"What is your crime?" From the author of Doubt, it's time for a new terrible game, Judge. Hiro's brother Atsuya is dating Hiro's childhood friend and secret crush Hikari. Hiro's affection for Hikari will lead him to commit an un-punishable crime against his older brother. At least, he thinks it is un-punishable, until he is kidnapped and imprisoned by a group of people wearing animal masks. The judging is about to start!
When I first started reading this manga I found that it was a lot like an anime I had recently watched (Dangan Ronpa) which put me of initially, however, I soon got gripped into this series! The characters develop smoothly and in a way that make you ask yourself, 'Who can I trust?' which is something I personally enjoy.
Would I recommend this series? Yes! The ending is extraordinary and the plot develops at a steady pace which leaves the reader wanting more.
To be fair, this manga is extremely average. It isn't the best and there are a lot of others mangas with the "you are locked up and playing a game that can kill you" setup.
The story is so so, It's very slow at the start and only deepens when talking about Hiro, the protagonist. In opposition, the last chapter tells almost the whole plot and the ending feels rushed. I felt a bit unconfortable about the author leaving all the explanations for the two ending chapters even though he had 32 issues.
The art is ok. It can be bland sometimes, but it has good panels.
isn't much character development, one of the reasons that made me a bit disappointed. This is probably because the author didn't wanted to drop hints about the plot ahead of the time, but it ended up making the cast feel tasteless and easily forgettable.
I enjoyed reading it, even though it has a lot of flaws. If you don't have anything to read, give it a shot.
I'm sorry if the review has any flaws, english isn't my first language.
Thanks for reading! I hope it was useful.
I'll try my best to write this review without spoilers. I'm on the fence as to whether or not I genuinely enjoyed this story. It definitely is a shorter manga, as it only has 6 volumes, and it leaves room for some necessary details that were left out, and a slightly rushed ending to get to a conclusion as to why people were paying for their sins, or crimes.
Story 6/10 : The back story to how the whole "Judge" game was really intriguing to me. All of the middle parts where characters are paying for their sins were kind of flat because we weren't
really informed too much of what exactly a character was paying for, this only happened maybe once or twice. I was reading the story because I was only interested in what each character was being judged for and what they were in there for. I understand that this could've been used for the purpose of not giving too much away for later on, but it makes it seem like the author is holding too much back from the reader to understand anything that is going on. Then again that could be a tactic, to leave the reader feeling the same as the characters. Confused as hell as to what was happening and how. The only reason why I rated it higher than it should be is because of how the story starts and ends, the middle is a mess.
Art 7/10 : I won't fuss too much about the art, as I'm not too judgmental about it. For a shorter story the art works out just fine in the book and isn't an eye sore for a reader.
Characters 4/10: I understand that the writer of this manga tried to make the character's stories as clear as possible without expanding too much on un/important details, yet some of the characters stories were so flat that they were intentionally supposed to be unimportant in the story. Why not make us believe the story they tell to everyone else, and when someone pays for their 'sin' or 'crime', you can show us what really happened in their situation? I feel like this was attempted once or at least twice, and I felt that this should have been utilized every time.
Enjoyment 6/10 : I feel bad that the only volumes of this manga that I enjoyed was the first and and the last volume. I love how it begins and ends. The incidences in the middle just seem a little bit senseless to me and didn't really help figure out why they were truly there, but yet again, the characters didn't know either.
Overall 6/10 : I've read all 32 chapters and I can say that it is understandable as to why the author left character details out for the sake of the story later on. I just feel like it could have gone a different way than it did. The ending is interesting in how it all comes together, because I honestly felt clueless as to what was going on throughout almost the whole story. It's honestly okay to feel disappointed if you think the last volume was rushed, because it certainly felt that way when it was trying to tie itself up. It's hard to tell if the author's real intentions was to make you feel as clueless as the characters within the story, and then having the ending coming along quick, because it would almost feel that way if real people had to deal with a real situation like this. It's also understandable because it's quite a quick read, but nonetheless I still recommend it for the sake of the ending. I really depends on who is reading it and what type of genre you are into. I can't say I absolutely loved this manga, but it was a good read.
Story: following up as almost a sequel of Doubt (from the same author) if you liked doubt this one won't disappoint you and will get you equally interested, the ending was dragged a bit but still delivers a sense to it
Art: found it quite good myself
Characters: most of them are quite appealing, except for a few but in general they all keep a good thrill to the plot
Enjoyment: same way as Doubt, Judge engages well in telling the story in a way that makes you enjoy it specially if you like the genre
Overall: again in the same example this one could have an anime adaptation,
it does have a solid developing and works from the premise, Final Score: 9/10