25 of 25 chapters read
While the story-line and motivation that drives the lead character seem strong in the early part of the manga, the mere 25 chapters the story had to work with just isn't enough to completely carry through that strength to the finale and thus the manga concludes in something of a hurry and leaves me feeling a bit let down considering all of the hype in the early chapters.
Regardless, Gekiryuuchi is still quite enjoyable as a steet-fighting based manga but don't go expecting it to quite live up to the depth of the likes of Holyland.
7.5/10 from me! read more
3 of 3 chapters read
A brilliant story that centres on the very real and very damaging issue of bullying and the resulting trauma. What seems to be to some no more than ‘harmless fun’ and to others a problem that is not their own, Vitamin highlights the emptiness and isolation that such tyrannizing behaviour can bring on.
A touching story that brought me to tears more than one, this manga is a must read for its graphic scenes, its strong family bonds and the way that one young girls dreams and hopes were able to overcome the horrors she’d been subjected to.
A 9 out of ten for me.
51 of 51 episodes seen
Overall the story maintained a great balance between being fun and being serious when the time called. Perhaps not the most original in creation, it still managed to keep my attention throughout the lengthy 51 episode.
The Art was average at best. There was nothing particularly riveting in the style that managed to separate itself from the crowd but, at the same, time there was nothing to hold against it. A tad childish, I venture to describe it as ‘typically shounen’.
The voices were well cast and the sound effects and music fit in nicely with the flow. I found it easy to listen to and not stressful to my hearing, I especially entertained myself by recognizing the voices and pinning them to other similar characters they've voice - for example, the voice actor of Hideyoshi also voices Usopp from One Piece.
The 51 episodes flew by before I knew it and I found the ending to be satisfying. Although, the final arc itself annoyed me a little as it felt messy, rushed and a tad unfinished. Also, if you're holding out for an epic final battle between Ueki and Robert prepare to be disappointed as I was.
The law of Ueki has just the right amount of twists and turns to keep you satisfied and is worth a watch if you can manage to suffer through the first few confusing introductory episodes.