Ueki no Housoku tells the story of the Battle of the Supernatural Powers, a tournament to decide who will be the next King of the Celestial World. Each candidate (100 in total) is required to choose a junior high school student to act as their fighter. Each student is given a unique power—the power to change one thing into something else. The winning King of the Celestial World Candidate will become King of the Celestial World and the winning student will receive the Blank Talent, a talent that can be anything they choose.
The story is a lot like Zatch Bell (Gash Bell) in the beginning, then it sort of develops to a yu yu hakosho feel to it.
The Story is rather fast paced has there is not a lot of down time where the character goes off and trains to evolve in some way. I's mostly about fighting with special powers.
The Art was a bit awkward as the characters got more "attractive" as the series progressed.
Ueki is the the main character and always fights for what's right and sacrificing everything for his friends. This plays a role through out the entire series.
One thing that is often
weird is that fact how Ai follows him around constantly trying to make sure Ueki doesn't disappear. It is brought up early as to why she cares so much about it but is is dismissed and not fully explained.
If you liked Gash Bell you fill like this it's pretty much the same path, only with different obstacles.
Anime follows that manga pretty conclusively not much deviation
Law of Ueki is a light action manga that is very easy and enjoyable to read.
Story : 7/10
Law of Ueki is about this seemingly dumb, clueless boy Ueki given with a power to turn trash into trees. Later on, he became a candidate to determine the next God and has to fight other candidates to win the talent of . The plot is very straightforward, the hero has power, meets stronger challenger, become stronger, defeat said challenger, cycle repeats. What makes this manga fun for me is the unravelling of each power level for Ueki, much like the shinigami in Bleach with their Shikai and
Bankai. Also, each candidate has interesting powers (some very silly ones) and fighting styles, making the fight sequences interesting. However towards the end, the plot became super rushed and some fights aren't even drawn (lazy lazy). I just wish the mangaka took more time to develop the stories because there is so much potential.
Art : 8/10
The drawing style is very easy going and light, making it easy to flip through each pages. The manga actually reminds me of Zatch Bell kinda style. The only complaint is that he doesn't use a lot of screen tones in the fight sequences, so it's hard to understand what is going on. He also doesnt really invest in explaining how the attacks works etc. i like my fight sequences explained in details.
Characters : 8/10
Apart from the main characters, the side characters are really predictable. If you're super evil, you get defeated. If you're a good character turned evil, Ueki beats the crap out of you and you turn over a new leaf. Even the sidekicks are presented mostly for comic relief. However, I simply adore Ueki and Mori. They're funny and brave and resilient, Ueki especially. You just want a friend like Ueki.
Enjoyment : 10/10
Despite the many flaws, I really enjoyed Ueki. I actually watched the anime first, so reading thru it, I kinda already knew the story. But i still flipped thru all the pages happily because Ueki no Housoku is really fun to read. There are lots of comic reliefs (such as Ueki's absurd talents), Mori looking after Ueki, Kobasen with his bullying ways. It's the kind of story you'll read over and over again.