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Jul 9, 2021
I wish I had read this as a physical manga.

This is really a whirlwind of emotion. Reading My Broken Mariko, I was so wrapped up in the emotional chaos that the thought of exploitation/objectification of death and suicide really did not cross my mind at all. It's something I'll think about more closely now.

Waka Hirako's art is on another level. It's at once hilarious and devastating. It perfectly captures the idea of a subjecive point of view, captured in detailed lines and beautiful character work. Every panel brims with energy and passion.

For a subjet so difficult and wrenching, this manga wraps up read more
Jul 9, 2021
Preliminary
Great yuri. Found myself cringing in compassionate empathy over and over again...This hit hard.

Story:
Fine, college-set yuri manga, regular expected cast.

Art:
Deceptively bright, confident and lovely strokes. Full page panels are incredible depictions of emotional intensity and turmoil. Really loved the style.

Character:
This is where this manga shines. The relationships between the girls (more so than the rest of the cast even though that's not empty - see End and Tsuruta on the male side of things) is really brilliant. I say girls because, well, even the non-lesbian non-MCs: Usshi, Rika, even Yuria, the new coworker. They all feel simultaneously flawed and sympathetic. Incredibly relatable read more
Jan 26, 2021
Preliminary
Clean, strong, basic.

This has already blown up in Japan, so we'll be getting an anime adaptation announcement in the next year, probably. And it's not bad, in fact the detailed and dynamic action sequences will look great animated.

It's just that... man, another half human half [monster hated by humanity] protagonist who has to save the world with his [monster strength] with his [somewhat OP rival] by his side... This is such a bland story at this point I couldn't muster any enthusiasm while reading. Not much worldbuilding either, just, again cool action.

Before being eventually promoted to hero, the protagonist is a kaiju read more
Jan 25, 2021
Preliminary
"A lie is an exception form of love". The age of the spectacle, afforded to us in part by social media, has made all of us wonderful liars.

Oshi no Ko is a zany mess of a manga that abruptly changes in direction two to three times in the first thirty chapters. An improbable bet to pull off but the manga succeeds, narrative pulling through much like a freight train. Its tone oscillates, reaching sloppy peaks of slapstick comedy, earnest social commentary, and dramatic tension.

There is certainly a lot to juggle and the question it poses are uncertain and complex. Ex: Is the protag's vision read more
Jan 20, 2021
Preliminary
~ We shall now begin ethics ~

Story: Monster of the week but make it depressed high schoolers. This manga deals with complicated subjects, such as self-harm, rape, gender expression, and mental illness, but manages to treat them with nuance and a certain gentle benevolence towards the characters. Outside of a couple moments perhaps with the beginning of the manga, I was pleasantly surprised - this isn't a manga that relies on edgy shock value. It's also good-natured without being pretentious, which is hard to due while name-dropping philosopher bigshots at least twice a chapter.

Art: Sharp and pretty, suits the story. It's so funny how read more
Jan 20, 2021
This is ok! The initial concept of the series is cute and senpai is a very pretty character but over the course of the series the plot is pretty predictable and insular and the characters are a bit flat and annoying.

Story: The story is basic and very self-contained in the cafe space the characters work at. Not my cup of tea (cup of coffee, more like) but maybe if you like a Friends-type setup you'll like this. As a result, the stakes feel fairly low and unrealistic. Why don't any of these characters have any real lives or interests outside of their work and read more
Aug 11, 2020
Preliminary
"Stories are free as birds until someone picks them up"

An educative and somewhat eccentric manga! Very strong first volume: an incredibly funny and honest depiction of life as a bookstore employee. A lot of interesting insight - take for example the little anecdote about the 'western comics' section manager's back pain caused by restocking books made from thicker materials than japanese manga! I also loved chapter 19 of volume 3 (a little bookmark for me haha), where Honda-san compares the publishing schedules and work reputations of the major manga publishing houses. It's an example of edifying insider information presented in an entertaining and funny read more
Jul 27, 2020
"I got the job, Mano-san is quitting, and a new person will take her place. The office is like a creature whose cells continually regenerate."

I read this bittersweet manga at precisely the right time, as like the protagonist, I have just begun my first post-university job and the quest of finding value and meaning in an office workplace. What this manga really nails is the feeling of a 'nice' workplace - Occasional interesting tasks and friendly coworkers making up for a lack of personal investment, as well as the feeling of an entire support system emerging from where you're bound to spend most of your read more
Jul 8, 2020
Preliminary
Spy X Family is a delightful, light-hearted series.
Extremely easy to read, pages fly by. The series maintains a quick and enthralling rhythm, perfectly setting up increasingly rewarding punchlines. The characters are at once fresh and familiar, and the whole Mr and Mrs Smith concept is always fun.
The daughter character, who I find I usually have trouble as comedy relief, was great and adorable. In fact, the entire family functions so smoothly as a family unit. The hardships of raising a children and of being a good wife/husband could appear trite, especially in contrast to the explosive spy and hitman families they are intertwined read more
Jul 7, 2020
Preliminary
My experience with Jaga[..]n : an incredibly bold start that unfortunately fizzled out into a boring edgy battle series.
I want to take a moment to commend the opening ~20 chapters of this manga, incredibly dark and explosive. In them we meet the series protagonist, a pathetic, disillusioned cop. His only cope is knowing his gun could, in some universe where he'd be brave enough to perform the act, kill one of the pathetic NPCs that surround him, or even himelf. The opening chapters reflect the unending horrors of the contemporary, disempowered social individual. The monsters are the protagonist's shitty coworkers, an abusive boss read more