Manga I’ve read in the last few days…

Red River ( Sora wa Akai Kawa no Hotori) by Chie Shinohara
Bakuman by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata
Uzumaki by Ito Junji

Red River ( Sora wa Akai Kawa no Hotori) by Chie Shinohara 
I re-read it because I felt like fantasy and some smut and action and light-hearted romance and time travel and stuff. Plus, I love any setting with ancient civilizations. I don’t really like the characters that much because I felt that they were a bit flat and it was annoying how persistent the Queen was (too repetitive).

Other than that, the plot itself was pretty good and the drawings weren’t too bad. Recommend it to anyone who can tolerate forever-crying heroines (and likes the genres I listed above). At least she wasn’t a weak character… she just cries a lot otherwise she is quite capable (it’s unrealistic but for mindless entertainment purposes, it’s decent). 

Bakuman by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata
Just randomly decided to pick it up and it’s pretty good. I felt that each arc wasn’t too repetitive though like every other mainstream shounen, it can drag and feels like it will go on forever. I like all the characters very much and they’re all unique and interesting (can’t completely say they’re all well-rounded). My favourite is Eiji Nizuma because he is so eccentric, it’s cute. I quite like the drawing style as well.

One thing I learned from this: if the manga is a fairly accurate portrayal of what it’s like to be a mangaka, I don’t ever want to be a mangaka. They earn my respect so much. Whoever thinks that manga isn’t an art or whatever, you need to read this so you understand WHY [GOOD] MANGA IS SO BRILLIANT. I mean, it’s not just drawings, it’s the paneling, design, backgrounds, pressured deadlines, plotline, dialogue etc etc. It’s as hard (if not harder) as writing a novel or making an art masterpiece.

Uzumaki by Ito Junji
Probably the only horror-oriented manga I will ever like. It is bizarre, creative, out-of-the-world and surprisingly beautiful. It’s not so much gory/terrifying as it is disturbing (or maybe it’s just me, as I have sort-of built up a gore resistance from watching many bloody Japanese and Korean films). I love the art style and the characters (though rather flat) were likeable and supported the plotline very well.

Some of the stories I didn’t like as much and the ending wasn’t all that great. I feel like it should’ve alluded more to the “eternal/never-ending cycle” theme but it didn’t put too much explicit emphasis which put surprised me because everything else was so explicit.

But all in all, it was brilliant. Definitely recommend to anyone who is curious enough to stand a little bit of horror. And open-minded enough to not write it off as unrealistic, purposeless or simple. I mean, aren’t all horror entertainment nowadays like that? I’d say while it certainly was a bit nonsensical, it was original and poetically constructed. 

Posted janvier 24, 2012 with 3 notes
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