Sekai Oni follows the story of a little girl called Shinonome Azuma.
With her parents dead or missing, Azuma has been taken into her uncle's family. However her new family has been harshly abusing her, to the point she has become so mentally unstable she developed the rare syndrome of Alice in Mirrorland, which makes her see things that shouldn't be there reflected on mirrors, water, glass, etc.
Everything begins when the things she sees start affecting the real world directly, and the barrier between reality and illusion breaks apart.
Welcome to the world at the other side of the mirror. Welcome to Wonderland.
What a wild ride this thing was. Never before has there been such sporadic highs and lows and moments of complete and utter confusion, yet i loved every moment of it.
Sekai Oni walks the balance beam beam between satire and serious, and it can be confusing as to which the focus is supposed to be. On one hand you have the typical troupes of power ups that make a character unstoppable, yet it avoids making the power ups based on the power of 'friendship'. It introduces characters that are supposed to be the elites of their groups only to quickly brush them away reducing
them to below side character.
Mal seems to think that i can honestly give this manga a solid score, but I find myself unable to do so. The art is distinct and more of an acquired taste, the story is predictable, but somehow surprising, the characters are basic archetypes, yet somehow morph their mold into distinct shapes, and my overall enjoyment is left with a large question mark.
Another odd aspect of the manga is the genre. Where as most manga can be read by someone and the genre can quickly be picked up, Sekai Oni prefers trying to take on any and all possible genres and themes. It is tragedy, shounen battle manga, romance, psychological, horror,and much more. It's almost like the author was sitting at their desk and thinking to themselves, "what else can i throw into this Frankenstein of a manga."
My point likely hasn't come across so allow me to say this, Sekai Oni isn't bad, there are certainly worse series to read, but be prepared for a unique undertaking when diving into it.
Overall Enjoyment (confused/10)
Would read again
So after sitting on this manga for about awhile now, I thought I'd update it a bit to better explain my thoughts on it. I still stand by what I said previously, and I have no intentions of removing it as it was my initial reactions after finishing it. But with time, I have a better appreciation for Sekai Oni. While re-reading it I had some revelations.
The first one was how attached I became to the many characters in the manga. It's a turbulent ride that makes no sense if I sit down and think about it, yet I still read it in it's entirety, and enjoyed it. Mostly it was the characters. Even characters that were only introduced for a single chapter before being killed off I was somehow drawn to them, and even more attached to the characters introduced in the beginning. Constant subversion of expectations is another strong point of the manga. Every time I think something will happen it doesn't, and I like it. constantly having hooks thrown at me makes for a surprisingly enjoyable experience.
So, two years later, if I had to describe Sekai Oni as simply as possible, I'd probably say "Satisfyingly Strange." It's an enigma, that you stumble upon and start reading, but before you know it you've fallen down the rabbit hole and rather then climb out you decide to see just where the roller coaster will go. To this day I can't quite come to agreement with myself on what exactly it is that I enjoy about it, but maybe that makes the appeal in it all the better
Sekai Oni is a unique approach for Alice in Wonderland theme.It's one of the dark themed one.Usage of violance and gore is a good proof for that.Author's process could be like:
-I really want to create an Alice in Wonderland themed manga but I don't want the classic usage of this theme.What can i do?What can i....
+Honey I need to use bathroom.I had to make up before going date you know.
-You can make up anywhere in the house.
+But I need to use mirror.
-Damn devil mirror.It's not end of the world right?Oh wait....
Story reveals around our mc Shinonome Azuma and her mental condition.Since her parents
died she lives with her uncle's family.No one in this family likes her and her uncle abuses her.Then one day world begins to break apart.Story keep your interest.At begining you face a lot of mysteries that later going to reveal.With that story includes one or two good twist along side with those mysteries.
For this part Sekai Oni isn't offering a unique art style.But it really fits with story.Background is nearly doesn't exists.One of the strongest point about art you can feel the dark theme with it's semi-realistic and shadow technique.
Let's talk about Shinonome Azuma.She really hates her new family and you can understand "why" by reading one chapter.You will hate them too.This behavior of her affects the actions that she will do.Her mental condition cause her being unstabe actions.Other than her every character has their reasons and with this you can see everyone is different.Well our group is crazy but it's fiiinee.And we got our villian.At first he seems like a cliche villian who want to destroy everything.But that not true.He got a reason too like our main character and her group.Because of that it reminds me "Shiki".
At first reading because of mystery of plot you want to keep reading.After learning everything plot still good enough to keep your interest.You want to see the ending.Not going to lie.Some chapters are boring but fortunately it's not that muchand for that it is a minor issue.
Nothing is special or outstanding but theme used good and you can relate with some characters.To me manga has a "funny" epilogue or you can but it like "ironic".If you don't ming gore and like the mental stuff you can add a good fighting mechanic there you go.Sekai Oni.
Sekai Oni is a strange sort of manga – imperfect and yet it fits with itself like a puzzle. No aspect of it holds it back; rather, it all holds together. I'm not sure if I can even supply any specific criticisms. It is what it is, and achieves what it intends to be. It's like a functioning grandfather clock – the gears, the pieces of machinery inside, might be flawed, but they all successfully and invisibly cooperate to bring you the end result, the ticking hands of time. Is that an end result worth getting? I think so, but even if I know not what flaws it
has, I don't love it completely.
I'm tentatively calling it an 8/10. I'll go into that later.
Sekai Oni is about a fucked up girl with a fucked up life who gets summoned along with several more fucked up people to defeat the World Devils that are going to destroy everything. I don't really consider it a spoiler to tell you what the manga itself tells you in its first few chapters; there's a great deal more to it anyway. Many surprises are in store, some of which I absolutely loved.
I would note that is not for the faint of heart. Trigger warnings would be abundant for those who believe in trigger warnings. It's not the most fucked up manga out there, but I'd be careful reading it in a public library.
Like its main characters, you'll be thrust into an unfamiliar situation where so much is going on that you can't understand. The manga does a good job of steadily resolving some mysteries while introducing new ones. Unfortunately, it runs into the issue that something mysterious is almost always going to be more interesting than something definite. I was somewhat disappointed by a few of the key pieces of the setting once I actually learned about them. Far from the worst, but not as intriguing as what you imagine beforehand. Alright, but not great. This brings down the quality of the second half.
And that's one of the few definite complaints I can even think of about this series.
A great deal of Sekai Oni is made up of fights, and they're good ones. I feel that a common metric for fights, these days, is how strategic they are. How many unusual powers interact in creative ways. This isn't one of those series, but that doesn't mean the fights are bland. There's a lot of powerful emotions in many of them, and some very meaningful decisions.
I will point out that these definitely aren't your typical battle shonen-type fights, of shouting, friendship and the like. No, Sekai Oni's fights are intense, a little gritty, and while fantastical, definitely very adult. There were only a few fights I loved, but all of them were at least good.
Overall, the story is a very interesting, unique fantasy, perhaps molded out of generic parts but built into something greater. Most of all, I'd call it unexpected. The overall tone is far on the darker side, and it definitely doesn't pull punches. The story is the primary reason I find it hard to criticize this manga. It's trying to be something, and it succeeds. The end result is great, and that's all there really is to it. I give the story an 8/10.
Sekai Oni's art is pretty good, but oftentimes rough or messy. The style itself is quirky and unkempt, which aids the freaky, messed up tone of the story. But oftentimes a character will just look poorly drawn, in a way that doesn't seem intended or important. Just rough.
The character designs are good and distinctive. That applies to the main characters, but to a larger extent to the monsters that they fight. There's a consistency and yet strangeness to their forms, almost like toys warped into something eldritch. When you see them, you don't just see interesting monsters, but an interesting category of monsters.
Admittedly, the backgrounds in Sekai Oni can be somewhat sparse, though at moments where it makes sense in the story. I wouldn't say the minimalistic style harms it during those parts.
The paneling is natural and easy to follow. Little of the series is visually beautiful, but it does the job, and looks great at a few impactful moments. I give the art a 7/10.
The characters are one of Sekai Oni's strongest aspects. At least at first. I'm hesitant to say this, as it's nice to only gradually realize it as it goes on, but most of the characters you'll see in it are very fucked up people. Specifics would be spoilers big enough that I won't tell you. Most of them have various issues, and those issues are real. They reflect realities that people go through in real life. The manga deals with them somewhat tastefully yet doesn't pull punches in showing how awful they are.
And in a strange way, you learn to love the characters both in spite of and for their flaws.
The main character, Azuma, is definitely one of the most fucked up, and you can't even blame her given what her life has been like. It's not necessarily in absurdity, but in sheer scale of her personal issues and what they drive her to, that she is relatively unique among the cast. There's a moment when something about her character coincides with a certain story revelation, that turns into a satisfying twist, that made me shocked and yet grinning at how of course that would happen.
I don't know how to say this, but unfortunately, the characters aren't quite as interesting in the second half. I can't quantify or qualify this, but their growth and development grabbed me a little less than before. Perhaps it's just the direction Azuma then went in – I wouldn't say I disliked it, but I'm just not sure about it. She, and most of the cast, has strong character development, but perhaps I didn't fully buy a few aspects of hers.
Most of the characters were at least pretty good, and a few were excellent. I give the characters a 7/10.
This is perhaps Sekai Oni's strongest suit. These days, I've found it hard to get into most manga, and tend to always be forcing myself through even if I like a series. Sekai Oni was a wonderful exception that kept me on the edge of my seat and unable to stop until I made it to the end. It took a little while to get going – this won't grab within the first few chapters. But it definitely should be within a dozen or two. Even through the marginally inferior second half, I couldn't get myself to stop.
It's gripping and intense, and at many parts it is what the characters are going through that kept me hooked. There were plenty of powerful moments that left a big impact on me.
I give Sekai Oni's enjoyment a 9/10.
I'm having a very hard time judging. If you read through this review, you might think I've summed up its good points and bad points. But the fact is, 90% of how I feel reflects what I said at the top: Sekai Oni fits together and accomplishes its goal, and it's hard to put your finger on just what it did right or wrong.
Is it a 10/10 manga? I'm afraid not. I've read series I consider 10/10s, and this definitely isn't as good. And yet, where were its mistakes? I don't know.
It feels strange to say that a manga can be exactly what it is supposed to be, and yet still only come out as a 7/10 or 8/10. Perhaps the creator's original ambition simply wasn't so lofty.
I hope you'll read the series and understand what I'm trying to say here. You might agree, or you might see more clearly why it is imperfect. If you do see, I hope you'll tell me, because I'd love to understand it myself.
But I also hope you'll read the series simply because it's very good and you'll enjoy the experience. And it's because I feel that sentiment that I'll give it an 8/10.
Hey hey. I don't even talk english so.
This manga started as: wow, amazing. pretty cool concept. And then after 90 chapters still stays cool.
And the ending was pretty confusing and... disappointing.
Perhaps the mangaka wanted like that. In that case: Respect.
Story (some how): There's this poor little girl (our main character - Shinonome Azuma) that is daily raped by her uncle, and abused by her shi*ty family, and she has no one in the world. Also she had a mental disease.
So she sees crazy stuff by looking at mirrors.
That disease is called "Alice in the mirrorland syndrome"
Azuma adopts a little bird from a
store. And her fu**p up family just kill the poor animal. Just because...
-Take note, the bird is a very important character in this story-
Azuma carry the dead animal anywhere as if it was alive. Poor little thing. I really sympathize with the main character.
So while she was taking a stroll, suddenly a monster shows up killing everything around her. And I just love how she was all like: "Ok, fine." -This stay like this until the end of the story-
Ok, and so, a crazy cat avatar named "cheshire devil" appear from a mirror and take Azuma to another world.
More crazy people like her appears, and then there's this 6 night's stuff, and every night they are forced to fight some strange avatar-like monsters. They had no choice but fight the "world devil" and the reason of this is...
Is a very original story. I really like it. Like how original the world devil are. I love their designs. Also I love that there was a character from Argentina (my country lol) which makes me like even more this manga.
Near to the end almost everything was explained.
I just ship the bird and Azuma so bad.
Overall: 7. Have a snack, and read this manga. Pretty interesting.