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.
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.
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.
(This is a review for an ongoing manga, and is subject to change.)
When I look for something to read/watch, I look for three things.
1. Good story concepts.
2. Interesting characters.
Because, aren't those things what make a good story?
What initially attracted me to Sekai Oni was actually the cover art. The covers are all gorgeous, and, much to my delight when I started reading it, there are some really outstanding illustrations within. The only issue I have with the art is that, well, it's pretty inconsistent. Some of it looks top notch and some of it is weird and barebones. Luckily, the good illustrations and
awesome character/creature designs outweigh the bad.
Not only are the character designs outstanding, but also the characters themselves (for the most part). There may be one or two characters that a reader may not like, but each character is so infused with personality, both good and bad, that it is easy to care for them, even without realizing that you do until you reach certain points in the story.
The story itself is hit or miss. I liked it, but there were moments where I found myself disappointed by a direction the author took the story in, or the over the top ridiculousness of some parts. Speaking of which, this story is both tragic and hilarious. There will be parts where the manga gets so melodramatic, but then you see something like a bad guy with a dick growing out of his nose (yes that's a thing) and you can't help but laugh, no matter what is going on. Still, the manga is serious enough that drama lovers will enjoy it too. It's almost surreal at times, as if the author took one base idea and then stream of conscioused the details. It works well.
This manga covers a lot of bases. There is action, fantasy, tragedy, drama, romance, and comedy. There is dark subject matter, such as a child being raped and abused. There is also sexual subject matter. One of the main characters is a nymphomaniac to the extreme. It is actually rather difficult to describe who would like this manga, as even though it is zany and ridiculous, the tragedy of it all can still hit home when you least expect it. In general, I recommend that anyone give this a try.