Keima, a high school boy who is know to everyone at his school as a die hard gaming fan. One day he suddenly receives an email on his PFP (Pardoy of PSP) stating that he must choose whether or not to accept a challenge. Thinking that this was another gamer giving him a dating sim to play, he instantly accepts the challenge. To his surprise a demon girl falls from the sky and tells him that he needs to make real girls fall in love with him or else he will die.

    The story was very unique and interesting and had a frat way of keeping you reading. Unlike regular romance manga, the protagonist has no interest in 3D girls. Period. Along his line of flags, he occasionally comes upon even more intense events showing that thought the story he does come to take a liking to a few of the girls. However, on the later chapters he seems to take less interest in the girls. Which kinda made me think it was a little less entertaining. But for a harem, this one actually makes sense. By this I don’t mean the story line is totally made sense of. The protagonist actually goes through different events with the girls that he needs to conquer. Unlike other harems where the protagonist literally has girls falling in love with home for no other reason than he is the main character.

     

    The Art of The World God Only Knows

    The art is very well done. While it can alternate simple and detailed art structures, it was always used at the appropriate times. So it didn’t seem like the writer was just being lazy or anything. For the more comedic and humor scenes, the more simple form was used and for the romantic and serious scenes it was more detailed art form. The art used in some cases can amplify the mood the author is trying to express.

     

    The Characters of The World God Only Knows

    The character in this manga were very different from your typical romance characters. Some were very unique while the others where completely clichéd. The most simple character in my opinion was Elsea. Demon, lived for 300 years but looks like a high school student. She is quiet clueless and stupid but at the same time you find yourself loving her anyway. The only character who really got on my nerves was chihiro. Her attitude, and the whole I like this guy, no, this guy. That was bull crap. After a while she became a better character. Most of the characters in the manga were all very different and amusing to read about.

    Overall, I would say that this is one of the best manga I have ever read. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys reading romance/harems.

    by Manga Llama


  • Bakuman (Manga) Review

    Bakuman Manga Review

    Bakuman

    Its written by the same author as death note, and is literally a manga about manga or mangakas to be precise. Bakuman starts with the reader being introduced to the main protagonist: Moritaka Mashiro, a 14 year old boy that seems to have no dream, and Takagi his soon to be best friend and partner in work. The story follows the journey of these two boy in their dream to be first rate mangakas, as they overcome the hurdles in becoming successful mangakas for shounen jump. There are small elements of romance with Mashiro and Azuki, who promise not to meet each other until Azuki becomes the leading female voice actress of Mashiro and Takagi’s anime adaption of their manga.

     

    Review on Bakuman

    Bakuman

    I find it weird how this manga and anime is not that wildly known, although there have been people who have heard of Bakuman. While reading this, I was greeted by laughter and emotions, its like going on a crazy fast roller coaster ride that just lasts for a second!! It was fast paced and gripping all the way through. Ohba Tsugumi really weaved the story in such detail that you felt what the characters were feeling! This coupled with the fact that the manga was about two people, mangakas really connects with how Tsugumi is also the writer of the Death Note and Bakuman. It works with an illustrator like Mashiro and Takagi. What really struck a chord with me though were the characters!! They were so bright and colourful, branching from extreme to extreme, you would have the crazy mangaka Nizuma Eiji and then the totally lazy, girl crazy Hiramaru!! So please check out this manga!! And the anime heehee!!

     

    Art of Bakuman

    Bakuman

    I tend to read a manga based on the art, and in Bakuman I loved the detail and expressions of the characters. The art was able to bring out the best of personalities in each character as well as emphasising the feelings or moods in the scenes.

     

    Characters of Bakuman

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    The characters in Bakuman all have their own eccentric personalities ranging from the lazy to just completely ADHD. But it’s the idea that all the characters are linked through their own love of manga and anime that carries on the idea of friendship and camaraderie. As well as teamwork.

     

    It was great to read a manga that was different, and as a shounen, Bakuman, diverged from the action and fantasy that currently exist in popular shounen such as Naruto or One Piece. The idea behind a manga inside a manga was interesting as well as the fact that it was an insight as to how a mangaka would think. It made the reader realize the effort and time that went into the creation of even just one chapter.

     

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


  • Owari no Seraph (Manga) Review

    Owari no Seraph (Manga) Review

    Owari no Seraph

    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

    Owari no Seraph

    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

    Owari no Seraph

    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


  • Bibi (Manhwa) Review

    Bibi Manhwa Review

    Bibi

    Written by Choi Kyung-ah
    Genres
    – Drama
    – Romance
    – School Life
    – Shoujo
    Status: Ongoing
    Chapters so Far: 32

     

    Ok, so despite the title stating that it is a Manga review, this is actually a Manhwa review. Manhwas as I elaborated on in the past is the korean equivalent of a manga, despite some obvious differences. Despite my most recent reviews being about shonen or seinen, BiBi is actually shojo, so I get this was a rebound from my little adventuring with the different genres.

     

    BiBi focuses on the journey of a girl Nabi, her childhood dream was to be a fashion designer but due to her single mother their financial circumstances put them in a difficult situation. Nabi possess a special talent, in that replicate any clothing design, and she and her mother gain their income through selling these replicas in a imitation store. Her mother who has a special fascination bordering obsession with fashion, makes Nabi enter the Seoul Fashion Show, going up against some of the most talented designers of the country. At the fashion show, Nabi who is the model for their design meets Jehu a talented designer who attends the prestigious Baekje Art School.
    Through a chain of events, Nabi gains the confidence to embrace her childhood dream and attempts to enroll in the prestigious school.
    BiBi Manhwa does not bave matur scenes, so far yet, but the latest cliffhanger does address something quite controversial or should I say against common human morality

     

    [THERE WILL BE SPOILERS]
    In terms of the manhwa on the whole, (I usually do this at the end, but let’s mix it up a tad) it was enjoyable and attention grabbing, however the plot is not entirely easy to understand, and actually requires a lot of thought since although it is a Shoujo it does border some aspects of mystery.

     

    Plot of Bibi

    Bibi

    BiBi, introduces the reader to a world of the competition in the fashion world, and the grit and jealousies that most people have encountered. As forewarning for those who do wish and hopefully you will try out this manga, the first chapter is slightly confusing and leaps straight in with brands such as Chanel and Gucci, as well as confronting the social divide between those who have more power and those who do not. And in some ways everything revolves back to this human eccentricity called money.
    However, before my mind drifts off into other thoughts lets get back on the train. Nabi and her mother are basically kicked out of a ‘luxury store’ and after this, the reality of their situation really hits them, at which point Nabi’s mother enters them into the Seoul Fashion Design Show, at this show Nabi meets Jehu, their meeting is sponatneous and memorable, but brings controversry to the show. The arc with the fashion show is important as it introduces the reader to the charactes that are most likely going to play a large role in the story. Similarly, this refuel Nabi’s goal of becoming a fashion designer. She tries to enroll in the famous art school, but to do so she first has to take a series of tests to prove that she is worthy of entering as a student.
    But moving on, to a major factor of the shoujo which revolves around romance, if you haven’t already guessed, Jehu and Nabi do have a spark, but it does get more complicated hence the cliche love triangle. But what defines the difference with this love triangle is the actions that the love rival commits against the heroine. It emphasizes how love can be both a fickle path as well as manipulative and causes happiness and hurt. But love can be a  familial and romantic love and both these groups are fused to produce a explosive result in the plot.

     

    Characters of Bibi

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    Character development is slow but it does mean the reader is able to experience the same as what the MC goes through in terms of hardship and betrayal. Although the author has not revealed much about the characters’ pasts it does seem like they will further down the plot, as there are major gaps and hints that reveal some tiny bits at a time. Similarly, something that captured my attention was how realistic some scenes were, issues such as divorce, marital disputes and hardships were represented and conveyed.

     

    Art of Bibi

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    The art is in the manhwa style and again is drawn beautifully but does require some getting used to at first, it has a fragile and delicate feel to it, but also incredibly powerful at the same time. Conveying both the strength and weaknesses of the MC in particular devastating scenes.

     

    To conclude, the story is quite fast paced but also slow at the same time, a bit of a contradiction but it is true, so if you enjoy shojo and want a different taste of feel, I would recommend this manhwa it is incredibly interesting and I personally look forward to what the future chapters have to offer.

     

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


  • Bisan (Manhwa) Review

    Bisan Manhwa Review

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    Written by Park Hye-rim
    Genrs
    – Drama
    – Historical
    – Shounen
    – Supernaturral
    Status: Completed
    Chapters: 8

     

    Not only is this a Manhwa, but it is also a webtoon. And for those who are unaware, a webtoon is typically Korean and is a manhwa style webcomic that is published in chapters similar to manga but online, rather than through a magazine or etc.

     

    Bisan, is a moving tale and told from the point of view of an old man, now hold up you rascal, don’t lose your attention yet. Bisan is told from the point of view of an old man, but the actual story is basically a retelling of the man’s experience as a child. It is a moving tale that encompasses the feelings of loneliness, comradeship and human nature. it appeals to the senses, and despite being a relatively short manhwa,it is what one would describe as short and sweet.
    This is a pure and innocent tale, almost folkstory like ahah. Either way I enjoyed it’s simplicity and small attention to certain details.
    [THERE WILL BE SPOILERS] – I shall put this ~ [SPOILERS] where they appear, but will try and keep it relatively mysterious, probably won’t be many in this review.
    Bisan or it’s alternate name ‘The Flying Mountain’ possesses a simplicity and beauty in it’s natural form, the overall mood is quite clean cut and straight to the point. Not surprising as mystery is not one of its genres.
    But hey it is supernatural, what I can say is that in a way it is quite a strange manhwa, but that’s its charm so do read on.

     

    Plot of Bisan

    Bisan

    Bisan, is about a young boy who meets a giant turtle, as he runs away from the troubles of a mass drought (see what I said about it seeming a little strange?), that isolates this young boy from other parts of the general population is his ability to be able to witness this enormous turtle that carries a mountain on his back. Bisan is essentially a story within a story, as the main character is the grandfather of the first appearance of a child, which in some respects makes it a cyclical story. Starting and ending with a child.

     

    Characters of Bisan

    Bisan

    As I may have mentioned, this manhwa is rather refreshing, and somehow diverges from normal shounen character qualities, the little boy is neither OP, sure of his path in life, and is actually a rather lonesome character. Throughout the whole manhwa only two characters have significance, reinforcing how the storyline completely revolves the boy and the turtle. Despite the cropping up of minor characters – which are never named – the story centres around the journey that the turtle and boy go through.
    But the turtle is mightily significant, it is the dramatic device that pulls the story along, the major turning point in the young boy’s life.
    Or is journey the wrong word? I guess not, this manhwa is about two lonely souls that find a companionship that is not based on physical attraction but the bond that overthrows discrimination of species. There is the apparent genuine bond between two characters and beings.
    However, it also highlights how a young child can feel alienated and how a child has to mature or grow up beyond its years to suits those around the said child, whilst receiving nothing in return from the ‘adults’ and ‘family’.

     

    Art of Bisan

    Bisan

    In terms of art, being a Manhwa and a webtoon every page is coloured and illustrated. But there is a exquisite feeling about the simplicity of the art, colours are generally quite subdued with gentle hues. The art is neither extravagant or lacking, and has a very individualistic vibe, that put me at peace.

    The character designs are also simplistic, whilst retaining a certain depth, the wave of emotions are easily conveyed, be it tears, smiles or the hardships There is a certain benefit to having a story revolving around only two MCs as there is more of a journey between the character developments and as the two characters, the little boy and the tortoise travel together. We see the boy’s tears and anguish that the feels for the ‘invisible tortoise’. Perhaps being the only one able to ‘see’ the tortoise the two are tied by more than a accidental meeting but fate, and all good things come after a bad event. You could even say that hope is a major theme of this Manhwa.
    It’s up to you whether or not to try this Manhwa but what I can say is that this Manhwa is great for a chilled short break from a action manga.

     

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


  • Otoyomegatari (Manga) Review

    Otoyomegatari Manga Review

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    Love is like a storm, it rages through the clearest sky when we least expect it. Whether we want it to or not.
    Prepare to leave for the nineteenth century silk road, the greatest Eastern trade route of the world. It is home to many nomad tribes and their lavish life, rich in traditions and history. You will follow the chronicles of Amira Halgal, a 20 year old woman. She is betrothed to a 12 year old boy of another tribe. The girl will strive to find her place in the new society as stories of love and life get intertwined under an exotic sky. Will this manga be worth the whole journey in these far away lands? Let us find out.

    What follows is my exotic review of this unknown gem, Otoyomegatari (aka Bride Stories). A historical/romance/slice of life seinen manga by the artist Kaoru Mori. It’s my intention to make this a more known work as it does deserve that. We’ll analyze Art, Characters, Immersion, Story and Personal Enjoyment of this work

     

    Art of Otoyomegatari

    Score 10/10

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    I wouldn’t normally need to explain this point as it is more than self explanatory. I feel very sorry for this guy because he goes insane on all the details and everything beautifully drawn…everything. Kaoru Mori is an artist not a mangaka, only one or two manga I know can compare with such magnificence. Every single human being shown in the series has ethnic robes with unique motifs and patterns, the character design is various and includes what is probably the best diversity of faces I’ve ever seen. I’m not one who values graphics and art too much but in this manga is serious business.

     

    Characters of Otoyomegatari

    Score 9/10

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    It’s painfully obvious how Otoyomegatari should also have excellent characters right ? Yes Indeed. Even though we come across archetype characters at times, the way they are developed and characterized is generally likeable. You feel attached to the characters and their stories, their lives and what they are put through. We are not talking of absurd psychological profiles, no it’s the simplicity and realism that the manga fares excellently once again.

     

    Immersion of Otoyomegatari

    Score 9/10

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    If half of Otoyomegatari is about the relationships between the characters, the other half is about the immersion in the places where these lives are experienced. We’re talking about one of the most original and inspiring setting I have ever seen, an unspecified country not too far from Turkey. The tribal customs and traditions, foods, robes and artistically production of those people living in nothing more than a group of tents surrounded by an colors and decorations with kids playing, women hunting down the animals for dinner, the husbands trading and managing their families. Everyone is an irreplaceable part of this micro society, in a time and place where simplicity was the glasses they looked at the world through.

     

    Story and Pacing of Otoyomegatari

    Score 8/10

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    Otoyomegatari is still ongoing and there is no hint that it’s gonna end any time soon but there is enough stuff for a general estimation. Although it’s more character driven, the story is about the life of the people of the nomad tribes situated somewhere in the Silk Road. As a seinen there are some controversial and mature theme (like the age of male protagonist) but it’s never vulgar or fan service. The way the romance is dealt with is lovable and intriguing, it never bores. Those times were never pacific and the various tribes usually had military quarrels, people died of illness and accidents, love was often a matter of interests and business

     

    Personal Enjoyment of Otoyomegatari

    Score 9/10

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    Otoyomegatari is one of those undiscovered gems we can rely on when we we’re out of good stuff to watch/read. It’s overall a unique and highly educational work that gives us a breathtaking art and environment, characters and stories that are pretty easy to get into in their simple yet rewarding progression. If you look for something different and watching Fairy Tail/SAO is not what you think is quality time, then it could give some surprise. I’d like to see more works of Kaoru Mori in the future with his brilliant art and pretty unique stories.

    Overall Score 8.5/10 (Waiting for it to end for the real score)

    – Humble Reaper from Anime Amino, Italy (Sicily)