Prism – Manga Review

Japanese Title: Prism

 

Similar: Hanjuku Joshi

Girl Friends

Candy

 

Genre: Yuri Comedy Romance

Length: 1 volume (discontinued)

 

Positives:

  • Good art that knows when it needs to be sexy.
  • Sweet romance with good humour.

Negatives:

  • Hikaru’s exaggerated talents and traits.

(contains nudity and sex)

Megumi has led a boring life so far and is looking for more excitement now that she’s in high school. The most excitement she’s had was a one-day romance with Hikaru, a boy she met at the beach in middle school and still fantasises about. At the high school entrance ceremony, she meets a beautiful girl called Hikaru, the same Hikaru from before, now a girl. It turns out she was never a boy, rather a tomboy. Megumi is miffed about this change because she can’t “do anything” with a girl.

Hikaru is good at sports and school and her beauty makes her popular with the boys, even turning heads of those already in relationships. Other girls hate her and use jealousy to fuel their bullying. Megumi soon falls for her all over again, but has doubts, worrying what people will think and if Hikaru is serious about her flirtations. Self-consciousness and public opinion are major themes in Prism. In public, Hikaru is rather daring with her flirting; behind closed doors however, Megumi comes out of her shell and takes control.

Megumi and Hikaru interactions are sweet and funny (sometimes naughty), particularly when meeting Hikaru’s family, who tease her endlessly. I thoroughly enjoyed Prism and wished it hadn’t been cut short. Even with Prism’s early demise, it doesn’t feel as incomplete as one would image.

Art – High

The character design is plain at first; however, it improves by the third chapter. Sexy when it needs to be and the environments are fully realised.

Story – High

Prism is a simple and fun story of two girls discovering love. Shame about the cancellation.

Recommendation: Read it. Despite the sudden cancellation, Prism has enough worth reading.

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Shinigami Alice – Manga Review

Japanese Title: Shinigami Alice

 

Similar: Murciélago

 

Genre: Yuri Horror

Length: 2 volumes

 

Positives:

  • Gory in the action scenes.
  • An interesting dynamic between the two characters.
  • Explores heavy themes.

Negatives:

  • Never explains why Misaki doesn’t freak out at seeing people stabbed to death by a girl with scissors.
  • Doesn’t delve into the concept of humanity enough.
  • Motion in the action scenes can be confusing.

Note: Shinigami Alice has a chapter zero, a one-shot version of the premise that doesn’t fit with the full two-volume edition. Also, there is no ‘Alice,’ despite the title.

After school one day, Misaki follows a doll-like girl to a back alley and watches her stab a man to death with a pair of scissors. Rather than running in terror, Misaki is intrigued by the death dealer. Killer Hinageshi cannot leave any witnesses; however, she lets Misaki live for some reason. Misaki starts stalking her to the murders in the hope of spending time with Hinageshi. Still the death dealer doesn’t kill her. Misaki’s kindness sways her.

Trouble arises when Hinageshi’s puppetmaster learns of the living witness and Hinageshi’s new independence. Other death dealers come after her, putting Misaki’s life in danger.

While I don’t mind the premise, the author needed to establish why Misaki doesn’t react to the killings, even if they are of bad people. Seriously, not a flinch. If she is immune to death, then why is she the one bringing the humanity to their relationship? Speaking of humanity, the narrative should have delved deeper into the subject. Shinigami Alice does discuss it between the gory action, but that aspect feels unfinished.

Will all that said, Shinigami Alice is a good manga for those interested in something different.

Art – High

Quite good with a nice level of detailing. Suitably grim during the violent scenes, contrasting with the cuter character design. Could be clearer in its action movements.

Story – Medium

The story of a death dealer and the girl who gives her humanity.

Recommendation: Try it. Good, but not as deep as it should be for such a heavy theme of murder and humanity.

(Find out more about the manga recommendation system here.)

Shitsuji Shoujo to Ojousama – Manga Review

Japanese Title: Shitsuji Shoujo to Ojousama

 

Similar: Gokujou Drops

Yurika’s Campus Life

 

Genre: Yuri Comedy

Length: 2 volumes

 

Positives:

  • None.

Negatives:

  • No comedic skill.
  • Clichéd premise that doesn’t try to bring anything new.
  • Ugly bobble head character design.

(contains nudity)

Ctrl+O -> Gokujou Drops -> Ctrl+A -> Ctrl+C -> Alt+Tab -> Ctrl+V -> Ctrl+S. Publish.

Hinata’s family can no longer pay for her tuition at a prestigious all-girls school because of debt and fled the country, so she agrees to become butler to the most popular girl in school, Saki, loved for her warm personality, beauty and top grades. However, in the high-class dorm, Hinata learns of Saki’s true personality behind the perfect girl façade.

Shitsuji Shoujo to Ojousama really is like Gokujou Drops, only with innuendo replacing the sex. It does focus on comedy, but isn’t particularly funny, sadly. Every joke feels ripped out of other manga and anime.

I don’t have anything against the premise; I genuinely believe it could make for one of the funniest manga put to paper. Shitsuji Shoujo to Ojousama simply isn’t it.

Art – Low

Bobble head character design is hideous with their pencil necks and boulder heads. Nothing interesting to see either.

Story – Low

An overused servant master premise that is the same as all the others.

Recommendation: Don’t bother. You won’t remember Shitsuji Shoujo to Ojousama.

(Find out more about the manga recommendation system here.)

Strawberry Panic – Manga Review

Japanese Title: Strawberry Panic

 

Similar: First Love Sisters

Nijipuri

Shoujo Holic

Sky-Coloured Girlfriend

Mousou Honey

Brother, Dear Brother

 

Genre: Yuri Slice of Life

Length: 2 volumes

 

Positives:

  • Charming with mild humour.
  • Some aspects of the art are nice, even if the overall quality is quite standard.

Negatives:

  • No conflict.
  • Doesn’t amount to much in the end.

(contains mild nudity)

On her first day at her new, prestigious all-girls school, Nagisa meets Shizuma, a beautiful and popular senior girl who shows her around. Nagisa is a bit of an innocent airhead, enthusiastic in her actions, making her a tempting target for teasing by her friends because she is cute when fooled. She falls for Shizuma’s beauty and grace while Shizuma is taken by her innocence and forwardness. Shizuma tries to seduce Nagisa, but she is too oblivious to notice. Their relationship culminates into a couple’s popularity pageant.

Overall, Strawberry Panic is purely about girls frolicking through a school, wind blowing through Shizuma’s hair, and Nagisa oblivious to her feelings. It’s a feel-good manga. Also, the title has nothing to do with the content.

Art – Medium

Cute-ish, simple art. Some beautiful environments. Half the work went into Shizuma’s hair.

Story – Low

Has charm, but no real conflict. I laugh at “drama” tags.

Recommendation: Don’t bother/Try it. Strawberry Panic is one for those looking for charm, mild humour, and no conflict. For everyone else, don’t bother.

(Find out more about the manga recommendation system here.)

My Two Wings – Manga Review

Japanese Title: Boku no Futatsu no Tsubasa

 

Genre: Yuri Comedy Romance

Length: 5 volumes

 

Positives:

  • Entertaining, even if terrible.

Negatives:

  • No understanding of puberty or genital anatomy.
  • Mary-Sue protagonist.
  • Nonsense relationships.
  • Vertical slits for eyes in half the panels looks stupid.

(contains nudity and sex)

When Hiromi’s cousin, Mako, moves in with her, she expects a boy, only to see Mako is a suddenly a girl. As it turns out, she is both (by a loose definition), having a sea-biscuit and a bajingo between her legs. She says hermaphrodite, but let’s not pretend here, she’s really a girl with an extra gentleman’s sausage – nothing else about her is male. Mako starts attending the same school as Hiromi, where she must hide the fact that she carries a hadidoo in her pants from everyone, including those she has a crush on.

I wonder if the writer of My Two Wings has ever looked at an anatomy book. If he had, he would notice that a man’s peeper and a woman’s hoohoo both emerge from the same place and opening of the pelvis, meaning you couldn’t have both as depicted in this manga. Furthermore, despite the fact that every part of hers is fully grown near the end of high school, including F-cup breasts, we are supposed to believe her nocturnal emissions and visits by Aunt Flow haven’t started yet. And no matter how much tape you use, you can’t stuff a python with accompanying walnuts inside a vajayjay and pass as a girl when wearing a bikini.

Almost all conflict comes from Mako panicking over her secret, especially when she dates people (why date in the first place then?). My Two Wings has some next level high school soap polygon. Mako likes a guy, who likes her teacher, who is the older sister of a classmate, who is obsessed with Mako, who is chased by another girl seeking to uncover Mako’s schwing-schwong so that the lesbian girl will fancy her instead. Then there’s Hiromi and her boyfriend, who cheats with the teacher, gets caught in the act, and he falls for Mako on the same day, pretending its deep seeded love. I probably shouldn’t mention all the lecherous activities Mako and Hiromi get up to.

There are a few elements outside of the relationships and privates drama, but it’s meaningless. My Two Wings is a ludicrous as it sounds. So bad, it’s hilarious.

Art – Medium

A surprising amount of effort went into the backgrounds; however, character anatomy, particularly faces are poorly drawn. Those slit eyes.

Story – Very Low

A hermaphrodite (woman with a wiener for all intents and purposes) having to hide her third leg at school? Bad, but entertainingly so.

Recommendation: So bad, you have to read it. The ludicrous premise and stupid scenarios are so unbelievably bad you must read this.

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