It is a world full of monsters and adventurers who hunt them. They are called Monster Hunters. The plot revolves around a young Monster Hunter, Shiki. When Shiki was a young boy, he was taken as an apprentice to a Monster Hunter named Gurelli, but it was not too long after that Gurelli was killed by a gunpowder accident. After a few years, he comes back to Akamaaya Town (where his master resided) to join the guild there. In that guild, he meets a girl called Irie and after a series of events, he finds that she is the daughter of his master. From this point onwards, they form a party to find the legendary Miogaruna, which was Gurelli's life-long ambition.
I've only read 4 chapters so this review may be changed later... Who am I kidding, I've been using this site nearly a year and this is my first review. It's not gonna change -_-
I'll start out on a positive note by saying that I was pleasantly surprised with how well these first few chapters turned out. As 95% of you know, this was based off a video game. I own one of them and, although I suck at it -_-, I still recognised some of the equipment and most of the monsters in the manga, which I was impressed by. There is actually a good mix of action and humor while it still follows the game.
As that other reviewer (I'm too lazy to go back and find your name) was saying, you can't really expect much of a story from a manga based off a game with no story. Basicly a simple-minded guy that doesn't think a bunch meets a girl that is much more independent, but secretly has a deep respect for him, and they travel across the world meeting other people along the way that decide to tag along for their own reasons. I really can't say it's an original plot at all. It does look like there will be a few twists. You probably won't read it for the story.
The characters look the same as all of his other stuff... which all look the same as One Piece. If you like One Piece art, then you'll like this art, nuff said. Every once and a while there will also be a detailed drawing, probably of a monster, but overall the art isn't as consistant as I would like.
... But I still think it's pretty good.
I'm gonna start by saying that the hero in the story, Shiki, is a complete copy of Natsu, from his other manga Fairy Tail. Natsu is a complete copy of Luffy from One Piece. Nothing else is really worth mentioning. I think all of the characters are good, but theres no way they're getting on my favorites list.
lol just kidding xD
Overall anyone who enjoys any of the shows in the "User Reccomendations" should like this (surprise surprise -_-). If you like the games and don't hate One-Piece-like stuff then you should check it out.
God that took a long time... it will be a loooooooooong time before I write another review o_Oread more
How far would you go to accomplish your goals? Would you stake your life against ruthless wyverns and fiendish dragons with only a blunt blade and a few companions to depend on? That is the duty of a Monster Hunter.
Reminiscent of his other works, Hiro Mashima delivers an uncomplex short series packed full of predictable outcomes and uninspired tropes, based on the popular role-playing game, Monster Hunter. Taking big steps in the start of the manga and mainly appealing to fans of the game ultimately leads to a second half that falls flat.
Prior knowledge of the game itself is not necessary to follow and understand the story, as the majority of the aspects taken from Monster Hunter are explained in some detail. However, being familiar with the weapon types and monsters adds some level of enjoyment and nostalgia. Fans should expect to see some manga-original features as well, such as new wyverns and hunting methods.
Typical of shounen series, Monster Hunter Orage delivers a mediocre story set-up primarily as a way to initiate battles. Shiki, a young hunter who bears the Mark of the Sealed Hunter, is in search of Miogaruna, a powerful elder dragon of myth. The story centers around his path to achieving said goal, on his way tackling less powerful monsters whose difficulties grow from one to the next. Shiki eventually forms a four person team including the three other main characters.
The main issue with the story is its lack of complexity and uninspired development. Once paired with lack-luster characters, we have a shameless romp of predictable combat and calculated actions. Despite this, Orage can be mindlessly enjoyed as long as you don't mind the (welcomed) long chapters that sadly fail to do proper justice to the pleasing art and Monster Hunter background.
Shiki Ryuuhou, the duel-sword wielding protagonist of the story plays the role of your quintessential shounen hero, fairly implicative of Natsuno, the protagonist of Mashima's Fairy Tale, go-lucky and simplistic; Shiki offers nothing new in terms of shounen male leads. However, he is the most developed character, so then why is he not the most interesting of the cast? This is mostly due to his static personality, which manages to not take anything away from the story, while also not exactly adding anything.
Irie Jescar, the stories main heroine and longsword wielder, is nothing particularly interesting, and rather, could be considered annoying just for how simplistically boring and unmoving her personality, her traits, and her mentality are. More so a foil to Shiki, Irie does not hold up as what one would expect in a female lead, despite having a good amount of development to her history and family.
Sakuya and Kuron take a backseat in the story as side characters, and helpful assets for Shiki reaching his goal, but despite being less important story wise, they are in fact much more interesting and entertaining. Sakuya, a bowgun wielder, plays a large role in the second and third chapters of the manga as a blacksmith's daughter who helps Shiki and Irie upgrade their equipment. Sakuya has perhaps the most fascinating history of the cast, and you might find yourself rooting for her from the moment she is introduced. Sadly, after her primary chapters, she becomes nothing more then the sweet girl shooting bullets from far away behind the frontlines, of the battles and of the story.
Kuron, a gunlance wielder and one of two antagonists in the plot, takes the role of the high-standing villain and rival to our hero. A somewhat cliché personality and poorly developed back-story lead to a dull climax in his character focused chapters. Full of potential, but unsuccessfully used to the strengths of his character, Kuron fails to deliver the impact a villain should have.
The strongest and most redeeming factor of Monster Hunter Orage is its wonderfully drawn art. Battles are beautifully executed, as the characters almost seem to move from panel to panel. The art manages to pull in the reader and leave you wanting to see more. Landscapes and towns are drawn with fine details, and a lot of time is put into the creatures. Despite the cast's mediocre attributes, their character designs are done fairly well and bring a fresh breath of liveliness and harmony with the story.
If you're interested in a shounen series with admirable battles and really don't want to invest time into a long, complex story, Monster Hunter Orage manages to deliver in the areas that you're probably reading for. However, Orage fails to deliver the necessary development and captivation to keep you reading for aspects beyond the external. A marvelously drawn adventure that succeeds as nothing more then a showcase for shounen merriment.read more
Ok, to start off, this Manga is based on Capcom's game Monster Hunter.The game being widely popular in Japan and Monster Hunter being the best selling PSP game its not surprising that they made a manga adaption for it.
Story: the story revolves around the protagonist Shiki and his quest to find the legendary Miogaruna. Nothing too original but a decent standing point for the story, if you've played the game you'll easily find the story interesting because there are tons of game related experience they'll show.
(7/10 yeah, like i said nothing too special)
Art: there points where the art are well drawn. Like most of the monster are really detailed, the weapons and armors are well designed, although there are also parts that looks like it was drawn in less than a minute. but most of the time the art is drawn well
(9/10 great looking monsters and character designs)
Character: The characters are well drawn but, again nothing original, Shiki looks like Luffy's twin brother both in looks and characteristics. ok, getting past it being unoriginal its not that bad considering they how fit their roles nicely.
(7/10 good characters fitting the story but unoriginal)
Enjoyment: you'll definitely enjoy this one, especially if you've played the game. there are plenty of action, cool looking weapons and armors. There are lots of really funny parts that you'll really laugh at. its a good manga, in a sense its really similar to One Piece except the action are Monster-Slaying oriented.
(9/10 really an enjoyable read)
Ok, finishing notes... If you're playing the game or have played the game i suggest you read this, you'll definitely enjoy this. If you haven't, check it out you might even be inspired to play the game because of this
i'm sorry there are parts that might not be clear or have grammar errors, this is my first review, sorry about that. read more
So I'm a huge fan of the Monster Hunter games, so you could imagine how excited I was when I heard there was a manga. I saw all the volumes at Barns & Nobles and decided to read one. I opened it and was disappointed to see the art of Fairy Tail. Now that's just preference. I personally don't like the art of Fairy Tail, but whateves.
The Monster Hunter games have always been lacking in the story department, so I figured a manga would be really cool, cuz they could actually expand on story, but nope. It's like I'm reading the game and I can't play. That sucks. All of that combined with story and characters that are pretty much just the plot and cast of Fairy Tail, and you get the most mediocre manga ever. Though being only four volumes means it's an easy read, so if you like Fairy Tail, read it. read more