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: May 29, 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: 65/65 items

TYPE
1. [Started: Apr 13] [Finished: Apr 15] #01. Read a collection of short stories.
2001-ya Monogatari
2. [Started: Feb 14] [Finished: Feb 20] #02. Read a manhua or a manhwa.
Zui Wu Dao
3. [Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #03. Read a doujin based on a series you've read.
MANGA_TITLE
4. [Started: Feb 01] [Finished: Feb 09] #04. Read an award-winning manga.
Doubutsu no Kuni [Award won: Won the Kodansha Manga Award for Children's Manga in 2013.]
5. [Started: Feb 22] [Finished: Mar 10] #05. Read a featured manga.
Hinomaruzumou | [Article: link]
6. [Started: Feb 29] [Finished: Mar 01] #06. Read a manga from the ones listed under manga relations in the Hidden Gems of Manga club.
About Death
7. [Started: Jan 30] [Finished: Jan 30] #07. Read a manga that got cancelled/axed.
Juuki Ningen Jumbor
8.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #08. Read a colored manga.
MANGA_TITLE | [Proof/Source: ]

CREATORS
9. [Started: May 16] [Finished: May 16] #09. Read a manga by your favorite author/artist.
Toutetsu
10.[Started: Jan 04] [Finished: Jan 04] #10. Read the first or earliest work of your favorite creator.
MANGA_TITLE
11. [Started: Mar 29] [Finished: Apr 03] #11. Read a manga by an artist/author duo.
Amagi Brilliant Park
12. [Started: Jan 24] [Finished: Jan 28] #12. Read a manga by an author/artist you don't know.
Shuukan Shounen Hachi
13. [Started: May 10] [Finished: May 10] #13. Read TWO manga by the same author.
Mokona Oujo no Ehon
Shirahimeshou
14.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #14. Read a manga by an author you don't like.
MANGA_TITLE | [Previously read: MANGA]

ADAPTATIONS
15. [Started: May 29] [Finished: May 29] #15. Read a manga that has not been adapted in any way.
Sengoku Tsukiyo
16.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #16. Read a manga that's been the source of one of your completed anime.
MANGA_TITLE
17. [Started: Apr 30] [Finished: May 01] #17. Read a manga that was adapted from an anime.
Kimi no Na wa.
18.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #18. Read a manga that has been adapted to live action.
MANGA_TITLE

TAGS & DEMOGRAPHICS
19. [Started: Apr 05] [Finished: Apr 05] #19. Read a Martial Arts or Samurai manga.
Hoshi no Ken (Samurai)
20. [Started: Jan 07] [Finished: Jan 10] #20. Read a Mecha, Police or Military manga.
Shinmai Fukei Kiruko-san (Police)
21. [Started: Mar 15] [Finished: Mar 15] #21. Read a Super Power or Magic manga.
Boku no Hero Academia: Deku & Bakugou:Rising (Super Power)
22. [Started: Mar 12] [Finished: Mar 17] #22. Read a Psychological or Thriller manga.
Land Lock (Psychological)
23. [Started: Apr 05] [Finished: Apr 05] #23. Read a Shounen Ai or Shoujo Ai manga.
Lonely Wolf, Lonely Sheep (Shoujo Ai)
24. [Started: Mar 10] [Finished: Mar 10] #24. Read an Action or Adventure manga.
Pocket Monsters Zensho (Action & Adventure)
25. [Started: Feb 27] [Finished: Feb 27] #25. Read a Fantasy or Mystery manga.
Pandemonium: Majutsushi no Mura (Fantasy)
26. [Started: Jan 05] [Finished: Jan 07] #26. Read a Sports or Games manga.
Teppuu (Sports)
27. [Started: Apr 11] [Finished: Apr 12] #27. Read a Sci-Fi or Horror manga.
Sensei no Bulge (Sci-Fi)
28. [Started: May 01] [Finished: May 03] #28. Read a Psychological or Supernatural manga.
Takamagahara (Supernatural)
29. [Started: Apr 01] [Finished: Apr 06] #29. Read a Drama or Romance manga.
Ninja Shinobu-san no Junjou (Romance)
30. [Started: Jan 28] [Finished: Jan 30] #30. Read a Comedy or Slice of Life manga.
Fukanzen na Hito no Tame ni
(Slice of Life)
31. [Started: Apr 07] [Finished: Apr 12] #31. Read a Gender Bender manga.
Tripeace
32. [Started: Apr 06] [Finished: Apr 06] #32. Read a Parody manga.
Palepoli
33. [Started: Feb 17] [Finished: Feb 22] #33. Read a manga serialized in a shoujo magazine.
Mori no Takuma-san
34. [Started: Apr 08] [Finished: Apr 09] #34. Read a manga serialized in a shounen magazine.
Hoop Men
35. [Started: Apr 03] [Finished: Apr 04] #35. Read a manga serialized in a josei magazine.
Heptagon
36. [Started: Mar 29] [Finished: Apr 04] #36. Read a manga serialized in a seinen magazine.
Kuishinbou!

YEARS
37. [Started: Apr 15] [Finished: Apr 19] #37. Read a manga that started serialization before or in the 70s.
Jungle Taitei
38. [Started: Apr 10] [Finished: Apr 10] #38. Read a manga that started serialization in the 80s.
Tenshi no Okurimono
39. [Started: Apr 11] [Finished: Apr 11] #39. Read a manga that started serialization in the 90s.
Bakudan
40. [Started: Jan 11] [Finished: Jan 20] #40. Read a manga that started serialization in the 2000s.
Souten no Ken
41. [Started: Feb 10] [Finished: Feb 12] #41. Read a manga that started serialization in the 2010s.
Kill la Kill
42. [Started: Apr 09] [Finished: Apr 10] #42. Read a manga that started serialization in 2018/19.
Gokutei Higuma
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: May 29] [Finished: May 29] #47. Read a manga with a main character who is an elementary or middle school student.
Koneko Hiroimashita
48.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #48. Read a manga with a main character who is a high school or college student.
MANGA_TITLE
49. [Started: May 20] [Finished: May 25] #49. Read a manga with a genius main character.
Zennou no Noa
50.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #50. Read a manga with a main character that wears glasses.
MANGA_TITLE
51. [Started: May 17] [Finished: May 17] #51. Read a manga with an animal main character.
Bernie no Enikki
52.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #52. Read a manga with a mascot character.
MANGA_TITLE
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.
MANGA_TITLE
55. [Started: May 08] [Finished: May 10] #55. Read a manga with a main character that belongs to royalty.
Himegimi to Sanbiki no Kemono
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.
MANGA_TITLE
58.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #58. Read a manga with a listed cast of 8 or more people.
MANGA_TITLE
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: May 16] [Finished: May 17] #60. Read a manga that includes a character with a disability.
Harukaze no Snegurochka | [Character: Bielka]
61.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #61. Read a manga about characters with animal characteristics.
MANGA_TITLE | [Character & Characteristics: ]

THEMES
62. [Started: May 24] [Finished: May 27] #62. Read an isekai manga.
Dungeon Seeker
63.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #63. Read a manga about CGDCT.
MANGA_TITLE
64. [Started: Mar 01] [Finished: Mar 24] #64. Read a manga about food, music, or art.
Tetsunabe no Jan (Food)
65. [Started: May 29] [Finished: May 29] #65. Read a manga about a family.
Hana to Sakazuki
66.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #66. Read a manga about a couple.
MANGA_TITLE
67.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #67. Read a manga about delinquents.
MANGA_TITLE
68. [Started: May 19] [Finished: May 20] #68. Read a manga about spirits / life after death / souls.
Tamashii no Futago
69.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #69. Read a manga featuring Japanese folklore elements.
MANGA_TITLE
70. [Started: May 19] [Finished: May 19] #70. Read a manga about zombies.
Kingdom of Zombie
71.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #71. Read a manga including steampunk/cyberpunk elements.
MANGA_TITLE
72. [Started: May 15] [Finished: May 15] #72. Read a manga including time travel.
Ichijou Kaname to wa Kakawaranai
73. [Started: May 04 [Finished: May 06] #73. Read a manga including an Artificial Intelligence.
Dennou Alice to Inaba-kun
74.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #74. Read a battle royale/survival manga.
MANGA_TITLE
75.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #75. Read a manga that focuses on villains.
MANGA_TITLE
76. [Started: May 11] [Finished: May 14] #76. Read a manga about heroes.
γ
77.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #77. Read a manga about war.
MANGA_TITLE
78.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #78. Read a manga that takes place in the countryside.
MANGA_TITLE
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: May 29] [Finished: May 29] #80. Read a manga that takes place in feudal Japan.
Hira Hira
81.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #81. Read a manga with a main setting someplace other than Earth.
MANGA_TITLE
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.
MANGA_TITLE

MISC.
84. [Started: May 28] [Finished: May 28] #84. Read a manga with a vehicle in the cover.
Shiki wo Taberu Onna
85. [Started: May 15] [Finished: May 15] #85. Read a manga with weather conditions on the cover.
Eien no With
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.
MANGA_TITLE
90.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #90. Read a manga with the same first and last letter.
MANGA_TITLE
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: May 19] [Finished: May 22] #92. Read a manga with a one word title.
Judge
93.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #93. Read a manga with 6 or more words in its title.
MANGA_TITLE
94. [Started: Apr 20] [Finished: Apr 25] #94. Read a manga with a symbol in the title.
AR∀GO: London Shikei Tokushu Hanzai Sousakan
95.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #95. Read a manga that is not ranked.
MANGA_TITLE
96. [Started: Mar 12] [Finished: Mar 12] #96. Read a manga with more users listed in PTR than Completed
Pokémon Colosseum: Snatcher Leo
Proof:

Image

[collapse]

97. [Started: Mar 24] [Finished: Mar 24] #97. Read a manga with no reviews.
Kagerou Daze Koushiki Anthology Comic: Summer
98. [Started: Mar 17] [Finished: Mar 28] #98. Read a manga that is scored higher than its anime adaptation.
Shin Angyo Onshi (Manga 8.43 Anime 6.90)
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: May 16] [Finished: May 17] #102. Read a manga from the recently reviewed list.
Nidome no Natsu, Nidoto Aenai Kimi
[Reviewed on May 15 by Heleir]
103. [Started: Mar 29] [Finished: Mar 29] #103. Read a manga series you can finish in one day.
Shin Angyo Onshi Gaiden
104.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #104. Re-read a manga.
MANGA_TITLE

CHOOSE YOUR OWN DIFFICULTY (Pick one option per item.)
105. [Started: Apr 06] [Finished: Apr 08] #105. Read a manga that is 2-5/6-12/13-20 volumes in length.
Wizard's Soul: Koi no Jihad (4 volumes)
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 (Less than 2.500)

Image

[collapse]

107. [Started: Feb 11] [Finished: Feb 11] #107. Read a manga from a magazine with less than 200/100/50 titles in the database.
Gekijouban Pocket Monsters: Kesshoutou no Teiou Entei (CoroCoro Comic: 97)
108. [Started: May 01] [Finished: May 01] #108. Read a manga ranked BELOW 10,000/5,000/2,500.
2001+5 (Ranked #10.061)
Image

[collapse]

109. [Started: Feb 10] [Finished: Feb 11] #109. Read a manga with less than 200/100/50 favorites.
Gekijouban Pocket Monster AG: Mew to Hadou no Yuusha Lucario (18 favorites)

Image

[collapse]

110. [Started: Jan 24] [Finished: Jan 24] #110. Read a manga with less than 1,000/500/100 completed members.
Shutsudou!! Pokemon Ranger (Less than 100 completed member)
Image

[collapse]

111.[Started: DATE] [Finished: DATE] #111. Read a manga with 50/100/200 chapters or more.
MANGA_TITLE

Share Button

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

Share Button

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.

[collapse]

 

 

Share Button