How would you react if one day you were sucked into an MMORPG and could never get out? After a mysterious incident, roughly 30,000 players from Japan are now forced to live their life inside the MMORPG "Ender Tales" and can not log out. Even death is met with a respawn. Even worse is the fact that food has absolutely no taste. All this combined, many of the players inside this MMO has lost any will to actually play this game, but they are never allowed to leave. A player named Shiro will venture forth to uncover the mystery behind the reason why they are inside this game.
This is the story focused on West Wind Brigade members! Aka the "Harem Guild" and how the guild master 'Sword Saint' Soujirou deals with the situation since the start of the apocalypse.
A spin off and enhanced version of Log Horizon. This manga take us to re-view the world of Elder’s Tale with the fun and adventurous yet very strong and deep West Wind Brigade’s point of view.
Story : 9/10
In this manga, we are spared with overly complicated politics and tactics, like what Shiroe usually does. Here, it’s full of adventure, comedy, drama and fantasy life ~ all in harem style *cough*. The story itself mainly focuses at Souji as the MC, but at times the focus changes to one of the harem girls.
What is so great about the story? Iit’s quite difficult to stay in-line with
the main storyline when the focus of the character is different – but this manga did it pretty well. And without destroying any consistency.
This manga’s stories are all related to the main storyline, which can make us see the dots and their connections here and there. If the main storyline of LH let the reader to see how the world spins, this manga let the reader to experience it deeper in a more fun way, from the sideline. If the main storyline is the essential rice, then this manga is the fried chicken and sauce that help people to enjoy LH better overall.
Art : 8/10
The art is quite detailed. Not as detailed as Kaoru Mori’s work, but it’s detail enough to be enjoyable. We can see litlle, detailed things here and there, and in the background as well.
The design is very befitting as well, without changing significantly the original character design – and the mangaka managed to draw them fluidly. This is a big thing. Usually design needs to be changed to be able to draw it fluidly, but that’s not the case for this manga. Unless, it has comedy or very serious scenes, the design is overally consistent.
Character : 9/10
Thing that i personally like most in this manga is the characterization. It has quite a lot of characters, especially in the West Wind Brigade, that were fleshed out pretty well-done. One and each of character has its own defining characteristics and those characteristic are pretty consistent. From one character to another, there’s always a theme and time for them. Which leads us to --
-- character development, which are very well developed and continues that way. Yes, each of them that have been given more chance to be more fleshed out, are pretty well developed. While this development happens mainly in a straight timeline, which at times make a feel of episodic thingy, but it’s quite deep and pretty fun to read – thus that episodic feels usually will be forgotten before staying in our mind.
I pretty much like LH series, Nishikaze no Ryodan is definitely my favorite among them. It’s pretty fun to read – at times, it gets serious and heavy, other times, it gets pretty hillarious. The feels, the plot, the characterization, etc etc – are pretty well done which allow me personally able to enjoy it.