Happy holidays everyone! I bet you all had a great time with your family, getting presents, and obviously reading manga! I certainly did all of the above except of reading manga, I also reread most of Mushoku Tensei... I think I have a problem. In any case, here are some short manga that I read over the holiday.
Ib – Instant Bullet
Summary: What is a man who spends Christmas alone? It is a lonely man. Meet Kuro Fukase, a teenager with a troubled past and not a single friend. Feared by his peers and forgotten by his family, Fukase has nothing to attach himself and wishes for nothing more than to watch the world burn. His and people similar to Fukase's wishes are granted in the form magic powers that can be used to destroy the world. With these many different egos competing for the same goal, will Fukase destroy the world in his own way or let someone else do it?
Thoughts: Ib is a dark manga or at least it's trying to be. Every main character in the manga has some kind of troubled past that is affecting them in the present day in many different ways. It's incredibly interesting to see these troubled individuals interact with each other because they are at once trying to reach out to each other in some way, while also knowing that they will clash with each other in some way later down the line. Although, the manga feels like it's trying too hard to be dark at times because how it uses its exposition. Often times, the manga will cut to one of the character's past to explain why they are acting the way they are, but most of the times these flash backs end up interrupting the flow of the manga. Though there some problems with the writing and pacing with the series, the characters and the premise of the manga are enough to make me follow the series.
Scanlation Group: Nekyou Memoir Scanlation
Can be found here.
Inugami-san to Sarutobi-san Wa Nakka Ga Warui
Summary: Inugami Tsubaki is the perfect girl and has her future perfectly planned: she's beautiful, smart, skilled in sports and loved by everyone. As the future head of the most powerful financial clan of Japan, it seems nothing can stop her. However, in her first day of high school, she meets Sarutobi Sanosuke, a wicked guy who outsmarts her and quickly becomes her enemy - what's going to happen between them? – Summary from mangaupdates.com.
Thoughts: Imagine No Game No Life, except Stephanie Dola is the main character and the antagonist is Sora, but he is a blue eyes white dragon away from being Seto Kiba, and you get Inugami-San. Though Inugami-San shares quite a lot with NGNL, the differences between the two series make Inugami-San shine. Specifically, I like how Inugami-San focuses on how the titular character must redefine herself after her fall from grace. It's interesting how her character slowly evolves through each chapter because it makes her struggles to adapt to her new situation feel real. Also, I like Sarutobi so much because he is such a humongous jerk that it's hilarious. Sarutobi is such a good foil for Ingami because he forces her to grow as a person, while also being motivating her to redefine herself. The only down side I found with this manga is that there isn't enough of it… I want more!
Scanlation Group: Casanova
Can be found here.
Ore to Kawazu San no Isekai Hourouki
Summary: Tarou was just an ordinary university student until a strange old magician summoned him to another world. Upon learning that his newly acquired magical power is 8 million (8 million more powerful than an average magician), he uses his abnormally powerful magic to revive the old man that caused all this... in the form of a frog. Thus begin the strange adventures of a boy with ridiculous magical power and Kawazu, the former strongest magician, now revived as a frog. – Summary from mangaupdates.com.
Thoughts: What do you get when you make a doofus the most powerful person on the planet, well you get One Punchman, but you also get a good set up for some jokes. Kawuzu, uses this set up to an ok effect because its comedy through out the series isn't paced well enough. In the beginning, Kawuzu focuses on Tarou just messing around with his new found magical powers and it's great because Tarou is such a doofus that most of the stuff he does fails in spectacularly silly ways. As the series progresses, it starts to roughly focus a bit on the world that Tarou was transported to and it's really not that interesting because it's just a bare bones high fantasy world with a moron running through it. Also, the art is crap. There is no way to dress it up. The art is just flat and simple. It adds absolutely nothing to the narrative and it's painful to view at times. The art aside, Kawuzu was pretty fun for a short while, but lost my interest relatively quickly.
Scanlation Group: /ak/ Scans
Can be found here.
Summary: Nishizuru Yakki is a permanent part-timer, regular customer in a maid-cafe, and 20-year-old virgin. What makes him special is his ability to see ghosts. But ghosts are not monsters, they are mostly harmless. At least our hero can live by simply ignoring them. Yakki never believed in monsters until the day when he meets the girl named Rokka. This cheerful girl appears to have a secret... – Summary from mangaupdates.com.
Thoughts: Youkai Shojo is weird, not because the actual story or characters are weird, it's because it feels like a shounen manga without the shounen characters to an extent. What I mean is that all most of the characters in Youkai shojo are adults, but the writing and world are both immature. I get this feeling because the manga gives broad reasons for what drives each character ans so most of the characters feel shallow. Although the writing isn't that great, the manga can be funny at times because of how each character's stupidity gets them into trouble or how their mistakes messes with other characters. Also, the art is pretty good because it has a large amount of varied and detailed art, especially in the ecchi department. If you like comedy and don't mind ecchi that much then I would recommend checking out this series. Otherwise, you won't get much from this series.
Scalation Group: Japanzai
Can be found here.
Boku No Hero Academia
Summary: In the world of Boku No Hero Academia, everyone is a super hero. Each person has their own quirk that allows themselves to express their selves in a unique way except for young Izuku Midioriya who lacks a quirk. Despite this, Midioriya still dreams of becoming a hero. Midioriya is mocked by is peers for having this seemingly impossible goal; this doesn't stop Midioriya from perusing his dream. One day, after risking his life to save his rival and main tormentor, Katsuki, from a villain, Midioriya's actions impress the world's strongest hero, All Might. In a private discussion, All Might bequeaths his power to Midioriya, which gives him the chance to fulfill his dream.
Thoughts: I really like Academia. Though its premise is generic to a degree, the world and characters are extremely well defined. Specifically, I like the nature of Midioriya's power because it is something that Midiriya must grow into. In the beginning, Midioriya's power will wreck havoc upon his body if he uses it carelessly. He's forced to be careful and inventive to actually achieve his goals. Essentially, the nature of Midiorya's power is a great way to show the reader how he grows as a person. Also, the world is incredibly well thought out because it accounts for the fact that everyone has a special power and builds around it. For example, one of the earliest exercises in this manga revolved around one team of students trying to suppress another team by capturing them or get to an object the other team is protecting, while the other team had to defend an object for a certain amount of time. This drill was incredibly well designed because the activities of both sides were both acts that heroes might have to take in the line of duty. Oh man the character, they're just so good as well because they are layered. On the surface each character might be a general stereotype, but each of them has principles that dictate their actions and make them human. I cannot emphasize how good this manga is in words. All I can say is go out and read it. It will be worth your time.
Scanlation Group: Fallen Angel Scans
Can be found here.
And that's all folks. I did read a few other mangas, but those are for another time because well, they're much longer. Anyways cheers to the new year and if you're in school, have fun!
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