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Apr 30, 2021
Sensibly orchestrated story which successfully evokes inspiration. Not perfect in its execution, as it falls -- to an extent -- victim to usual tropes of such attempts, but its sincerity, and pacifistic yet ecstatic nature will hardly leave one unfazed.

Character's are drawn without any ostentation to them, with merely necessary difference to tell them apart. It could be classed as a flaw, if it weren't for the beautiful and vivid scenery in which they're set. It never detracts from their importance, but instead protrudes them as focal points. Hidenori's artistic mastery is best seen in how he manipulates panels. He increases - decreases their read more
Apr 18, 2021
Wendy (Manga) add (All reviews)
Appears to be more of an escapism meant for author himself than the reader. It moves onto an already predetermined path that any fairy tale enthusiast will be familiar with. However, this is Jiro after all; Peter Pan resembles a Mad Max bandit on his way to anarchistic version of Neverland - filled with rebellious teens in obsessive pursue of pleasure.

Narrative weaknesses are ameliorated by vivacious visuals. It is evident Jiro enjoyed this one to the fullest. Pen strokes are chaotic and hard as ever, and panels can barely hold the amount of ink put into them; they threaten to explode in your face read more
Apr 8, 2021
It carries a sense of freshness at the start, albeit sooner or later moves onto a fixed trajectory - the kind that is predictable in its uncertainty. The initial shock slowly diminishes over the course of this work, even more so upon realization that characters are basically cannon fodder for author's own bias.

It does contain a certain dose of realism and very much stays loyal to the period which it represents. It is evident author did a meticulous research on medieval times. However, that same realism quickly disappears in close quarter scenes where temporary main characters receive a "supernatural" boost in their skills. Cheap read more
Apr 7, 2021
Blame! (Manga) add (All reviews)
Transhumanism enveloped in horror and a bit of an irony. Desire for advancement backfires, and reduces humanity to -- survival driven -- monstrosities devoid of basic human values. Author is concerned little with insertion of philosophical undertones, or admonitions on the matter, instead we are presented with the final product of such dark ambition. This is primarily heavy-action oriented story that doesn't bother with how and why.

This journey is filled with vexation and potential disappointment, as the presentation is as idiosyncratic as it can be. Story is literally depicted for the most part, and characters have little interest to provide us with explanations. The read more
Apr 2, 2021
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Concept of a reality slap tackled by the creative madman himself, Jiro Matsumoto. Certainly not the best of his artistic & intellectual deliveries, albeit it does scratch the surface of the brain a bit. Just plenty to make you utter a mere "Huh?" upon realization it is not that intricate as his other works.

What if Snow White was sexually abused by the prince before he woke her up? What if Peter Pan forced Tinker Bell to participate in a death tournament versus other fairies? Life is no fairy tale. Hope of a happy end works better in dreams since reality has plethora of saliva read more
Mar 31, 2021
Heavy incorporation of author's own sensibilities into an already sensitive topic makes this a questionably preachy journey. As far as believability is concerned it suffers from fluctuations; at some points the raw realism resonates stupendously only to be dulled by the timeworn twists any experienced reader will be able to predict. Ironically, a major positive element is the lack of any sort of unorthodox turn around, sort of teases ones expectations but always remains down to earth in that respect - as opposed to its philosophical innuendos.

Infamously drawn "clones" offer distinction on personality basis at least, but more or less are victims of your read more
Mar 9, 2021
Thematically wise packs more of a punch than its animated counterpart, albeit still fixated on style over all. Too bad, because it had a solid basis to tackle various sensitive topic, be it the universal ones or America-Japan specific.

Afro's path is depicted by black & white panels, more than often splattered with red color of blood. It looks beautiful and evocative in wider frames, however most of the action blurs out in smaller ones and becomes unclear. Usually not a problem, but in a work that relies heavy on visuals it becomes a rather prominent one.

What it does better than anime is how read more
Mar 9, 2021
"Samurai, Motherf*Cker, Do You Speak It?"

Chanbara meets blaxploitation for a quick hookup instead for a more profound relationship. The result is obviously a short-lived stimulus.

Incorporation of elements borrowed from Eastern and Western cultures is done artlessly. In order to work believably they should've been thematically conjoined. It is an improperly blended mix that will make you ponder whether it is cool or just asinine.

It is more or less devoid of characterization. Afro himself is a man on a set path, which is what defines his entire character. The only trait that sets him apart from other vacuous characters is that his conscience manifests read more
Mar 6, 2021
Given how it is a tribute and sort of a continuation/revival of work which preceded and inspired Kamen Raider, appreciation for it will be heavily impacted by ones familiarity with life and work of Ishinomori Shotaro, or the lack of thereof.

Those who fall into the latter could find themselves repelled by wonkily executed, run-of-the-mill story. Similar to early Batman comics, albeit with more of anti-heroic vibes to it. Sadly, more profound themes are tackled only desultorily, thus the story never reaches its full potential; as opposed to art style which is stupendously cinematic. Transitions from panel to panel are done impeccably, be it for read more
Feb 27, 2021
Horrifically relatable exploration of societal system with deadpan humor attached to it. Will probably be more impactful for mature readers, especially those who found themselves at the bottom of class structure.

Sense of alienation is present from the start till the end, either caused by characters' own limitations or those imposed by the system itself. They are never exploited for the sake of shock factor but eerily humanized. Our hero is you and me, and any person you see out on the street. His appearance is identical in every chapter. Not because of artists' laziness, but because he's supposed to symbolize the mass and read more