Kyuutarou Horikita, the tall, dark and handsome cleaning expert of Kurokado High, is about to meet a sleeping maiden at the school: transfer student Fumi Nishioka! Fumi's going to learn how to rid the school of nasty spirits with Kyutaro's help, and her heart will surprisingly be "cleansed" too…!
QQ Sweeper is a prequel to Motomi-sensei's latest manga Queen's Quality. It's amazing how the quality of art improved since Dengeki Daisy.
I'm judging this manga from the perspective of a prequel, meaning - if there are things that are not entirely explained by the end of the last chapter or anything that can be deemed unsatisfactory - it will surely be explained later on in Queen's Quality. The story is great. It's a splash of Motomi-sensei's usual humour and light drama, with a tenderly developing romance, and a intriguing supernatural premise. The synopsis doesn't explain much, but the story is basically about exorcism and
a secret(-ish) organization that helps cleansing people's hearts/spirits that are being possessed, while doing actual cleaning in people's houses at the same time (washing, scrubbing, etc.). It might sound weird, but the setting is really enjoyable. If you read and enjoyed Dengeki Daisy, then you will definitely like QQ Sweeper. The attention to detail both in the art and story is most notable. Needless to say, this manga has left me with highest expectations for Queen's Quality.
The entire shoujo community has been blessed again with another epic Motomi Kyousuke masterpiece.
Entering a person's subconscious through mysterious doors and cleaning the mess in their mind and hearts: that's the simplest way to explain this story's concept, but there's much more to it than what meets the eye.
In my personal opinion and perspective, this story might have subtle connections with real life issues of a person's mental state despite its unrealistic fantasy element- specifically talking about depression. The heaviest volume - the third one - contains quite a lot of dark drama as well as attempted suicide. A person's
heart can be corrupted by malicious thoughts and darkness manifesting as "bugs" - and in this story, depression's form in hidden under the disguise of these small but terrible insects.
If taken seriously and not just as an entertainment material, this can bring up a table of heavy discussion about taboo topics such as depression and other mental disorders. Just like in real life, the way it is handled in the story is not very lightly, but to keep it simple and appropriate without being too pretentious and preachy, it is presented in the supernatural way with metaphors and grunge visual presentations. As we empathize and feel with the characters, we dive into what lies beyond their thoughts and inner feelings - inside and beyond that door.
But despite the heavy theme, Motomi delivers the story well with the perfect balance of mystery, romance, drama, comedy, and enough suspense to make readers wanting more. She knows how to blend in the serious atmosphere with light and fluffy scenes without looking too off or misplaced, and that's what makes this series pleasing and easy to read. It was also enjoyable to see cameos from her previous work, Dengeki daisy, appear a few times. Aside from the fantastic art (she has improved lots since Beast master) and shoujo fan service (i'm talking about hot, blushing bishounens!), her signature style in storytelling -- having a strong-willed, anti-stereotypical heroine and a good sense of romantic development -- is another factor that makes her one of the best shoujo writers out there.
All in all, i recommend QQ sweeper to all fans of well-written shoujo and romance, and for those who are looking for a short good read. To western readers, Viz media licensed QQ sweeper, which means you can support the author by buying the english version which you can enjoy! I have bought the complete 3-volume set which was worth my time and money, and I'm sure it will definitely be worth yours, too.
QQ Sweeper is a series that looks, at first glance, to be a lot shorter than it actually is. The manga abruptly stops at the end of its first act and then continues onward as a different manga called Queen's Quality. This makes QQ Sweeper kind of hard to do a full review on as all I'm really reviewing is a beginning, and usually when it comes to storytelling you have to see a middle and end to really know if the set-up panned out like it should have, or at the least have gotten more than what equates to 3 out of 8 volumes
into the plot. Thus, when I say that QQ Sweeper is a decent series, I have to say "QQ Sweeper is a decent series under the provisio that it continues to not be horrible as Queen's Quality, which I have yet to read."
Anyways, QQ Sweeper is about a girl who has been told throughout her life that she's cursed for some reason. One day, she meets a handsome boy who takes her under his wing to perform the duties of a sweeper - a person who goes into the minds of troubled people and quite literally cleanses their souls. What keeps this series from rating higher than a 7/10 for me is that we spend more time hearing about sweeping than actually doing it. A lot of time is spent talking about sweeping, alluding to previous sweeping, and having existential crisis about sweeping and so by the "end" of the series we've done actually sweeping only about once per volume.
Now, I'm far from the kind of person to complain about a lot of time being put aside for the romantic subplot, especially in a shoujo manga, but none of the things that distract the characters from doing the actual sweeping seem to make much progress in a way that feels natural either. Our hero, Fumi, spends the first two volumes dealing with angst about her status as a cursed girl. In the third volume, she suddenly grows into a character who can deal with the name calling without much rhyme or reason, and then just as suddenly a new villain shows up with no forshadowing and little explanation. There are so many aspects of QQ Sweeper that felt like they could have been consolidated into 1 or 2 chapters that take the entirety of the run to... sort of resolve.
That said, QQ Sweeper is still enjoyable despite its flaws and does a good job of making me want to go ahead with reading its sequel. It just takes longer than it needs to get to each plot element. If Queen's Quality continues at this slow a pace, it will end feeling like the entire story could have been told in those first 3 volumes.