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Jun 28, 2017
C.A.T. (Manga) add (All reviews)
Preliminary
This piece of work has HIROAKI SAMURA stamped all over it. From the art, to the characters, to the plot...it's like BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL in a modern setting. Except it isn't by Hiroaki Samura......could have fooled me though!

Plot-wise, there isn't really one...there are *hints* of an overarching plot but it isn't developed. What there is, is just a rough setting and a bunch of characters with their own agendas--but again, these aren't fleshed out (enough.) The chapters aren't standalone either, but build on each other...but there wasn't anything to motivate me to keep on reading on except to know where all this was going...and read more
Jun 17, 2017
--Plot/Pacing: B+
The basic premise is interesting, yet...it ultimately ends up feeling like the prologue to a longer series. The story ends without much of a resolution (and with a very weak punchline), which is a shame. I can see how this could continue for at least 1 or 2 more volumes, where the protagonist overcomes his curse. As it stands, it's just feels dissatisfyingly unfinished.

--Drawing/Design: B+
The drawing style strongly reminds me of Hiroaki Samura (Blade of the Immortal), and that's a good thing in my book.

--Characterisation: B
Pretty basic. This being a one-shot, so don't expect anything beyond two-dimensional characters.

Bottom-line: Bit of a waste of read more
Sep 25, 2016
First off, if by reading the synopsis you thought this was a show about zombies (a la Highschool of the Dead)...it's not. It's about "Outsiders"--seemingly ordinary people with extraordinary abilities. One of those Outsiders is a girl who can control zombies, but she is NOT the main character.

Secondly, if you haven't started watching, I must pre-warn you of this part in the 1st episode which caused a fair number of people to give up in disgust. It's the scene where Houhou is trying to bury the MC, Soran, and he just sits there like an idiot. Why doesn't he just get up and run read more
Aug 11, 2016
The synopsis above is quite misleading. Reading it, you might think the focus of this story is some kind of magical bear, or forest, or the aforementioned girl...but you'd be mistaken. In fact, the Japanese title translates to something like, "Escaping Man" -- and that's what this manga's basically about: a man who "escaped", his reason for doing so, and what happens when that reason no longer exists.

Since it was serialized in "Manga Erotics F", I expected to see something naughty but the closest this manga ever came to that was just an implied sex scene. This doesn't affect my evaluation of it in read more
Aug 9, 2016
Plot/Pacing: B+
Frankly the plot is quite messy and chaotic, especially at the beginning--there's too much going on and at too fast a pace, and you'd probably struggle to read the subs and make sense of things. However the situation should improve by the 3rd episode, and as the series progresses, a plot gradually forms and steadily gains coherence. By the end of the 13th episode, you'd have your happy ending all nice and wrapped up. Bonus points for consistently making me chuckle, as well as having a slightly different flavour of fantasy (Chinese as opposed to Japanese or European) compared to the norm.

Seiyu/Sound: A
Chinese voice read more
Aug 8, 2016
Oldman (Manga) add (All reviews)
I read an English fan-translation, and I'm pretty sure more than a few things were lost in the process of translation. The story's resolution confused me, so I went back and read it over. That actually made it worse, as I discovered more flaws in the story. Anyway, my evaluation as follows...

--Plot/Pacing: B
I'd really like to give this a higher rating, but I just can't ignore all the plot-holes, character inconsistencies, contrived circumstances, and loose ends. Any subject matter that deals with the manipulation of Time is always tricky due to the inherent paradoxes, but the resolution of this story is nothing short of inscrutable.

An read more
Aug 5, 2016
This is a series that started off pretty strongly, with an intriguing anti-hero protagonist. However, somewhere in the middle it became too draggy with all those tedious flashbacks and an abrupt switch in focus to the relatively boring backstory of the main character and his quest to defeat his archenemy. It didn't help that said archenemy had a less than compelling presence and personality. IMO, It would have been better if the author finished this series in 10 volumes, then put the revenge arc into a new series or spin-off.

The art is above average, but not really to my taste. The main characters are read more
Aug 4, 2016
Freesia (Manga) add (All reviews)
This is a manga that gets better and better as it goes on. It's certainly not for everyone, but give it a try or two--I gave it a second chance (hated it on my first attempt, but it somehow stayed at the back of my mind) and to date, I can say this is one of the best manga I have ever read.

A couple of things:-

(1) The art doesn't have a consistent quality. The covers and the first few pages are good and neat, but the rest are pretty raw and untidy and looks as if the artist didn't put a lot of read more
Aug 4, 2016
Preliminary
I'm re-reading this (years later) and revising my review/rating.

I got into this because I liked Samura's work on BOTI. A bit of gratuitous sex and violence is also within my tastes. However I got a hell lot more than I bargained for. Most people have a line they draw somewhere right? Mine are: eye injuries and underaged rape. This manga has both. I was close to puking at one point. Anyway let's break it down for the rating.

The story: 6/10
There isn't really a plot. This is just a collection of short stories that revolve around a central premise, a premise that I find...a bit read more