Sep 29, 2009
Angel Dust is a fine example of short and sweet. This happens to be a manga I read a couple years ago, and somehow forgot over the years. Having accidentally stumbled on it again, and re-reading it, I am really starting to wonder how it was I ever managed to completely forget it in the first place!
Story; 8. There's a quasi Fate/Stay Night fantasy plot here, minus any male characters and with pretty blatant yuri undertones. And, as iffy as that looks on paper, it actually works fairly well for what it is. While not terribly original, the plot delivers enough solid material to keep
you entertained from the start to the finish. The girl-girl romantic undertones are handled thankfully in a cute, classy completely non-sexual way that I haven't seen since I watched Candy Boy. The relationship between the two leading ladies is executed with class, and I actually appreciated this quite a bit.
Art; 9. I think manga art is tough to rate, because you either like the style a series is put out in or you don't. Although there are some irrefutable "quality" standards like production flaws and whatnot, but a lot of manga has a distinct look about it depending on who drew it. And in the case of Angel Dust, I actually wouldn't say it is a stretch to call this the most visually enjoyable manga I've read since Take On Me. Aoi Nanase draws very nice, cute characters here and there are no glaring visual flaws to speak of. Yuina is adorable, and quite likeable given the small amount of time they are given to flesh her out. Seraph is a good match too, and Akiho reminded me of Rin. This is a good thing, mind you.
Character; 9. I've already started to delve into the characters, who are developed as best as they can be in a single volume. Though they would have flourished with more time to develop, what is given to us more than tells the story. Each character has their own motivations, and resolution, all in this single volume. Characters really made this, in my opinion.
Enjoyment/Overall; 9. I am very glad to have found this again, because I really haven't seen much "classy" yuri around in manga or anime. It's all a bit more sexual (I'm looking at you, Strawberry Panic...) and to be honest, sometimes I just want a cute little forbidden love story. And in that respect, Angel Dust delivers with quality characters and quality art to boot. Can't go wrong there!
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