Name: Sarashi Asobi (さらしあそび)
Author: Tobina Touya
Another manga that I have read for the challenge (read a manga published between 2000 and 2010). I wanted to read this one since the synopsis of the manga was interesting… and…
The story starts with a bored shinigami that seek enjoyment and took an interest in a human girl, Ren, that hasn’t many days to live. Ren is the student council president and is feared by everyone at her school because of her harsh way of speaking but in reality she is really good-hearted. Our shinigami, Ai, will possess her body and help her expose her true nature.
When I started the first chapter I was really happy that I found an interesting manga (since the previous one, Megane x Parfait!, was boring) but after the second chapter the manga slowly become boring and with not really much interesting things to read. But at least the last chapters are good. nothing epic since you can guess what’s happening but it’s good. And the “game to expose” Ren’s true nature is used only in the first chapter and not really much in the next chapters… that’s why I enjoyed much more the first chapter and still think that this series is better as a one-shot and not a serialization.
About the characters, I think that they are good. They are the classic shojo characters. Ok, our main character don’t want the usual prince but she slowly discover that she loves Ai and she chnaged since everyone now know that she isn’t a demon (but still talks harsh) and Ai starts do fall in love with Ren.
The drawings…. eh… here is difficult… they are good but I really don’t like how the author drawed Ai. He has a really different drawing style… that aside, the drawings are good and nice to look.
Like I said, it was a nice reading that started really well, got boring and ended well… I was really happy that the series was 7 chapters long (they are enough for this story).
My rating: 6/10
There’s not really much to talk about the story… I’m only happy that Ren and Ai are now together (and that he is human now).
Name: Koori-hime Kitan (氷姫奇譚)
Author: Kawashita Mizuki
And this is the entry for the “Read a one-shot” entry XD at first I wanted to add Akiiro Bousou Biyori from the same author but that one shot was only 8 pages long >.> so I changed into this one XD (yes, it’s the author of Ichigo 100% XD)
Doujima Kenji and his friends decide to spend their winter vacation doing a reseach on ghost but many of his friends have other things do to at the end (going to Hawaii with the family, spend Christmas with their girlfriends…). Fortunately (or not) for him, he finds himself with Takamine Karen, a cold girl that he likes. And here our ghost story begins.
Since it’s really a short story I won’t write more XD
The characters don’t change really much since it’s only a story about an event but Doujima is well developed. (We can’t say the same of Takamine because for most of the story she “sleeps”).
About the art… I can’t say really much. I like this style. The characters and the landscape are really detailed and there’s a good use of the screen tones in every page. A great work so in every panel it’s nice looking at the drawings.
My rating: 8/10
There’s not much to talk about the story since it’s really simple… but I liked it. It’s simple but it’s not boring and it’s interesting to read. Nothing epic but for being a one-shot it’s good.
And it was funny how at the end of the story Takamine talked about her being saved but that she don’t remember anything XDDD (she was possessed by a ghost for the entire manga XDDD)
Name: Megane x Parfait! (メガネ×パルフェ!)
Author: Kizuki Akira (Art), Satou Nanki (Story)
This is the first thing I read for the 2016 Manga Reading Challenge (Read a manga that has a main character of gender opposite to the demographic) because when I looked at the cover I liked the art style.
The story is really simple since it’s a manga with only 6 chapters: a girl, Misao, joins the ” White Labcoat and Glasses” club because his senpai (Kyutaro) is there. She first meet her senpai some time before and now she is searching for him. She finds him and discover that she has a strange disease for labcoats… but that’s not all. She decided to help his senpai in an experiment of love… but the senpai isn’t the other that takes the experiment. She will do the experiment with senpai’s younger brother (Ojiro)! Will she fall in love for his brother of she will prove that senapi’s experiment is a failure and continue to love him?
Well… talking about the story like this is surely interesting but I found the first 2-3 chapters really boring. I continued reading them to complete the challenge but I think that this manga is nothing special and sometime it’s really rushed and confusing.
The characters… well, the only one that is interesting is senpai’s younger brother. At first he hated our main protagonist but slowly he fallen in love with her. Misao is funny but he stay the same until the end and sometimes seems that she can’t feel any kind of “love” emotion… and Kyutaro… he only loves his experiments…
The are is nice, surely nothing like a shojo since here the eye style is really simple but the drawings are cute like that. There are some screen tones but not a lot. It’s a nice style but nothing excellent.
This was a nice read but nothing that I really enjoyed since the first chapters were really boring and only at the end the manga started to be intresting. And we have to add that something was really rushed and confused…
My rating: 6/10
Ehhh… the first chapters are boooring…. but the ending is… well, let’s say that nothing happened.
At first Misao and Ojiro starts dating but it’s clear that there’s nothing between those two… they don’t act like a couple. And in the end… we return to the beginning with Misao that still loves Kyutaro but he don’t say anything… and with Ojiro that loves her but we can’t understand if he still dates her or if he must declare (again).