Ichinose, a violin music student, is coming towards a crossroads in his life. He has to decide what to do with his future, but he doesn't feel pulled towards any one particular dream. In the absence of any ambition, he decides to work alongside his mother, who is a piano teacher, and teach violin. But one night, he sees a pretty, sad girl standing barefoot outside an apartment. A little investigation shows that she seems to share the apartment with a cat and a mysterious guy called Mike. Will meeting her be the trigger that can change his dull life?
This is my first review, so, be gentle, guys.
Manga - 87 Clockers
Genre - Slice of Life, Drama, Sports, Comedy, Shounen.
To be perfectly honest, I'll be totally biased here. I absolutely love this manga! It merges the two things that I see as the entire purpose of my life. Manga and PC Enthusiasts.
It is still an ongoing manga. In fact, it has barely begun at only 10 chapters at the time of writing this review. But regardless, I had to write this review. To put it simply, it is quite detailed, in the information that it has. Perhaps, it was researched for the manga, perhaps, it was through the Mangaka's personal experience, I'm willing to bet on the latter. Only because, this isn't a field you'd normally be interested in researching. You need the drive of a true enthusiast to enter this field.
Plot - The story is that of a music degree major, Kanade. A violinist, who thoroughly enjoys his violin. In his third year of Music College, he's a an average college student. But, he has no drive, no real motivation to do anything with his life. Thinking about what sort of job he might do after college, if not go overseas to train under a maestro, he walks to his home. Which is when, he sees a girl barefoot in the snow. This chance encounter changes his life. He enters the world of Enthusiast Overclocking and E-Sports.
Character Development - Well, 10 chapters isn't normally enough to give proper development of the characters. But here, even within 10 chapters, I feel endeared towards the characters. It is really good so far. The characters and their relationships to one another is pretty complicated at this point. But, I'd like to presume that a clearer picture will be painted, given enough chapters to develop.
Art - The art is well, good. I cannot go out and say that it is amazing and stuff. But, unlike some I've read, it is pleasing to read. Definitely not annoying to look at. The best part about the art in my opinion is the very well detailed Computer Components. From the CPU, to the Motherboard, to the RAM, to the video cards, to the Nitrogen Coolers, it is definitely well contructed and depicts a proper picture of how those things work.
Conclusively, I'd like to say that: Since this is a new series, one cannot perfectly judge it for what it's for right now.
To sum it up: Basically, what Bakuman was to the Manga Industry, 87 Clockers is to the PC Enthusiast Industry.
I really like it. I love the concept of it, bringing this extreme end of PC Enthusiats to some spotlight. Only time will tell, if it will be a hit or a miss.
I hope Kanade gets Hana!
Rating - 8.4/10(Subject to change, as I plan to edit and change it once the series ends.)read more