A pudding can go on a vacation, yet why can’t I?

Earlier I wrote about Josei Hell, and said I regretted nothing. Shuukatsu – Kimi ni Naitei is one of the reasons I think my trip into hell paid off.

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I hate to admit just how much I enjoyed this manga because it makes me feel immature and too girly to suit the self-image I have built over the years. Honestly, I adore this manga. It’s a perfect little love story about two university students. With real depth and emotion, it also comes with a decent story about growing up.

It’s sweet as hell, yet not so much as to give you cavities. It has all those clichés I hate to love, but with a twist that reminds me why I love them.

Shuukatsu – Kimi ni Naitei is a perfect tool to sweeten up your day and make you feel good, not to mention it poses some important questions. Read it for free.
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Wolf Guy

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Other titles: Inugami; Wolf Guy – Emblem of the Wolf; Wolf Guy – Ookami no Monshou; Wolf Guy – Wolfen Crest
Author: Tabata Yoshiaki
Artist: Yugo Yuuki
Status: Complete (12 volumes)
Genre: Seinen, Supernatural, Psychological, Action, Drama

Summary: Inugami Akira transfers to a school which is basically run by a yakuza’s son and his followers. Violence and bullying, which Inugami takes on with a grin, ensue. As violence escalates so do Inugami’s strength and ability to regenerate. Eventually it turns out that Wolf Guy is in fact a guy who is a wolf (shocker). A relationship between Inugami and Aoshika, his homeroom teacher, leads to hell breaking loose, when his immense strength catches the eye of Haguro Dou, the true monster of the story.

Wolf Guy is nothing special. It’s a story about how fucked up Japanese school system is, about human beings which are in fact the greatest monsters that have and will walk the Earth. It is a story about a guy who tries to despise humanity, but is incapable of living without it and caring about those who surround him.

Wolf Guy uses usual topics and it fails to deliver on them in an exceptional way. The fact that the relationship between Inugami and Aoshika is at best sketchy makes the second part of the manga feel forced and nonsensical. The art is really good, at moments even breathtaking, but still not enough to make Wolf Guy stand out from the myriad of its seinen brethren.

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Wolf Guy does violence, blood and rape rather good, but this is nothing novel in the genre and there’s a bit too much of it for my taste. I know it’s silly to say there’s too much violence in a seinen manga. I don’t mind when violence runs amok if it is with a purpose, but at times it seems that the author is enjoying it a bit too much, which made me feel rather uneasy.

The villain is really good, that I have to say. Haguro Dou is the best part of Wolf Guy and if there is one reason why I would recommend you read this (which I don’t) it’s him.  The lead female character is useless, which is unfortunately not a big surprise. Aoshika’s vulnerability, lack of spine and brain are one of the greatest pitfalls of Wolf Guy. I could get righteously pissed at the fact that the only thing Aoshika has going for her are her tits and that the author thinks that’s about as far as he needs to go,  but I’ll leave it at that.

All in all, Wolf Guy is OK, however you will not miss out on anything if you miss it.

SEINEN is a demographic designation of anime and manga targeted at male audiences aged 18 to 40 (e.g. Berserk). Seinen is supposed to be more mature and less idealized than Shounen (younger male audiences, e.g. Bleach). More attention is paid to the plot and the interaction between characters than to action and fights, characters are well fleshed out.

Manga in a Nutshell – ES (Eternal Sabbath)

I hate writing about things like chapter numbers, summaries… You can find that, and read the manga here.

It’s difficult to write about something that you consider perfect, and this manga falls into that category. What I love about it is its ability to use the supernatural basis of the story in order to question the definition of humanity and morality. Eternal Sabbath deals with that primordial question of good and evil and whether these are clear-cut categories or they depend on the life of the beholder.

The characters are superb, remarkably life-like, whether human or animal-like. The metaphor, the questioning of basic tenets of society will not escape you. However, if you’re not particularly into this stuff, you’ll enjoy the amazing artwork, eerie atmosphere and great action scenes.

Eternal Sabbath has it all.

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A/N: This post introduces a new category – Nutshells – where I try to say as much as possible about something in 150 words or less. Why, because brevity is the soul of wit or whatnot. TAlso, this note is not included in the word count 🙂