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.
(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. read more
Sekai Oni is a story about certain individuals who have been chosen to save the world from an unknown entity. At first the plot might sound typical, and to some extent overdone, but Sekai Oni brings you a much more twisted and to a certain extent, a gritty story to the table.
Beginning with the plot. The story mainly focuses on Azuma Shinonome. A young girl (without going into any great detail to avoid spoilers) who has gone through many overbearing and horrendous events in her life, that have led her to be nothing more than a broken girl, inflicted with deep emotional and psychological issues. Azuma is the main character of this horror/psychological manga, where she and many other characters try to defeat “devils” in another world.
The art in Sekai Oni is pretty decent. The uncanny style that Okabe, Uru incorporates into his story really adds to the atmosphere and tone of the manga. Its bizarre projection of the “devils” create a sense of disturbance. The one thing I will critique about his art is that the characters themselves all seem to be pretty similar. With a few define touches, it’s basically the same character, just with slightly altered appearances. Occasionally the background will also be bland, but for the most part it’s full of vivid detail.
The characters have been fairly adequate thus far. Okabe has done a good job so far in adding a good amount of back story to a couple of the characters, which are filled with various elements to get the reader to feel sympathy or shock for the character. There is still much for improvement though, as a variety of the characters do not stand out as much, or have gotten any sort of character development.
Overall, it is a fairly good manga. If you are looking for a story with some interesting psychological elements and uncanny art, then you should definitely pick this up.
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)
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Everything in the universe is bound by the rules of balance, Ying and Yang, right and wrong, life and death...
Shinonome Azuma is a very unlucky girl. She lost her parents and ended up living with her uncle's family, but her life went from bad to worse. Child abuse, hate, indifference, are just some of her daily experiences in her new house, and this has driven her to edge.
A strange condition has developed in her called "Alice in Mirrorland" where she sees gruesome and strange monsters through mirrors and reflections in the water. The similarities to an Alice in Wonderland world are many, but this new strange world is not ruled by queens or cheshire cats but by strange monsters and cheshire devils.
Azuma is not alone though, she joins other "chosen ones" in this new world to fight these monsters by creating imaginary weapons. The monsters' attacks resemble natural disasters, hence why people without the "Alice" syndrome can't see them, but defeating the monsters has a twist. A balance must be kept and by killing these monsters a person you know must die, but how will that work for Azuma now that she hates her new family?
This is the real attractive point of the manga, a deadly twist that will later on have plenty more complications and psychological issues.
As you've read, the story starts simple but evolves into a complicated plot for Earth's survival. Along this, there's a lot of action and explicit moments during the fights.
There's a great variation of character personalities that are developed to the point where empathy is inevitable, but sometimes the overdeveloped characters feel too unreal to even understand.
The artwork is really original. The monster and character designs are drawn simply and raw with great tones, but ineffective when living up to the "horror" tag. The characters' facial expressions lack impact with this style but overall the art is good.
Sekai Oni suffers from a really fast paced plot that evolves into many genres and never stays true to a single one, but the creativity behind each plot twist and monster is of great enjoyment for weekly readers.read more