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  • 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


  • 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


  • Evergreen (Manga) Review

    Manga Review: Evergreen

    WARNING: SPOILERS……well kinda.

    Evergreen started off with the potential to be one of my top ten favorites, this started changing the more I read it. The story was not all that original but I thought it was really good. It was slightly predictable and a straight up surprised at times also. It was very dramatic but had its very calming and romantic moments also. It had great comedy moments but seemed the writer was throwing comedy out the window after a few chapters. I laughed, almost cried, and was surprised all at the same times in some moments and in others was completely pissed off. The ending was rushed or at least it seems that way and it took a spiral going down at about the chapter 17 mark. It was a real big shame the way it turned out.

     

    Characters of Evergreen

    Although I did enjoy the characters. Hotaka was interesting and Niki is the kind of girl I would definitely wife up. And the side character didn’t even seem like side characters because they actually got development. They were their own characters and I could actually bond and relate to their situations. No kidding if you read my first impression you can see or feel how excited i was when reading the begging of this. But the more I read I notice that the more important characters didn’t get enough background story and we’re just plain confusing at times and I felt like I just couldn’t really connect to them more because of how little information was given about them.

    The Art of Evergreen

    As for art, the are was freaking amazing. I loved it. It was beautiful and the character design was amazing. It made the story all that much more enjoyable when dramatic moments happens because you could feel and see everything from expression all the way to they way there stature was. The art was spectacular to me.

     

    The Plot of Evergreen

    In the start of this manga, I really loved everything about it. It was a great romantic comedy/drama with amazing development and a very enjoyable story. I love the way it kept me guessing what was going to happen next. After chapter ten, I kinda lost track to where this was going and at then end of it the payoff was kinda bad and the ending was really bad. Like I said before, I feel like it was rushed. This manga deserves much credit because some manga these days are very predictable. Especially, in this kind of genre but it still kept me guessing and kept me reading.

     

    Final Thoughts on Evergreen

    Overall, I pretty much loved everything about this manga up until about the 15 chapter mark. Some of the best romantic comedy/drama plot I have seen in a while. That is to be expected because Yuyuko Takemiya never ceases to amaze me with her work. And kudos to Akira Kasukabe for the amazing artwork to go along with it. And though the ending kinda ruined everything for me, I’m going to give this manga a 8/10 because those first 15 chapters were just too good. It is kinda hard to end a manga in a good way also so you can’t base the whole story on the ending. At least I think so. If you liked, Toradora, Golden Time, or like Romantic comedy’s in general. Give this one a read. If you read this before and have different opinions than mean, please comment. Comment, like, send me a hate message. Whatever you like. Thanks for Reading

    -Manga Llama-


  • 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


  • 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

    Bakuman

    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


  • Shokugeki no Soma (Manga) Review

    Shokugeki no Soma (Manga) Review

    Shokugeki no Soma

    Author: Yūto Tsukuda
    Mangaka: Shun Saeki
    the creation of the manga was a collaboration between Yūto Tsukuda, the mangaka Shun Saeki and Yuki Morisaki, a famous chef.
    Status: Ongoing
    Chapters (so far): 83
    Genres:
    – Shounen
    – Comedy
    – Romance
    – Ecchi
    – School life
    – Slice of Life

     

    There are mangas that are so good yet under the radar and they totally deserve the merit of having their own animes. And in my opinion Shokugeki no Soma, is one of those mangas that should have an anime adaption.

     

    Synopsis of Shokugeki no Soma

    Shokugeki no Soma

    Shokugeki no Soma is ultimately a manga about culinary skill and cooking mixed with friendly rivalries and clashes. The reader is quickly introduced to the protagonist, in this case, Yukihira Souma, a young and gifted boy whos goal is to become the best chef in his father’s restaurant and eventually to surpass him. However, due to an unusual turn of events, his father, Yukihira Jouichirou closes down the restaurant to cook on the international stage. His father then challenges and rekindles Souma’s spirit by stating that to surpass him, Souma would have to survive through an elite culinary school, in which only a talented 10% of the students reach graduation.

     

    Plot of Shokugeki no Soma

    Shokugeki no Soma

    Shokugeki no Soma differs from the normal mainstream plots comparable to those of FT, One Piece and etc, yet it still remains as its own success story. (No pun intended) Shokugeki, in my own opinion has a very well written story line, it has fast pacing when needed, for instance as the character do ‘battle’ to compete for the best dish. And is slow in breaks between each match to allow the reader to revel in between adrenaline rushes. Sticking with the shounen side of the manga, romance is not a major part of the manga and still at chapter.83 any hints of romance are subtle or ignored by the main protagonist. In some ways, because the protagonist: Souma doesn’t take hints emphasises the fact that his mindset is focused solely on cooking and his task.

    Similarly, I personally am not a fan of ecchi, hell, I will rarely read a manga if ecchi is one of genres. Yet, in Shokugeki the ecchi genre is not used as a lewd (lulu) and perver-ty way but as a technique to emphasise how a dish or flavour has an impact on a character. Furthermore, a strong foundation of the story is the addition of the Shokugekis, or public challenges between the students to decide the better chef. These shokugeki’s are the pivot for the storyline and each character is able to show off their abilities as well as to convey their struggle towards achieving the goal of ‘best chef.’

     

    Characters of Shokugeki no Soma

    Shokugeki no Soma

    The characters are a myriad of different personalities and whereas some are for comic relief others show the stark harshness of the competitiveness in the elite school. Love interests? Who knows? There are too many lovely characters to get through so I’ll just choose a boy and a girl.

    One of the next major characters you’ll meet at the beginning of the story will be Erina Nakiri, also nicknamed God’s Tongue for her exquisite judgement of food as well as the grand-daughter of the principal of the elite school.  Erina, is one of the main antagonistic rival of Souma and had originally rejected his application into the school. Although Souma shows no hostility, Erina is not a fan of his although she acknowledges his cooking capabilities. Erina’s idol is Souma’s father Jouichirou however she is unaware of this fact.

    From Italy, Takumi is Souma’s self proclaimed rival, which seems one-sided and the twin brother of Isami Aldini. (un-identical if you wanted to know.) Takumi is also from a family-owned background similar to Souma and holds great pride in his restaurant name. As the story develops we see how his connection with his brother is both filial and strong, and at one point to breaking point. These are just two of the characters compared to the many. The character development could be better, however for the main characters their expressions and mannerisms are each so unique that you cannot help but fall in love with them.

     

    Art of Shokugeki no Soma

    Shokugeki no Soma

    When I pick up a manga, art is one of the things I will always judge before reading it. There are many mangas, but not with art as superb as the ones I have seen in Shokugeki no Soma. Each scene is meticulously drawn and the attention to detail is amazing. As we reach climax scenes the use of the big panels help to draw the reader’s attention as well as quickly alerting them to which parts are the most important.

     

    Verdict of Shokugeki no Soma

     

    A very superbly done manga and one I would definitely recommend. What I didn’t enjoy about this manga was the fact that some chapters can be short and left at cliffhangers. On the other hand, each chapter offers something very different whether it be laughs or have you gripping your seat to see what happens next.

    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

    Bibi

    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

    Bibi

    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


  • Sword Art Online Progressive (Manga) Review

    Sword Art Online Progressive Manga Review

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    Progressive Manga Cover

    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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    Manga Page of Progressive

    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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    Asuna

    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


  • 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.

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