Looking for a job in the famous TV station at Odaiba, college senior Jin Mishima attended the recruitment orientation. Not far away from the station, Nanako Okano, a gothic lolita trying to attend a concert, found out that her friends tricked her about the concert ticket because of jealousy. The two bumped into each other and "reunited", they were junior high classmates, moments before an earthquake of Richter Scale 8.1 turned the island (the entire city, in fact) into ruins.
From here on, 51 Ways is a predictable but remarkably believable survival adventure. Based on a well-researched novel by Minoru Watanabe, the series paints a picture not quite as explicit and horrifying as ones in other apocalyptic fiction, but one that is frightening in it's detail.
Like many of Furuya's other works, we're also shown just how fragmented and superficial Japanese youth has become: gals, rock stars, Gothic Lolita's, otaku, salarymen, ganguro, and schoolgirls are all here in their self-imposed stereotypical, shallow glory. But while the ugliness of the fragmentation of Tokyo youth is striking - these people all come together in the face of disaster in a way that's ultimately hopeful. When you strip off the posing and expensive clothing: we're all the same.
In the end, 51 Ways is one of Furuya's most optimistic and mainstream works. It would make a lovely gateway drug for more timid independant comic readers or shoujo fans looking for something with a bit more bite.
It's a shame no one has written a review on this series yet.
Based on my findings, this manga is based on a real incidents, the 1923 Great Kanto or Tokyo Earthquake. Here's a reference link, photos are available too: http://www.eas.slu.edu/Earthquake_Center/1923EQ/
The story is basically about a 21 year-old young man who saw his middle school mate, also his crush hours before the earthquake happened. He also has some regrets towards her too. After the earthquake, the 2 of them begin to head towards (somewhere) and met new friends etc. Tragedies are common in the process of their journey.
The story is vastly different from several manga series out there today. Real life catastrophes which are told in such a realistic yet not-too-dark way in a manga, there aren't that many out there.
There are explanations for what happened during the earthquake too, like fire whirls, liquefaction etc. which helps the reader understand more about catastrophes.
Now, to more in-depth about the storyline itself. The story is intriguing and interesting, in the way that not only the tragical parts are presented well but there are also some comedic times to lighten the mood. Plus the 2 main characters shed some of their past and impressions of each other over time, so that the story is not filled with disaster-related content oso. There is variety in content and you can see the characters grow over time.
Amazing. It seems that the mangaka is a great artist, using various art techniques like cross-sketching (or something), and I can identify some parts where charcoal is used to draw the panels. I must confess, I am not a great art student but I watched Canvas 2 too :D.
Expressions are amazing, and aftershocks were expressed very well. The disaster scenes, panicking scenes etc. were expressed very well too. And there was an overall dark environment to it with the amazing art.
Characters are understandably tough to develop given that the main focus of this manga is the earthquake. But in-between the disaster scenes the characters were constantly developed, of their past, of interactions with each other and so on. And the characters are constantly growing in terms of willpower and trust in each other, etc.
Well I must state that I do not like dark manga series a lot, but this is really nice. The mangaka didn't put it to some kind of doomsday for every chapter, and that is really good. Cause the content is depressing and the story seems to paint a starker and starker picture for the main characters for every chapter progressing.
Amazing piece of work. Tons of storyline, and amazing artwork. A masterpiece regarding the Great Kanto Earthquake.read more
This is the first time I stumbled upon a survival manga based on real life disasters. The story line isn’t propelled by generic disasters such as being stranded on an island, or stuck in a boat but is driven by realistic phenomenon and encountering people while attaining a new outlook on life.
The story is nice and simple, it’s simple in a sense that as a reader you will be able to understand pretty much anything the story throws at you. However behind this seemingly simple story is riddled with the complex human psyche and philosophical notions. The great thing about this manga is that whenever you encounter an event driven by the human psyche, or a phenomenon caused by the disaster, the author will take the time to explain why it occurs and you will be nodding your head in enlightenment. This adds a great deal of realism to the manga, which honestly what most survival mangas lack these days. Despite the pragmatic nature of the story, the atmosphere wasn’t excessively dark, and the pacing was right on the money. Overall, the story telling was top notch.
Just like the story, the characters are also very realistic. Authentic emotions and realistic actions are masterfully blended into creating our hero and heroine. As readers, we can actually understand why they feel a certain way which allows us to actually relate with them, and through that relation, us audiences can feel a sense of connection so that we can further empathise with them. This is actually one of the strongest points in this manga, which kept my fingers occupied with clicking till the very end. You can expect a few heart-warming relationship development scenes, but don’t anticipate too much, because character development is the intended focal point of this manga.
The art is skilfully done, it expressed the atmosphere of the manga with precision. However there were early cases where characters faces were quite distorted, but this can be overlooked as it doesn’t happen again. Furthermore, the drawings looked clean so that you don’t need to glance twice to understand what’s happening.
Overall, I enjoyed this manga quite a bit, and you might have guessed that I read through this manga in one sitting. If realistic manga isn’t your type, then you should probably shy away from this piece of gem. But if you like realistic mangas, then look no further. read more
This story was amazing. It kept me hooked since the beginning. The story is basically about a group of people surviving the horror after an earthquake in Tokyo. The art is weird at first but after a few chapters you get used to it and start loving the art style the author used. The character development, their experiences, and everything make you want to care about the character and understand what they are going through. The characters are amazing in this story and you will get hooked to them. The enjoyment of this book was a 10!!! This story is the best survival book i have read since Mirai Nikki and Eden no Ori. I love this manga mainly because it isn't generic survival, has lovable characters, and a GREAT story. I HIGHLY recommend this manga for you to read because it is a good read and you will feel a cargo load of emotions after it ends.read more
Kanojo wo Mamoru 51 no Houhou suffers from BTS (Bad Title Syndrome) [I read about this from another review], as in the name has nothing to do with the manga at all. It is mentioned in the end, but still doesn't make sense.
And no, there is no romance depicted.
Sci-Fi - I have no idea as to why that genre is given.
Action is not your usual one. People running around saving themselves and stuff, that sort of action....if it is considered in the action genre.
KwM51nH :P is not for childern. Not for the faint-hearted either.
It shows the true colours of human - good, bad, really bad and sometimes plain dumb.
This manga is basically a guide to a calamity (here, the earthquake) that takes place and it's after-effect on the people physically, mentally, psychologically. Many unite and help each other, others do bad...really bad considering their world is soon to end. Some are just plain dumb who go along with crowd or their thoughts, not taking responsibility. Women are especially not safe. Just when you think you've faced it all and that it couldn't get any worse, It does.
The art is really good where it should be. Since its a calamity, theres bound to be dead bodies and stuff, so it is kinda gory at places. But its all fine. Crying faces, however, is not the artist's speciality.
So there is this guy Jin who has a job interview, meets a former classmate Nanako who has changed from a charismatic sporty girl to a gothic lolita. They are reminiscing when strikes the earthquake of 8.1 magnitude. It has a devastating, horrifying effect on the entire city and everything falls apart in 2 minutes. These two survive the earthquake, but the affter-effect is what is terrifying. They together, who later meet another girl, Rika, that tags along, go over obstacles, saving people, meeting people, working out the problems that come as well as their personal ones.
Well, its honestly like reading a newspaper or article giving detailed info. that people should know about calamitites.
All and all, its good.read more