So, it is currently 3 in the morning when I am writing this. My landlord is out for a couple of days so I thought I would tuck up in a nice blanket, stick the kettle on and read this heart-warming slice of cake. Boy could I be more wrong. What an evening. Where do I begin.
So, I’ve had this on my, to watch list for quite some time now. I saw it talked about on billibilli a while back and thought it would be something interesting. Brought it on book walker a while back and had it on my backlog. Though my Japanese isn't
as it used to due to not topping up on my revision, I still understood key moments and thoroughly enjoyed it.
I think that the story was rather interesting besides it being rather generic for what it was. I have read many manga with the same sort of background but never a manga this eye opening. You think you have seen it all until something like this comes along. I love it when a manga makes me personally react to a scene. E.g. goshing and making my jaw drop. It isn't the type of manga that you can simply predict what is going to happen next. It really makes for a page turner and some pages you just can't stop staring at for a long time. So, for me it ticked all three boxes. It made me react, it was a page turner and on top of it, it left me with a longing impact that got me thinking about the manga even after reading it.
The art was not too bad. It was detailed when it needed to be, and it passed for the rest of the time. This worked well because when it did go detailed you wondered whether it needed to be because of the use in such moments. The fact that the only colour used in the manga was the front covers meant that your mind was left to create the colour in the scenes which made for some engaging and imaginary thoughts.
The characters were something of its own. You never really routed for one character or the other, so you’re just left playing it out as it goes along and watching everything unravel before you. You also get to witness each character progress in their own light but it's never too much information. This is good as it makes you presumptuous as to who they really are, and it makes your mind simply create a profile of that character through your own judgment so what I think about the character is completely different to the another person. Due to it being such a short manga as well everything is there for a reason. Words are chosen specifically with meaning, so you only get the information you need and quickly.
I think that this is the type of manga that doesn't really have much reread value but that’s okay because you only need to read it once. For what it was I really enjoyed the time it took to read it. The art was good, the characters were great, and the story was interesting. I think i might check out some of the other works this author has also put out.
I kid you not when I tell you this manga is pretty much perfectly legible no matter what language you might speak. Having not translations of any kind past chapter six but realizing the lack of quality of this work, I attempted to read the original scans and dear Lord, the Anime Man of the YouTube planes disappointed me for the last time with this terrible recommendation (of sorts). When you can read a manga without reading it at all, you realize there is a thin, thin, THIN line between a masterpiece and an utter piece of shit.
Or, in other words, you can use
cliches to your advantage very effectively, because that's how you can read the vast majority of this without requiring the knowledge of English (or any!) language. Seriously, the scenes are so by the book that it might as well effectively be a textbook example of how to write your very first story (because it's your first, and of course it's going to be bad), and how not to write a story at all if you're at all concerned about making it too cliche.
As for the rest of the product itself!
The basic setting is where this manga both starts and stops, and from then on out, there is nearly nothing but rather close-to-explicit porn and some gore so disappointing that it's clear the mangaka just wanted to do draw very questionable tabboish sexy-times. If there are any redeeming points in this read, I doubt I would find them upon my second read because by God, just draw porn, won't you?
The art is OK, the characterization non existent, and most character archetypes used in just about the laziest possible damn way. Each and every character is clearly deranged or traumatized or both in some way, and it shows very early on that they are not what they seem, which just makes it so easy to see where it's going that I don't even know why I gave this a chance. Call it a morbid curiosity, far greater curiosity, mind you, than I had for the story itself.
Plus point for some very nice nudity. Not many plus points for 'yikes' content, but hey, that's what this manga is all about. Extra minus points for very disappointing gore.
So I was told by a famous YouTuber that this was the most brutal and gory manga ever. That couldn't be farther from the truth. To be honest, I've read more brutal mangathan I can count and this doesn't even reach the top tier.
Not only is the plot formulaic, but it's also very predictable. So you have a bunch of people in a lockdown building and they have to survive for 7 days. Basically the plot of the ring and saw blended together. Then we're introduced to a character, we get a flashback, something happens to said character and repeat the whole process.
admit though, I couldn't stop reading until the end. Despite its repetitive structure, it does know how to keep the readers hooked. However, I don't think this is the kind of manga you'd want to re-read after finishing it. Once the manga ends, it just... ends.there was no catharsis by the end of it. But for the sole reason of keeping me hooked 'till the end, I still gave it a decent score. I'd score it 5.5, but MAL would just round it off to 6, so there you go.