Tuesday, December 27, 2011

A belated Merry Christmas (2 years of reviews)

Forgot to post on Christmas Day, as I was busy. Had a great time with the family! We had good food, we played Scrabble, my auntie and I gave my brother the traditional gag gift before giving him his real one....ahhh, what memories!

Christmas Day also marked the second anniversary of Breaking Metal Windows! Here's to another year of reviews!

Look forward to....

Send Me An Amgel, Vol.1 (Manga)
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya: Volume 1 (Anime)
The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya (Movie)
When They Cry (Anime)
Higurashi When They Cry (Manga, several arcs)
Natsume's Book of Friends, Vol.1 (Manga)

...and many more. Early Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

MONSTER GIRL, VOL.1


A group of high school students have the ability to transform into animals, but what's the story behind their mysterious powers? Find out on their dangerous search for the answer.
(Smackjeeves description of Monster Girl)
[NOTE: image is both the series and the "volume 1" cover)


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

{I, the reviewer, give Monster Girl vol.1, 9 out of 10!}

~*~Click Here To Read~*~

COMMENTS

Lydia Jane debuts on Smackjeeves with her experimental project entitled "Monster Girl". From the description, you can tell this is going to be an intense and interesting, mysterious story. The interesting thing about this comic is it's yet another webcomic that lists each chapter as a "volume", and this story is completed at 12 volumes (aka 12 chapters) and I shall review them one by one.

The story begins with a girl named Esme, dreaming about something that happened to her when she was a girl. That snake, which bit her, always gives her nightmares, and she has obtained a mysterious mark because of it. Evidently her friend, Rachel is just like her. This volume ends quite abruptly, hearing the sounds of a scream. Though this tactic is perfect for keeping you hooked, wanting to go further into the story.

The art in this manga is a bit on the amatuer side, but suits the story very well. Sometimes the characters do look a bit awkward with their long neck lengths, but other than that, there isn't much to complain about. Lydia-sama even warns that, due to the comic's experimental nature, that the art styles will change throughout the progression of the story.

Overall, though not much is explained in this chapter, er, volume, the ending will surely have you curious as to what happens, and it's a story that's worth sticking to.

Recommend?
Sure! It's a rather interesting story, and the dream memory sequence gives it a promising start.

[CONTENT CARD]

[LANGUAGE]
None.

[TABACCO/ALCOHOL/DRUG USE]
None.

[SEXUAL CONTENT/NUDITY]
Other than the typical short schoolgirl skirts, none.

[VIOLENCE/BLOOD AND GORE]
In Esme's dream of a memory, it is implied a snake bit her forhead. The volume ends with someone screaming.

[RELIGIOUS MATERIAL]
Though not shown in this volume, this is about people who have the ability to transform into an animal.

*CHAPTER LIST*
Chapter 1

Friday, December 2, 2011

BROKEN




Manga-Ka: SteeKira
Distributor: Online exclusive (for now)
Format: Left-to-right
Rating: Not rated

~*~Click Here To Read~*~

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

COMMENTS

Out of all the Christian attempts at manga I have ever read, I have to say that Broken is one of the most unique in the genre. Written and drawn by SteeKira, the mangaka of the unfinished Impossigirl, she returns with this very promising and fantastic one-shot comic that she plans to sell in print. It's about a heartbroken girl who wishes to go numb, and so we find her laying out in the snow with her bare feet. The story becomes surreal when, while seen in the same place, she enters a dream and meets a coffee grinder wearing a suit who invites her to a diner, and that's where they begin discussion. She tells him her heartbreak, and he tells her not to give up.

I found this one-shot to be beautiful, as well as epic in it's own right. The art in here is no less than fantastic. The use of shading and some blue really adds to the surreal atmosphere of the comic. Her art has improved much since she started her first manga, Impossigirl, and for the better. The storytelling is no short of amazing, delivering the emotion quite effectively. Everything about this one-shot I feel is very well executed, succeeding in the message it's trying to convey.

Any flaws? A minor one. The ending seems to be a bit abrupt. For a second, I thought the comic wasn't finished, but according to the post I read which gave the link, it is finished. But perhaps maybe it was intended that way. The last line of advice the "coffee grinder" gives her is what ends the story, and perhaps it ended that way so the impression of that line will stick with you. Yes, we are left to wonder whether or not the nameless main character actually puts it into practice, but nevertheless, this is still a good piece which I would definitely consider to be a masterpiece. Hopefully the printed version will have an extended ending, but if not, this is still worth your time.

Recommend?
Highly. The art is beautiful, and the story meaningful. I think it's worth your time.

I certify this *MANGA NEWCOMER WORTHY* as it's left-to-right, but the surreal feel gives you a taste of how manga is without getting too out there.

[CONTENT CARD]

[LANGUAGE]
One use of "d" and "h"

[TABACCO/ALCOHOL/DRUG USE]
None.

[SEXUAL CONTENT/NUDITY]
None.

[VIOLENCE/BLOOD AND GORE]
None.

[RELIGIOUS MATERIAL]
It's a Christian manga. This manga focuses on what appears to be the main character's dream, which gives a surreal effect, but as said, it's only a dream and one she needs to have.

*CHAPTER LIST*
(15 pages)