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I think the main problem with the series is the relative shortness as there was honestly so much more the creator could have done with the theme in question. On the other hand the creator may not have wanted the series to become a “monster of the week” series just so the readers could in fact find out the fate in relation to the “white akuma”, and whether or not the world ends up being saved from the wheels of fate. Instead we get a short piece that focuses more on the psychological element as well as inter relations between the characters. The story also falls into many cliches as well that may have brought it down had the writer made said series longer.
The characters are ultra important when it comes to this particular series. This short series is after all about how people interact with each other, and how people act towards others in prejudicial ways because of fear. Sometimes fear is justified, but in other times said fear is not. This is a theme that is explored along with how those acting in prejudicial manners and those being prejudiced act towards each other, and why conflict does occur in real life.
The art work for this particular piece is also nice. The artist takes the time to fill every frame with important information in regards to the story line, nor is there any confusing action poses that a person can't read the movements of. Luca's design embodies the persona people would expect of someone labeled a demon, while his sister is the personification of pure innocence. The artist went out of his way to personify these attributes to each, and for good reason.
Ultimatly I enjoyed this short series a lot. Not only was it short, but I could feel empathy towards the characters. I enjoyed the plot twists for the stories. I also liked making the connections to “Naruto” and comparing the two on a critical level. While it is true that the two are their own pieces of work I think a person can also appreciate “Shuumatsu no Laughter” even more with a knowledge of Naruto. Or one could have it soured if one is to much of a fangirl/fanboy. read more
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That is one of the charms of this particular short – it manages to capture the complicated feelings of a tween as they start the transition from being a child to being an adult. The work also covers other subjects that result from that including many of the peer issues this age group does in fact have to deal with, and it manages to do so in such a short period of time. I felt more drawn to that, then I did the actual romance aspect. The ending for the piece wrapped everything up nicely as well.
The art work on the other hand isn't much to write home about. I think one of the things that stood out to me was the fact I've seen this style used in so many shows that I didn't feel it stood out. The only time it did was when the artists depicted the characters feeling bummed out, and I personally feel there is a better way to portray that feeling then the way they did. On the flip side it's not ugly art except for that point either.
The sound for the music fit the piece as well and was pleasant to listen to. Again though it didn't stand out. The voice acting though had a nice blend, and worked for the characters.
I felt the characterization was spot on – this is how kids in their tween-years act. In some ways it is sad as some of the behaviors are bothersome, but it also reflects the fact they are growing up. I think that this is a major pointer for the piece. There is also the fact they don't over exaggerate the stereotypes used. Hamana Kokoa for example could easily have ended up being like Koshiro Miya from the Yumeiro Patissiere series.
Ultimately I enjoyed picking up the piece despite the fact I expected it to be a typical fluff piece. The reason for this is because the characterization was accurate for the age group, nor was I forced to suspend my disbelief for this piece. There is also something heart warming about the piece as well. read more
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Normally that is...
Pupa's the first I've personally watched that I felt was a waste of time. I watched the entire thing hoping that there was some point to the entire series, but there was none. Well... the creator may have meant the work to be satirical in nature about how depraved incest between siblings happens to be, but if it was meant to be satirical it crossed the line of no return into a gory slasher film. So... if you happen to like slasher works, then go ahead and pick it up. Otherwise though it isn't worth the time. I personally feel that once you've seen one plotless slasher film, you've seen them all. The only redeeming thing is the art work. The plot... non existent. The characters... well, there are major plot holes. You take your pick. read more
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On the down side the art isn't that great. You could say that it is dry. It's dry not because the character designs aren't interesting. There are times the background ends up washed out. These are flashback scenes and in some ways this is good, but sometimes it feels like the pictures are a little to hazy and to be honest the detail of the artwork doesn't meld well with the faded out flashback where the background is lighter.
The real reason to read this particular one-shot is for the nice surprise at the end. The story is unique. On top of this the characters are really sweet. read more
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For the most part all four stories are of the historical, romance and fantasy genre, but one of them has no supernatural elements at all. The settings are beautifully drawn as are the clothing that the characters wear. There is no real link between all of the stories and yet they have an over all unifying theme. One of the major theme is true love. By this I don't mean soul mates, at least not in the sense that others have come to understand soul mates. By this I mean the two characters truly do love each other. It's also about coming to understand ones romantic feelings for another person, told in a soft manner. read more
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As for the plot, I love how the manga opens up like many of my favorite mystery series and the suspense is nice as well. The interactions between the two main characters is also interesting and the plot flows nicely from beginning to end. It isn't just the pacing of the plot that was good in this particular one-shot but also the unfolding of the romance. The story could have used a bit more fleshing out, but was also quite good for a one-shot.
I also enjoyed the characters. Without going into much details, it was nice to have a feminine character who isn't moping about not having a romantic interest, or even thinking about how she doesn't need a romantic interest because she isn't that kind of girl. Instead, she focuses on what is going on around her and reacts accordingly.
The one-shot was also a nice, quick read. read more
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Think Twilight... minus the fantasy and supernatural elements of course.
Jay is a plain looking girl... that is, compared to his highness’s little sister. Compared to every other female in the series she is actually gorgeous and breath taking. She is far from what I would describe as being a plain girl, particularly when she ends up having two other guys falling for her. A good portion of the plot involves conflict between the three men in her life. I might as well add that the conflict... or fighting really pushes and the suspense of disbelief, but there are other things. The conflict just doesn't seem real at all.
Where the plot doesn't involve conflict the plot ends up being about how the men in her life take advantage of her, but also do things like keep her safe from the other guys. Yup... there is another comparison to Twilight there... the fact we have love triangles... in this case a love quadruple... and we also have males who are over protective to the point of being abusive... and this time it is three guys instead of the two. We also have a female who can't take care of herself and constantly is whining about how she can't take care of herself.
To be honest though the problems don't end there.
At the beginning of the story we have the main character all weepy because her parents don't want her to pursue art school. That I can understand despite the over dramatization. What I can't understand though is how her school takes away her chance to participate in a big art competition because the other student was rich and going to an actual art school. This is despite the fact the Jay is their top student when it comes to art and she would better represent the school.
Another time the belief is pushed by a system that is able to identify people by their earlobes at one-hundred percent accuracy. For most people the one-hundred percent accuracy would cause some speculation because no system is completely accurate, but instead it doesn't raise any speculation. One of the downsides to identifying people by earlobes rather then fingertips comes from the fact you can reshape the ear and there is also the fact that while we now know that the accuracy rates for ear identification are high, this particular story was written before we really knew how accurate it was.
There is also the fact there comes a point in time when Jay has to give up her painting because of post traumatic syndrome, which causes her hand to shake to much and makes it so that she can no longer do the fine detail she became known for. Can I add here that she is a genius at art too? But back onto the PTSD. PTSD does not cause the loss of fine motor skills. While it is true that she may not have had interest in making art anymore, the fact remains she wanted to continue making art work AND it would have been a great way for dealing with the actual PTSD.
In the long run 100% Perfect Girl is blatant wish fulfillment, and likely not one of the healthy kinds. Despite the beautiful art work the actual story telling is poor due to exaggeration that were not needed as well as inaccurate details. The thing that honestly bothered me the most though was the fact the creator of this particular manhwa tried to piggy back their work on another writers work, a piece that despite it's short length is a far better read then this particular piece. read more
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For example, the main antagonist was bullied when he was in middle school and he's just getting back to living a normal life only to find himself bullied by another person. While it is true that people do bully because they are jealous of other people, Kadowaki's animosity towards Arata doesn't seem any bit grounded in reality, particularly since the two used to be friends back in middle school. I say this because he got angry at something so trivial. Even though his father is the way he is, it honestly doesn't justify his personality problems as well as his persecution complex.
Another example is the conflict between Kannagi and Akachi. It's an argument that could have been resolved through simple conversation to find out what the actual situation entailed. Perhaps that is one of the major things that is lacking in this series, the inability of the characters to actually communicate with each other. One or two is understandable, but this is the majority of the cast that lack in the communication department. Which is why all of the conflict ends up being forced.
Because the conflict is forced, what amounts to an interesting idea ends up being bogged down. The story line is also bogged down with this need to have characters submit to another character. The whole concept is bothersome even with how Kannagi eventually puts it to Arata. It almost feels as if it is down playing war and trying to stuff it into a bag where the victor ends up being able to win without killing. Which in turn is completely unrealistic.
On top of this Arata... the one from a modern world... is horribly annoying with his poor pity me attitude. I know that he was abused, but while we see the bullying occurring, the justification for the bullying ends up being non-existent as there seems to be no realistic reason to justify Kadowaki going after Arata. Which means that the bullying is thrown in there to make Arata come across as a character needing to grow and not because the creator thought out the plot device enough.
As for my enjoyment... I liked the start, I liked the style, I liked the sound. There are a few characters that caught my attention to the point I might watch a second season if it comes out, but it's honestly not the most enjoyable thing in the world. read more
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One of the nice aspects of the story is the nice twists there are to the plots so you don't know what to expect from the particular plot line. The art is well done, particularly when it comes to the mecha and fight sequences. The sound is beautiful and my enjoyment was high. What really stands out for me is the interesting characters the series happens to have.
My favorite happens to be the hacker. Her characterization is spot on for someone with a form of autism or social anxiety. She's also a major savant and she ends up being a very believable character. Even her brother is unique and lovable despite his narcissism due to the fact he puts his sister before himself every single time. Other characters are also unique and there is a complex dynamic when it comes to the relationships of said students. Said relationships follow too the rules of logic one expects from their particular character type as well.
That also said, I'm looking forward very much to the second season even if second season is a flop, I like the characters that much. read more