I'lll just get to the point here: it wasn't very good. I'm not sure if it's just me, but I did NOT understand any of it???? Like firebird357 says, the plot for the main characters, Hanako and Ryoji, were rushed in WAY too fast but at the same time I understand why the auther did this. It's just like a movie; when the plot for the main character(s) isn't directly shown or said, we instead get flashbacks with bits and pieces of what happened until everything comes together and we understand why the main character(s) are the way they are. But even then, I don't
understand why or why the author wrote it this way. I DO NOT want to spoil the ending but I'm guessing there was a twist in there, which threw me off and made me even more irritated with this manga!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Overall, the characters leaned toward pretty good, but because of the plot, sadly, it ruined good characters. I thought the art was absolutely flawless, capturing every emotion the characters felt, so I definitely gave the art rating a 10/10. Giving an overall rating for this manga was very hard for me because the characters were good, the art was outstanding, but the story was so lacking and disappointing???? So I almost dropped it after chapter 2, but decided not to in hopes of it getting better, which it never did in my opinion. Oh! I almost forgot one more thing...the what were supposed "exciting" and "suspenseful" scenes never came. I never felt neither of those emotions nor the feeling you get in your stomach when reading horror manga and you can't click the next button fast enough. I read there will be an Anorexia: Shikabane Hanako wa Kyoshokushou 010?? And to be honest with you, I'll probably read that because knowing me, I have to finish reading something no matter how awful it is. Maybe we will get more insight to everything? More clarity? Ugh...hopefully...So all in all, don't waste your time on this manga...Or do to find out for yourself? I wish a chapter 10 would be released so I can have some closure. At least.
The title "Anorexia" misled me. I was expecting a slice of life kind of manga and thus my reaction when I started reading this was, to summon it up: wtf.
Yet I couldnt stop but continue to read it, I was captivated.
I can't tell you how it goes because it will spoil the surprise, and boy did I love that twist!
In a way you can say they're all psychologically mad and easy. Because of some similarity and connection this whole story comes to life.
The first dinner. The first kiss. The first blood spill.
But why is this happening?
This you find out at the end.
How they made it
romantically bloody makes this even better!
The only sad thing is how they rushed it too much ;-;..
This manga would have been so much better if they did not rush it.
They tried to include so many stories, it was too much for the chapters to handle.
I have nothing to say about the art. It was eye pleasing, even the gore.
My first impression of the manga is that it has really nice art, which is what led me to read the story from start to finish.
Plot-wise, it's suspenseful and you have absolutely no idea what's happening. The story throws you into the eyes of our main-ish protagonist (I'll explain why I say '-ish' later) Ryoji Seusu, an ordinary factory worker who gets caught up in an accident with the Shikabane heiress, Hanako. It all starts out intense already, I mean, they get hit by a boiling vat and they all look fine, so I mean, nothing strange there. Weirdly enough, it's never explained why they're
both okay and believe me, it has nothing to do with the supernatural, even though it felt like it was going to lead into it.
Due to guilt for the accident, despite it not being his fault, Ryoji agrees to serve Hanako in her home and...regrets it.
The home is definitely not his favorite place at the start and it only spirals out of control in the very short time he's been there. From how it's paced, it feels like it's only been two days since his employment there and many things happen one after another. Several which drive Ryoji and Hanako closer and everyone else apart.
The story isn't the most impressive, and you'll only be invested if you want to know what the hell's happening. And believe me, you don't get any closer unless you stick to the last chapter when it gets explained. While reading it, I was trying to piece everything together and realized that you only need to read the first like two chapters and the final one if you wanna know how it all plays out. I'm not saying it'll all be understood from there, but it's complicated in the middle and would probably make people nauseous if they're not into the whole 'gore' genre.
However, if you wish to read through the manga (it's only 10 chapters, so it's nothing heavy), then go on ahead. I did it mostly to understand the characters as they're the ones who really interested me to pick up the story. What can I say? I'm a sucker for clean looking character design.
The characters are all mad in some way, twisted due to circumstances, and all deal with different reactions towards loveless and negligent parents. From here, we only see their view on familial relations (though, it's obvious for the Shikabane family that their parents mostly cared for the legacy rather than their children) and how it corrupted them into the insanity driven cast we see in the manga.
Ryoji and Hanako are really the ones who stay sane through this out of bounds plot - this is if you can sustain your disbelief long enough to enjoy their relationship and interactions - but honestly, have the more plain designs. Prior to this section, I called Ryoji a main-ish character only because he gets back pedaled to the 'straight man' or the 'sane man' in a cast of very twisted characters. He's there to ground the reality that what the household is doing is NOT normal and that this is truly unacceptable. He's still a main character, but you can call any one of them a main character as there are very small arcs dedicated to each of them.
Meanwhile, the rest of the Shikabane are all distinctive in terms of personality and appearance. I won't spoil this section because...well, they're all pretty interesting, but the one who really caught my attention was the eldest sister, Juria. She's the example of an angel fallen from heaven...and then went straight into hell.
You can tell how messed up the children are and can see how the way they were raised messed up the way they are now. Earlier, I talked about how you can just read three chapters (first two and last) if you wanted to know the story, but if you wanna read through it for the characters, go on ahead. That's why I did it so I can figure out what the hell made them that way. All of their back stories are covered through flashbacks and other narrators, so they're more or less covered and fulfilled.
Again, more or less. They have their moments of being one dimensional, but don't put the author into fault too much as there's only ten chapters. And thankfully, the cast is small enough that each of them were covered pretty neatly in its entirety. However, they all have such deep rooted issues that if the author had a few more chapters and a less complicated plot, then their problems might've been solved in a better way?
I don't know, I should be happy with what I got considering how old this is.
Beautiful. Earlier I stated how plain the main duo were, but the rest were all very pretty and seemed like they were in a european setting. Which is strange considering how European the household is and yet they're all Japanese, but I digress. I suspended a lot of my belief for the story, so I'm gonna cut some slack on the designs. I'm sure their parents were European too, so I'm just being nitpicky.
Right, the characters are all cleanly drawn and their expressions conveyed what they felt. When they dreaded, you can feel it. When they're happy, you can definitely see it in more than the lines used to make them. The artist really knew how to reel in the right emotions and to show the disgust Ryoji felt for what was before him.
I wanna say a lot for the art, because, really, that's what drew me into reading it in the first place and I didn't see it decline nor improve during the serialization of the manga.
Art is pretty. Characters are twisted. Story is meh.
There's a plot twist and I'm not sure how to feel about it as I've recently just finished it.
To sum this up, it feels like a horror movie with the added benefit of feeling very anime/eastern. It deals with anorexia but in a pretty different way that I cannot describe here, you should simply read it and find out. The main female lead was fantastic and I wish the manga was longer for more time with her. The rest of the characters are developed a little bit more than main characters in a typical movie, thus okay development and you understand who they are but it doesn't really sink in unless you grow attached quickly.
Now the best parts, the art style was
incredibly cute with the horror theme. A perfect balance. The enjoyment was also extreme as it hooks you from beginning to end.
Overall I believe this manga is heavily subjective whether you'd like it or not. If you like cutesy horror or Eastern style horror, this is a great short read.