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  • Dragon Ball (Manga) Review

    Dragon Ball Manga Review

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

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

     

    Dragon Ball Plot

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

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

     

    Dragon Ball Characters

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

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

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

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

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

     

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

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

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

     

    Dragon Ball Artwork

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

    Dragon Ball Overall

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

     

    Overall Grade: 7/10


  • 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


  • My Wife Wagatsuma-San (Manga) Review

    My Wife Wagatsuma-San Manga Review

    Ok, I was so ready to read another great slice of life/RomCom manga. I feel like this Manga could have been better but I’m not saying it’s not a great read. This was great and had great story up until about the 50% mark. What seemed as the potential to be an amazing story, kinda all went down hill. The art and the story changed so much toward the end and seemed as if someone else was writing the story towards the end. It literally went from, Wow this is really good, To, oh ok that’s cool, To, why the hell am I still reading? I kept reading because I needed closure. But enough of my starting rant, on to the review.

     

    My Wife Wagatsuma-San Plot

    The story literally had me bought when I read the description. A guy who can time skip and during his adventures time skipping figures out that he is married to the most beautiful girl at his school in the future. It barley has any Romance, some ecchi, and is kinda more slice of life/comedy than anything else. When I began reading I thought the main character, Aoshima Hitoshi, and his friends were just another loser squad that everyone hates. That is the case(haha) but the more I read, the more I got attached to the “Dx Brigade” and they actually seemed like people I would hang out with in real life. But that did not last long, No No No, Not at all. The story pissed me off, more and more and more. The consistency just flew out of the window or was left in one of the time skips Aoshima was in. After Aoshima and Wagatsuma San met for the first time I was so excited. But that was actually the turning point for the worst. After they met, the time skips got, worse and worse and even confused me at times. It felt as if I was dragging my eyes across the page it got so bad. Things like, repetition of humor, and repetitive concepts kept stealing away from what this could have been. The time skipping sensei towards the end was an idiot too. We all clearly knew what he told him was wrong and that he was going to change everything. They ran out of ideas and clearly rushed the ending. The ending was a complete disaster. It was refreshing though.

     

    My Wife Wagatsuma-San Art

    As for the Art. I actually really liked it. It wasn’t spectacular but it was good. It was really good and consistent in the beginning. The girls were really designed nicely and everyone else had good design up until the mid point in the series. It got worse. The heads looked cartoonish. The women were eh when they were fine as hell before. It was like a whole other person was drawing. The homage to attack on Titan was really good though. Kudos to that.

    My Wife Wagatsuma-San Characters

    Characters, were the strongest part of this manga and kept it together for the most part. But just like everything else it somehow went downhill. The story was character driven. The main character was a loser in the beginning but as the story goes on you see other sides of him and you tend to like him a little more. Same with all his friends in the Dx Brigade. I also thought it was really stupid how he was bound to this one girl when there was 2 other fine chicks right in front of him that seemed to be a lot easier to handle than the girl he was after. It did a good job of depicting his relationships with his friends in the future also. Though it seemed as though the good characters from the Dx brigade started to become annoying an stupid. As for his “wife” I didn’t want to see her as his wife anymore after all the time skips with the other girls. Life with them just seemed so much better and easier. It also came to the point to where there was no relationship development. And the story seemed to go nowhere. Comedy disappeared and only seemed to show up for short relief at random times. Afterward all the side characters got info red and got no more development. I seriously thought I was reading a different manga at some point. The first half was freaking amazing but the second half made me wanna do this.

    -Manga Llama-

    Story: 6/10 ( second half was a disaster. Had the potential to be a 9.5)

    Art: 8/10(I’m being nice cause I really like the girls design.)

    Character:9/10( really helped the story stay interesting)

    Enjoyment: 6/10(that ending really messed me up. Like seriously)


  • 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-


  • 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

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    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

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    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