Sunday, November 20, 2011

NG LIFE, VOL.2


Talk about getting into a hotspot!

Keidai Saeki's life is pretty confusing, what with his past life's friends and family being reincarnated in the wrong bodies and all. And now it's about to get downright crazy! Another former Pompeiian joins the party, and, just like Keidai, he retains the memories of his past life! It's unfortunate for our hero this relationship didn't stay dormant. They didn't really get along 1,900 years ago, and someone's holding a grudge...
(From the backcover of NG Life, Vol.2)

Manga-Ka: Mizuho Kusanagi
Distributor: TokyoPop
Format: Right-to-left
Rating: 13+

{I, the reviewer, give NG Life (vol.2), 8 out of 10!}

COMMENTS

The thought that always run through my mind when I read this are two words; poor Keidai. When you think Keidai's life couldn't get anymore confusing, well...it just did! In this second installment of NG Life, things get even more complicated and confusing for Keidai as he still envision Yuuma as his beloved Serena, yet on top of that, it appears as if he his developing some feelings toward Serizawa. These confused, mixed up feelings really throw Keidai into his bizzarre moments of fits and yelling at himself. Especially that time when they went to the hot spring, and a ghost gets involved! Or what about the time Serizawa was sick and Yuuma and Keidai had to dress up as girls in order to see her? (Wait...they dressed up as girls? Trust me, there was a legit reason...)
But all that pales in comparison to another Pompeii reincarnate Keidaa is about to meet in this second volume of NG Life!

Keidai keeps having this dream. It seems to be a memory of Pompeii, but even he is uncertain of it. He remembers getting beaten with a whip, he remembers Serena crying out. However, the dream, or memory, isn't clear. And he even begins to doubt, just a little, about the validity of his Pompeii memories. But he is quickly reassured that what he remembers DID in fact happen to him. For 2 weeks, they'll be having a student teacher, Kagami-sensei. Instantly, when he sees Keidai, he glares at him. Hmm..why? Have they met before? And why is he so overprotective of Yuuma?

Apparently, he is his older cousin. Serizawa's theory is that maybe he was one of Serena's fans in his past life, and even if he doesn't remember, just looking at Keidai, once Sirix, ticks him off. Serizawa's was getting warm, but not quite hot. You see, Kagami-sensei can remember all that happened in the past, too. And how did he know Serena? They were blood related back then, too! At first, Keidai is happy to have finally found someone who can remember Pompeii just as he can. However, he soon leanrs WHO Kagami-sensei is. He didn't like him then, and he CERTAINLY doesn't like him now. Kagami-sensei was....*SPOILER STARTS HERE* Serena's older sister, Smryna! Oh boy, another gender switch! And with the memories, too! She was the one who whipped him, threatening to turn him into lion feed after he had proposed to his beloved Serena. So now Kagami-sensei does all he can to keep Yuuma away from Keidai, and if that's not enough, he might even keep Serizawa away, too! *SPOILER ENDS HERE*

Once again; poor Keidai. Poor, poor Keidai. Confused, and now going through a living hell. I never thought the story could get more complicated, but it just did. I could almost call this an intense volume, I couldn't put it down once I began reading it! I really like how Keidai, despite the gender switch, still defends his friends and want to remain together. They cannot be what they were in their past lives, but that eternal bond still ties them together. It's as if they were meant to be friends no matter what! Overall, I enjoyed this volume and am looking forward to how the third one pans out.


Recommend?
If you liked the first volume, you MUST read this one!

[CONTENT CARD]

[LANGUAGE]
The usual minor swears words like "d" and "h", and even some use of the illegitimate child word.

[TABACCO/ALCOHOL/DRUG USE]
Keidai's dad is seen smoking a few times.

[SEXUAL CONTENT/NUDITY]
Keidai often suddenly sees Serena whenever Yuuma is around. He hates when that happens, but still enjoys seeing her gorgeous face instead of a boy's. There's an instance when Yuuma says to Keidai "I love you" and when Serizawa asks to "sleep together", but that was against their will (a ghost was speaking through them). When Serizawa is sick, Yuuma and Keidai dress up as girls, but only because her father is crazy overprotective and he won't let them near her if he knows they're guys. Also, when Serizawa faints due to sweating, Keidai is about to undress her to put her into new clothes (and he wasn't in his disguise), and when her father walks in he gets the wrong idea when he was only trying to help! Also...
(SPOILER! Kagami-sensei was a woman in his past life, Smryna, Serena's elder sister who was freakishly overprotective of her and was only nice to girls. She admits she likes being a man ;cause she gets to be with so many girls (they fall head over heels for him), so it appears to be implied that even as a woman, he liked girls.)

[VIOLENCE/BLOOD AND GORE]
Keidai's father mentions that a certain place is a famous suicide spot. In Keidai's dreams, a memory actually, he remembers being beaten with a whip and you see some injury. There's also mention how Smyrna tried to murder Keidai several times when he was Sirix, such as posioning, assination, eaten by lions, but that is all mentioned, not shown. The rest is comedic violence.

[RELIGIOUS MATERIAL]
This story is about reincarnation and how Keidai seems to be the only one who can remember. However, he meets another soul who has retained all their memories of Pompeii as well. There's a scene where Keidai imagines Serena in a yukata and says "Oh, God bless this image of Serena in a yukata!"
At a famous suicide spot, Keidai prays for the souls to find happiness in their next lives. Keidai's father has the ability to see spirits. One attachs herself to Keidai and temporarily inhabits Yuuma's body, then jumps into Serizawa's.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

SEND ME AN ANGEL: VOL.3: FASHIONABLY ACCEPTABLE



Manga-Ka: Christina
Distributor: Online exclusive
Format: Left-to-right
Rating: Not rated

{I, the reviewer, give Send Me An Angel (vol.3), 10 out of 10!}

~*~Click Here To Read~*~

COMMENTS

The third installment of Send Me An Angel touches on the issue of modesty and presents it in a very realistic way. It begins with April, hanging out with some of her other friends, going shopping. They're at a clothes store which is a little out of league in her price range. Anyway, she spots a top she thinks is cute and her friends tell her to try it on. They also tell her that her fashion sense is "outdated" and that she should buy the top. Not having enough money, she tells them, they decide to buy it for her and throw in a skirt as well. When it's all said and done, she is a bit embarrased to be seen out in public in a midriff shirt and a mini skirt. That is, until she falls into the arms of a cute guy she's seen in her Physics class. Hmm....maybe these clothes aren't too bad after all!

From then on, April begins to start dressing this way. She received a bunch of old clothes from her friend which are a bit on the skimpy side. Micah, who has now become a Christian himself in the last chapter, can't believe it when he hears his friends talking about April in a bad way. No, that can't be the April he knows! Of course, once he sees it for himself....he can't deny she looks hot, but as the nice Christian man he is, he does his best to push that out of his mind. And he knows he must defend April's honor!

What I liked about this chapter is it focuses on the lust issues from both perspectives. April felt wrong wearing those clothes, but did not deny it felt good to get guys' attention when she wore them. And Micah, a good Christian young man, although wanted to protect her from his lustful friends, could not deny she looked good in those clothes. His eyes sometimes focused in the wrong areas, looking at her body and not at her face. Sure, he did his best to fight the urge, but it was still there. And that's why he knew that her dressing in such revealing outfits would put her at risk, 'cause as a guy himself, he knew that it caused the wrong thoughts.

Overall, I loved this chapter! It presented the issue in a very realistic way, both guys and girls could relate to. This chapter was special, as it had two sets of notes - the author's notes, and reader's notes. The reader's notes were very interesting, as it was from a guy named Mark who praised Christina speaking of this issue, and confirmed that when girls dress that way, the guy won't be thinking about her...he'll be thinking other thoughts. All in all, it's an excellent read that presents the issue of modest in a realistic way, covering all the bases.

Recommend?
OH YES! This is an issue we're all dealing with here and now, and should be brought up. How you look does matter in the respect of modesty, and this chapter presents it beautifully and realistically.

[CONTENT CARD]

[LANGUAGE]
None.

[TABACCO/ALCOHOL/DRUG USE]
None.

[SEXUAL CONTENT/NUDITY]
This deals with the issue of modesty. You'll see April wear a little bit more revealing clothes, such as tight jeans, midriff tops, and short skirts. There's a scene where Micah over hears his friends talk about her, and one guy talks about how April's "stacked". Micah does have staring moments when he sees her that way, but does his best to force himself to look at her face, not at her chest.
(SPOILER! When April is in the car with Brad, it is implied he tries to do something with her when she yells "don't touch me there!" She gets out of the car before anything is taken any further).

[VIOLENCE/BLOOD AND GORE]
None.

[RELIGIOUS MATERIAL]
It's a Christian comic, so God is shown in a good light.

*CHAPTER INDEX*
Chapter 3: Fashionably Acceptable

SEND ME AN ANGEL: VOL.2: ANOTHER SIDE, ANOTHER STORY




Manga-Ka: Christina
Distributor: Online exclusive
Format: Left-to-right
Rating: Not rated

{I, the reviewer, give Send Me An Angel (Vol.2), 8 out of 10!}

~*~Click Here To Read~*~

COMMENTS

The second volume, or actually, the second chapter of Send Me An Angel takes place two years after Micah and April had met. He loves how April is always smiling, and in some ways, admires her faith (even though he doesn't quite understand it). He wishes they were more than just friends, though. He's planning to ask her to the school dance, perhaps to confess his true feelings. This chapter is from Micah's perspective, while the first chapter was through Aprils perspective, so it's a nice little switch off.

The art in this chapter seems to have some improvements from the previous chapters. Although the characters do look awkward in some panels, there's obviously some progression in the art. While I liked this chapter, there was some things I didn't like. For example *SPOILER BEGINS HERE* She told Micah she wouldn't go to the dance, but later when he goes to get his scienece book, he finds April dancing with Ian...yes, THAT Ian who was treating her badly two years before. Everything's explained when April's friend calls up Micah and explains her side of the story, but I still find it kind of rude that April didn't even give him a ring about it. Plus, though it is explained Ian goes to her church and April's mom trusts him, it still doesn't explain whether or not he had changed from the Ian he was two years ago. *SPOILER ENDS HERE*.

However, despite that, the story is still weaved nicely and presents a scenario that could happen. I still wish she did give him a ring about it before hand, but we're not perfect. Maybe that was the point of that scene in the first place. Also, the final pages of this chapter I thought were beautiful, and I especially loved how it ended! This chapter feels a lot more meaningful once you give it a second read, and I found that the scene I mentioned in the spoiler tag was actually not that bad at all since everything is explained, except for a few minor details.

Overall, this story is still as good as when it started, and now I'm curious how Micah's character will develope in the future chapters.

Recommend?

[CONTENT CARD]

[LANGUAGE]
None.

[TABACCO/ALCOHOL/DRUG USE]
None.

[SEXUAL CONTENT/NUDITY]
None.

[VIOLENCE/BLOOD AND GORE]
Micah grabs a guy by the collar, but he just walks away from the fight.

[RELIGIOUS MATERIAL]
It's a Christian comic.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

SQUARE: CHAPTER 1: BE OUR GUEST


Four guys. Four panels. So many antics, you wonder how it fits.
(Smackjeeves description of Square)

Manga-Ka: Asuka Neko
Distributor: Online exclusive
Format: Left-to-right
Rating: Not rated

{I, the reviewer, give Square, 7 out of 10!}

~*~Click Here To read~*~

COMMENTS

Square is the latest creation to come out of the crazy and hyper mind of Asuka Neko, the one responsible for title suchs as Etsu!, Kindergarten Promises, The Anti-Squee, and many others. This is Asuka's second attempt at the 4-koma (4 panel strip manga), which was the original format Etsu! started in. It's about four guys; Dietrich, Cameron, Lewis, and Liam, and all the crazy antics they go through. Knowing Asuka Neko, you won't have to worry about shounen-ai coming to the picture. So even if this is about four guys, it's just that; about four guys. No one's paired with each other!

While for the most part, 4koma strips can be read in random order (for the most part), the first 4 strips is the introduction section, and all must be read in order. Other than that, each of the Square strips are pretty much individual, save for a few meant for mini arcs. What I like about 4koma is the fact one has to be skillfully clever in order to deliver comedy within only 4 square panels. These strips are very fun and at least one of the are sure to put a smile on your face.

Her art has undergone a significant change from when she was doing Etsu! amd The Anti-Squee. It's still distinctively Asuka Neko, but you can tell there's been a lot of improvements in character designs and anatomy. I actually quite like this new style, and it feels just right for this little project. I like how in some of the strips, their eyes are colored, and the rest of the art is entirely in another color (example; brown or blue). It gives for a unique feel.

Overall, it's an enjoyable little series that's pretty clean and clever, with an interesting bunch of characters. Some get more spotlight than others (for example Dietrich, the dumb blond). While some of the comic strips I could take it or leave it, this is a promising start to Asuka-sama's new 4-koma series, I am excited to see how it developes and fleshes out. Probably my favorite strip is when Dietrich points at us (the audience) and wonders who "all those people are".

Recommend?
Why not? If you enjoy 4koma and looking to brighten your day, you'll have fun reading this.

[CONTENT CARD]

[LANGUAGE]
None.

[TABACCO/ALCOHOL/DRUG USE]
None.

[SEXUAL CONTENT/NUDITY]
One of the guys is always known for getting the hot girls. One of the guys makes fun of another guy for always looking like he's wearing his sister's jeans. There's also one or two instances when you see one of the guys with his shirt off.

[VIOLENCE/BLOOD AND GORE]
None.

[RELIGIOUS MATERIAL]
None.

*CHAPTER INDEX*
This is chapter 1, but I will list all the comic strips contained:
1. Be Our Guest
2. Quadrilaterals
3. Nice To Meet You, Fandom
4. Interview With a Rectangle
5. Dumb Blonds
6. Fan~Service (Filler)
7. Happy Birthday, Di!
8. Back To School
9. Always Too Short
10. It's Because He's Brittish
11. Recollections of Freshman Year
12. Logic Puzzles
13. In The Dark
14. Surprise!
15. Pink (Illustration)
16. Thanks! (Thank-You Message)

NG LIFE, VOL.1


From the creator of Mugen Spiral come a manga comedy filled with loads of gender-bending frolic and fun!

Keidai Saeki is a high school student who remembers his past life in Pompeii, living as the Italian warrior Sirix...His friends around him are all also reincarnated--althought they don't quite remember things the way he does. Keidai's wife from the past? She's now a middle school boy--while his best male friend is now a cute girl?! Throw in a case of lvoe at first sight, and you have a new look at romance--manga style!
(From the backcover of NG Life, Vol.1)

Manga-Ka: Mizuho Kusanagi
Distributor: TokyoPop
Format: Right-to-left
Rating: 13+?

{I, the reviewer, give NG Life (Vol.1), 9 out of 10!}

COMMENTS

I was shocked. Surprised. I liked this. No, I LOVED this. My friend lended me a couple volumes of her favorite romantic comedy, just in case I didn't like Future Diary. By reading the synopsis, I admit I was a bit skeptical and very iffy, considering the subject matter. But I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed reading it.

Keidai, in his past life, was from Pompeii. His life was ended shortly when the volcano errupted, burying the city in ash. He had two people most important in his life, his best friend and the love of his life, who also died. His best friend had reincarnated in Japan as well, but guess what? He's a GIRL now! It gets even worse... a new family moves in the neighborhood, and the love of his life has now also reincarnated in Japan. Only one problem - she's a GUY now! This really messes Keidai up. He loves Serena with all his heart, but now as Yuuma, he has to force himself to forget about her. She's a guy now, he can't fall in love with A GUY! Also, his best friend Serizawa, who is a girl now, seems to have some affection for him, but he still remembers her as a guy. And also, Yuuma really likes Serizawa. What a COFUSING love triangle.

There were moments in this manga that really made me laugh out loud. Literally. I felt bad for poor Keidai as he suffers from the major confusion of his feelings, since the memories of his current and past lives are suddenly blended together. He says his life is "NG" (I assume it means "no good"). However, he soon comes to realize that in the end, the two most important people in his life has returned with him, and they all got to be together again. Maybe not in the way he had wanted, but at least he got to see them again. This manga isn't just comedy and pretty artwork. There's even some emotional parts that ltierally brought me to tears, when Serizawa made a play based on Keidai's past life and he stars as himself! The scene where they reinact the volcano erruption and when Sirix (Keidai) had to leave Serena, it was so touching! He felt that he had abandoned her, left her to die, 'cause he never came back to her.

Overall, I had fun reading this, and look forward to more! I'm usually not into the gender-bender genre, but this takes a unique twist at it.

Recommend?
If you like to laugh, I think you'll like this. It can seem a bit edgy at times, but overall it's fun to read.

[CONTENT CARD]

[LANGUAGE]
Minor swear words such as "d" and "h" I believe.

[TABACCO/ALCOHOL/DRUG USE]
I don't remember any.

[SEXUAL CONTENT/NUDITY]
Keidai's past love, Serena, has reincarnated as a boy, and his best friend as a girl. These switched genders leave Keidai VERY confused. Serizawa who was a man in the past seems to have feelings for Keidai, and Yuuma who was once a woman, Keidai feels sickened when his heart goes "bdmp!" because he knows it's Serena, but she's not a girl this time! There's even a scene where Yuuma crossdresses, but it's for comical purposes, not 'cause Yuuma is a crossdresser. It's also mainly to play with Keidai's mind (poor guy). When Keidai first met Yuuma, not knowing Serena had become a boy, he embraces her, but is then punched back and is heartbroken when he tells him "I'm a guy!"

[VIOLENCE/BLOOD AND GORE]
I don't remember any major violence, if there was anything, it's mostly comical.

[RELIGIOUS MATERIAL]
This deals with reincarnation. Keidai was from Pompeii in his past life and has reincarnated as a Japanese boy. Two of the most important people in his life has reincarnated in Japan as well, but they're genders are switched! His parents are also people he knew, his mother was his little sister, and his father was his rival. When Keidai first saw Yuuma (realizing it was Serena) he says "God must have brought us back together!". There's also a scene when they go to a past-lives expert (but of course, he doesn't get it right).

SEND ME AN ANGEL, VOL.1



Manga-Ka: Christina
Distributor: Online exclusive
Format: Left-to-right
Rating: Not rated

{I, the reviewer, give Send Me An Angel (Vol.1), 8 out of 10!}

~*~Click Here To Read~*~

COMMENTS

I discovered this comic through theproject.us (it's not hosted on the site, they just link to it). Finally, I had decided to go give it a read. I never realized there were more amatuer Christian manga than I thought there was, and it's always nice to see. Send Me An Angel begins with a girl named April who is a Christian, but is afraid to admit such things for fear of people calling her weird. A new boy comes to her class, someone who is said to be a trouble-maker. Hearing that, she decides at the start she'll have nothing to do with him, but nothing ever goes as planned as the teacher asks if Micah could be her partner in a project.

Although she's only heard he's a troublemaker (yet there doesn't appear to be any shred of evidence to support that), he's actually a really nice guy. He asks about a certain time he'd like to start the project, but April tells him she has Youth Group. She's afraid to say this, but is pleasantly surprised he actually doesn't make fun of her for it. "I'm cool with it," he says. "I wish I had something like that to believe in."

What I found interesting about this story is it doesn't feel like the typical "conversion" story. We start with a Christian girl who actually fears being made fun of, who cares how people view her. And yet, here is Micah, a non-believer, and yet he says meaningful things to her that makes her realize she's been wrong to care about what others think when it's all about what God thinks of her. Micah was the least likely, but that's why God used him.

The art in this manga is very amatuerish, but I really love it's distinctive flavor. Also note that the woman drawing this started the comic in High School (and she's 22 years old now). An interesting thing is though this is labeled as Volume 1, it's only a chapter long. So reading it volume by volume would be the same as chapter by chapter. I find that an interesting release format.

Overall, I think this is a start to a really cute Christian shoujo manga. The beginning is very promising, and let's hope that as it developes, it remains as wonderful, if not more, than it's start.

Recommend?
Sure! It's clean, it's cute, and it has a good message.

I certify this *MANGA NEWCOMER WORTHY* as it goes Western style and is a simple, slice-of-life.

[CONTENT CARD]

[LANGUAGE]
None.

[TABACCO/ALCOHOL/DRUG USE]
None.

[SEXUAL CONTENT/NUDITY]
April's mom mistakes Micah as being her boyfriend. Yeah, this area is clear.

[VIOLENCE/BLOOD AND GORE]
Micah gets into a fight with a guy who makes fun of April. It's not shown, though.

[RELIGIOUS MATERIAL]
It's a Christian comic.

*CHAPTER INDEX*
Chapter 1

Saturday, November 12, 2011

BURN


It's something I thought of considering what Jesus has done for us.
(Description from theproject.us)
[NOTE: There's no cover, so I used the first page as an image].

Manga-Ka: Mave
Distributor: Online exclusive
Format: Right-to-left
Rating: Not rated

{I, the reviewer, give Burn, 9 out of 10!}

~*~Click Here To Read~*~

COMMENTS

This little 8-page webcomic I admit was a rather interesting theme. It follows a nameless woman with beautifully long, black hair. She talks about having many desires and why would her Master deny her anything? Shortly after saying that, she falls to her knees, coughing, coming down with some sort of sickness. She's tried everything to cure herself, but it just won't work. She debates whether or not she should return to the Master, but afraid of showing up with her cursed body.

The art in the manga is done well. Nothing on the spectacular, distinctive level, but eye-pleasing nonetheless. It was for the CAA Monthly Manga challenge, but Mave didn't reach the deadline for it. Anyway, mentioned in the notes, it was based on an interesting conversation about "So are you trying to say only Christians go to Heaven and non-believers go to hell?"
Executed in the comic, the answer was; "No. I'm trying to say that Jesus went through hell to save all of us."

This manga executes that idea fairly well and it is worth a read at least once.

Recommend?
Sure. It won't take long to read and is a truly inspiring story.

[CONTENT CARD]

[LANGUAGE]
None.

[TABACCO/ALCOHOL/DRUG USE]
None.

[SEXUAL CONTENT/NUDITY]
None.

[VIOLENCE/BLOOD AND GORE]
There's talk about burning, and it seems the woman has a disease.

[RELIGIOUS MATERIAL]
It's a Christian comic. There is mention about the woman trying everything to cure her, including magic spells before she returns to her Master.

*CHAPTER LIST*
(8 pages)

FLEETING


Lust to be lusted.
(Description from theproject.us)
[NOTE: No cover, so I used the first page]

Manga-Ka: Psycho Ann
Distributor: Online exclusive/ZIP File
Format: Left-to-right
Rating: Not rated

{I, the reviewer, give Fleeting, 10 out of 10!}

~*~Click Here To Read~*~

COMMENTS

From the amazing Psycho Ann is another one-shot, executed shortly in 3-pages, concerning the issue of lust from a female's perspective. This apparently was made for Megazeen's LUST issue (evidently the 8th issue). Mentioned in her notes, Psycho Ann says they wanted it from a girl's perspective, and found it quite hard since we don't lust the same way guys do. Then she came to this conclusion; we lust to be lusted.

This one-shot executes that idea, starting with a girl who is looking for something to wear to impress a boy named Andy. She then finds a skimpy top in her closet and doesn't even remember having it. However, she daydreams in her mind what would happen if she were to wear it for Andy.

I feel this manga, though only in 3 pages, executed the issue pretty well. Though it's not deep and complex, and not delving in deeper, it says what it needs to say, short but sweet, and is able to show the main point of it. We are given two verses on the last page that fits the topic well, and some notes from Psycho Ann.

All in all, I totally agreed with what Psycho Ann was trying to convey about us girls lust to be lusted. The reason why we dress a certain way...it's to get a guy's attention, at least for the most part (and depending on the girl). To fully appreciate the comic, I also suggest reading the notes at the end for more understanding and depth.

Recommend?
Yes! It's well executed for only 3-pages, and addresses a subject matter that makes a lot of sense. I'd have to say this would be more appreciated by a girl than a boy, since it is the female perspective of lusting.

I certify this *MANGA NEWCOMER WORTHY* as it goes Western style and is a simple story.

[CONTENT CARD]

[LANGUAGE]
None.

[TABACCO/ALCOHOL/DRUG USE]
None.

[SEXUAL CONTENT/NUDITY]
The main character daydreams about wearing the skimpy top she finds in her close, and when it's about to show the end resukt of Andy's reaction, she quickly snaps herself back in reality.

[VIOLENCE/BLOOD AND GORE]
She slams her head into the wall, but it's more comical if anything.

[RELIGIOUS MATERIAL]
This is a Christian manga, so nothing to worry about.

*CHAPTER LIST*
(3 pages)

THY NAME


Kate Bakely suddenly finds herself trapped in an elevator with a tormented young man. Can she make him see the light before it's too late?
(Description from theproject.us)

Manga-Ka: Psycho Ann
Distributor: Online exclusive/ZIP File
Format: Left-to-right
Rating: Not rated

{I, the reviewer, give Thy Name, 10 out of 10!}

~*~Click Here To Read~*~"

COMMENTS

Psycho Ann, perhaps you've heard of her? She's the mangaka of a certain title know as the Psychoteers. This one-shot, if you read the notes, was actually a result of a seven-day manga making challenge (14 pages, plus a cover and backcover, making it a total of 16). Whether or not it won is not mentioned, but nevertheless, for a story crammed within 14 pages, it came out epic!

It's about a girl named Kate Bakely. She wakes ups, wondering what happened. She and a guy named Joseph are trapped in an elevator after an earthquake struck. Now Kate is confident that God will help them through this, but Joseph doesn't. He says there's no way out, he checked. However, when she says again that Jesus will help, some walls collapses and they can go up some emergency ladders. As they try to find a way out, Kate shares a testimony of how she knows for a fact that God is able to save them if they call on His name, because she's experienced that herself when her heart stopped due to the combination of blood loss and drugs.

I found this one-shot to be very well done, despite how short it was. There was even a few pages that were quite intense, almost putting you to the edge of your seats. The ending was also very satisfying. The art in this manga is done quite well, and the message doesn't seem forced or too unrealistic. Psycho Ann actually has a written version of the story, which is longer and has more detailed, but I have yet to read it myself (I probably will review it on the site at a later date).

Overall, this was an amazing story for it's short length, packing as much emotion and intesity it can within it's limited amount of pages.

Recommend?
YES!!! Probably one of the best few Christian manga out there that executes the story quite well for it's limited amount of pages. Due to some violence and some dark themes, I recommend for those 13-14 and up in age.

I certify this *MANGA NEWCOMER WORTHY* as it goes Western style and the story is not confusing at all.

[CONTENT CARD]

[LANGUAGE]
I don't remember any.

[TABACCO/ALCOHOL/DRUG USE]
It is briefly mentioned that Kate took drugs one time (I believe in a suicide attempt).

[SEXUAL CONTENT/NUDITY]
None.

[VIOLENCE/BLOOD AND GORE]
When Kate wakes up, she finds out there was an earthquake and she and another guy are trapped in an elevator. There's some blood on their faces.
(SPOILER! There's a scene where the floor collapses and they're about to fall, but to save her Joseph decides to let go and fall...but at the end, we find out he lives.)

[RELIGIOUS MATERIAL]
It's a Christian comic, but deals with a lot of stuff. It seems implied by Kate she attempted suicide when she tells Joseph that God will help them. Joseph doesn't believe in God and does't believe that.

DEAR EMILY


Poem from God to Emily.
(Description from theproject.us)
[NOTE: There is no cover, so I used page 4 for the image]

Manga-Ka: Valerie/Mave
Distributor: Online exclusive/ZIP File
Format: Left-to-Right
Rating: not rated

{I, the reviewer, give Dear Emily, 9 out of 10!}

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COMMENTS

"Dear Emily" is a dark, deep, and passionate manga where the dialogue is mostly in God's perspective. It's written like a poem to a struggling girl named Emily, who is going through so much pain in her life and can't grasp the idea of a loving God.
It's a very well written poem, where God asks why can't she hear Him or see Him? He's always been there, listening to her, even though she doesn't believe.

There's even a part where we hear a little bit from Emily's perspective. You can see she just seems to push the idea of God away, because she cannot accept things blindly. She wants proof! She needs to know for a fact that He's there! And why, if He does exist, would He even go through dying just to save us messed up people, and all we need to do is believe? Heh, too easy!
I have to admit that this one-shot almost made me cry. You really feel for Emily as you see her go through all her doubts and pain, but also hearing God's words to her makes you think "is he saying that to me? Is he waiting for me to call out His name?"

In conclusion, I found this to be a beautiful one-shot that conveys God's love with us. It also expresses the doubts many people have about Him, which are very much legitimate questions and feelings. We can't hold it, we can't physically feel it, so how does it exist? I also liked how it was a bit angst. It conveyed someone who struggles with the belief in God, but also shows that God won't give up in waiting to hear you call. You see Emily cry, conflict pain, and even use a bit of language, so this isn't something for younger children to see.

So if you're okay with the angst, I totally recommend giving this one-shot a read at least once.

Recommend?
Highly recommended, if you can deal with some angst. Due it's dark nature, I wouldn't recommend it to anyone under 14.

I certify this *MANGA NEWCOMER WORTHY* as it goes Western style and is an easy story to understand.

[CONTENT CARD]

[LANGUAGE]
One use of the "f" word (but it's censored).

[TABACCO/ALCOHOL/DRUG USE]
None.

[SEXUAL CONTENT/NUDITY]
None.

[VIOLENCE/BLOOD AND GORE]
You see Emily with a knife, looking like she's about to slice her wrist, but it's only implied and not shown. We also see in about 3 small panels Christ's crucifiction, and there is some blood.

[RELIGIOUS MATERIAL]
Being a Christian manga, I don't think there's much to worry about. This is a poem from God to Emily. Emily struggles with the belief in God, because she doesn't have proof.