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May 27, 2021
Delivering a heartfelt (if a bit cliché) story in only 34 pages, Kataude no Amy is a quick read worth the read.

The story focuses on a living doll named Amy and her life with her father. The story is told in first-person from her perspective, so he received the vast majority of the character development, though several side characters received minor attention. I had hoped for a more detailed depiction of one certain character that appears near the end of the title, but given its short length, this can mostly be forgiven.

The art was cute and fairly standard, with the highlight being Amy's expressions. Overall, read more
Mar 18, 2020
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Filled with stellar artwork and a story that weaves between cosmic mythos, religious iconography and classic horror, this is Ito Junji with some of his best work in recent years.

Story, 6: The volume is roughly tied together through the presence of Tsuchiyado Wataru, a journalist seeking information on the mysterious appearance of a golden-haired woman named Byakuya Kyouka. However, the first four chapters roughly felt like one-shots due to their relatively disconnected nature. Each explored a disturbing facet of the lore behind Byakuya Kyouka's appearance and the eruptions at Mount Sengoku. Though I enjoyed them for the most part and the conclusion was mostly read more
Nov 25, 2019
Mod Edit: This review was original posted for Love Letter and has subsequently been merged into Kin no Hitsuji.

What if, before we were born, we all had a chance to choose our mothers?

This short and sweet one-shot relates the tale of one soul who does his best to make his mother happy, regardless of the circumstances.

Story, 6: There are definitely some rather cliche tearjerking moments in the story, but I enjoyed the premise and thought the different avenues of life both the soul and the mother follow were touching.

Art, 7: There were some particularly nice panels featuring the characters crying, and the rest read more
May 25, 2019
This is the tale of a boy scorned by nearly every living creature imaginable.

Story, 6: A grim start that permeates the rest of the title. While there are glimpses of hope, the story is generally bleak and not for the faint of heart.

Art, 7: There are some grotesque body horror pieces, particularly using insect imagery, so those are worthy of note. The gore pages were sufficient.

Characters, 5: A one-note cast with few redeemable qualities; even the protagonist doesn't seem to have much depth outside of the early pages.

Enjoyment, 5: It was a short, one volume read but I don't feel like it was particularly read more
Jan 11, 2019
Sayo Yamomoto, now somewhat well-known for her more recent show, Yuri on Ice, had her directorial debut with Michiko to Hatchin. After her infatuation with Latin American film and a trip to Brazil, she unleashed her creativity with a show about an escaped convict trying to reunite a gangster's daughter with her mysterious father. While there is an overarching plot, many episodes are spent in an unrelated locale, developing the characters and the setting and allowing the show to truly feel alive.

The art is stunning, both with its fluid animation and color composition (particularly in the OP). Action scenes are well-choreographed, and backgrounds suit each read more
Jan 8, 2019
This title contains a three chapter story, "Because You Keep Smiling" and two one-shots, "At the Beginning and End of Love" and "You, the Firefly (Hotaru no Kimi). I reread the volume to write this review and keep the stories fresh in my mind. VERY MINOR SPOILERS may be included below, but without further ado.

"Because You Keep Smiling": Despite its clichéd premise, this manages to evoke powerful emotions in three short chapters. Only the two leads are really developed with any depth, but their relationship is cute and I thought the ending was tasteful. Probably the strongest story included in the volume, though that may read more
Sep 25, 2018
What happens to us when we're no longer useful to society? In twenty minutes, Golden Time tells a touching tale of finding new purpose, the value of friendship, personal redemption and the cycle of life.

Story, 7: A TV set is abandoned by its owner in favor of a newer-style and attempts to escape its surroundings. The story is tightly-paced and fleshes out the junkyard as its own world extremely well, all without dialogue (an impressive feat).

Art, 8: A muted, classic style presumably to match our television protagonist's own visuals. The background art is nice and the minor touches to flesh out characters' personalities were appreciated read more
Sep 8, 2018
Update: Everything I said below still applies to this one-shot, but please do not go into the main series expecting a similar story of the council getting up to shenanigans while helping out other clubs. The main series quickly becomes a mediocre at best battle shounen that attempts to subvert itself with pseudo-intellectual ramblings in an attempt to cover up how completely generic the series actually is. Obviously, I was not a fan of the parent series, but your mileage may vary, depending on your affinity for the genre. I thought this was important enough to note.

Before diving into the main series, I wanted to read more
Aug 18, 2018
Note: It should be noted that I have not read the included one-shot "Jikan wo Tometa Shounen-tachi", as I was not able to find it anywhere. If I am able to eventually, I will update the review as necessary.

This was an interesting story about a kingdom plagued by sand and the travails of its heir.

Story, 6: While the plot was tightly-paced, much of its resolution happened within a few pages in the final chapter. This may be due to its short length, but it still felt a bit rushed. Otherwise, though, I thought the world had a nice amount of development.

Art, 7: Fairly standard read more
Apr 15, 2018
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A story set in a futuristic world that mixes elements of sci-fi (cryogenics, automatons, etc.) with a light touch of supernatural powers.

Story, 7: Despite a short length of only three chapters, the world is fleshed out quite well. Readers get a sense of the state of the Earth, the implications of human experimentation, and what (if any) difference exists between artificial intelligence and human consciousness.

Art, 7: The action scenes were nice and the character designs felt fresh and distinct from each other.

Characters, 6: While I thought the main characters were interesting and certainly had a unique relationship, I was a bit underwhelmed by the read more