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  • 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


  • Teke Teke Rendezvous (Manga) Review

    Teke Teke Rendezvous Manga Review

    Teke Teke Rendezvous
    Written by manga artist George Asakura
    Published in Shodensha.
    Genres
    – Josei
    – Romance
    – Comedy
    Mature
    Status: Ongoing
    Chapters so Far: 10

    I came across this Manga yesterday during a moment of my day which was rather chill and relaxed, and the cover caught my eye, having not read a rom-com in ages, I jumped at the opportunity, and my oh my, this girl was not disappointed. This may or may or not appeal to you, Teke Teke Rendezvous is an example of Josei. Josei tends to be aimed at women from the ages of 18-30 and focuses on more realistic perceptions of love in contrast to the happy go lucky atmosphere of Shōjo Manga. Similarly, the genre tends to have a more sexually explicit and mature storyline. It does not have to have a female heroine but it does try to appeal to female readers. Think of it as the female version of seinen. Focusing on Teke Teke Rendezvous obviously, it’s a comedy romance manga as well as Josei and mature. The manga is still ongoing, and each chapter tend to contain from approximately 20-40 -pages.
    Bearing in mind, this will contain SPOILERS…

     

    Plot of Teke Teke Rendezvous

    Teke Teke Rendezvous

    Teke Teke Rendezvous centres on Sanbonsugi Tayoko a self proclaimed Japanese Gyaru who is a student in the agricultural department. Tayako’s large appetite causes her to have to seek other methods to provide enough food for herself, and as a result she also works part time for a hostess bar. Upon working at the bar, she manages to meet her patron/client’s grandson Shishio. You could almost say that her first interaction with Shishio was electrifying; her first impression of him was while he sang sweet words to the animals around him. Cheesy I know, but bear with.

     

    Breakdown of the Plot

    Teke Teke Rendezvous

    The MC Tayoko is a virgin despite how showy her appearance may be, the plot then follows through her next few interactions with Shishio, all of which have an important role in the storyline. This is due to the fact that in each interaction we as readers are able to take in another hint. These interactions are successful in pulling the reader in.
    But why is that? As I may have stated before, this manga genre is Josei, this means that it is slightly more realistic, so the pacing in the manga is also slower, this means readers get longer time to digest and take their time, each interaction between the MC and Shishio causes a little hint that triggers the storyline forward is also in ‘real time’. Moreover, since it is a Josei, and is based on realistic assumptions, the plot is rather grounded and humble, the plot itself could be seen as rather plain but the art and characters are able to counteract this movement, giving it a little touch of tenderness.

    On the other hand, in terms of the plot and storyline, I have to say this is completely different to any romance manga I have ever met, yes it is still fairly cliché with the heroine falling in love with a man who is probably not good for her, and it has elements that separate it from the norm. The mature content in the manga is not explicit so far, and any mature scenes are drawn impeccably and not derogatory, so scenes generally stick to the art and form. OH, there are some sex scenes just as a warning.

    On the other hand, opposing what I said earlier about Josei and the manga’s romance plot going slowly, the rest of the plot does give the impression of fast development, but yet this seems to fit so well with the personality of the MC. Similarly, the content can be difficult to swallow at some points as more characters get introduced, but with clear differentiation of characters the plot can be rather easy to understand after some getting used to.

    The plot also brings in different parts of the Japanese culture, pulling in the stereotypes of hostess bars, fashion movements such as gyaru and the idea of agriculture and educational trips.

     

    Characters of Teke Teke Rendezvous

    Teke Teke Rendezvous

    Asakura the Mangaka has woven in her own delightful bit of humour and comedy that makes the characters so easy to fall in love with.
    In some respects, the characters could do with some more major development as it is already ten chapters in and we are still unaware of most of the characters’ back-stories.

    The MC is bubbly and filled with life and in some ways rather seductive haha, but little extras that the Mangaka has added makes Tayoko’s character a dream to read about.

    An interesting concept to explore about her character is how the subject of love interest: Shishio, constantly compares the MC’s eyelashes or fake lashes, (she is a gyaru) to a dik dik, no funny jokes guys, it’s an actual animal, an antelope to be technical. A dik dik has connotations of grace and innocence, and if this is to symbolise Tayako’s own essence and character then perhaps the dik dik also is a symbol of Tayako’s own virginity and feminine appeal. This in turn is fascinating, because Shishio takes on the image of a lion in Tayako’s eyes, we all know a lion is a carnivore and such that it preys on animals such as the dik dik, perhaps foreshadowing how Tayako’s own spirit will be eaten up by a power above her. If she gets too close, she will be eaten, and nothing good will come out of it, only the lion has the vested interest when he devours a dik dik.

     

    Art of Teke Teke Rendezvous

    Teke Teke Rendezvous

    In comparison, the art has exceeded itself, not on the level of another Manhua which I adore, (I’ll be reviewing it too at some point), but the detail is exquisite, darn do these long words not already emphasize my point??!!! The characters are also a large selling point, the MC is a gyaru, so more effort and time has to put in to reinforce the culture, but this also means that Tayako has to be differentiated from the others, and this is produced through the use of tone.

    However, it is not only the characters that have to represent well drawn art, let us not forget how the backgrounds have to play a large part in the story. Scenes of nature, and the varying forms and scenes emphasise the mangaka’s skill and experience. The scenes and background change depending on the mood of the current scene and so darker or lighter colours of tone and ink is determined by that deciding factor. This isn’t a relatively long manga at this moment in time, finger crossed for those releases soon!!! But it is great for a quick shot of fun and lively humour.

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    Ginny T. UK.Surrey based/AnimeAmino Original blog.
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