This is my first review here on MAL but I hope I somehow deliver my message properly to you guys. :)
Survival: Shounen S no Kiroku is a survival manga, obviously. The story revolves around a boy who struggles to survive on an island after a strong earthquake struck.
In this review I will show you why you should or should not read this manga, but mostly on the "should" part since I'm kinda biased. Well, here it goes...
The art is drawn rough which some may not like but I think it portrays the manga well. The backgrounds and such are drawn good as well.
The character designs are a-okay and are drawn consistently although it may look goofy at times but that only adds to the personalities of the characters and creates a break from the seriousness of the manga. Overall, the art is generally good.
I'm not really good at reviewing characters but I think the characters were thought well. They have a certain disposition which they keep throughout the manga, though this is not to be confused of the characters being flat, character-wise, in fact, the characters are quite round-ish. The characters develop through the chapters although it may not be noticeable at first. Overall, I like how the characters were shown and I give it a very good rating.
For the first 20 chapters or so, the manga focuses on being informative. It teaches us basic survival tactics which is the aspect of the manga which had drawn me into reading it. After the first few chapters, the story itself transitions in. The introduction of side characters and obstacles was done okay and the pacing of it was okay as well. However, the dangers of being in a survive or die scenario was not portrayed well. Overall, the combination of the informative side and the actual plot side makes this manga's story good.
I thoroughly enjoyed this manga. Very good. yep, that's it, no more explanation needed cus I got tired of explaining.
Anyway, I'd like to say that this manga is a good survival manga. It is informative especially to people who know little about survival tips and tactics. It runs you through possible ways of acquiring essential resources needed for basic survival. If you're the type of person who likes learning new things then this manga is great for you. If you're just bored and just want to pass time then this is also good for you as the chapters are easy to grasp and not that lengthy. However, if you want to feel the sense of danger of being in a survival situation, then this manga may not be for you because the character almost has this plot armor, or as the narrator would say, luck, with him.
All in all, I give this manga a 7/10 which I interpret as good!