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Jul 5, 2011
Continuing my resolve to review every series I read, here's SIL.

The story is touching, sweet, and heartrending all at the same time. The story is very well done, the characters are incredibly believable. Some of the actions are a little bit of a stretch, but nothing detracts from the story.

The art is good, and the different panels effectively guide the story.

Characters are the strong point of this One off manga. They all come across as believable, and the actions of the characters follow what you would expect the characters to do. Not in a predictable, plodding way, but as yeah, I could see that read more
Jun 21, 2011
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I kind of got this manga on a whim, after reading some of the reviews.
WOW! I started reading this just for a little before I went to bed, and ended up reading the whole thing in one sitting - very unusual for me now as I tend to fall asleep easier than I did 20 years ago (yes, I'm old). But it definetly says something that I actually turned out the light, then turned it back on, walked over to the shelf and pulled Volume two off because I HAD HAD HAD to know what happened.

The story and characters in this story are outstanding - read more
May 28, 2011
Kingyo' Used Books is like a time capsule through Manga history. The stories deal primarily with people who wander into the bookstore and find that manga that triggers fond memories of childhood. I imagine I identify a little more with the characters, since most portrayed are in thier mid thirties or older -and as such childhood memories have become a little fuzzy, and also more cherished.

The book is full of little asides detailing what manga is being highlighted, with info on when and who published a particular story. It also is a little frustrating, because you get the feeling you'd love to get the volumes read more
May 21, 2011
Preliminary
I have only read two volumes, but felt SOMEOME should write a review!

This is an interesting manga, the strength to me is the insights into everyday Japanese life. There is an index at the end of the book explaining different words, puns and concepts familiar to Japanese readers, but you would have to be a scholar to know them if you are American.
One downside for me is I am constantly flipping to the end to read the references - which breaks the reading flow and makes the read a lot longer than it should be. The manga almost demands two reads, just to get read more
May 16, 2011
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General reviews overall a 10, but the art is a little too fluid for my liking. Still good art, but not perfect from my perspective. It in no way detracted from the story, but I can't give the art a perfect score.
This is a perfect melding of hard scifi, classic scifi, classic manga and new manga.
Like all great stories, the plot, characters and themes are universal. The setting and media are one that appeal to comic readers, but could easily be modified to reflect any era.
I always like stories that take us off the beaten track a little, and let's face it - the most read more
May 13, 2011
Preliminary
I am reviewing with only one volume read to give some impressions to future readers - will update as I read more.

This is a slowly developing, subtle story. Not an action or violence filled manga, pure drama. The main character is intriguing, a shy, unimposing, depressed samurai who has trouble holding a job. A change of pace from the typical samurai fare - and it makes it seem a bit more interesting - you know there had to be more than the honor bound fantastic warriors typically portrayed. I find myself curious as to what will happen next, and where the story will read more
May 2, 2011
This is a little out of my normal field, but I got seriously caught up in this story. I originally got this manga as part of a lot on Ebay, and only started reading it because it was the closest book to the door for an outdoor trip, but couldn't put the book down!

Story is hard to beat, being a true story that exploded onto the national scene. It's one that resonates with just about everyone.

Art is fantastic. There are no giant mecha or too cute girls or rampaging monsters, but real life portrayed very well.

Characters are great, seeing real growth and development. Hard read more
Apr 30, 2011
This manga was enjoyable - I am sure I will read it again and given my schedule that actually means something! I have gone on to break down each gradiant individually - but overall the manga is well worth the time!



This is one of the better post apocalyptic stories I have read. It's not a violent story, residual gore only. What's left of humanity lives side by side with androids, who are indistinguishable from humans. Humans put into cryogenic sleep randomly awaken, and must ive in the new world. The story of the world they live in is thoughtful and well-reasoned, and above read more
Apr 22, 2011
El Hazard is one of my fond memories of anime viewing past, so in my recent manga obsesssion, it became a #1 priority to read.

The Manga story follows the general plot of the anime series, and it moves fairly well. Art is clean, and I find it easy to follow

The one drawback I found was the Antagonist who followed from earth was almost an afterthought. The humor was a little weaker than in the anime, but the same basics were there.

Overall, a fun read, I will read it again