Monday, November 19, 2012

PARA SIEMPRE


Manga-Ka: Written by Katie Kahalewai. Illustrated by Inkhana.
Distributor: Online exclusive
Format: Right-to-left
Rating: PG-13

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

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COMMENTS

This is the latest from Katie Kahalewai (aka Sparklie Foxie, the mangaka of Advocate Voice), illustrated by Inkhana (Game Plan!). The story follows a young woman named Lily, who has finally laid her pain to the cross, and finally forgiven a certain guy after what he did to her. However, despite, she can still feel the pain linger, until God uses it to help another one like her.

I really enjoyed this story. It was balanced with the right kind of emotion and had a simple message. It never felt too preachy and was executed quite naturally. I also loved the artwork from Inkhana and can't get over how beautiful the front cover looks!

My only disappointment with this story is it could of been fleshed out more. Though you basically know what had happened, it's only shown in glimpses, and not very informative glimpses either. I really think they should of had a sort of flashback glimpse, at least for 2 pages which is enough for a oneshot like this.

Other than that, I really enjoyed this story, the artwork, and the message came across quite effectively.


Recommend?
Very much so ^.^

I certify this *MANGA NEWCOMER WORTHY* as it's a simple story, and gives you the proper dose of expressions, emotion, and slice of life storytelling you'd expect from a manga.


[CONTENT CARD]

[LANGUAGE]
None.

[TABACCO/ALCOHOL/DRUG USE]
None.

[SEXUAL CONTENT/NUDITY]
When talking about biology class, Lily says how she'll throw up if she has to see a chart of the "female you-know-what" again. Though never shown or fully explained, you know that Lily made the mistake of giving herself away to a guy. (SPOILER! She meets another girl like this, but all she says is that she feels so dirty).

[VIOLENCE/BLOOD AND GORE]
None.

[RELIGIOUS MATERIAL]
This is a Christian manga.

THE JESUS STORE

Desperate to hear about the forgiveness of sins, a young man goes to "The Jesus Store" to find Jesus, but all he finds are cheap imitations of him...
(Christianmanga.com description)

Manga-Ka: Joshua Spell
Distributor: Online exclusive
Format: Left-to-right
Rating: PG

{I, the reviewer, give The Jesus Store, 8 out of 10!}

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COMMENTS

From the mangaka of the ongoing webcomic The Messenger, is this interesting oneshot entitled "The Jesus Store" about a young man who is looking for Jesus and searches for Him in the title store. Of course, he doesn't find Him there at all!

This manga will make you feel a bit uncomfortable, but in a good way. It's sort of satire has an "offensive" overtone you could say, yet also is done only to prove a point (by "offensive" overtone, I mean the different Christs they show really would be offensive, and reminds me how some shows mock Christianity, but this manga is the total opposite). Instead, it shows how Christianity almost seems like it has become another market, and people are painting their own personal pictures of him, as if to customize The Word to their liking.

My initial thought reading this was "that's a terrible store!" but then the next feeling I got was something similar to how I feel in a Christian bookstore. I love Christian bookstores, so I can find Christian material, naturally, however...sometimes I feel some of the stuff you could find, I always had the feeling of "are they trying to make God into merchandise?". This manga brought up a pretty good point. It even reminds me of the church trying certain things to bring people in, but is that really a good idea? Yes, being more open is a good thing, but you must tread carefully as well. Don't forget we're here to help people, not just to rack in more people. That's not gonna save anyone, and is pretty heartless.

Overall, this manga made me think, which is a good thing, and sort of pointed out something that has always been on the back of my mind. Wherever there is imitation, you know it's only a terrible ripoff from the genuine....and what we need and long for is the genuine. I enjoyed reading this and was satisfied with its ending.


Recommend?
Very much so! It will make you think. Perhaps even remind you of something you have been seeing done lately.


[CONTENT CARD]

[LANGUAGE]
None.

[TABACCO/ALCOHOL/DRUG USE]
None.

[SEXUAL CONTENT/NUDITY]
None.

[VIOLENCE/BLOOD AND GORE]
There is one panel seeing one version of Christ punching another version, and then another panel showing genuine Christ on the cross.

[RELIGIOUS MATERIAL]
Though this is a Christian manga, the Jesus store is pretty offensive, however that's actually the whole point of the manga, to be offended by all the imitations.