Review: Boku to Issho

Boku to Issho

This review is based of chapter 1 – 24

Title:
The title is very hard to translate. I had to ask my Japanese Sensei to help me with this one. In German it means “Ich unter Gleichen” and I have no idea how to translate it in English. Google-translation says “I am among equals” (but you know… Google is lame in translating). So… if you can help me with this translation, please leave a comment!

Content:

Suguo and his little brother Ikou were abondoned by their father from their home in the countryside. With hardly any money they try to go to Tokyo. On their way they meet a strange-looking guy named Itokin. As they find out that they are in the same situation (no real home, job etc.) they team up. From there on, the group gathers more and more people.

The relationship between all the group members is hard to describe. They are not real friends but rather an alliance on purpose. The purpose is to get a job, away from the street and of course super hot chicks.

So the story goes on showing how they desperately try but failing every time followed by flat and tasteless jokes which will make you laughing your ass off!

Art:
You can describe the art as high-end bad quality seinen-like drawings.

The side characters are a bit out of shape from time to time but he main characters are well made. In most comedic situations the faces are – let me say – overdrawn which supports the atmosphere dramatically (almost like in “Great Teacher Onizuka”).

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If there weren’t these faces, my rating would have dropped about the half.

Overall:
This manga does everything right with doing some things wrong in a refreshing good way.

The comedy scenes are placed well and they come over natural but always exaggerated. There’s only a small degree between dumb and genius. This manga manages to jumps between those two as if there isn’t anything easier in the world.

The weird thing is that the weak points are also the strong points since it really depends on your personal taste if you like this style or not. I lke it very much so I  gave this series a 9/10 on MAL.

This manga lasted very long the 3rd pace in my top 5 manga. It has recently been replaced by Naoki Urasawa’s “Pluto”.

PS: Do you know the punk band called NOFX? Well, I do and the mangaka obviously as well:

Review: Subete ni Iya Garu (The Hating Girl)

SUBETE NI IYA GARU

The Hating Girl

Title:
The English version of the title (The Hating Girl) isn’t quite right translated.

So let’s divide the title into segments:

Subete ni ————– Iya ——————— Garu
Everything about —- arrow shooting —– Girl

You see… because of such translating differences you shouldn’t learn Japanese by comparing the translated with the raw version (just grab your jisho and read only the raw).

Content:
I’m not gonna say why she has an arrow stuck in her head or if she still has it at the end of this stoy!

A Japanese boy named Ryouji transfers schools. In his new class he sits next to a girl with an arrow stuck in her head. As he has never seen something like this before, he wants to find out more about her so they start talking.

They build up a relationship full of misunderstandings leading into various hilarious situations (let me say broom stick and pocket warmer… you will know what I mean ^_^). Please don’t misunderstand me with hilarious situations, this is NOT an ecchi manga! This manga is almost like a yonkoma-manga warped into real a “full-panel” one.

So where is the hatch?
Okay… there are a few but they shouldn’t be overestimated: The chapters are very short and almost each one of them is about one special thing which slightly disturbs the flow of the story. The character development of Ryouji is also very limited.

Art:

When it’s about drawing style I like almost everything: sketchy drawings in BLAME!, shounen-like drawings in Dragonball, old-school in Ranma ½, and the realistic style of Naoki Urasawa.

The art of this manga is like a mixture of shounen-like and old-school style. The pictures look like if they were drawn by a (very) skilled child but that makes it so loveable and supports the comedy scenes. I think this manga wouldn’t work without this style. It would definitely loose it’s persuasive power.

Overall:
I really enjoyed the time while reading this manga. Unlike all the shounen ecchi/harem  mangas you can’t predict the storyline as this one jumps over the well known clichés and redefines them. On top of that the characters are lovable and the progression of their relationship is well made.

I gave this manga an 8/10 (8 means “very good”) on my MyAnimeList profile because the strong points cover up the weak spots so you don’t notice them at first.

New Year’s Change

Hey everyone,

I hope that you had a great New Year’s eve!

During this whole Christmas/New Year time I thought about what I want to with this blog as I definitely can’t keep up the reviews for the weekly publishing manga (I’m starting a new course for learning Japanese next week).

My solution is that from now on I review only non-mainstream, underrated and infamous manga.

A negative side is that I’m probably gonna lose some of my readers but you know that’s okay for me as long as I can keep on blogging.

I’m at a point where I can’t easily find some good mangas out there. Let’s take the genre “romance” (shounen + seinen). I’m really kinda into this genre and thus I’ve read almost every famous romance manga. So the only possibility for an addict like me is to search every online reading site (well, mostly mangafox.com and mangahelpers.com) for more stuff.

Surprisingly, I found a bunch of nice unknown series which can compete with their famous big brothers.

In the next few days I’ll post my first “new” review. It’s about the manga called “Subete ni Iya Garu” (the english title is “The Hating Girl”). If you want to you can already check out the series on mangafox.com and begin reading it.

So… stay tuned.

PS: I’m probably gonna change the theme again…

BAKUMAN chapter 61: Alliances and Classmates

This week’s BAKUMAN is out…

Shujin is such a damn lucky person: He got 2 and a half bitches who are falling for him. If I was him I would drop my current bottom bitch Tsundere-chan and replace her with Cute-Female-Mangaka-chan.

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Of course she said “my underwear” by accident… yeah, we believe you hahahaha

He also gets a new bitch at the end of the chapter which he knows since 9th grade… she’s also quite cute… You should check her out!

Let’s switch over to the interesting part of this chapter: Ashigori’s new series. Shujin comes up with a draft scenario and for my taste is kinda too childish.

He comes up with a boy who gets inventiones from his grandfather and messes around with them. Since they want to manke a manga which both kids and adults can enjoy it would be better if they’d create a more “bizarre” hero. But okay… it’s their series… They can do whatever the hell they want…

BTW: I think they gonna name their new manga “BAKUMAN”.

Judging from SleepyFans’ speed scan I’ll give this one an 8/10!

You can read it here-> CLICK

PS:

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Naruto chapter 470: Killerbee vs. Kisame

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Now it’s confirmed: Sakura has her period!

Part one of this chapter continues with the conversation between Sakura and Naruto.

Sakura is a bit pissed as Naruto thinks her confession was just an excuse to stop Naruto from chasing Sasuke. ~Why the hell is Sakura trying to convince Naruto that her confession was serious… I mean even a 3-year old blind kid could tell that this was all for show!

Part two of this chapter is about the fight Killerbee (and Ponta) vs. Kisame.

After some average fight scenes we get to the “only this thing made the chapter interesting”-point: Kisame reveals the true form his sword “Samehada” which was all the time wrapped-in.

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For the next chapter I want to see some more Samehada stuff… and some ecchi scenes of the Mizukage…

I’ll give this chapter a 6/10

PS: You can read this chp. here -> CLICK and of course THX SleepyFans for the speed scan!

BAKUMAN chapter 60

August 2008: It was a chilly evening when I randomly surfed on mangaupdates.com checkin’ the new manga series out. One of them catched my eye: BAKUMAN.

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The first chapter was already available so I read it. “Well, that’s one of the better mangas” I thought. Sadly I “lost” the series as I forgot the name. I didn’t caought up the series for about  8 months.

Due to a friend’s recommendation I finally found my lost series again.

This week BAKUMAN reached it’s 60th release and it’s getting better and better!

In this chapter Ashigori (I know Ashirogi are 2 persons called Takagi alias Shujin (jap. Thief) and Mashiro) decides which genre his next series will have. He’s gonna make a gag-manga mainly aimed for kids but it should entertain adults as well.

I kinda like this idea as one of my favourite anime series is considered to be in this genre: “Crayon Shin-Chan”. So I really wonder with what for a killer idea he comes up for his manga. Can’t wait for the next chapter!

To sum it up I give this chapter an 8/10

Mirai Nikki chapter 46 + 46.5

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When it comes to Mirai Nikki I get jealous about Yukiteru:

1st ’cause of his uber keitai phone displaying the future like in a  blog
2nd ’cause of his badass girlfriend Yuno.

Who wouldn’t fall for a almost naked girl carrying her dead parents’ heads?!
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(actually we don’t still know if Yuno is the real dauthger of her parents…. things are confusing right now…)

Anyway here is a little sum-up:

Yuki arrives with Yuno at the great vault where the 11th hides. As they can’t open it Yuki suddenly rises Yuno’s skirt and f**cks her from the back………

I’ll give this ch. a 7/10