Nov 21, 2021
This is quite possibly Yukiru Sugisaki's worst manga she's ever made. It was pretty embarrassing to read. I’m not really sure why this manga ever got an anime.
Anything that is “explained” in 'Rizelmine' is completely vague. There was barely an explanation why Rizel (FMC) was an android created “before mankind”. Why? How? “She was created by so and so” …then what happened? What about the other androids? Needless to say, this series is only one volume long so to “squeeze in” every bit of detail was not executed well. Even near the end when you find out about Tomonori’s past (MMC), suddenly “all
the answers are there.” There is just not enough time and room to absorb what’s going on because it feels so abrupt. The government explaining anything about Rizel was half assed just like the rest of the story, even though they allegedly play a 'big' role somehow.
Yukiru Sugisaki’s artwork is always beautiful. There’s not much to critique here but if it was one thing, it’s probably how the art looks a little more cartoonish than her usual style.
Tomonori is your average cranky teenage boy who is not ok with the government forcing him to marry Rizel. I really don’t blame him for his attitude. Could he be nicer to Rizel? Yeah maybe, but Rizel on the other hand is completely needy and forceful with her emotions. I actually feel worse for Tomonori than for Rizel. Let kids be kids. Forcing them into a marriage was pretty vulgar to the plot (especially when children are involved). Rizel and Tomonori could have other ways to develop their feelings without the government forcing marriage onto them. Also, Rizel is not human. Who’s to say Tomonori even wants to marry an android? And he’s a MINOR. The whole concept of child marriage is really fucking gross otherwise.
Another thing that really bothered me were the lack of androids. One android was introduced for a brief time and then was diminished. Another android from Italy was introduced through a computer who was deemed as a threat but literally NOTHING HAPPENS. So why bother introducing this android??? I’d imagine the anime built more character development and introduced androids to fruition, I hope.
I understand this was supposed to be a comedic manga, but it is really not funny at all. I just wanted to get this manga over with.
This manga felt like filler. 'Rizelmine' should’ve been a lot longer if you really wanted to feel connected to the characters and story. There is probably a lot more in the anime, but I wouldn’t know since I’m not even gonna bother. Since this series is about an android, you would think you'd expect other androids that could be relevant to the plot (and not as a one sided idea like this series depicted). 'Chobits', a manga series by CLAMP, is a prime example how various humanoid characters were incorporated to help build the world needed to make the story believable. Introducing other characters could've helped create that world needed for 'Rizelmine', but it did not. It is clear that this series is not fleshed out enough.
So if you are into android stories, and don't like any indications of child marriage, please do yourself a favor and skip this.
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