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Feb 27, 2014
Ichi (Manga) add (All reviews)
Ichi is a semi-episodic Manga about a blind goze woman travelling around Japan for money and shelter, carrying out missions given to her from a police office or high-ranking individuals. You get to see some popular political movements active at the time the story was set (the 1850s) and the clashes between authority, xenophobia and the idea of achieving your potential. It’s a weird mix of bloodbath and cuddly (gag) Shoujo manga…

The plot started out really well, I liked the idea of a blind female assassin (I thought that was pretty original) slashing random people up. Except that the story stopped there: there wasn’t any read more
Nov 10, 2013
Shounan Bakusozoku is an energy-packed story about a guy named Yousuke, Eguchi who’s absolutely obsessed with stitch-work and knitting (I know, I had that same look on my face too) HOWEVER (yes, continue reading…) he’s also the SECOND leader of the Shonan Bakusozoku biker gang and was handpicked by the leader herself! The Manga focuses on Eguchi’s daily battles with handicraft and bullying the crap out of enemies who obnoxiously think that their bike gang is better than Shounan Bakusozoku. And as we all know, that’s just a load of rubbish.

The plot of Shounan Bakusozoku is very light-hearted and fun, it’s mostly about a bunch read more
Oct 10, 2013
Altojin, an orphan with evidently superior magical powers (however these magical powers weren’t called, ‘magical powers’ in the story; NO, the author thought they’d outdo themselves by coming up with… ‘Aura’) had wowed the two princes of Chigul thus introducing a love-triangle, brotherly betrayal, war and witchcraft. Great, all’s well if it ends well. The storyline was so original that I could just list the plot in less than a long sentence… Note the sarcasm.

The plot was awful; in a nonsensical sense. There’s rape that happens in the first volume that the author did not follow up on; Altojen watched the Prince and his step-mother read more
Sep 8, 2013
Yokohama Monogateri follows an orphan (what a coincidence!) who became a maid for a rich family, her name is Uno (I know what you’re thinking, no, not the cards game). Basically, her family worked for the rich Kanou’s on their farmland but everyone on the farm died due to an epidemic (it seems that Mangaland is FULL of amnesia-related diseases and flash epidemics). However there was one sole and lonely survivor and (I know you’re expecting this because I sure was) and she goes by the name of Uno.

But let’s not get bogged down by the cliché and identical background story of dozens of read more
Jun 17, 2013
Preliminary
Hoozuki is the Deputy Chief to the King of Hell and like most unfortunate secretaries; he does most of the organising and scheduling while also being responsible for unforeseen obstacles while his boss does very little indeed: the life of Hoozuki sounds daunting to say the least. However, unlike most people (because obviously he isn't most people: he's a demon), he doesn't get emotional or violently stressed out, he's just so chill that if you place a giant ice cube on top of his head, it would frost over. Anyways we follow the protagonist around Hell, watching him talk to subordinates and beat the crap read more
May 2, 2013
Oyaji (Manga) add (All reviews)
The cover is not inviting DO NOT LOOK!

The story, Oyaji, is about a: ‘hardass oldtimer [trying] to make good with his estranged family before it's too late.
At some times completely over the top and highly violent, at others very down to earth.
At all times, manly.’ - Mangaupdates

Again, I repeat: the cover is not inviting DO NOT LOOK!

The plot follows a linear timeline of the day Oyaji comes back to his family, and while we experience what is happening in the present, the plot is peppered with memories of Kumada, Takeshi’s (aka. Oyaji) past and unlike some other rather badly written Manga that uses the read more
Mar 29, 2013
Preliminary
THE COVER IS MISLEADING!!!!!!!!!!!!

Zeni Geba starts off with a young not well-off kid Futarou; his mom and himself struggle to live at rock bottom and to make it worse, his mom is ill (seriously, when it rains it pours). Futarou is bullied by his school ‘friends’ but the saving character in the story is the neighbour kid, who Futarou calls endearingly ‘neighbro’ aka. neighbour brother. Alas, his mother’s illness becomes worse and she passes away due to the fact that they were so poor no doctor would give them medication. So Futarou vows to become the richest man in Japan so that he can escape read more
Mar 23, 2013
Preliminary
The story surrounds a guy called Eumenes who was originally thought to be Greek but then turned out to be adopted and was actually Scythian (did those people even exist, and did they create the scythe?). Anyhooo, he turns from master to slave and then to foreigner and THEN to secretary of the Macedonian state (which has Alexander as a prince). Meanwhile, he tries to dodge as many as life's punches as possible and enjoy following King Philip around in bloody battlefields and advising the man when he is allowed to. The end (up to where I read).

Firstly, if you had watched Alexander the Great read more
Dec 16, 2012
Preliminary
The story begins with our dear friend Assassin-kun, you know, killing people like he always does and the thing is, he is a brooder.

So what is our brooding hero brooding over?

Whether he's doing the 'right' thing [by killing people mercilessly] and if he is in a 'good' field of work (didn't he know that the assassin-field is highly regarded by the nation's children?). So anyway, between the entirely cliché and sappy inner workings of the protagonist, you see some blood-spatter, knifings and guts being punctured.

END OF SUMMARY

The story wasn't all that bad.

The plot is reader-friendly and a wider audience (of less bloodthirsty people) might like read more
Dec 7, 2012
Preliminary
I was shocked! (Can I say I was shocked?)

If inconsistent plotlines, sparkly-sparkle thou-shiney-light-side-effects-are-blinding-me, random love-triangles, unrequited love, molestation and occult ideology were to merge into one monster: it would be this monster.

No, ladies and gentlemen, I’m not lying. It was like being punched in the forehead repeatedly while watching random scenes take place, because that was what the story was, random scenes put together with the same characters starring them all.

The story was about how a depressed orphan was adopted by her Aunt while receiving stalker-esque letters from a stranger (who had a weird obsession with rose-scented perfume). This rather sad orphan tried to read more