Jan 10, 2019
14 of 14 chapters read
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FLAVOR METER: Stale, yet edible.
There is not much to be said about this one, but if you're looking for a story with quite a bit of girl on girl interaction with a side dish of attempted murder - this is the manga for you!
Alright, so to begin with the story!
Obviously, the concept of having two girls that love each other so much that they would literally kill each other, is laughable!
The thought of two, seemingly innocent lovers going from "I love you," to going at each others throats, for whatever reason, was comedic.
That's actually what attracted me to the manga in
the first place, because that was the first time I've even read such a description. The idea of psycho vs psycho honestly isn't a unique plot, but a entirely new concept to me.
Unfortunately, that's all you're going to get out of this manga - including the Extra Episode, if you don't count the Nikochuu chapters.
It's repetitive, which makes the storyline a bit stale. The story isn't bad enough to drop, but it doesn't have a lot of substance beyond typical yandere scenarios.
The way that the manga goes about it is like a compilation of moments between the two main characters, that eventually does split into an entirely different set of characters out of the blue.
The Nikochuu chapters were a little displaced, and seemed better suited as an entirely different story on it's own. Which it was, but it took place in the same setting.
There is no plot to be had here, to be honest. It just seems like more of a yuri anthology than anything else.
I fell for the concept, just not so much of the execution. Which makes me believe that it is decent enough.
It could have had an interesting story going for it, given the circumstances.
The art was very smooth! Clean, even.
I especially loved the facial expressions.
The artist did a good job portraying those emotions that they were trying to capture in a scene. Also, the background! It was fairly detailed.
The character designs were simple, yet adorable!
Not much of a complaint here.
Remember when I said that the most you're going to get out of this manga was "typical yandere" scenarios? That could speak highly for the characters as well. Again, excluding Nikochuu.
Our main characters, Akkii and Shouko, are nothing more than just a match made in heaven - or hell.
Their characters are literally the physical embodiment of the infamous saying, "If I can't have you, nobody can!"
They both love each other to literal death, but that's all that can be said about their relationship.
You don't necessarily get a good look at their personalities beyond this point, which is why the characterization is given a poor score from me. I personally felt as though the characters could have had a lot more going for them, rather than being minimalized to nothing more than an undead trope.
The main characters of the Nikochuu chapters, Aika and Mai, seemed to come out of nowehere without any previous mentions. This is where I think the story kind of trails off a bit, because it becomes split - kind of like two different sides of the same coin, if you will.
To be honest, I found them to be more entertaining because their relationship seemed a bit more relateable - and more well grounded than that of Akkii and Shouko's. Obviously.
Their relationship became a model of normalcy, in comparison to what we've witnessed in previous chapters.
I also found it to be really interesting, because of that parallel alone!
Which is something that I did like about the introduction of a different couple, which gives us a break from the cycle of repetition.
Despite all that was said about the characters and the story, I actually did find those insane moments between Akkii and Shouko to be really humorous and entertaining, to say the least!
Even if it does beat the horse to death each chapter, it didn't make it any less enjoyable.
There were also moments between each set of characters that were actually really adorable!
All-in-all, I don't necessarily believe that this manga was meant to be taken seriously.
To me, it seemed that the author knew exactly what they were doing with this trope, and decided to mold it into the lives of two girls who just so happen to have an unwavering obsession with each other.
It is meant to be a laid back ride!
If you're looking for a short and facetious shoujo ai to pass the time, I'd recommend this one for sure.
Just beware if you have a peanut allergy, but it's full of nuts.
Jan 9, 2019
3 of 3 chapters read
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FLAVOR METER: Bittersweet, although the taste could have lingered for much, much longer on the buds.
What I really loved about the story was the fact that it took a more realistic approach towards the theme of "following your passions" through the perspective of the main characters.
It showcases the compromises that someone is willing to go through to make those dreams a rose-colored reality, may it be leaving the ones you love behind or sacrificing those dreams for the sake of others.
There was also the motif of "strength," which was touched on through the motivations and sense of responsibility that each of the characters develop
throughout the three chapters.
Of course, there was the obvious romance between the two characters - but we'll get to that issue in a minute.
The pacing of the story is what killed it for me. As said in the beginning of this review, the premise deserved to be a bit longer than just three chapters.
The character development would have made more sense this way, rather than having these time-skips that don't necessarily tell us anything other than, "So, this is what is happening right now. Look at this pickle we got ourselves in!"
Don't get me wrong! The situations that the characters go through are tender, but to me, they needed more depth rather than a brief rundown.
While the story isn't forgettable, it's not one that has a lot of "meat" in it, if that's the kind of story that you're searching for to go with a side of boiled potatoes.
The art honestly wasn't that bad! Although there isn't much to say about this portion, I do have a complaint about the proportions of the characters.
In some panels, Rui looks very "broad" in the shoulders. Like, body builder kind of broad. As if she was just like, "Screw the modeling career!" and got jacked on steroids. Okay, maybe a bit of an exaggeration. Actually, the same could be said for the rest of the female characters.
Everything else was pretty crisp, but that was my only peeve.
You can see where the characters are coming from with their motivations, but the question is - why?
Why does Rui want to be a model? Why does Togou want to be a famous artist? Why did Rui's mother suddenly decide to grow a backbone after grieving the death of Rui's father?
The "why" of their characters are not touched on - but this could probably be blamed on the lack of character development based on the length of the manga alone.
You're never really given time to get to know the characters, let alone get emotionally attached to them to invoke feelings for them - considering the scenarios that each of them go through. This also touches on the romance aspect of the manga!
All we know is their motivations, and we as the audience are spoon fed their thoughts and emotions without actually processing it for ourselves.
It's not savory, to say the least. Fairly, poor.
Although, I did admire the strong drive that the main characters possessed to achieve their goals! That was one of the several things I liked about the characters, because it's motivating.
Despite it being short, I actually thought that it was decent! It was tender-hearted and forgiveable, and it delivered with a good ending at least!
It was bland, but not terrible. Most of it was predictable, but overall, it was good enough that I felt that it needed a longer runtime.
"Just because it can be shortened, doesn't mean it should be!"
The art was very good! The character development and story needed more work, but the enjoyment level was good enough.
I would recommend this manga, if you're looking for a quick read to put into the database and some mild entertainment!