I apologize for the lack of posts regarding anime for the past few days. After this manga post, I should be back to past my usual amount of anime-related junk this week. I attempted to write an editorial about the slice of life genre over the weekend but due to my nightlife of fighting crime I was held up for longer than I intended due to an increase of cat burglars. One in particular had a nasty chainsaw surgically placed where his left hand should have been.
Oh, I’ve also eased up my own restrictions to the manga I want to read. It doesn’t need to be a psychological drama or something supernatural, just as long as romance plays a key element. And if you couldn’t tell from the title of this post, I dropped every manga listed below cause they kinda sucked. (Also, this will be a pretty long post chocked full with my raw unorganized thoughts. I didn’t bother to really polish up my writing for this post because I've been a lazy ass; you have been warned)
Akagami no Shirayukihime
Dropped: After 4 chapters
How disappointing this was. I really like the art and I was expecting some cutesy fairytale-esque romance between the prince and the princess but jeez, the overall execution, especially the pacing, was atrocious. Slow the Hell down!
Chapters rush through arc after arc without stopping to actually introduce or set anything up. The romance is there but not there. Obviously, there’s suppose to be a love story, but it’s kind of just there and it’s never really developed. Cohesion is void and scenes are shafted. The first chapter had me flipping pages back wondering if I had accidentally glazed over anything because events would occur without any sensible continuity.
I saw hints of what could have been a sweet and sincere story, but since the author decided to cut out every significant key factor and event that I just couldn’t care for anything that happened in the story.
But who knows. People praise the Hell out of this manga and there are 42 chapters out right now. Maybe it gets better? If I'm running out of things to check out, I'll give this one more chance.
Dropped: 3 Chapters
Main girl can see one possible future whenever she looks into the mirror. Main dude has a file of future accidents that can be prevented. It could be kinda interesting, but with only 8 chapters the whole thing is rushed and cluttered. Plus, the series never really throws in any of its own twists so it plays out like any other story of its genre.
The characters weren’t too interesting either and the chemistry between them was pretty stale. So yeah, no reason to finish this.
Classmate, Kamimura Yuuka wa Kou Itta
Dropped: 13 Chapters
And how disappointing this one was too. With 12 chapters, that’s the most I’ve read out of all these series. I read so much because this actually had a pretty kick-ass start.
Starting off akin to something along the lines of Chuunibyo, I actually presumed that this series to be just that. There’s the delusional highschool girl living in her own little realm of fantasy claiming that she’s different from everybody else in the world and spouting crap like how everybody is really a robot doing the boring monotonous routine every day after day after day. One highschool boy is also bored of his life and takes an interest to this delusional girl as he finds her “refreshing” and full of life. So yeah, kind of a cute set up for a little highschool romance.
But no, the story turns around and in actuality all the mumble jumble the girl preaches is actually true. She really is the only human trapped inside a world in which everyone else is only a robot programmed to act out their boring daily routine. The story starts going in a pretty intriguing direction where the high school girl has fallen hopelessly in love with the highschool boy who has broken away from the monotony. There’s a really cool conspiracy set up going on and a cool robot chase also ensues.
Then after chapter four the story takes another turn. This time for worse. Its presentation becomes incredibly juvenile, it drags on scenes of exposition and pointless blabbering far more and while I originally took a liking to the main female for her energy and spunk, she simply became this annoying character who would not shut up about saving the world and wanting to be boned by her love interest.
Ugh. It also made an effort to become more complex than it really was, but it became pretty laughable when the main antagonist in charge of the world turned out to be a teenage girl.
Now that I think about it, this manga reminds me of all those girly stories written by the female students back in like elementary school or some shit.
Dropped: 2 Chapters
Standard supernatural high-school shounen crap with an irritating female lead and introducing random characters and plot points at a drop of a hat with little subtlety.
Dropped: 2 Chapters
Standard supernatural high-school shoujo crap with an irritating female lead and introducing random characters and plot points at a drop of a hat with little subtlety.
Dropped: 2 Chapters
Easily the most ridiculously generic and bland manga out of the bunch. The romance is forced and it efforts to get us to sympathize with the main lead and his awkward feelings prove to be futile. Also, the whole concept with the dude being able to see the future with his camera also shoehorned in as a failed attempt to say “Look! We’re not your typical romance, we’re different!”
Gokukoku no Brynhildr
Dropped: 4 Chapters
*Groans in exaggerated exasperation*
Another stupidly standard and generically presented manga that tries too hard to be clever and original.
It suffers from tonal consistencies; the drama and comedy mix as well as oil and water do and, like KyoAni, it deluded into thinking that over-acting characters yelling at each other over every small thing constitutes as good character chemistry. But no, no it doesn’t. It’s aggravating and it only gives me a desire to see them break up. NEXT!
Dropped: 4 Chapters
Judge takes the cake for being the worst manga I’ve read so far. It possesses all the flaws that I’ve already mentioned with the former manga. Its execution is too clichéd and stereotypical, it tries too hard to be something good, it has a weak set-up and cast, but even worse, this manga is twice as bad with its flaws.
The writing is horrendous.
My God does it try way too hard to shock the viewers. It’s all smoke and mirrors; chicken scrawls is what I’d call the writing of this manga. It glazes over building up tension and meaningful characterization, taking pointless sensationalism over anything else. Characters are nothing more than carbon copy plot devices of each other, mere puppets thrown into the situation with little thought put into them and because of that we’re given no reason to care for any of them. The dialogue is so painfully matter-of act and unnatural, pointing out every little detail to the viewer as if we’re all a bunch of idiots who can’t comprehend its “oh so complicated” story and finally, the art is pretty ugly and lacking in any detail. If this manga had even an iota of tension, the art would have taken it away.
Judge is mindless drivel, purposeless nonsense and cheap entertainment at its crudest.
Dropped: 4 Chapters
Metronome has an interesting story where a girl is presumably cursed so if anybody gets too near with her for too long they die if they aren’t cognizant of their surroundings. Our male lead is a psychopath completely infatuated with her. He wants to find and protect her and he’ll carry out his job through any means possible, even if it means killing people off with a baseball bat and walking away without a care in the world. It’s an interesting premise, but unfortunately it’s not gripping in the slightest. Unlike every other magna mentioned above, this series feels too reserved rather than trying too hard. It doesn’t go far enough with its own dark storyline and the whole screwed up romance it tries to pull comes off as underwhelming. It just wasn’t a memorable read and I really wasn’t giving a rat’s ass about anything that was going on.
Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo
Dropped: 8 Chapters
The shounen male lead is angsty like every other archetypal shouen male lead and the female lead is kind of... well, she's suppose to be the awkward intellectual type, but the series doesn't handle either of those two traits well at all and it's hard to grasp what kind of a character she really is.
In Conclusion: Don't read these ten manga. Well, for Akagami I might give it a second chance if I can't find anything else to do. I'll see if it becomes amaze-balls like everyone on MAL says so. But then again *whispers* MAL users kinda have shit taste.