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Jan 7, 2018
Have you ever read a collection of short sci-fi stories? Something with the works by the masters, Sheckley, Simak, Zelazny, Longyear, a preface talking about the eternal dream about stars and illustrations by the early astronauts – stuff that makes you believe in the purpose of humanity and long for space travel. If you have, you know what Stardust Memories is like – this manga is 100% such a book, down to the letter, adapted into a bit retro but surprisingly fresh handsome art.

If you haven’t… Well. *sigh* Ok. This brand of sci-fi is mostly philosophical, it treats space as a frontier the humans are read more
Jan 7, 2018
Many times I’ve seen Scientia being praised as a manga that shows the good, hopeful side of scientific progress, but now that I’ve read it I think that it's more of a competently done cautiously feel-good manga that evangelizes antidepressants.

Most of the stories in Scientia are centered on using artificial means to battle depression, so you can genuinely use it if you need to persuade someone to take the drugs they need but refuse. Some points are fair too: not everyone is eligible, there’re risks, you still are responsible for your life and actions and you’ll have to learn to stand on your own later, read more
Aug 1, 2017
This was terrible, which surprised me after very decent Hoozuki no Shima. It’s been long since I flipped through pages on pure rage to tear a work apart properly in a review.

Among the many factors that make you question your choice of hobby while reading this manga the atrocious hamfisted fanservice is the real star. It has no contenders in making you want to hit your head on the table from the complex combination of ire, cringe and lameness overflow. I am understanding of fanservice in manga, really, truly, I promise, but this time it got to me and it got to me bad. And read more
Jul 20, 2017
Not what you would expect from the covers and fantasy josei reading experience, Haigakura is in fact less about handsome men dancing (while it does contain handsome men who perform ritualistic dances) and more about a very complex and disturbing cosmology delivered through delayed exposition. I guess, I should add another subgenre to my mental map of josei – one that is made for women who love stories above everything else.

Haigakura’s plot is a story build on a legend that is wrapped in a mystery. The tale nature is even underlined in its designs – Haigakura is relatively low on living flowers backgrounds and uses read more
Jul 18, 2017
Think of a moment when you really need to get yourself off, but at the same time just can’t get into it. You feel the need, but your inspiration isn’t there. Then Versailles no Bara comes up in your mind, no matter the reason – and you start to work desperately on what raises those chemicals. Let’s make all the characters into sophisticated smashing androgynes – think you – who want to have sex with each other in weird situations and combinations (and with each other’s families, and in front of one’s family). Then you toss in executions and torture, psychological issues and taboo, exciting read more
Oct 25, 2016
Amazing. Unbelievably, unexpectedly – amazing. And the most surprising thing is that I can say it without any concessions to the romance genre. Fujiyama-san wa Shishunki is a manga you want to dissolve in, to live in, so consistently good its writing and its art are.

Lemme start with the characters, after all, the premise of a romance between a short guy and a tall girl is what would make the synopsis of this manga anywhere. But it’s not Love Com, and the difference in height quickly becomes secondary for their budding feeling. Boy, do the characters feel human, do they feel alive. A big chunk read more
Oct 25, 2016
I start to have a feeling that Kitoh Mohiro really isn’t “my” author, but maybe I’ll still present this manga for potential readers (I don’t see a raving crowd of competitors anyway). It is a complex case after all – it has an amazing world and pretty art, which sometimes leads to breathtaking panels, but it’s also curiously messed up, at least in my eyes.

So, yeah, the world of Owari to Hajimari no Miles is highly imaginative. Visually it’s all about air, sublime void, on which the islands people live on float, which people traverse in different, often whimsical ways, in which vehicles hang, barely read more
Oct 16, 2016
You normally don’t expect to see parts of a human body swimming in a bottle in a shoujo manga, do you? You usually don’t think it will deal with AIs, vengeful dead and body horror. And maybe it better stays that way. As far as experiments go, this seems to be a failure, while I respect the attempt and can’t help but admire the art of this manga. Neither love story nor mystery plot emerge unharmed from their collision.

The rating of 5 takes a lot of my goodwill this time. Personally, I feel insulted by some elements of the plot, but there’re two thing that read more
Oct 14, 2016
After contributing another unfavorable review to Chimoguri Ringo to Kingyobachi Otoko by the same author, I feel obliged to note that this work by him is much better. I am (cautiously) enthusiastic about Vanilla Spider.

My caution stems from the fact that the translation for this manga has just started. Yeah, I know. One of these days people from MAL will track me down and hit with something heavy on the head for reviewing early. I hope I’ll get Darwin award for it, I sorta like awards.

Thus it’s understandable that the overarching plot of Vanilla Spider hasn’t become visible yet, though the available three chapters read more
Oct 9, 2016
Is it even possible to make a manga about blood-diving girls and a serial killer with a fishbowl for a head boring? Apparently, yes. You just need to never move past the concept. Basically, after you have seen the MAL page for this manga, you have seen it all. Here, you can add it to your Completed list now.

I understand that you don’t believe me, I also wanted it to be a lost gem. And, I guess, fans could easily offer counterarguments. After all there’re clever things in this manga, like using a pervert, whose nose bleeds when he sees a girl in a swimsuit, read more