"Why is living so hard?"
Cocytus, a GL manga which gives you an in-depth view of a girl's thoughts and daily life. To be honest with you, I was careless and didn't check the tags. What I ended up with was a GL manga, which I always avoid. But I had found out half way through reading it, so I though, why not just keep reading it. Now, even though it is classified as a GL manga, it really only has 3-4 pages of actual GL, just keep that in mind. (Spoiler Free)
(I will be focusing on the one-shot Cocytus for this review)
Story - 7/10
The story was actual really deep, which I did not expect. It gives you a sneak peek of a schoolgirl's thoughts and actions when they interact with their friends and classmates. It seemed to be quite unrealistic at first, but the more I read it, the more truthful it seemed. Though this may not apply to western girls, it sure as hell applies to Japanese schoolgirls. Spreading rumours and pretending you don't know someone is only a small part of their daily lives.
Art - 5/10
At first sight, I loved the artwork. I enjoy this type of art style and found it really nice to read. That is until I found the mistakes. Tons and tons of mistakes, such as eye displacements, limb displacements and messed up proportions. The background had a style so simple that it made the manga-ka look lazy. Or maybe she really was just lazy.
Character - 6/10
The characters were interesting, but I have seen all of their personalities a few times before. The socially inept one, and the normal one who (plot twist) isn't really normal. Their personalities weren't that bad, but there sure was room for improvement. There was also character development, but a lot of that occurred awkwardly and wasn't fluid to be that good.
Enjoyment - 6/10
I thought this series was quite decent, and the drama it had going on in 60 pages really got the pages turning for me. The downside was the GL. As I said before, I was not a fan of Gl, and I am even less of a fan for it now.
Overall - 6/10
The series could have used more work on perfecting its art and deepening the characters. But overall, I thought it was a decent manga. (And thank goodness there weren't that many GL elements invlolved.) read more