THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS
Well, this is my first review on MyAnimeList, so I decided to make a pretty positive review for a franchise I adore.
First of all, before I talk about what MyAnimeList made me rate (Story; Art; Characters, etc...) I took the time to say; One of Media Factory's many monthly comics, Monthly Comic Gene, is said to be shōnen manga for girls. So if one of the characters eats a fruit and becomes a rubber man, I'd be cool, whatever (even though shōnen battle manga isn't my thing, not so sure which direction the novel and manga are going to)
I'd say it's good,
not perfect, but good. Song series wise; I'd say a love it! The characters are wonderful, and it actually made me look at some in a different light (I mean, I knew Kano must be hiding what he feels, but Yobanashi Deceive was a huge eye opener for me!). I really cannot wait until songs like Toumei Answer, Yobanashi Deceive and Souzou Forest go towards the novel/manga/ and future anime area.
Okay, now it's the novel/manga(s) turn. I really find the plot interesting, but it's killing me! I'm sitting here, waiting for my favorite manga's to come out every month (while most translators miss there deadlines, but of course they have a life!) While my brother whistles away reading Naruto weekly. I read the summary's for both novels for the series, so I won’t be getting any new material from the manga until they enter the scene where Ene chases Konoha after the Headphone actor ordeal.
What can I say? Every character is cute; bodies are attractive (I swoon over Seto sometimes 0___0) makes the bad guys hot, and then makes the girl characters not look like hookers like every other manga/anime (s)!
If you don't like that, well, we don't have the same minds.
Song series wise; I'd say I love them all! Easy 10/10 for me. Except, I have a different take on the actual plot.
First, we have the neet, Shintaro. You see, he's (what I presume, with the way he acted) friend, Ayano, committed suicide two years before the story starts. The song, Toumei Answer, is saying that he has (what I think) suicidal thoughts and how he is useless. He actually does pretty well in school, but Ayano? Not so much. She just laughs it off with a big goofy smile of hers! In the song, he is asking why he couldn't figure out why she died, since he is the smart one and knows everything; he thought it would be obvious to see why this eccentric girl killed herself.
In the manga, it starts off two years later. He’s this normal guy, nothing much to do, except being in love with his computer. Yes, and once he finishes a song (which is actually Toumei Answer!) Ene finds herself murdering it. Now, Shintaro has to go out and buy a mouse and a keyboard. He notes how hot it is, and tries to remember the neighborhood since he hasn’t left his house for two years! Yes, for two whole years. While at a store, he finds himself being taken hostage by some bad guys. Good news, he has Ene in his iphone! She can easily open the security so the police can save everyone! So then Shintaro meets a cat eyed guy, gets enough confidence to tell the idiot leader that he’ll go to jail, something falls on the guy, so Shintaro uses the time to get Ene and to finish up his heroic service. Wait! Was Shintaro shot be any of them by the end? No, all his confidence drained, and then went back to the coward he was, thus fainting. Later, he finds out he’s at the Mekakushi Dan’s place, with his little sister to boot. He is black-mailed, and goes to the amusement park against his will.
Now, who’s Ene? She’s a cute cyborg that lives inside electronics and is basically is going to kill Shintaro with black-mail. Where did she come from? Beats me, but I know her original self wasn’t so happy, and had to see her entire town get blown up. Takane, Ene’s original form, was cranky, and had something wrong with her body that can make her pass out. Because of this, she takes an exclusive class with a boy, Haruka, who she had a crush on, that has the same fatal illness as her, only worse!
What is the Mekakushi Dan?
Well, there’s Kido, the leader; Seto, the second member; Kano, the third member and sometimes leader, and the newbies, which include Mary (4) and Momo (5).
Now, I’m not a big fan of Kido’s song, so I can only talk about what I got from the manga. She appears as a tsundere. In Konoha’s State of the World, you can she her little self at the end, happy as can be! So what’s the difference between those times? All I can say is that her power is to be invisible. How would you feel like if nobody can see you? That’s what I think, at least.
Seto seems nice, I mean, he’s Prince Charming! I can’t say much though. He did help Mary out of her shell, so, I guess he’s pretty cool? I cannot wait for at least some backstory from him in his future song.
Kano, what can I say? At first, I thought he was just one of those characters. Then, low and behold, Jin says he’s the only one that can keep the story going. Abracadabra; Yobanashi Deceive comes! All I can get from that song is that Kano can’t so his true self. He doesn’t even know who he is, metaphorically speaking. So, this Kano is just a big lie?
I’d love to write more about Mary, Momo, etc… but I feel like I’m going on and on and on! I’ll just say this; each character has a painful past, a quirky personality and has a bright future of character development.
Eh, 7/10. The manga hasn’t hit its high points yet, but it certainly hasn’t hit its low points either. I squeal in excitement once a chapter comes out, I cry in disapproval once the chapters finished. I help communities that contains the name Kagerou Project (Vocaloid wiki, Kagerou Project Wiki) also talking about the series with other people.
It’s unique. The characters are satisfying (no Mary-sues just yet) the art is actually attractive. The setting is realistic; the main character is actually relatable. The one problem I have though is that it takes a month or longer to get a hold of on the internet; so if you’re planning on reading this, and are used to reading most of their manga weekly, I’d suggest to listen to the song series. Better yet, listen to the song series first. I think it’s best to watch Yobanashi Deceive when you’re done with all the current eight chapters, it’s more meaningful.
Thanks! I really loved it, and I plan on watching the anime series which was confirmed on the Children Record booklet last year