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.
This is a great example of a manga that did everything well until the very end.
Warning: Will contain spoilers about the ending, which I will discuss at the end.
Very sweet and cute story. Giant girl's definitely a different take on the monster girl genre (even though the idea's been done before, it's not common). It's also done well in the sense that it doesn't focus heavily on cliche fanservice. The story is lighthearted for the most part, but does get somewhat dramatic in the final arc. Even though I'm not a fan of drama, I'd still recommend reading it to the end to
truly feel the romance.
That said, there are some issues with the story that prevented it from getting a 10. First, if you're not a fan of non-sexual NTR, you'll have to skip a couple chapters. You'll know it when you see it. While these chapters are crucial to the development of a major supporting character, and it does take a turn for the better, the NTR feels a bit unnecessary and downright melodramatic.
Second, the story gets a little difficult to follow as the final arc picks up. New characters get introduced, shit starts happening way too fast and for no apparent reason, and you will feel incredibly lost for a few chapters. The story is still interesting enough to keep a reader going, and everything is wrapped up at the end, but the ride there gets a bit rough and frustrating.
Third, there's not enough fillers. It's rare to see a giant monster girl (bigger than 10m), and it would have been nice to see a little more of the awkwardness (and darn adorableness) between Mana and Makoto in a more slice-of-life manner. It feels like after chapter 12 or so, it became an action-fest, with one arc following another without respite.
The art. It's not anything special, but yet it's great! The background and shading in this series is done well so that it brings out the emotions of the characters during tense scenes. Especially in Ch. 29, you can practically feel Mana's intense sense of loss. When a character's happy, you practically feel them beaming at you from the pages. Now that's good art for a manga, especially one centered around romance.
It's been a while since I've read a piece where the characters felt relatable and ALIVE. The characters are fairly unique, and although their character developments are rather cliche and predictable, it was nice to see them follow through. A lot of the characters are "strong," including the supporting cast; bluntly put, they have initiative and gall. Even though they didn't truly get their own true arcs, they have developed backstories that makes sense for their role as supports for the main duo. All of these traits, plus the fact that the characters are super expressive (especially Mana), makes for a great and especially immersive read.
It was an incredibly worthwhile read for a relatively obscure series. Sure, there were times when it felt a little frustrating, but it definitely wasn't jarring. The relationship between Mana and Makoto was so well-developed and sweet that it carried the entire story. You can't help but keep reading to see their struggles to be with one another, and in the hope that they will finally tie the knot (or something similar).
YET, *SPOILERS* and here's where my enjoyment of the manga plummeted sharply, THEY DIDN'T. There was an intense buildup in the final arc, with a lot of pain and effort exerted by everyone, but especially by the main duo. Everything, including the author, pointed to a satisfying happy ending. Dead people are revived (somewhat miraculously, but that's okay), people come back, and then....fizzle.
The author pulled a twist: Memory loss. Had the final arc not had such a serious overtone, it would have been acceptable. But, because of all the action and tension and effort in the final few chapters, it felt like a complete cop-out for cheap gags, and invalidated ALL of Mana's and Makoto's suffering and struggles. It tried to play it off as a happy ending, but the bitter aftertaste was anything but. Mana forgot EVERYTHING about Makoto, meaning EVERYTHING was absolutely in vain. In fact, Makoto had to confess to HER because she even forgot the fact that she loved him. There's no epilogue where she recovers. It just ends. She could end up falling for someone else, she could reject him, anything could happen. Now, think about all that, and then go back to the page where she cried over Makoto dying, begging for someone to save him. All of that, gone. Pointless. Just because the author wanted a cheap gag of ending the story in the reverse.
If you made it this far, I still recommend the manga. Just make up your own ending, it'll probably be better.