Motoba Hitachi has lived a boring high school life, until his kouhai invited him to a real-life simulation event of Incubate Castle, an online game they both played. But, what seemed like a harmless replication of the game turned out to be as real as it could get. Now, Hitachi must find allies to get out and survive this reality of a game.
A simple and easy to ready manga deserves a quick and easy review, yes? Anywho, the story revolves around high school gamer Motoba Hitachi and how he leads a boring uneventful life playing 2d video games. It wasn't until his "Notice me sempai im secretly crushing on you!" underclassman Miu invites him to a real life-like simulation of a game in a castle. Doesn't sound so bad, right? Things go from good to bad to even worse than bad when they realize the castle really isnt a castle, it's a fortress-like prision. And the life-like simulation of a game? Well it's as real as it
gets! Now Hitachi, Miu and a mysterious person by the name of Mimori must transverse through the castle and find the way out before they fall victims to the horrors inside the castle.
Honestly the story starts out pretty good and then it moves into cliche shounen protagonist-must-save-the-princess-who-coincidentally-gets-herself-captured-and- is-now-somewhere-inside-the-castle kind of story. If that isnt enough to make you save your precious time reading this manga, get this: the manga is only 15 FREAKING CHAPTERS. Now you think a nice setting and story would warrant more than just 15 chapters but nooooooo.
In summary, it has a pretty good start, decent characters and plot pretty similar to what is now known as the popular SAO but rapidly falls flat on its face due to the chapters getting released at an agonizing slow pace, not to mention the fact it had the potential to be one of many popular ongoing series to day but sadly the story, plot and possible character arcs end in just 15 chapters. Sorry to say but this is one of those titles you're going to read and feel angry at yourself for wasting your own time reading it. Satisfactory at best.
Following suit of the overly popular Sword Art Online, RealPG takes place in a special castle themed area with video game like characteristics such as levels, abilities, floors, etc. To be completely honest, this manga updated so slowly that I forgot if there was a way to win, but I'm guessing it's to get to the the top of the castle (100th floor anyone?). I had extremely high hopes for this manga after reading the first few chapters, loving the extremely strong start and the captivating initial plot. However, there are a few flaws that heavily impacted my enjoyability of the manga.
Story 7/10: As I
mentioned before, the manga had an very strong start, and got me hooked in the first few chapters. However, most of the plot is very rushed, and it's not clearly explained. More than once I had to go back and reread some bits to get a better understanding of what the chapter was about, and even then some of the parts were unclear. Also, the ending is the epitome of unsatisfying. Instead of having a few chapters after the climax, or even one, the author stuffs the climax, resolution, and ending all into around 20 pages, hardly enough to explain all the **** that went on the other 10 pages. A lot of the concepts were also unclear. Despite having a decent foundation, the middle and end fail to satisfy imo.
P.S. This is not necessarily the manga's fault, but the chapters were updated so slowly that I forgot most of the plot by the time the next chapter updated, making me reread the entire thing.
Art 9/10: The art is fantastic, but there were a few flaws such as cluttered pictures and some intentionally messy bits that made me just skim over it.
Character 6/10: Almost no character development, save for maybe 2 characters. The characters weren't captivating, and I can really only say one character made me feel anything. The dialogue just seems a bit too fast to be realistic.
Enjoyment 8/10: This maybe coming off my SAO high, but I really enjoyed the beginning of the manga, and had high hopes for it. Maybe I just don't understand it well enough, but it fell off in the middle and died in the end.
Overall 7/10: It's not completely horrible, and it's worth about 20 minutes of reading or so out of your day if you have nothing to do, but it is by no means a masterpiece. Anyone who absolutely loved SAO (and I mean like figurines and plushies and pillows and whatnot) should definitely enjoy this. However, if you're anything like me, the manga is slightly above mediocre at best.