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Hell Girl

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Hell Girl (1/9)
Eto Miyuki
Del Rey

Chapters 1-5

Jigoku Shojo or Hell Girl is an episodic manga that revolves around revenge. These people who have done a terrible thing to others can be send to hell by entering their names through an internet site. In exchange for this creepy service the senders own soul will also go to pits of hell once they die. Pretty damn terrible right?

That premise alone is ridiculous. I meant if the circumstances of the stories presented in the first volume had been written with a solid plot and had much more of a character development it could be intruiging but instead we get in each chapter different set of case that has flimsy plot of blackmailing peer, a baker who steals ideas of his student, a vet who cares about his own than the animal he needs to look after and other easy to resolve case without resorting to sending anyone to hell.

All of the tale contain in here were so easy to confront and deal with but instead the characters would eventually get their vengeance by summoning the Hell Girl. Not only that, once the hell girl appears to take the wrong doers she would keep telling the same line over and over again. The plot gets so repetitive and boring. It’s a pity.

Not only does all the character has no development but it also shows they’re weak to fight back. They are ok to go to hell as long as they get their sweet revenge. Leads me to wonder if they truly thought about the outcome of their action in the afterlife..

The art and character designs is destructing as well. The dragonfly eyes and the somewhat disproportion body of the characters are prevelant in the series. Unfortunately nothing redeeming about the series.

Do yourself a favor not to let the Hell Girl come out.

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Kurogane 1

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Kurogane (1/5)
Toume Kei
Del Rey

Chapters 1-4

Ok this series was weird. The first chapter resembled the story of Frankenstein. In this case our hero, Jintetsu was a young samurai who found a new body of steel given by an eccentric inventor named Genpachi. This series is not original yet it was unusual. Jintetsu lost his ability to speak that’s where his partner comes in play. Just like Hermes to Kino, Jintetsu had a talking sword.

At first I wasn’t so sure if the concept of the story would work, since it was the sword who does all the talking. In the latter, it was vaguely explained that the sword was somehow connected to Jintetsu brain. The series need some warming up to but once you get the hang of it should be a good read.

The art was subpar, a little sketchy but it was ok. I dunno if it was only me but I found some parts of the conversation a little laughable. It seemed like the series tried to be quirky from time to time.

Overall this was a nice read. If you like wandering samurai that focuses in character interactions, I would recommend this. Or if you like a series with characters like in Kino’s Journey you might find this appealing. I can clearly see that this series will be episodic now that the “main” story was over.

Interesting to see where Jintetsu’s journey will lead to..

Mamotte! Lollipop 1

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Mamotte! Lollipop (1/7)
Michiyo Kikuta
Del Rey

I assume this series was aimed towards pre-teen girls. The story was childish. There was not much of a plot in this first volume. Zero and Ichi are training to become professional wizards. In order for that to happen they must get the crystal pearl in the human world. You see in this series, Zero and Ichi aren’t human and are not from Earth. The pearl was accidentaly swallowed by Nina, the Earthling main character. So for 6 months, Zero and Ichi need to protect Nina from the other Wizard candidates that are after the Pearl.

Nothing much really, it tried to be sweet but failed miserably. I guess I am old for this series. I did not even finished reading the volume. There are far more better shojo fluff out there. If you dig the art I supposed you’ll find Kitchen Princess much better. Check that out instead.

This series should be good for children though, especially girls.