Sep 4, 2010
How on earth would one use eyeglasses as toilet paper? I mean it just doesn't seem physically possible.
Now look at those first 2 sentances. Did that make any sense to you at all? Well no it probably didn't (unless you've already read the book) so I'll just say its a bit of a joke in book 3. But the point I'm trying to make is that starting off your manga in the middle of the plot is rather... off putting lets say. Those who Hunt Elves, starts off in a rather strange placet, the characters are in a strange world, and it starts off
with them trying to get back. It doesn't explain who they are, or how they got there... just that they are from earth and want to go back. Now... as the story progresses, bits and pieces start to fall into place, but its generally common knowledge that a little bit of a setting is needed for one to grow easily accustomed to the characters and storyline. Throwing the reader in the middle of the action and not explaining much about what happened before that can really turn one away from the story. But still, I can give them props for trying something different, just that this time it probably hurt the manga more than helped it.
Anyways... with that little annoyance out've the way, lets start the acctual review for Those Who Hunt Elves.
Those Who Hunt Elves is a random, but more or less solid comedy, based in a fantasy setting. The story is simple, but original, and leaves room for a lot of rather interesting filler (for this kind of story, i actually find i usually enjoy the filler more than the plot). 3 people from earth must find some magic fragments which are somewhere on the body of random elves ac cross a foreign world. Kinda like Final Fantasy crossed with a hentai (not really that bad). The whole premise of stripping elves to search for spell fragments makes you shiver with anticipation at the thought of the many MANY avaliable comedic moments one could have with such a plot. Its seems so simple when you look at it from affar, but up close, it really is quite enjoyable and makes it worth reading just on plot alone.
The characters are... well interesting to say the least. I'm still not sure whether I like them or not. I mean, I definitely don't hate them, but they're bizarre. You've got your usual idiot of a main guy, who fights well but can't read a book without getting a headache, but he tends to be quite a bit more of a jerk than most other male leads. In fact, he can be down-right cruel, its even partially his fault that the spell fragments got separated. Cecilia, the local elf, is constantly bickering with Junpei, while also trying to retain what little bit of her image she has left. Ritsuko seems somewhat of a younger sister type to junpei (the type that has slightly more affection then normal), though they aren't related by blood. And airi rounds the group off with her simple and elegant posture, as she never really gets fazed at all. She's a professional actress and as such is perfect at deception and at understanding what others are thinking. All together, the cast makes for an enjoyable lot, creating a myriad of funny scenes that never get old.
The enjoyment of it all really is down to the comedy of it. And well, its good. Its a very random sense of humor, pulling weird things out've the blue like *spoiler alert* Cats possessing tanks, bears pooping toilet paper, elves that look like yoda etc etc *end spoiler alert*. Its a really good thing to read if you wanna lighten up and just have a good laugh.
Overall, Those Who Hunt Elves starts off on a rather rocky basis, but builds up from it and creates a firm structure, that can hold its own in the dark cruel world of comedy. The arts a little iffy, and characters can get a little annoying at times, but overall it is definitely worth checking out. You probably won't see anything quite like it ever again.
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