I love this manga. It has a fair amount of tropes and the premise is hamfisted in the beginning, but it really mirrors the struggle of following your passion. Maybe I'm reading this at just the right time in my life, but if you're someone who struggles with the choice to either follow a creative path or take the safer route, this will hit all your buttons.
The characters are flawed, fun, and refreshing. The Rock ghosts feel very unique and there are a lot of call backs to people to love their music/personalities.
Art really surprises me by being out of this
world gorgeous when it needs to while normally keeping a very realistic style.
The story feels like it should be predictable, but this manga isn't about the power of friendship or the love of music carrying you through to legendary stardom status. This really breaks down its characters with the hard realities of working hard even when everything, including yourself, is against you. it's the kind of life that kills you by 27, and it feels like it.
If you're a fan of rock then this is the manga for you. It takes a rather crazy idea and makes it enjoyable to read. Originally I was a but disinterested ad I was reading through it, however as the story continued I found myself caring less about the story and more about the characters that make up the series thus far. Each and ever one of them that makes up the band have their own issues and their own quirks, and the manga does its best to make you care about them in their 'arc'.
I don't see this being a long running manga, but
for what it's done thus far I can safely say that this is a great manga for you if you care about rocky in any way, shape, or form.
This manga is based on an interesting premise -- a teacher who lived mostly an ordinary life meets with the spirit of one of the greatest guitarists ever, Jimi Hendrix, who helps bring out her musical soul. Through her passion and drive, she cobbles together a group of disparate kids to make a band in order to have a great performance.
The story itself is interesting and the subject is engaging. It's a highly fun read that I think can immerse readers fairly easily. It's too early to tell much with the story, but so far, it is fairly good.
Unfortunately, while the premise is very strong,
I think the weakness itself are the actual characters. The main character, Shiori, is done well enough, if a tiny bit cliche, but virtually everyone else are basically manga tropes. Characters with hidden passions, misunderstood delinquents, silent talents, and etc -- all of these people mocked by various people who rudely and ignorantly laughs at them only to be stunned when they played...then they go right back to mocking them. We also have the people who decides to derail the group our of jealousy, fear, or other plain silly reasons. This is, of course, done to give readers easy antagonists.
The group, of course, ignores all of this and plows on in order to simply make friends and, with the power of friendship, create fantastic music that will change everyone's minds and make their dreams come true.
As I said, basically manga tropes.
Which is a shame. How often do we see such a premise in manga? So I had high hopes that the author would do a lot of interesting things we normally don't see. However, as I also said, it's really too early to tell much with the story, thus it's also too early to tell if the characters and everything outside of the premise remains weak.
I guess the short of it is that the premise is excellent and the story still carries a lot of potential depending on where it goes. I really do hope to see much from this.