Friday, 26 September 2014

[MANGA REVIEW] Oyaji! Arisawa-san'chi no Hanashi [Daddy! Arisawa Family] by Sakuya Kurekoshi

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Read from September 25 to 26, 2014, read count: 1

A fun coming-out story that explores single parenting. Would Tomoki and Naoya's relationship be accepted by his super macho straight dad? Since Tomoki's lover is one year older than him and they are actually childhood friends, would Naoya have a change of heart as her grows older? Inexperience and immaturity was also an issue that caused conflict in their budding relationship.

The story was quite engaging but the artwork could be confusing at times. I kept mixing up characters due to their similarities. I think the mangaka (manga artist) really needs to work on creating more distinctive characters to avoid such issues.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

[MANGA REVIEW] Hikaru no Go, Vol. 23: Endgame by Yumi Hotta

My rating: 1 of 5 stars
Read on September 25, 2014 

Frustrating and Unsatisfying manga. I've been DUPED.

I have never before felt so UNSATISFIED with a manga that I have been fairly enjoying. This manga managed to capture my attention eventhough I have zero knowledge about the boardgame it was centralised around. Yet it is also one to let me down terribly.

I felt cheated since I couldn't even have a lick at that dangling carrot the mangaka had used throughout the story to command her reader's interest. Reading this manga has ZERO rewards since characters you root for wouldn't get the prize they rightfully deserved. And the long promised showdowns between important characters did not materialize. What further can I say? I felt duped. It's like telling the readers that hardwork is bullshit and unrewarding. Plus, geniuses can for fuck off!

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

[MANGA REVIEW] Hikaru No Go (Book 15) [ ヒカルの碁 15、さよなら] ] by Yumi Hotta

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Read from September 23 to 24, 2014, read count: 1 

2 Stars because I felt sad for Sai. What happened in book 15 is very unfair to him. It was like he is just a tool, a stepping stone to be discarded when no longer needed. Where is the reward? After waiting for a millennia and this is the answer?

I am glad Hikaru is in a slump now. He should be, as it serves him right since he dared to forget who brought him into the Go world in the first place, tutoring him and encouraging him all the way. I do agree that Akira could be the catalyst to rev up Hikaru's passion to succeed in the world of Go but without Sai guiding him Hikaru could not have attain such heights of success in such a short time.

Actually part of why I am reading this manga after I've finished with its Anime version was a tiny hope that the story in the manga would answer Sai's unresolved wish since the manga does continues where the Anime had left off. The other reason was simply because I am missing Sai very much.