I really really liked the first Battle Royale, I would put it in my top 3. When I heard there was a second Battle Royale I bet you could see the joy on my face. I was so very disappointed.
The Storyline was too different from the first and the art and characters were not developed whatsoever. This is the only manga I have or ever will drop in my life.
To keep this review short I'll just say this:
Son... I am disappoint.
1/10 read more
859 of ? chapters read
The story consists of one Makanouchi Ippo, a social outcast who is picked on because he is passive, poor and smells bad because of his family fishing shop. One day Ippo is being bullied out in the open and a man jogging by scares off the kids. Ippo asks the man to teach him how to be strong and thus begins Ippo's run of determination.
The theme of this manga is "What is it like to be strong?" and pure determination and hard work. It has very good character development showing every last spec of emotion that all the characters feel at every moment, as well as epic fights (although I do admit the fights wouldn't be like that if they were real)
There is a good bulk of training in this series and it takes up a good chunk of the series but is more then made up for when the fights roll around. And you know what? I don't mind all mind that much because that's what boxers do. Train, fight, train, fight. Very good insight on what a boxers day to day life is like.
The comedy in this manga is great. Usually in manga when there is filler people dread, but Hajime no Ippo delivers the most hilarious filler I have ever seen in my days.
All in all Hajime no Ippo is a great long running story with a mangaka that has as much stamina as his protagonist when it comes to writing. (And I'm not sure about all of you but Hajime no Ippo has motivated me to start working out more and become more active)
10/10 read more
363 of ? chapters read
Bleach is another overrated Shounen manga. Sucked in by another promising plot Bleach follows a young man named Kurosaki Ichigo, a high school boy who can see spirits. One day a girl who claims shes a shinigami comes into his life and everything changes. This grabbed my attention for the first little while until the story started getting repetitive.
The author of this manga goes through the same process twice over and that has made up what the series is so far. I believe that the latest arc has been going on for roughly 3 years now.
Ichigo only knows one move and he takes no effort to learn new moves. but instead of fixing his weakness of having one move he powers up that one move so he will be unstoppable.
His training methods consist of losing a fight then training in the midst of battle (which isn't exactly the best way to do things)
On a lighter note Bleach does have some pretty interesting characters such as Chad: The burly friend of Ichigo who is kind and extremely powerful even without powers. Uryuu: Spirit bow wielding bad ass. As well as other interesting characters that I'm not at liberty to speak about at risk of spoilers.
Bleach would be a better manga if it changed things up a bit. The story has gotten dry and I find my self losing the thrill I once had reading it.
6/10 read more
454 of ? chapters read
At first Naruto seemed like a very interesting manga. I mean what more could you want? It's got Ninjas! But as the story progressed I realized that not even ninjas could save a dieing storyline.
In the beginning Naruto had some promise of an interesting story. An ambitious ninja who wanted nothing more then to be the head of the village. It would be no easy walk in the park so he would have to train hard and learn lots of new moves to be on top of the game.
As the story progressed I noticed that the protagonist had really only learned a few basic moves after long periods of training. I also noticed that there were far more interesting characters who deserved spotlight. Rock Lee: A determined young martial artist who trained day in and out trying to keep up with a natural born genius of the Hyuuga clan who fought against what potently are magicians with his bare hands. How cool is that! Nara Shikamaru: A overall pure genius that is to lazy to give a damn that he is a genius. Aburame Shino: A mysterious young man who uses bugs to fight.
Just like in the manga and I quote "Your not the kind of person that could be the main character in a manga Naruto". They should have stuck with that in the rough draft of the story.
In my eyes story of Naruto tries to tell us to stay determined and if we work hard enough we can achieve anything. I do believe that is a good message, but all I have learned from the character Naruto is that if I tap into my dark side I won't have to do any real work.
The manga itself was good up until the naruto shippuden where things just started to get worse.
Not that I care for looks but the artwork did get somewhat less detailed later on in the story. To some this is a critical aspect of the manga.
The storyline from there only started to got sillier as the manga revolved around Naruto and Naruto alone.
I would like to say more but I want to make this a quick little review with as little spoilers as possible. Long story short: Naruto needs a new main character and more spotlight on the support characters.
7/10 read more