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Oct 11, 2021
It amazes me that to this point no one has ever written a review of this story on the MAL site. Well, I think it's better late than never.

Hidamari no Ki is the story of the friendship between samurai Manjiro Ibuya (a fictitious character) and doctor Ryoan Tezuka (later Ryosen Tezuka, and this is a historical figure, Osamu Tezuka's great-grandfather). Even though they have diametrically opposite occupations (samurai are occupied with killing, and doctors with saving lives) a great mutual respect and trust is slowly built between these two characters. They both learn from each other and themselves, changing their beliefs and learning things about ...
Mar 24, 2020
Naruto (Manga) add
Naruto was a manga that started with the potential to be one or even THE best shonen ever made. It had everything that it takes for a success: a vast quantity of well-made characters, an interesting setting (the shinobi world Kishimoto designed is awesome), interesting villains (for me Orochimaru is a copy of Voldemort, but it was still good) and a solid premise.

Even though the series is named after the main character, it is the supporting characters that really give life to "Naruto": Kakashi, Rock Lee, Gaara, Shikamaru, Hinata, Itachi, Minato, Tsunade, just to name a few. They are all interesting characters. Some of them ...
Mar 24, 2020
Mixed Feelings
Just to say: the Korean version of the movie is definitely better.

Old Boy is a manga that started with a great premise: a man was imprisoned for ten years by a mysterious person. He is then released and has to find out who did this to him and why.

It started really good. The ways he used to track the steps of the mysterious man were really innovative and cool. Nevertheless, while I was reading it, it seemed to me that the author started the story without an idea on how to end it, so he was just dragging the story ever further. It took 8 ...
Mar 23, 2020
The Crater (Manga) add
The Crater is not just one story, but a collection of 17 different stories (with the last one being called "The Crater") of supernatural mystery.
I've read in some articles that it was made during an experimental period in Tezuka's career. He was transitioning from his adventurous and chldish-focused stories (like Lost World, Astro Boy, Kimba the White Lion etc) to write more mature content. So The Crater is an experimental work; he was trying new stuff and made a collection of short stories to see how it would go. I think this fact is the answer to my opinion on each chapter: some of them ...
Mar 28, 2019
Preliminary (32/54 chp)
Hadashi no Gen is just the most heart-breaking, sad, gritty and tragic story that I can think of. It is the kind of story that really changes you as a person. It makes you see the world differently.

Hadashi no Gen is the tragic story of Gen and his family, who suffered deeply the effect of the atomic bomb. The author lived in Hiroshima in 1945 and he was six years old, so this is not fiction. This story is not fruit of imagination nor speculation. It is a true narrative of the Hiroshima bombing and the tragedies it caused to hundreds of thousands of people. ...
Mar 28, 2019
It's been a while since I read this story (I believe it was four years ago, but I may be wrong), so I may forget some things. It is that way because just recently I have decided to make some reviews on MAL.

I intend to reread it, though, for this manga is simply astonishing.

Although people have already said it in the other reviews, Hi no Tori is composed of several different stories. To be precise, each volume presents us a different set with different stories. In some rare occasions, the same character appears in two different volumes, but it's not common. It is not uncommon ...
Sep 13, 2015
One Piece (Manga) add
Preliminary (798/? chp)
This is the first review I'm writing in this website so far, so please, don't judge my grammar.

One Piece is a part of the team of the successful shonens of the third millenium, amongst Naruto, Bleach and currently Fairy Tail and Toriko, now that Naruto is finished. Nevertheless, One Piece has something that stands out from your typical shonen manga, despite relying heavily on comedy, adventure and action, something that nearly every successful shonen does. So how does it stand out?

One Piece is not your regular shonen because of its themes and its worldbuilding. Despite the fact that it ...