Sensei Lock On!
May

Categories: (Completed) Manga Review
Name: Sensei Lock On! (先生ロックオン!)
Alt name: Lock-on the Teacher!
Author:  Shindou Arashi (Story & Art)
Volumes: 2 | Chapters: 35
Genres: Comedy, Romance, School

"Read a 4-koma manga".. this was one of the entries in the 2019 MRC... I don't know many 4-koma so I searched on reddit for something and I found a really cute one!

Story: Kadokura Kyouko, grade school teacher, 33 years old. Yamato Kazuki, university student, 20 years old with only one goal: marrying his former teacher (and to be an astronaut... or maybe a teacher XD).
Yamato has been in love with Kyouko since she was his teacher in 4th grade and he promised to marry her. Now he is an adult and one of his goals is accomplished: he is dating Kyouko!
Now that the two are dating, their relationship (teacher-student) don't seem to have changed that much... or not?

This 4-koma was really cute! With a simple plot but... cute! The two main characters are really interesting and well developed. It's an interesting 4-koma because is a little slice of life but is always funny to read without getting tiresome (I have read it in 2 days!)
There's a lot of interesting characters (other teachers, students and friends) but all of them are used to help our couple or simply to improve their relationships.  It's rare but all the characters are nice and you get attached to them and can't find someone that you dislike.
The releationship of the Kyouko and Yamato slowly develops (or maybe not? XD) but at the climax the manga ends (there's a sequel so one day I'll read it!)
The drawings are really cute. There aren't many landscapes (well, it's a 4-koma so who cares about them? XD) but all the characters are drawn with a lot of details.

My rating: 8/10

 

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Yakitate!! Japan
May

Categories: (Completed) Manga Review
Name: Yakitate!! Japan (焼きたて!! ジャぱん)
Alt name: Fresh-Baked Japan, Freshly-Baked Japan
Author: Hashiguchi Takashi (Story & Art)
Volumes: 26 - Chapters: 242
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Parody, Shounen

I really love manga about food... I really love to read good manga about food... but Yakitate!! Japan amaze me in a... strange way.

Story: the plot is really simple. Azuma Kazuma is a genius at baking and creating bread. His dream? To create the perfect bread to represent Japan internationally. With this goal he enter the famous bakery Pantasia and a lot of cooking battles begin.

This is the plot. Really. It's that simple. Until the end of the World competition in Monaco (the first part of the manga) this manga is really good: the ideas for the different kind of bread are interesting, the characters are nice and the reactions to the bread are fun.
Sadly the second part of the manga aren't that interesting: Azuma don't have any kind of development (he is a genius so he don't need improvement....), other characters don't do anything anymore (or some are simply used for the reactions), the reactions become too long and boring and the bread? It's become magic since the reactions to it can change people forever (for example a human that trys Azuma's bread can become a fish..).
I think that near the ending, the manga was axed since it was rushed and started to make no sense at all.
Like I wrote before, the main character is a genius so he don't improve that much. The other characters have a lot of potential but some of them simply aren't used anymore and others stop to baking bread to simply become side characters for the gag reactions.
The art is good and nice to look... nothing special but they are nice. (Sorry, I'm used to wonderful pages where the food is that realistic that you can't stop thinking about wanting to eat whatever they cooked!)
Overall, I think this is a good manga... maybe it should have been much shorter but it's a nice read.

My rating: 7/10

Story Spoiler

That last battle was... horrible. The amount of magic was too much when the reactions to the bread startet to change people forever... but fighting against a bread-monster was too much. Why the author didn't wrote a normal human vs human battle? I wanted Kirisaki to fight Azuma... I wanted to read something more normal instead of that battle. I was fine with everything until that point but that last battle ruined everything.

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Origin
May

Categories: (Completed) Manga Review
Name: Origin
Author: Boichi (Story & Art)
Volumes: 10 - Chapters: 87
Genres: Action, Sci-Fi, Seinen

I wanted to read this manga for a lot of time and finally I was able to read it (thanks 2019 reading challenge XDD)

Story: let's start writing that many websites wrote a little description about this manga but I think it's more correct to say something like this: the year is AD 2048 where humans talk about things that are not human and the technology is good and humans starts to create the first robots. Or better, someone already created them. Robots with human appearance but not with human emotions.
Among them there's Origin, a robot that don't wants to be discovered by humans but wants to live properly, like his father and creator teached him. Will Origin live properly amongst humans? And what about the other robots with human appearences?

I found this story really interesting: how can a robot live in a human world? Can a simple "live properly" be enought or will he search for another way to live? I think that our main character, Origin, is really interesting. A robot more smart than a human that try to live like a human (with a lot of problems that a human don't have). But the most interesting thing is that Origin is a character that learn a lot about humans and about their way to live and about their emotions.
The art is really good, every page is a little master piece (I loved the Dr. Stone art but I think Boichi is more suited for Sci-Fi): the battle pages are really good to see and the landscape are really awesome!

My rating: 8/10

Story Spoiler

The story is really interesting and I loved it! But I'm a little sad about the last chapter... I'm fine with the final battle Origin vs Masamune... it was a good battle and Origin was more "powerful" but I didn't like the last chapter because Masamune was still around and now have a new body... why not giving us another chapter where he and Origin talk? I wanted to see what Masamune will do from now on... oh well... at least we know that Origin will always be with people.

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