2020 Manga Reading Challenge
May

Categories: (Completed) Manga Review

Here’s my entry on MAL: https://myanimelist.net/forum/?topicid=1818367&show=50#msg58929053

Challenge Start Date: January 01, 2020
Challenge Finish Date: MONTH DAY, YEAR (example: December 15, 2020)
Link to your completed manga list: https://myanimelist.net/mangalist/yu6?status=2
Completed Manga (at sign-up): 899

☆ [Difficulty]  =  [Total Items Needed]
★ Beginner: ____________10
★★ Hobbyist: ___________20
★★★ Avid Reader: _______35
★★★★ Enthusiast: _______50
★★★★★ Manga Expert: ___65

Completed: 6/65 items

TYPE
1. [Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #01. Read a collection of short stories.
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2. [Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #02. Read a manhua or a manhwa.
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3. [Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #03. Read a doujin based on a series you've read.
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4.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #04. Read an award-winning manga.
MANGA_TITLE | [Award won: ]
5.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #05. Read a featured manga.
MANGA_TITLE | [Article: ]
6.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #06. Read a manga from the ones listed under manga relations in the Hidden Gems of Manga club.
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7.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #07. Read a manga that got cancelled/axed.
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8.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #08. Read a colored manga.
MANGA_TITLE | [Proof/Source: ]

CREATORS
9.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #09. Read a manga by your favorite author/artist.
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10.[Started: Jan 04] [Finished: Jan 04] #10. Read the first or earliest work of your favorite creator.
Space Chef Caisar
11.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #11. Read a manga by an artist/author duo.
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12.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #12. Read a manga by an author/artist you don't know.
Shuukan Shounen Hachi
13.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #13. Read TWO manga by the same author.
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14.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #14. Read a manga by an author you don't like.
MANGA_TITLE | [Previously read: MANGA]

ADAPTATIONS
15.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #15. Read a manga that has not been adapted in any way.
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16.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #16. Read a manga that's been the source of one of your completed anime.
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17.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #17. Read a manga that was adapted from an anime.
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18.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #18. Read a manga that has been adapted to live action.
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TAGS & DEMOGRAPHICS
19.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #19. Read a Martial Arts or Samurai manga.
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20.[Started: Jan 07] [Finished: Jan 10] #20. Read a Mecha, Police or Military manga.
Shinmai Fukei Kiruko-san
(Police)
21.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #21. Read a Super Power or Magic manga.
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22.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #22. Read a Psychological or Thriller manga.
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23.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #23. Read a Shounen Ai or Shoujo Ai manga.
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24.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #24. Read an Action or Adventure manga.
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25.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #25. Read a Fantasy or Mystery manga.
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26. [Started: Jan 05] [Finished: Jan 07] #26. Read a Sports or Games manga.
Teppuu
(Sports)
27.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #27. Read a Sci-Fi or Horror manga.
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28.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #28. Read a Psychological or Supernatural manga.
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29.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #29. Read a Drama or Romance manga.
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30.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #30. Read a Comedy or Slice of Life manga.
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31.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #31. Read a Gender Bender manga.
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32.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #32. Read a Parody manga.
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33.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #33. Read a manga serialized in a shoujo magazine.
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34.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #34. Read a manga serialized in a shounen magazine.
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35.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #35. Read a manga serialized in a josei magazine.
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36.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #36. Read a manga serialized in a seinen magazine.
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YEARS
37.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #37. Read a manga that started serialization before or in the 70s.
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38.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #38. Read a manga that started serialization in the 80s.
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39.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #39. Read a manga that started serialization in the 90s.
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40.[Started: Jan 11] [Finished: Jan 20] #40. Read a manga that started serialization in the 2000s.
Souten no Ken
41.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #41. Read a manga that started serialization in the 2010s.
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42.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #42. Read a manga that started serialization in 2018/19.
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43.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #43. Read a manga that started publishing the same month and year as one of your listed favorites.
MANGA_TITLE | [Your favorite: MANGA]

CHARACTER-BASED
44.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #44. Read a manga with both a child and an adult main character.
MANGA_TITLE | [Proof (if needed): ]
45.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #45. Read a manga with a main cast of 21+ year-olds.
MANGA_TITLE | [Proof (if needed): ]
46.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #46. Read a manga with a main character older than 35 years.
MANGA_TITLE | [Proof (if needed): ]
47.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #47. Read a manga with a main character who is an elementary or middle school student.
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48.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #48. Read a manga with a main character who is a high school or college student.
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49.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #49. Read a manga with a genius main character.
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50.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #50. Read a manga with a main character that wears glasses.
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51.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #51. Read a manga with an animal main character.
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52.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #52. Read a manga with a mascot character.
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53. [Started: Jan 20] [Finished: Jan 22] #53. Read a manga with both a human and a non-human main character.
Pocket Monsters XY: Pokemon Ryuuouden
54.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #54. Read a manga with a non-Japanese main character that takes place in the real world.
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55.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #55. Read a manga with a main character that belongs to royalty.
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56.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #56. Read a manga with a main character that is a professional in their field.
MANGA_TITLE | [Character & Profession: ]
57.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #57. Read a manga with at least 5 family members in the cast.
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58.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #58. Read a manga with a listed cast of 8 or more people.
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59.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #59. Read a manga that is about or includes a character with a serious illness.
MANGA_TITLE | [Character: ]
60.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #60. Read a manga that includes a character with a disability.
MANGA_TITLE | [Character: ]
61.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #61. Read a manga about characters with animal characteristics.
MANGA_TITLE | [Character & Characteristics: ]

THEMES
62.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #62. Read an isekai manga.
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63.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #63. Read a manga about CGDCT.
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64.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #64. Read a manga about food, music, or art.
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65.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #65. Read a manga about a family.
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66.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #66. Read a manga about a couple.
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67.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #67. Read a manga about delinquents.
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68.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #68. Read a manga about spirits / life after death / souls.
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69.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #69. Read a manga featuring Japanese folklore elements.
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70.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #70. Read a manga about zombies.
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71.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #71. Read a manga including steampunk/cyberpunk elements.
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72.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #72. Read a manga including time travel.
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73.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #73. Read a manga including an Artificial Intelligence.
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74.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #74. Read a battle royale/survival manga.
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75.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #75. Read a manga that focuses on villains.
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76.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #76. Read a manga about heroes.
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77.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #77. Read a manga about war.
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78.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #78. Read a manga that takes place in the countryside.
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79.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #79. Read a manga that is set in at least 2 different real life countries.
MANGA_TITLE | [Countries: ]
80.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #80. Read a manga that takes place in feudal Japan.
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81.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #81. Read a manga with a main setting someplace other than Earth.
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82.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #82. Read a manga that takes place in the distant future (100+ years).
MANGA_TITLE | [Year: ]
83.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #83. Read a manga about nature.
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MISC.
84.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #84. Read a manga with a vehicle in the cover.
MANGA_TITLE | [Link to cover (if not the main cover of the entry): ]
85.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #85. Read a manga with weather conditions on the cover.
MANGA_TITLE | [Link to cover (if not the main cover of the entry): ]
86.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #86. Read any manga recommended to your Favorite Manga listed in profile.
MANGA_TITLE | [Favorite manga/Recommendation: MANGA]
87.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #87. Read a manga recommended to you by another participant in the discussion thread.
MANGA_TITLE | [Recommendation: ]
88.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #88. Read a manga recommended to another manga you've read for this challenge.
MANGA_TITLE | [Previously read/recommendation: MANGA]
89.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #89. Read a manga whose title begins with the last letter of your username.
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90.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #90. Read a manga with the same first and last letter.
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91.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #91. Read a manga that appears when putting in your username.
MANGA_TITLE | [(replace both YOURUSERNAME with your username): YOURUSERNAME]
92.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #92. Read a manga with a one word title.
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93.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #93. Read a manga with 6 or more words in its title.
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94.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #94. Read a manga with a symbol in the title.
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95.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #95. Read a manga that is not ranked.
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96.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #96. Read a manga with more users listed in PTR than Completed
MANGA_TITLE | [Proof: ]
97.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #97. Read a manga with no reviews.
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98.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #98. Read a manga that is scored higher than its anime adaptation.
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99.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #99. Read a manga that is on one of the active MRC staff's Plan to Read list.
MANGA_TITLE | [Staff member: ]
100.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #100. Read an active MRC staff member's listed favorite manga.
MANGA_TITLE | [Staff member: ]
101.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #101. Read an active MAL staff member's listed favorite manga.
MANGA_TITLE | [Staff member: ]
102.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #102. Read a manga from the recently reviewed list.
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103.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #103. Read a manga series you can finish in one day.
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104.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #104. Re-read a manga.
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CHOOSE YOUR OWN DIFFICULTY (Pick one option per item.)
105.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #105. Read a manga that is 2-5/6-12/13-20 volumes in length.
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106. [Started: Jan 23] [Finished: Jan 23] #106. Read a manga with less than 10,000/5,000/2,500 members.
Pocket Monsters Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire: Akaki Jounetsu to Aoki Eichi

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107.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #107. Read a manga from a magazine with less than 200/100/50 titles in the database.
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108.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #108. Read a manga ranked BELOW 10,000/5,000/2,500.
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109.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #109. Read a manga with less than 200/100/50 favorites.
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110.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #110. Read a manga with less than 1,000/500/100 completed members.
Shutsudou!! Pokemon Ranger
111.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #111. Read a manga with 50/100/200 chapters or more.
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Project X: Cup Noodle
May

Categories: (Completed) Manga Review
Name: Project X: Cup Noodle
Alt name: Project X - Nissin Cup Noodle
Author:  Kadoh Tadashi (Story & Art)
Volumes: 1 | Chapters: 8
Genres: Historical

Who don't know Cup Noodle, that famous instant noodles made from Nissin? Well, I'm not here to do adv but to talk about this "Hidden Gem" of a manga!

Story: first of all, this manga is a historical one about how Cup Noodle was born. There isn't any magic, contracts or fantasy in this manga, this is the story of a man called Momofuku Andou and about his battle to seek a new type of food for a new era. Andou ordered the development of noodles that can be eat anywhere at anytime. Thanks to his staff he slowly overcome public skepticism.

Everyone knows how it ended... Cup Noodles is today a really famous food but I liked they idea of the behind the scenes (sadly the page on Wikipedia is a little short so I don't know how much in the manga is true... maybe something was added to make the manga a little more interesting).
The story was really interesting, every chapter focused on a step of how to create Cup Noodle. For example there's a achapter where they have to create the cup and its shape, another chapter where they have to make the noodles cook in 3 minutes (and they need to be perfectly cooked) until they finally start to sell. I really liked how Andou stay true to his idea to have noodles that can be eat anywhere at anythime. there isn't a lot of chapters and I think that for this kind of manga it's positive because the author can't do fillers.
The characters are nice and from the beginning you cheer them (well, we already know that they were able to create Cup Noodles but the manga is really interesting and you still wish for them to be able to achieve this project!). A lot of the first chapters are focused on a specific character since they didn't work all together but everyone had its task to accomplish.
The drawings are really simple and try to stay realistic but without losing the manga style. I really love manga style that try to be realistic but without being too much realisitc. The panels are good to look and the noodles seems real (I'm glad that I ate something before starting to read this manga XD).
The pages have some basic screen tones  but they are really nice to look at and the few landscapes are really well made.

My rating: 8/10

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Origami
May

Categories: (Completed) Manga Review
Name: Origami (天真爛漫紀 ORIGAMI)
Alt name: Tenshin Ranmanki ORIGAMI
Author:  Mizuto Aqua (Story & Art)
Volumes: 2 | Chapters: 9
Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Shoujo

I think that it's a nice manga ranked really low (#13369 on MAL with a 6.64 score) and axed really quickly.

Story: Since Yuna was little she had unbeatable luck, is always happy, has a lot of friends but is an orphan. She still has an older brother and together they fight poverty. One day, Yuna meets a boy who demands that she gives the only memento she has of her mother to him. She refuses but a little later she expose the true identity of the boy and about the memento of her mother.

When I think of origami I think about paper folding... but... Wikipedia also says that ori means "folding", and kami means "paper" (kami changes to gami due to rendaku) so that's why in this manga we have a lot of gods (kami) but I still think that maybe another name would fit this manga better.
The story is well made and had potential to become a really good manga (sadly it was rushed/axed): the characters have a good background and a clear goal (return to their normal human life). The few characters are interesting and develop well, maybe because there aren't a lot of them and the side characters are really few. The story is quite simple and enjoyable.
The drawings are well made and cute. Every page is well made, good to look and with a lot of details.

My rating: 7/10

Spoiler

It had potential... a lot of potential but sadly the ending was axed and the ending was left open... it's still enjoyable but an open ending after we discover that "only one will be left" is a little unsatisfying. We can see only one death and the main enemy is still there doing who knows what because we won't see him again. And we won't know who was left in the end because all of the main character left together for a journey to find all the Mitama.

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