I loved the first volume of this brand new manga serise. Its a game of death genred manga that reminds me of a combination of Doubt and Danganronpa.
The story is that in Japan everyone is using the social media app Real Account a very much combination of Facebook and Twitter. It follows our main character Atura who with hundreds of others somehow get transported into the digital world of Real Account Zone. Here they are told they have to play games in order to survive with their life totals linked to their followers.
Its very fast paced and brutal and I found the use of social media very original. Its exciting and you and def nail bitting to see how the games are going to play out. It also has some real emotional moments especially when dealing with how people treat online idols once knowing what they look like in the real world.
Its not a nice manga some times with some vicous deaths so the violence is quite high. I loved the social commentry on social media, the use of tweeting and followers. I loved how it exposes how depents people are on social media and how people have an online personality and off line personality. It really is genius using the followers as life totals and what people will do to try and gain followers and the risks of alienating them.
All round a brutal and exciting manga with great modern ideas and social commentry.
So I picked up the first volumes of this as it told me it was the new series from the creator of Ourun Host Club a series I enjyed muchly. I am glad I did as this is a rather fun slice of life series.
Set in University our protagonist is a nuerotic boy with and epic guilt complex (score a point for being someone I can totally relate to) who wants to blend in the background and wallow in self pity. But alas through a random encounter he ends up involved with the Behind the Scenes club. This club work tirelessly to support the Uni’s 3 films clubs by being not only the make up and proops providors but also sets, costumes and lighting. They do everything in their power to get the job down supporting the directors and actors from “behind the scenes”.
This first volumes sets up the back story and setting very nicely and introduces our characters. The characters are all likable with distinct personakity traits and quirks. I wouldn’t be lying if I wasn’t already seeing slash pairing potential between our two main male leads but I also see set up for romance with some of the other female characters.
I really enjoyed reading this it was upbeat and funny. Also as a film student I enjoyed all the references to film and what goes on past the director and actors. This series has potential to be a lot of fun. I liked the character designs and the art is nice too.
All round it has my interest so I look forward to how it will continue and lerning more about the characters and their relationships to each other.
Another one that falls firmly in the fangirl catergory for why I bought it. Merman in my Tub is stupid, its pointless and silly and wonderful. Its another slightly shonen ai comedy series with hot bishonen hanging out ther difference is their mostly half sea creatures.
One day our caring bishonen finds a naked man starved and dehydrated so brings him home to heal him. Turns out he has brought home a Merman, a very hot merman who is cute and immature and sulky and excitable. There’s really no more story than that. The odd couple face chalenges of how to pay for the hot water, what to eat for dinner, which soap to use in the bath and very much the daily trials of living with a hyper but well meaning bishonen merman.
As the story goes on we are introuduced to other friends like the half octopus man (and boy is he an attractive fish person). a jellyfish boy and a snail man as they all have bathroom parties and try to keep ur protagonist happy.
Its silly fun just cute stories about cute boys. If you want to have a giggle and admire some attractive fish boys this is the manga for you. I really enjoy it particullarly as I’m a bit of an under the dea fan so it provides two things I love, sea creatures and hot bishonen.
The art is good and the character desgins are great. It really is the charming, fun loving nature of the characters that wins you over and I for one will def be continuing this series!!
I am such a fangirl so this manga had to be mine. Its about pretty boy vampires and thats all I really wanted.
The plot is very simple boy is the latest generation of a family line whose surname is Maria. He is a priest in training and for some reasons vampires can’t wait to drink his blood, unfortunaetly he doesn’t understand his powers and is getting by on tricks. One day red headed vampire boy turns up asking Maia to kill him. Our vampire is called Bloody Mary and his past is hazy all he knows is he can’t die and is bored of living so long. He doesn’t want to drink blood and knows only a Maria can kill him. Two enter a deal of protection, Mary will protect Maria from vampires and help him leanr how to use his powers and when Maria has his powers he will kill Mary.
So its hard not to be amused that our boys have the names Maria and Mary but their fun characters. Mary being cute nerotic angsty vampire boy with a secret past and Maria being a little more cold and calculated with a mystery past. There’s obviously more to the plot as revileved by the ending a deeper conspiracy.
But really I wanted to see cute boys paw at each other and hug so I got what I wanted out of it. I love vampire yaoi/shonen ai and I think it will be a very subtle shonen ai. The art is pretty and the character designs are attractive. It has potential to be more complex and intriguing so I think for a first volume it sets things out nicely, establishes the characters and the world.
I will be continuing with this series I hope for good things!!
On the 21st of December the entire series of Anime Ben-To will be screening in Bath Spa
One day anime screening of the entire series of Ben-to.
Doors open at 10am but the screening will start at 11am.
It will be £10 on the door which will include food and drink.
Every day an epic struggle rages in grocery stores across Japan – the battle for half-priced bento boxes! Once the discount stickers go on, ravenous brawlers start throwing punches in a knockdown, drag-out war over who gets to take home the cheap eats. When a young, broke high school student named Sato joins the Half-Priced Food Lovers Club, he proves to be a rising talent in the world of insane food fights. But does he have what it takes to become the king of clearance cuisine? Welcome to the world of Ben-To, where chopsticks are lethal weapons, the supermarket is a battleground, and there’s nothing more delicious than a deep-fried win.
More details at the Bath Manga Society FaceBook page
BioMega: Read volume one of the amazing Biomega a cyberpunk action/thriller set in a post apocalyptic dystopia. This manga has a beautiful art style and feels very much like manga drawn in the 80’s. The wealth of detail in the backgrounds is such a welcomed contrast to some of the more clean looking modern manga. This is truly a magnificent piece of art the images are full of texture and detail with the most breathtakingly drawn backgrounds. The story is set around an apocalyptic earth and a plague creating a zombie like horde, our lead male is on a mission to seek out any remaining human life signs amongst a population of mutants, techno-organic life forms and artificial humans. This is a wonderful work and just such a brilliant style and exciting read!
Assassination Classroom: Read the brilliant first volume of Assassination Classroom. This is a bit of a genre hybrid and its no wonder it’s so popular in Japan with an anime on the go and a live action in the works. AC is funny and heart warming but also clever and different. The assassination attempts excite and amuse, Koro it both a monster and the greatest teacher these children could have. All the while showing a commentary on the current Japanese school system and the pressure on students, this manga acts as a perfect escape for them while giving a little insight into Japans difficult school life. Brilliant manga just brilliant it made me laugh, smile, gasp and think!!!
Ajin: Demi-Human: Just read Ajin Demi-human with was a very good read. A quite harsh modern horror in the vain of Deadman Wonderland and Tokyo Ghoul. I say this as its has the core plot of the manifestation of a dark and horrific power in a world that hunts, controls and experiments on people who manifest this power. In Ajin its the immortal Demi-Humans that cant be no matter how horrific a death is inflicted on them and the strange “otherself” they can summon. the summons are interesting, terrifying and unique. The first volume is fast paced hitting the ground running while setting up a web of interesting characters and the players in a bigger mystery/conspiracy. While violent and creepy at times it is a great read and an interesting premise that I look forward to continuing to read.