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Manga Review: ib – Instant Bullet by Aka Akasaka

Published April 24, 2014

Everything in this world is my enemy. This kind of world is worthless. A boy, who is called a demon with no human heart, breathes, lives and imagines. But what is the pounding in his heart when he heard he is going to save the world? That’s not his wish, though…- Goodreads

I was surprised with this particular manga. It is so different. Granted the summary is extremely vague and you really don’t know what you are getting into until you at least finish the first volume. Even then you are still a bit unsure if you want to continue but towards the end things shift and you want to keep reading to find out what happens.

Without giving too much away, there is a boy who is not only lonely but he is disliked by his peers (sounds familiar). Please tend to get hurt around, he has no family and for the most part he really doesn’t react well with people. But he comes across a girl (sounds familiar) who indirectly helps him discover a form of magic he has. But here is where the difference comes in; the magic isn’t typical magic, nor is the boy a hero or for the most part a like able character at least earlier on. And the girl… she isn’t someone who secretly loves the boy and is trying to be his friend and all of that.

I’m probably not explaining this in the best way and that is because if I tell you details, I am telling some important parts of the story that I believe help push the volumes. There is complexity to the story especially within the main characters. I love how there are similarities between everyone within their own personal stories but there are still experiences that make it personal to the character.

But beyond the story moves fairly quickly; there isn’t a lot of dead space to try to keep things going. Black and white art work that isn’t the most innovative but that is not a shot at the illustrator. The great thing about the art is no one looks the same.

Overall, if you are looking for something different in relationships and magic, I would recommend this read.

3 Pickles

Book Review: The Rising of the Shield Hero by Aneko Yusagi, Minami Seira (Illustrator)

One Peace Books Published Dec. 8, 2015 300 Pages
One Peace Books
Published Dec. 8, 2015
300 Pages

Naofumi Iwatani is summoned into a parallel universe, while reading a book in the library. In this world he discovers he is one of four heroes with a legendary weapon destined to save the world from the predicted end. 

But he is the shield hero, who is considered the weakest of them all. And because of that he has no one to turn to, is penniless and is betrayed. Here is the story of the shield hero.

I was surprised at how well this story was written because I really was not expecting much based off the summary. But the story developed really well and Naofumi wasn’t a tool nor did he become one.

What I liked about this series was the fact that it showed the darker side of being a hero, specifically the hero that no one wanted and what it takes to be the hero he wanted. There is growth but it is weird because I wouldn’t consider Naofumi actually going through growth. It was more of understanding and handling things better. However, the surrounding characters did grow, which made the shield hero a much better character.

I liked how there was a personal battle that tied in with the ultimate to save the world. It didn’t take away from anything and the two battles didn’t cancel or belittle each other. The author was able to tie each together and have them seamlessly move in sync. I really enjoyed that. The book wasn’t battle after to battle and I appreciated that.

The artwork was far from cliche. No one character looked like someone else, personalities was defined in the clothing and physical actions of each character and there was care in the work, I was surprised by this read and I am awaiting the next volume.


4 Pickles