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Manga Reviews 3

Before I forget, I read all of Hana Yori Dango because it was so popular a while ago and it seems to have kind of set a standard. Or maybe it is just a perfect embodiment of teen shoujo manga. Anyway I liked the art, but disliked the boys except Rui. Even Rui was hard to like at times. I liked the ending, and I found myself liking Tsubaki the most, more than Tsukasa (her brother, a main boy), or the main character girl. I forgot most of their names, because they were unlikable.
It is a classic, so I will give it 5 stars out of 7. I disliked how the main character started strong but got weaker as the story continued, and became a pointless foil for other characters to use as part of the storyline. I also disliked the art style. But that is my taste. The art was still good quality. In fact, it is an example of classic shoujo artwork from the past, imho. I liked a side-story with the main character’s best friend, even though it was ridiculously sentimental and then became a ‘pity/one-time, friend’s-only sex’ relationship.
I disliked a recent take-off of this manga called Red Lion. It was a cross between Hana Yori Dango and a bit of Midori Days (the main character promises not to fight despite a great talent for it) but the art was not good enough, it just didn’t have ‘IT’, whatever ‘IT’ is. Please do not tell me that ‘IT’ stands for ‘Internet Technique’ or ‘Information Technology’. Lol @ Yomi and Chiyo-chan! I started off liking it but it became clique and I recognised a tired storyline almost immediately. I really liked the main character but I disliked the main boy/s and the mangaka made them too weird and effeminate.
There was also one called FLCL, I disliked how it was hard to understand and too vicious. Liked the art though. The dialogue was too abrupt and cynical. And not even in a ‘like-real-life’ way… But I found myself drawn to continue reading despite my incomprehension. 3 stars, for it’s quality gleams through the fog of nonsense.
I read a manga one-shot (I think) called ‘Tales of Destiny: Director’s Cut’ which was great. The art was good but the characters were made to look a little too cutsey and had startlingly doll-like eyes. I liked it anyway, because it is obviously meant to be a spin-off from the game. I love RPGs. Japan does ‘em best! I give it 6 stars because I really found myself liking all of the characters, even the obnoxious main guy, who is apparently not the main character in the game. The art was quite delicious, really. I liked the meganekko… (^_^)
Oh yeah, I also read ‘Petite Princess Yushi’ which is based on a game also. It was cute but in the end I was disappointed at the main character’s art (too cute and a stupid aho-ge) and the cliffhanger sort of end, which means: ‘Play the game, guys! Find out if she achieves her dream!’ Meh. Still, cute though. 3 stars for cuteness and clean lines.
Worst manga I have ever read yet:
Gangster Hero. ARGH! Art is awful and hairstyles really odd, like odder than Son Goku! Tries too hard to be stylish and cool and tough but just comes off as stupid and pointless. Both main female and male characters are highly dislikable (Is that English? Oh well) The art certainly meets the minimum requirement but the mangaka has awful taste in face design and hairstyle.
Adding to all of this is the bad scanlation… I wish I didn’t have to say it but it is not proper English, half of it is so obtuse! If it is correct translation, I am amazed the manga sold at all. The dialogue is awful.
So I give it 2 stars because the general art is good. And I never want to fail a manga, but if I did, this would fail! This manga - if the dialogue were fixed, would also be too much like reality! Cheap lifestyles, relationships that lack warmth or any type of actual affection or friendship, casual sex, thuggery, cruelty and bullying. I really hate that world. Why would I want to drag myself through it in a manga?

Ok ok enough for now. I will probably colour some text later.
:) Don’t hate me for my taste, btw.
Arguments in favour of certain manga are always welcome. No abuse, please.

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