1 of 1 chapters read
My first one shot manga, so I should mention why I even read it - because the art looked appealing, so did the name.
Quite frankly, it's probably one of the easiest ways to decide whether to read the synopsis of a manga you've never heard of before - art and the title.
So anyway, [i]Ability Shop[/i] is pretty much set out like a fable, if you've ever seen the movie [url=http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0389860/]Click[/url], then the fable is kind of the same.
Thinking about it, it doesn't actually hold much comical value, and rather, is actually quite serious - despite the art style.
It's kid a kiddy version of [i]Death Note[/i] almost.
But it's good, if you read it for what the underlying lesson is, then it's a good lesson learnt.
I can't say much more, I mean.. it's a one shot manga - characters were good, but you can't grow attached to them just because of how short this was.
I felt that it was kind of a waste to use this as a one shot, it had the potential to be a short - at LEAST one volume manga, that way it would've allowed readers to feel more sympathetic.
However, enjoyable none the less. It's 50 pages, read it. read more
119 of 119 chapters read
In comparison with his other works, this manga was relatively short, 12 volumes at around 10 chapters each, this I feel is a plus for the manga overall, because sometimes his longer works (e.g. H2) drags a bit.
So alright, I'll just go through the categories then..
Story - it's been noted and referenced a few times within the manga, that the main characters are like Romeo and Juliet. Having said that should be enough to paint a picture of how the story should be like, yes? Rival families + their kids liking each other? It was warm, it was sweet and it was satisfying. Adachi never goes over the top when it comes to romance/relationships and that's one of the things I love about his works. I wasn't bored by the story at all, and I'm surprised Adachi even managed to throw a few cliffhangers in there (lol @ the translator's notes).
Art - typical Adachi's style, although his character art never seems impressive at first, and always seems to recycle characters (think of them as movie actors/actresses playing different roles - it's like a parallel universe sometimes!), the characters tend to stick to you because of their soft and easy forms I believe. But you have to give him credit, even though his characters aren't the best looking out there (but more realistic, not like your typical anime/manga style/stereotypes), the environment art is always top notch.
Character - once again, I love the characters that Adachi comes up with, they always seem to fit in well and sometimes they make you think "isn't that such an ideal family" etc etc.. The character development was good too and I think Adachi always does a good job at keeping main characters as mains and support characters as support.
Enjoyment - well all up I finished the manga in like 2~3 days, is that no enjoyable enough?!
As an extra note, I was really impressed with the ending actually. I was wondering how Adachi was going to end this one. Although the endings always seem somewhat predictable (with the exception of like H2 probably), I never expected him to end it with this "style" I guess :P. read more
12 of 12 episodes seen
The use of the artwork - especially the opening theme was just brilliant.
The use of symbolism was creative and lovely.
The music was awesome - the USE of the music was so appropriate.
The stories (I say stories because it's alot of stories combined as one story) was a very nice idea and well done.
Character design were beautiful and fitting too.
24 of 24 episodes seen
In brief I'll just say, I was on the verge of rage-quitting this anime after the first 3 episodes - and if it wasn't because I started late (so that I didn't have to wait in between weeks) I probably would have dropped this anime.
This is why I gave character the lowest scores, because the main character really annoyed me at first.
But despite that, I pulled through and the anime really is good.
I'm not a Mecha-anime fan, other than Full Metal Panic! I normally don't watch Mecha-anime (I haven't seen one episode of Gundam before). So despite that, it really was good and kept me looking forward to each week.
Although it's not GONZO's best work, the story was well done, and the art was brilliant - especially on High Resolution!
Loved the use of the music in key points.
So overall, it's definitely something to watch I reckon :)
Just fight the first 3 episodes! read more