Welcome to The Voynich Hotel, where at first glance it would seem like a normal run down resort. But linger long enough and you'll notice it's not quite as normal, with it's mystery histories and active residents with their own stories.
Working there are two maids, a small energetic girl and a calmer and taller girl. The chef, who is a depressed woman and a large man who is the manager. The guests have a variation from a simple manga artists to drug dealers and assassins, and a few ghosts as well. The locals have a group of children called the Sleuth Brigade, who are investigating a untraceable murder. And the police with their very own android robot(?).
The story is told from the perspective of several people. The guests, the workers and the locals. All with their own path crossing stories within this southern island.
As the story progress, all will be revealed in due time...
What an unappealing synopsis.
here you were browsing through the MAL, looking for something fun to read, and by accident you opened this title.
plot based on several characters? story about an island? what the heck, why would anybody read this?
I won't argue, this is indeed what this manga is about. but by no means is it bad.
I could write about the art so great it looks like it was created solely for the purpose of this story.
I could tell you that the characters are so vibrant and charismatic you can't decide who's the main cast, and frankly, you don't care because all of them are worthwhile.
but I fear i couldn't give this manga justice without sounding biased, so all I will do is reccomend it to you, and hope you will make that first step of reading the first chapter.read more
Ahh the world of Voynich Hotel, Or Vovnich Hotel depending on your spelling (now referred to as VH).
This is probably one of my favorite manga currently running at the time of writing and the other one is the esteemed Kaichou Wa Maid Sama, but this isn't a Maid Sama review...
This is a VOYNICH HOTEL review, as emphasised by the capital letters and the fact that this indeed resides in the review section for that manga
So let us begin the review in generic format of each category, because that doesn't happen enough nowadays
As you can see i wasn't kidding with the format, so if my inherent sarcasm hasn't steam trained into you then it might have now, i'm like that sometimes.
No personal offense by the way, i genuinely like this format, my sarcasm and you, the reader of this review (don't get any ideas...).
And so i shall begin :
For those who are reading this review because you think such things as "I'm intrigued by a swirling plot line with no set story" and "I really want to see a bunch of Marijuana growers, a homosexual assassin, witches and a load of other fun characters staying in a hotel on a random island" then this is the manga for you.
VH only has a few things which are definite in the plot line
1) There is a hotel with 2 maids, a cook and an owner in the southwest pacific island known as Blefuscu Isle.
2) Apart from Kuzuki and the natives all character appearances are random.
3) Local legend about the "Three Mothers".
This is what gives VH it's freedom to do what it wants to and ultimately delivers that 10/10, because the reader is treated to one of the more random but utterly enchanting Slice Of Life/Comedy Manga around (don't let the tags fool you, it's these too).
You can can never predict what will happen next and although that can sometimes be annoying VH does it in a way which makes you think anything is possible in the next chapter, you accept these crazy things as normal events and whats more, you find yourself going along with this.
It's this winning set which is so hard to achieve along with an enjoyable content to match which sets this as one of the best storylines i've ever read, without a actual story or apparent wanting for one.
I always stick by my phrase "The beauty is in the eye of the beholder" when it comes to this, I personally love the simplistic art used in VH as i feel it reflects the pure enjoyable simplicity of the stories Slice Of Life feel.
But this is a personal category and so i won't talk much about it.
These are the beautiful stars in the amazing clear night sky, the variation of people you meet in this manga is outstanding. From the homosexual assassin to the young gang, the pro wrestler to the overly sexual robotic cop, the one-chapter model to the almost omnipresent main three characters, each of these bring their own fun little stories and plot input.
For the majority of this manga you will laugh at most, sympathise with others, be horrified by some decisions they make but most importantly you'll quite happily like all of them. And despite the occasional huge difference in personality they all act flawlessly in their roles, all the while gracefully waltzing through the collective minefield of random events that pop up and have a habit of exploding like a landmine.
Because of it's disregard for plot, normality, any sense of rational thinking and chapters longer than 15 pages you'd be forgiven for believing that this was not enjoyable, sure it's interesting but interest comes at a price right?
Wrong here, this is one of the few "screw it let's have whatever we want, have a bucket load of fun and still make some sense while having an original plotline" manga you will find.
You will be smiling for almost every page as something odder, more unbelievable and quite hilarious happens, it is this and the constant "what could they do next/this is plain stupid" aspect which makes you want to just jump right into this crazy world and have even more fun than you would by just reading it.
In summary this is probably the best short chapter manga i have ever read, even if you aren't a fan of complete enjoyable randomosity like me i think there is something for everyone to enjoy among this mangas varied settings and lovable characters.
As long as you don't believe Chuck Norris is un-hitable that is...
Now go read this Manga, you don't need things like sleep, personal hygiene or food at the moment.read more
Hotel Voynich is a story about the titular hotel, the island it's located on and its inhabitants. The story follows a bunch of different characters, ranging from a trio of female drug dealers, competing assassins, a suicidal chef and the hotel manager who supposedly bested Chuck Norris in combat. The main focus rests on a Japanese guy named Taizou though, a man with a past. As you may have noticed, the cast is pretty colorful, and combined with the varying points of view it conveys the basic set-up for a slice-of-life. At least I thought it was a slice-of-life at first, albeit a quirky one. It's not though, and that's the most wonderful thing with this manga.
It actually has a plot.
In the start stuff doesn't make that much sense. Though as you progress through the chapters, getting bits of information from the different narratives, you start to get the general idea of the history of the island, what's going on and the back story of the different characters. A lot of things are only implied (rather heavily though), leaving you to piece together the last bits yourself. The ending leaves you with a lot of loose ends, which makes me kind of sad since I possibly have to wait four years for the next volume (the chapters of the first volume were serialized between 2006-2010). Also, there's some comedy mixed into the story as well. It doesn't try being funny all the time, but when it wants to be it is fucking hilarious.
In conclusion: if you can read Japanese, read this.read more