Archive for Manga Review

Manga Review: Pandora Hearts Vol. 8 [Paperback]

 

I’ve finished “Pandora Hearts Vol. 8” by Jun Mochizuki.

Product Description

The snow-white maiden encountered once upon a time in the depths of the Abyss by the clown christened the Red-Eyed Specter … who was she really? As there are two sides to every story, could it be there are two sides to the existence known as Alice? Duke Barma may have provided a sordid outline, but Break colors the tale with vivid swathes of bloody crimson as he opens up about his past. Will these tragic truths long secreted away isolate Break further from his allies once he has revealed them?

Product Details
Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Yen Press; Reprint edition (January 24, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0316197254
ISBN-13: 978-0316197250

My Review:

I highly recommend reading in volume order or else you won’t know what is happening.

Since this is my first volume I have read I was really lost to what was happening.  The illustrations were really well done and the characterizations were well written.

3.5/5

Thanks Hachette Book Group and Yen Press for sending me this manga to review, greatly appreciated!

Manga Review: Durarara!! Vol. 1 [Paperback]

I’ve finished “Durarara! Vol. 1” by Ryohgo Narita.

Product Description

Welcome to Ikebukuro, where Tokyo’s wildest characters gather!! Meet an ordinary boy who daydreams about the extraordinary. A naive stalker girl. The strongest man in Ikebukuro. A shut-in doctor with questionable credentials. A hedonistic informant…and the “headless rider” astride a pitch-black motorcycle!?

As their paths cross, this eccentric cast weaves a twisted, cracked love story.

Product Details
Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: Yen Press; Import edition (January 24, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0316204900
ISBN-13: 978-0316204903


My Review:

The storyline is the same as the anime though it goes into more indepth of how psychotic Izaya is.

The manga opens with Mikado Ryūgamine, a young boy who longs for the exciting life of the big city, moves to Ikebukuro at the invitation of his childhood friend Masaomi Kida, who he hasn’t seen since he was young, to attend Raira Academy with him. After meeting Masaomi at the train station, they both set out at night to the streets of Ikebukuro. Masaomi warns him about people he doesn’t want to cross in the city: like a violent and superhumanly strong man, Shizuo Heiwajima, an information broker, Izaya Orihara, and a mysterious gang known as “The Dollars.” After running into some of the side characters, Mikado witnesses a local legend called the “Black Rider”, who rides around Ikebukuro on a black bike that occasionally brays like a horse, and who is also rumored to have no head under its helmet.

3.5/5

Thanks Hachette Book Group Canada and Yen Press for sending me this manga to review, greatly appreciated!

Manga Review: The Betrayal Knows My Name Vol. 2 [Paperback]

I’ve finished “The Betrayal Knows My Name Vol. 2” by Hotaru Odagiri.

Product Description

Welcomed into the arms of the Giou clan and the Zweilt, Yuki reaches out to his comrades even as he is drawn into their war with the darkness. But the demonic Duras continue to spread their malevolence around Yuki, and the members of his new family are not impervious either, as one of their own vanishes without a trace and yet another is cornered by a sudden ambush. In the Zweilt, Yuki may well have found the long-sought-after place he belongs, but the enemy seems intent on stealing it out of his grasp forever.
And when the shadowy figure of “Reiga,” the nemesis of the Giou, finally steps into the light, will Yuki find himself utterly alone, crushed by the weight of the truth?

Product Details
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Yen Press (December 13, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0316119423
ISBN-13: 978-0316119429

My Review:

I highly recommend this series if you like pretty boys, violence, action, blood, angst, deep friendships, a hurtful betrayal, etc.

In this volume we learn more about Yuki’s past and how important his his role as God of Light is.  We also glimpse a little of Luka’s past too (demon lord) and he declares his loyalty to Yuki once again. In their previous life Yuki and Luka was lovers but he won’t say anything to Yuki because he believes Yuki wanted to forget his memories and him.

We also learn how important everyone is to each other and how they consider Yuki as their savior.  We also learn more background of how Hotsuma was raised and treated by his parents.  Their is certainly no love lost there.

The main plot in this volume is Ashley a maniac doll maker who promises girls if they try out this kit they will get the man of their dreams.  While in reality she makes the girls fall asleep and kidnaps the young men they fancy and add them to her harem.

It is revealed who Reiga is and Yuki is so devastated that he falls in a deep sleep for two days.  When he wakes up he feels like he remembers who Luka is and how safe he feels when he’s around.

I really love the fight scene between Hotsuma and Shusei and the twin Opasts Jekyll and Hyde – it was very exciting.  Also caught a glimpse of another Opast that looks like Luka.

I also enjoyed meeting two new Zweilts Seishirou Furuori  and Kuruto Hourai who live at the main residence with Takashiro.

5/5

Thanks Hachette Book Group Canada/Yen Press for sending me this manga to review, greatly appreciated!

Manga Review: Dengeki Daisy Vol. 8 [Paperback]

I’ve finished “Dengeki Daisy Vol. 8” by Kyousuke Motomi.

Product Description

Reads R to L (Japanese Style).

After orphan Teru Kurebayashi loses her beloved older brother, she finds solace in the messages she exchanges with DAISY, an enigmatic figure who can only be reached through the cell phone her brother left her. Meanwhile, mysterious Tasuku Kurosaki always seems to be around whenever Teru needs help … Could DAISY be a lot closer than Teru thinks?

When Teru mistakenly tells Kurosaki to disappear from her life, she gets consumed by guilt because he actually vanishes. In order to get him back, she’ll have to uncover his past relationship with her brother along with the exact details of his crime …

About the Author

Born on August 1, Kyousuke Motomi debuted in Deluxe Betsucomi with Hetakuso Kyupiddo (No Good Cupid) in 2002. She is the creator of Otokomae! Biizu Kurabu (Handsome! Beads Club), and her latest work Dengeki Daisy is currently being serialized in Betsucomi. Motomi enjoys sleeping, tea ceremonies, and reading Haruki Murakami.

Product Details
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: VIZ Media LLC; Original edition (January 3, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1421539977
ISBN-13: 978-1421539973

My Review:

I highly recommend reading this volume if you want to find out about Kurosaki’s past and his friendship with Teru’s brother.

This volume picks up when Teru accidentally sent the text to Kurosaki telling him to go away and he does.

This volume deals with Kurosaki past and we learn more about his background.  Everyone except for Kurosaki (Boss, Riko and the scary one) explains to Teru their part they played in the past.  We also learn how Teru’s brother died and why Kurosaki feels responsible.

Kurosaki was so cute when he was younger (he really does look so different then now within 4 years) and the tragic event of why he became a hacker and the deadly virus he created.

5/5

Thanks Simon and Schuster Canada for sending me this manga to review, greatly appreciated!

Other Manga in Series:

1.  Dengeki Daisy Vol. 1
2.  Dengeki Daisy Vol.2
3.  Dengeki Daisy Vol. 3
4.  Dengeki Daisy Vol. 4
5.  Dengeki Daisy Vol. 5
6.  Dengeki Daisy Vol. 6
7.  Dengeki Daisy Vol. 7
8.  Dengeki Daisy Vol. 9 – March 6, 2012
9.  Dengeki Daisy Vol. 10 – July 3, 2012