A huge monster suddenly attacks Makoto's school, then a giant girl comes out of nowhere and protects the school. However, during the fight Makoto shows his heroic spirit, and the giant girl has now fallen in love with him, and wants to marry him?!
They say love can tackle all adversities, but what happens if that love is between a 50 foot girl and a guy who's known to be the shortest in his class?
Super Dreadnought Girl is a shonen manga from Takeshi Azuma, and is pretty much a retelling of the classic 1958 sci-fi film "Attack of the 50 Foot Woman" with a new twist via manga-style.
Story - 7
SDG4946 is the story of Mana Emiya, a girl who happens to be 49-and-a-half meters tall due to circumstances, and her ordeals with being humanities last stand against unknown aliens and other supernatural beings whilst falling in love like a
normal 15 yr old girl. While the story itself may not be something new, the premises it covers and the characters involved bring new depth to what has been an enjoyable read thus far. Most of the story is told through the eyes of Makoto Tobita(to whom Mana falls in love with) and for fans of the shonen genre, is a lead which for once is actually inspiring..
Art - 6
Art is fair for this manga and while it may not be its selling point, it definitely does outshine some of the manga out there being published at the moment. The characters are well defined and the only complaint I have in this area is the lack of detail to certain areas which can prove lackluster at times.
Character - 8
This is where SDG4946 had won me over. The characters are amusing, and it's not hard to like certain individuals like Mana or Makoto due to both being very likable. Supporting characters also play their parts well, leaving not one feeling out of place. With a long line of manga out there having uninspiring leads who take ages for a reader to even grow on them, SDG starts from the get-go providing any shonen fan an impressive feel to what could be an interesting tale.
Enjoyment & Overall - 7
The only discrepancy I have with this manga would be its pacing but considering SDG4946 only offers 29 chapters, I guess you can only cram as much. Overall if your a fan of shonen with a hint of romance, Super Dreadnought Girl 4946 is a worthwhile manga to read.
First and foremost, I must say that after reading the first chapter of this manga I actually dropped it, gave it a 4, and moved on.
But I was bored, and something about the premise still intrigued me, so I cam back and tried reading it some more.
Story: The first chapter aside, this manga has an intriguing novel story, which is told at quite a fast pace. However, the story becomes fascinating towards the end. Maybe a bit cliche here and there, but the development earlier means you don't care as much. There are also some subtleties along the way which add to the final moments.
The art was... well 'fair'. I didn't care for how a lot of the characters were drawn much. They were forgettable or generic. However, I have to give a little credit, because I did like Mana's style. Otherwise though, the art didn't hold much on it's own.
Character: This may sound strange, but I almost 'filled in' some of the characters in my own head. That is to say, at some points, things seem to jump around and some characters develop strangely. However, our two leads are solid enough in their style. It's a bit cliche at points, but this isn't the longest of manga so I think that helps forward their perspectives a bit.
Enjoyment: It gets better. I didn't enjoy the first chapter, tolerated a few, then it got fun, then it got enjoyable, and before I knew it I couldn't put it down.
If I had to say one thing in particular about this manga, it's that the idea was definitely there, and there were even some aspects of execution that were really beautiful. It gets a bit cliche at points, but it does it well so it's ok. It also jumps a bit, and it might lose you for a second, but just like the main characters, they eventually get back on focus and the whole story shoots forward once again.
I think, and this may sound mean, that maybe this manga could be re-done at some point. A few re-written spots would have made this manga go from just an '8' to a truly original and unforgettable story (also a bit longer to flesh out the characters as well couldn't hurt), and maybe that's a bit why I'm giving it an 8 instead of a 7. This manga seems to have a deepness to it that I haven't seen in other similar series, despite it not seeming to be able to accurately express all of it. Maybe I'm just rambling at this point, but if you read this manga, maybe you'll see what I mean too.
Was kind of hoping for a more psychological story, rather then an essentially a shounen.
*MINOR SPOILERS, I SUPPOSE?*
Sadistic as this sounds, I feel like the story could have been a lot more intriguing if Makoto had died at the end of chapter 5 (for obvious reasons), then the rest of the story being Mana dealing with the ramifications of knowing she killed someone she loved, and, in a good ending, having her go through a redemption arc of some kind.
That would've made for a far more engaging story. I suppose this is no fault of the manga's, but my expectations of it.