A serial killer is on the loose and authorities are baffled! What they do not know is that this case requires non-traditional research methods. That's where Mako Miyoshi the detective and Kyosuke Kagami the Shikigami user enter the picture. Together they investigate supernatural crimes!
*This review was originally posted for Sakuran and has subsequently been merged into Kagamigami*
Yet another oneshot released in the hopes of getting serialized, but ultimately failed. Usually I can determine why something wasn't serialized, and I can at least understand that reasoning even if I don't agree. This time I'm baffled. I've read another of Iwashiro Toshiaki's oneshots that didn't get serialized, and I easily determined why. This time I just can't understand it.
The plot, while not necessarily unique, was intriguing. I was interested in learning more, and was very attentive the whole way through because of that. Iwashiro was obviously hoping this would be
serialized, as the ending raises more questions than answers. This is a pretty normal tactic for oneshots, it's just too bad that those answers won't be delivered.
There are only two characters in this oneshot. The main character and the mysterious alien known as Sakuran. The main character is far from unique, but his attitude is endearing, and as we learn about his past a little, I couldn't help but feel sympathetic for him. Sakuran doesn't have a lot of depth, but quite obviously if there had been a serialization then the mysteries surrounding this character would have served as character development as the manga progressed.
The art is the only thing that doesn't suffer from this incomplete work. Iwashiro's artwork is hit or miss for me, and this oneshot was a "hit". Very crisp, interesting character designs (especially Sakuran), and some very nice depictions of sakura petals.
If you read my whole review, you may have noticed that I said things were obviously heading somewhere IF this had been serialized. That "IF" is what brought the score for this down to a 7, because, sadly, thats all this oneshot can amount to by itself. One big "IF". Worth a read if you enjoyed Iwashiro's other works, as he is in top form here. Even if you've never read anything by Iwashiro there is value to be found here. Just be prepared to be disappointed when you realize the questions this oneshot raises will never be answered.
Even though this manga is at its very beginning let there be the first review. (Maybe I’ll update it later.)
This is a new serialization by the author of Psyren, which was axed in the end. And, I’ll be honest, this one doesn’t look like it will survive too. Rather I expect it to die of a much younger age.
The manga revolves around a girl with hidden power, who wants to become a detective, and a young boy, who is a prodigy of a shikigami user. It strongly hints that the development will lead to some world-changing events. But what use is this promise if the
topic of shikigami is a very beaten one and the beginning of the story goes too fast? And under “too fast” I mean not that too many things are happening at once, but that bonds are forming too quickly and too many plotholes are plumbed solely with humor. The author seems to try to cater to shojo audience, despite this being published in WSJ. The designs of the entry-level shikigami also leave much to be desired. Though the quality of the art in the whole shows skill and leaves a very pleasant impression.
We’ll wait and see, of course. But it remains unclear, whether Kagamigami will get the time needed for development. I am not sure I can recommend this to everyone at the moment, so I’d rather tell what categories of readers might be interested.
- Those interested in gender topics. Seriously. This is a nice subversion. We mostly follow the pov of the female lead. The female MC has a lot of traits of the typical shounen hero – she is initially useless (and even has a lot of unwomanly traits, but is not shamed for this), has a big dream, has a hidden power, a powerful ally out of another world is dropped on her.
It looks like the manga is heavily aimed at girls, cause even now, at 6 chapters, it has at least two full-scale bishounen with a possible third. And the male MC has shota-ish features, characteristic of some shoujo/reverse harem characters (can’t go further, because of spoilers).
- Those who like silver fox boys (for the sake of fetishists I'll specify: with tail, ears, but shoulder-length hair). Nothing else to say, you know whether you do.
- Those who enjoy the use of the evil plush toys imagery.
- Those who like shounen with darker undertones. Despite everything the series seem to shape up as one with rather dark moments, as was the case with Psyren. For example, the bad buys here feed people eggs of giant parasite worms. Not exactly kids stuff.
For now that’s all I can muster.
I hope that this will develop. I like the unusual heroine – she is really far from stereotypes. And I see a lot of potential in the scary stuff. Yet, at the same time I don’t find the beginning too good, and I feel that it can bury the series, since the buildup is weak and bumpy, and a lot of important stuff is skipped.