Lili is just like any other girl except she can foretell the future! This 'Zodiac PI' relies on horoscopes and astrology to help her solve crimes and track down criminals. When there's trouble a'brewing, she transforms herself into the magic Detective Spica and looks to the stars to guide her way. Before long, she is joined by her childhood friend, Hiromi, who dreams of becoming a detective as skilled as Lili. Soon, no astral investigation is too arduous for this dynamic duo!
Hmmm, writing a review isn't my best point. But I dont know, I just wanted to write one for it.
Zodiac P.I. is a mystery book with romance. I have to admit the mystery side of the story isn't detailed like other's. They solve the crime short and fast, sometimes not even knowing how they could even think of that from just noticing something. If you prefer the much more detailed detective work, then I would advice you to stay away from this as you might be in for some dissapointment. However if you simply just anjoy the mystery genre not minding how detailed it is,
then give Zodiac P.I a shot. The case's are quick and fast. It doesnt drag on for to long, not long enough to get you bored.
The Romance side however is very cute and sweet. Sure might be a tad cheesy, but like some one else said in a comment, its better for it to be cheesy then poo. If you want more dramatic love, read something else like MARS.
The character's arent something new, you can see similar types of character somewhere else, but that doesnt mean their horrible characters. They are still enjoyable to read. Again, if thats not what your looking for DO NOT read this only to be dissapointed.
Really im repeating myself, but once again DO NOT read it if its not what your looking for just to get dissapointed at the end because it didnt meet your expectations. I mean really... my review might not be much, but take it as a hint for what the book holds. If you like what i said then sure give it a try, if not then move on to another. This book can just be said as a nice refreshing book to read, nice and calm, and something light.
Personally I liked it, it wasnt to dark, it was cute, enjoyed the detective work even though it wasnt as detailed as I would like it to be, but still I liked it. Overall i quiet enjoyed the book. Suited the mood i was in perfectly.
Ok, I keep reading reveiws around the net about this manga and how it's unrealistic and therefore somehow sub-par. And I'll concede that a few of the mystery solving explanations are a bit more Scooby Doo than CSI, but I thoroughly enjoyed this story.
Lili Hoshizawa is an astrologer that moonlights as a private investigator (Spica) who solves mysteries with her partner, love interest, and childhood friend, Hiromi Oikawa. The characters are sweet, quirky, and sympathetic.
First off, I love this manga series so much that I made sure to buy all the books quite fast. It helped that there are only 4 books though. Anyway, the characters are fun and actually rather entertaining, even the ones that don’t stay for very long. Lili herself is actually very cute and smart, especially when it comes to astrology but I noticed that the only thing she seems to use is a person’s sun sign. Not that that’s a bad thing, but it does throw me off slightly since I know some things about astrology.
Her friend is a bit odd though being allergic
to women. I’m not exactly how he got allergic to women, but he is. Also Lili is the cause somehow though it only gives a really weird explanation that doesn’t actually explain anything. Not only that, but he shows up out of nowhere, with a PHD no less, and yet he still goes to a high school? Something doesn’t actually make sense and that’s pretty much what he always searching for, logical proof. Can someone tell me the logical proof for the PHD and the allergy?
Each story really is a story in itself with only few reoccurring characters to speak of. This gives the manga a lot to go with and sadly, it really does stop a bit to short for my taste. I could see many other times that she could use the rings power and even more, that actually happens at the end. You will understand once you read it why I think they just made the manga to short.
The artwork is actually beautiful though it normally is for a shojo manga. They have really high detailed pieces but then there are some panels that seem a little derpy, but that seems to work with the Comedy of the books.
Well, believe it or not, this is the first manga review I’m doing and I don’t often read that much manga, but not that this is a foreign concept to me considering I watched a lot of anime that has a manga either was released before or after the anime has even aired, although I’m told a lot that if said anime ends, just read the manga although the only time I ever did that was after watching Battle Angel Alita and I happen to like that manga more than the OVA and as for the manga I’m about to review, there was something about
it that did drew me in……more likely a few things that drew me into this.
Lili Hoshizawa is an ordinary girl… except she can tell the furture with the Star Ring, given to her by her mother, which calls on the help of Astral Spirits. With the help of the vitim’s Astral Spirit, Lili solves numerous cases with her partner, Hiromi Oikawa. This story is about a girl named Lili Hoshizawa who can see into the future. She uses her powers to solve crimes under the name Spica. Her old friend named Hiromi Oikawa helps Lili with all of her crimes. One good thing about this book is that it gives educational things about astrology.
Here’s the thing that I never saw in a manga or an anime before…..a detective using astrology and the zodiac signs to solve cases. I must admit, I was liking (actually, I was loving) that whole aspect with the storylines of different characters doing these crimes, although I like that some of the culprits aren’t always the people who does it for the sake of being evil and yet those people happen to exist there but still, their stories did caught my attention for a while.
I find the characters in here to be highly likable but also in the sense of fucking weird. There’s the main girl, Lili (or Spica), a very high-spirited girl who shows her intelligent side whenever she’s on the case and she does have her sweet side and her hard-headed side (Well, she is an Aries, as it mentions there) but it often involves her and her childhood friend Hiromi Oikawa, who returned to Japan after studying criminal psychology in America. He is the straight guy (normal one) in the manga but has a weird allergy of being allergic to girls and he gets rashes everywhere when he is approached to one. The one character I happen to find very interesting is Sirius, A P.I. who was testing Spica and happens to be more like her once you get into the manga more.
As for art style of the manga, I find some of the work very well-detailed but there were some images and speed lines that I couldn’t make up when reading it but at least, it didn’t hurt my eyes and left me confused. All in all, the art style is fine here.
FINAL VERDICT: Even though the manga is only 4 volumes, I got to say that I really liked the work. It combined the detective genre with the elements of astrology into something that was worth reading. I’m surprised nobody has made this into an anime series….or at least an OVA. Yeah, I would make this an OVA since it feels more appropriate.