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Manga Review: Girls of the Wild’s by Hun, Zhena (Illustrator)

Published Nov. 9, 2012 320 Pages
Published Nov. 9, 2012
320 Pages

Wilds High has a history as a 42 year old fighting specialist for elite girls all over the world. Each year, they hold Wilds-League, a place where the Wilds girls test their fighting skills. But this year, the school breaks tradition and becomes co-ed and granted its only male student Song Jae Gu a three year scholarship.

The only condition is he cannot leave the school and with two siblings to take care of that isn’t an option. But after meeting Queen, the champion of the Wilds League, his choice to stay at the school becomes complicated.

This series starts off really really good. Its different and love the twists that are added. Song doesn’t really like women and not because he prefers men but because of a situation with his mother and his sibling, women are just monsters to him. Therefore, most of the book he is trying his best to stay away from women and just keep his head down. I personality didn’t like him because he does a lot of sob stories and at a certain point, I was over it. I did provide a different story, however it was annoying after a while.

I wanted more of Queen; for a while she isn’t as prominent as the summary makes it seem and that unfortunate. However, the characters beyond her were perfect. They provided the humor, the serious tone and the realistic personalities. I loved it and stayed awake most of the night reading this.

However, the deeper the manga the more boring it got. The same story was ran over and over and I didn’t mind the fighting but what I mind was the fact that nothing really changed for quite a while.

As for artwork, I enjoyed it; cliche is not a term you can us to describe it. Each character was unique in personality as well as looks and movements. The pace of the story moved until its hits a obvious wall.

Mangasee.com has the series for you to check out.

Overall,

4 Pickles (mainly for creativity) 

Manga Review: Unbreakable Machine-Doll by Reiji Kaitou

Studio JG Published Oct. 24, 2014 8 Books
Studio JG
Published Oct. 24, 2014
8 Books

Raishin Akabane is a puppeteer with a mission. Traveling from Japan to Liverpool with his automaton Yaya, he begins attending Walpurgis Royal Academy of Machinart. Once every four years, the Academy conducts a “Night Party” This “party” is a competition where puppeteers use their automatons to fight until the last person stands. The prize? To become the “Wiseman” the most powerful puppeteer in the world.

 But Raishin can careless for the title; his mission is revenge and the only way to get it is to get into the “Night Party”

I had very little hope in this series. Something about it, while reading the summary, threw me off. But once I started reading my mind shifted. This is actually a pretty decent story. Slightly predictable but nothing too bad, where I have to stop reading it.

Raishin is different from the rest. He is blunt and has a one track mind (his mission) or at least in the beginning. Despite this, he isn’t a jerk; he has some kind of consideration for other. Although he comes off humorous, he is genuine. The predictability comes in with Yaya. She is in love with him despite the fact that she shouldn’t. In the beginning this is known but it is not known if Raishin actually knows this. He treats her like a companion and is affectionate with her as well. Does he have feelings for her or is he just the brotherly type? Can’t tell you but what I will say is the line is a bit thin for me.

Just because their relationship is spoken about in the first two books, does not mean this is a classic high school love triangle (yes, another girl is in this series) with some special effects. The line between the puppeteer and the automaton is huge. The fight scenes are on point. I would have preferred it to be more graphic and much more intense but the scenes were good. As the series progresses the artwork becomes less cliché and more sexual.

As far as the rest of the story, I love the complexity of it and how it twists and turns. It is almost perfect. I say almost because there is deeper emotion missing for me. It isn’t intense enough.

 

Overall, I would recommend this read for those 17+ mainly because the sexual content that occurs.

 

3.5 Pickles

Manga Review: Chocolate Cosmos by Nana Haruta

Shūeisha Published Jan. 1, 2007 176 Pages
Shūeisha
Published Jan. 1, 2007
176 Pages

Sakurai Sayuki is the odd girl in school. Known for having sharp eyes that always make her look mean, Sakurai has not had a boyfriend ever. Now that she is in high school, things are different and she hopes for love.

*Short Review*

The thing about this manga is it is a very cliche romance. High school girl falls in love with a boy, she doesn’t realize is her home economics teacher (because she sleeps in that class). She goes through this back and forth of if her feelings are valid and if she should pursue the teacher.

Typical. . . completely. This manga was listed as a comedy but there wasn’t much humor to it. Sakurai was annoying and she over reacted to everything (well she is a high school girl in a manga).  The surrounding characters were iffy because you really couldn’t put your finger on what type of people they were. There wasn’t enough personality coming out of them, even though they were pretty dominate within the story.

To be honest, I expected something different because there has been occasions that things were different.  The art work was mediocre because everyone looked alike and it was hard to really tell them apart, especially the men. The story-line moved surprisingly very smooth. There was conflict but it fit within the plot very well.

Overall, it wasn’t a bad story. I know plenty of people that would enjoy it much more than me.

2 Pickles

Manga Review: 暗殺教室 [Ansatsu Kyoushitsu] 1 (Assassination Classroom #1) by Yusei Matsui

VIZ Media LLC  Published Dec. 2, 2014 192 Pages
VIZ Media LLC
Published Dec. 2, 2014
192 Pages

This manga has been popping up on my feed for a while now, so out buying books I decided to read it and create is the first thing I can say that comes to mind.

The students of Class-E are on a secret mission . . . to kill their teacher. Their teacher is an alien octopus who already destroyed half the moon and plans on destroying the earth unless one of the students can kill him.

As easy as it sounds it isn’t because unheard of powers and super speed that make him untouchable. 

It was cute and creative. Who would think that a way to give students who are considered the bad bunch a chance would be through trying to kill their teacher? It truly is outside of the box thinking and for that I kept reading the story.

What I didn’t like almost immediately was how it is constantly said that the students have to kill the teacher and he is an alien. The same line is repeated over and over again from beginning to end of the book. It was annoying and amateur.

Beyond that I did like how the manga was able to make me curious. The alien isn’t all that he seems, obviously. He doesn’t seem evil. It is known that there is a hidden agenda, however you  don’t know where you stand with him and I liked the unpredictability of that.

I also like the complexity of the surrounding characters. Everyone has someone to learn from the guy they are trying to kill, which creates conflicting emotions within everyone. I love it.

Although I have only read the first volume, I have every intention of reading this through.

3 Pickles 

 

Book Review: The Unfairest of Them All (Ever After High #2) by Shannon Hale

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Published March 25, 2014 336 Pages
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Published March 25, 2014
336 Pages

All chaos has broken loose since Raven refused to sign the book on Legend Day. Apple is trying to convince Raven to take it back and make the pledge while also trying to keep the peace between the royals and the rebels.

When Maddie (Madeline) Hatter of Wonderland gets into some trouble it is up to Raven, Apple, the royals and the rebels to make things right and save the day.

I am completely in love with this series. What was great was the fact it picked up where the first book left off. Raven still holding her ground and wanting to change her destiny, Apple being the perfect girl she is trying not to have a break down and trying to have everyone keep their cool. Maddie is still mad.

There wasn’t too much flashback from the first book which I appreciated because it allowed the story to move forward at a steady pace. There was room for other character spotlights and room for development to a certain extent.

Raven can become a powerful witch but she associates being a witch evil which in fairy tales isn’t always the case. I feel that she understood that at the end of the story but she was very reluctant and I agree with her mother .  . . Raven plays dumb a lot which was completely annoying. She wanted things handed to her and would seem extremely reluctant to put in work that involved her actually using her powers.

Apple was like-able because she grew up and realized that not everyone was black and white. She was reluctant to try new things but she did. Yes, to protect her motives to become Snow White but that is okay because she was honest with herself.

There was constant movement through the book. The only downfall I can see is the true motives behind the headmaster was reveled. There actually was no mention to that at all. Overall this book gets 4 Pickles. I am looking forward to the third book.

Book Review: Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

Stargirl enters Mica High with a burst of color and dance. She’s different; nothing like anyone in the entire school.Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli First with name like “Stargirl” and then playing the ukulele during lunch; at first the school is in love with her and then they are not. This is hard for Leo, who has fallen for Stargirl. Leo cannot handle the school shunning him as well as Stargirl, so he tries to make her normal.

What I love about this book is the fact that this girl lived her life on her terms. She was 16 and she didn’t feel obliged to follow the normal of society. She wasn’t trying to fit in only simply be her. She was the definition of not caring what people thought about her . . . that is until she fell for Leo.

He pissed me off. He cared more about what everyone thought than he cared about Stargirl. Granted this is high school and friends or associates are very important but at the end of the book when he went to college, he was still thinking of her and it made no mention of him having a family or even a girlfriend.

Spinelli did a wonderful job of describing how someone different can be bullied or how important image is to some people.

This book gets a perfect score. I was hoping for a happy ending with Leo and Stargirl but Leo was such a disappointment and it broke my heart. “Stargirl” was a quick read but full of so much emotions that it was perfect.