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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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Skip Beat

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Skip Beat (1/ongoing)
Nakamura Yoshiki
Shojo Beat – Viz

Chapter 1-7

Skip Beat. Seriously I already checked this series before and I remember that I didn’t liked it. But again I gave it one more chance hoping that I find it much interesting this time around.. Unfortunately I felt the same as I did the first time. I more so end up feeling less invested after I finished its first volume.

Kyoko is a hard working girl that is living with his childhood friend Ren who is a promising rising star! She is head over heel in love with him that she’ll do everything for him. She even pay all the bills to their expensive flat! But one day she learns the truth about her purpose for Ren. She is just a tool he uses to ensure his survivality ever since he decided to pursue his celebrity dream in Tokyo. She decides to get her sweet revenge by beating him to his game. Kyoko plans to enter the crazy world of showbiz!

Skip Beat is rather a popular manga series as I have read such glowing reviews about it hardly negative ones. Unfortunately I am on the minority here. I didn’t find anything that is interesting nor did I find it generally terrible. Judging by the first volume its an average series. It lacks everything I look for a manga; characters that I would want to read about. I don’t hate Kyoko but I don’t like her either. She seems shallow minded but then she displays perseverance and strong will. I hate the fact that of all the years, she hasn’t taken any sort of hint that she is merely being used. I won’t even talk about Ren. He’s a pampered brat, he thinks only of himself he doesn’t have any redeeming factor but then again its only by the first volume. He is set to be like that for revenge purposes..

I find the comical side of this series lackluster. I don’t find any of it amusing. I was wishing that it takes itself much seriously in some part of the volume. I find the goofs of the series a huge hindrance. I also have problem with some of the pages, it gets really busy as the author tend to overly exaggerate Kyoko’s reactions. I find it distracting, there is a whole lot of excessive mess thrown in some pages. The art is weird, most of the characters have long limbs and have this alienesque face shapes. I love model features but in manga it looks weird. lol.

It could have been better if the series tone down its comical side, but then again I think I am the only beneficiary if that happened. It felt draggish, I almost couldn’t finish the first volume. I had to force myself to finish it hoping that I’d like it. But it never did. Don’t get me wrong revenge plot is one of my guilty pleasures. I once got addicted to ABC’s drama series “Revenge”..

I still have a slight hope left for this series. I still wish I’ll warm up to this in the next volume. I freaking have 12 volumes, but then again I am not that fond of the first volume. I don’t get the love but maybe it does get better.

Ugghh I have problem getting into mainstream series as I often find them overrated TBH. :/

Skip Beat – I almost Skip its Beat.

Dawn of the Arcana

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Dawn of the Arcana (1/ongoing)
Toma Rei
Viz

Chapters 1-3

A single island split by two nation, Belquat and Senan has been the warring countries for years. In order to keep peace in the island a union of royalties from each country is required. But this marriage of convenience is often ends in bloodspill and disaster. The story centers around the marriage of Prince Caesar of Belquat and Princess Nakaba of Senan.

Volume one is quite an average with its content as its building up its world but you could definitely see that it has the potential to be epic. Nakaba and Caesar’s relationship is unusual as it involves hatred and bitterness to each other. It’s understandable, afterall they are from opposing countries. Nakaba has enough touch of spunkiness to her character. She doesn’t back down to do what she thinks is right. The other thing that makes her really interesting is the mystical powers that is slowly taking over her, you know its a sign of a promising fantasy that will heavily contribute to the series.

What enticed me even more is LOKI, he’s definitely my favourite character. I like that he’s always there for Nakaba. Loki is Nakaba’s sort of servant but she treats him equally and she cares for him deeply. He is an Ajin which is a clan of beings that seem like a fusion of human and animals (they have dog ears). They possesses incredible strength, they are good at combat and even heals easily. But they are considered low ranking beings, they are treated as slaves that doesn’t have any purpose but to be ordered around. I like his predicament in the story. I could sense some bittersweet ending for him but yeah too early to foreshadow. I am hooked to his relationship with Nakaba, its undeniable that he loves her. Childhood-childhood-childhood crush is what gets me most of the time!

Caesar always harass Nakaba ever since she went to live with him. He often has offensive things to say to her and even assaults her red hair. He is portrayed as cold, bitter guy but its merely an act. Despite his bad quality (per say) but you’ll still find him sympathetic. I quite don’t mind his attacks on Nakaba.. It’s apparent that he’ll eventually come to like her in the future.

If you are familiar with Game of Thrones, or perhaps Lord of the Rings then you’d wanna check out this series. It has a lot of things going to it that you might find interesting. It has its own fascinating world, race and cultures. Politics, magical power, love triangle are all meshed in together to offer up a great introductory to the series.

The art is crisp and great. I like it alot. It captures the right atmosphere of its world.

Dawn of the Arcana is definitely one of the series I will going to invest on collecting. Shame I didn’t check this out sooner but nonetheless I’m glad I did. Dawn of Arcana has a huge amount of possiblity to be a grand series. Hoping for a truly laid out plot and fully developed world. I am in for a treat. It’s simply awesome!

Highly Recommended.