Shin Megami Tensei IV: Demonic Gene
May

Categories: (Completed) Manga Review
Name: Shin Megami Tensei IV: Demonic Gene (真・女神転生IV DEMONIC GENE)
Author:  Atlus (Story), Fukuda Ikumi (Art), Yamai Kazuyuki (Story)
Volumes: 2 - Chapters: 15
Genres: Action, Fantasy, Supernatural

I reviewed this manga back in 2015 when the translation was still ongoing so I'm really happy that back in 2016 I was able to read the complete version. Now that the manga is complete it's time to review it again to see if the complete version is good or not (like always, you can read my previous review here)

Story: The story follows the Walter (from the game) and Gina (a character created for the manga, two Samurai of the Eastern Kingdom of Mikado. The Samurai have the task to guard the people of Mikado: the Luxurors and the Casualries.
Walter, born a Casualries, don't like that much Luxurors but try anyway to be a good Samurai and improve his skills. Gina, a childhood friend of Walter, always watch Walter to help him.
One night, Walter and Gina are suddenly transported to an unknown world and discover that demons are real. But that that's not all. Something happens to Walter and the fate of Walter and Gina starts to move.

For sure, you can enjoy this manga much more if you have played the videogame (and the Chaos route) because you can understand Walter's character much more but the original character, Gina, is well made too! She is full of mysteries that are discovered during the manga.
The plot is really simple but like I wrote before, there's a lot of mysteries and things that are connected to the videogame and some that aren't. I really liked that this manga is a spin-off because the plot of the videogame is amazing but really long with a lot of happenings while here it's more simple.
The two main characters, Walter and Gina in a few chapters evolve a lot and are really interesting. You want to discover more about Gina since she was created for the manga but at the same time you want to know if Walter will do the same choices he made in the manga.
The drawings are amazing! I really like them! Both humans and demons are drawn really well.

My rating: 10/10
Previous rating: 10/10 (read the review here)

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Dr. Stone
May

Categories: (Ongoing) Manga Review
Name: Dr. Stone Author: Inagaki Riichiro (Story), Boichi (Art)

When Shounen Jump announced this new series in 2017 I was really curious (because the art is from Boichi, the author of Hotel and Hotel: since 2079) and I have to say that Dr. Stone is really a good and interesting manga.

Story: one day, a blinding flash of light turns everyone on Earth to stone. After several millennia two boys, Senku and Taiju, are revived in the future where science don't exist anymore. Everything seems lost but Senku has a plan in mind: with the power of science help the petrified humanity and bring back the old civilization.

I think that the plot is really simple but at the same time it's really interesting because the blinding flash of light turns everyone on Erath to stone but we don't know why. The manga is full of small arcs where Senku needs to build something from our era in the future where humans don't know what technology is. But the manga isn't only about building something, sometimes Senku needs allies to help him in some major arcs. For now there isn't any arc that is boring and every week I wait for a new chapter to read.

Maybe there isn't that much character development since Senku and some characters that are introduced later in the manga stays always the same but at the same time are fresh and interesting in the settings they are. In reality, it's not a problem that they stay the same becuse every small arc introduce slowly a character and something related to them.

The art is really good. I have previously read some other manga made by Boichi and I have to say that his art improved a lot. The images are really well made and sometimes the author use double pages and... those pages are really beautiful! I can't stop to look at them! But that's not all! The faces of the characters sometimes are really funny to look and Boichi use them a lot.

My rating: 9/10

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Accel World
May

Categories: (Completed) Manga Review
Name: Accel World (アクセル・ワールド )
Author: Kawahara Reki (Story), Aigamo Hiroyuki (Art)

I already reviewed this manga when it was ongoing (you can read my review here) but not that the manga is finished is it good or not?

Story: The manga follows the anime for a lot of chapters but is faster and explains better the rules of Accel World and the relationships of the main characters. We start with Haruyuki, the main character, that is bullied and Kuroyukihime,
the school's most beautiful and refined girl, introduce him to a software called “Brain Burst” and the benefits that the software has. But there aren't only benefits, there are even some side-effects. But that’s not all: Kuroyukihime asks him to beat the game reaching the level 10.

The plot is easy but there’s a lot of rules that are slowly explained and characters that have a lot of secrets. I really like how the rules are explained and the characters develop.
The drawings are especially well made and sometimes I stop to appreciate them.
Sadly the manga stops after 45 chapters and don't have a proper ending so you need to read the novel to know what happens after.

A little note to say is that there are some chapters with Kirito from Sword Art Online. This special arc has a quick plot (a battle Kirito VS Silver Crow) and some explanations about both SAO and Accel World.

My rating: 9/10
Previous rating: 10/10 (read the review here)

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