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Doubt, Vols. 1 + 2

October 29, 2014 1 comment

Welcome to another midweek manga review! With Halloween right around the corner, it’s time to take a look at the Yoshiki Tonogai’s horror/mystery series, Doubt, Vols. 1 + 2! But first, some news…

 

 

 

And now, my review of Doubt, Vols. 1 + 2

Doubt, Vol. 1Doubt, Vols. 1 + 2
by Yoshiki Tonogai
Yen Press
Rating: Older Teen (16 +)

The mobile phone game Rabbit Doubt is sweeping Japan! In it, players are “rabbits” who attempt to discover which player is the “wolf” before it’s too late. Among it’s many fans is Yuu, a highschooler about to attend a small gathering of other players. Unfortunately, for some the game of Rabbit Doubt isn’t limited to the digital world. Trapped in a seemingly empty warehouse, Yuu and his friends find themselves playing a real life game of Rabbit Doubt. Can they uncover the wolf in their midst before it’s too late? From Yen Press comes Yoshiki Tonogai’s, Doubt! The series takes elements from the slasher and whodunnit mystery genres and blends together in a entertaining series.
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Jack Frost, Vols. 7 – 9

August 7, 2014 Leave a comment

Welcome and apologies for this slightly belated weekly review! This week I’ll be taking a look a the Yen Press release of Jack Frost, Vols. 7 – 9, but first, a few bits of pieces that caught my attention this past week.

 

 

And now, onto this weeks review of Jack Frost, Vols. 7 – 9!

Jack Frost, Vol. 8Jack Frost, Vols. 7 – 9
By JonHo Ko
Yen Press
Rating: Older Teen (16 +)

About five years ago I read and reviewed the first volume of Jack Frost for the now defunct Manga Recon. At the time I was taken by the slick artwork and intense action scenes, but not much else. After all that time I’ve finally returned to the series with Jack Frost, Vols. 7 – 9. After so long and so many volumes, surely things have improved and the story’s developed nicely! For those who don’t know, Jack Frost tells the tale of a world between worlds known as Amityville. Here souls leave the karmic cycle and take part in the struggle for a being known as Mirror Image. This time around it’s young Noh-Ah, and her guardian in this strange afterlife has been the violent and enigmatic man known as Jack Frost.
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Higurashi When They Cry, vol. 7: Time Killing Arc, Part 1

August 15, 2010 2 comments

Story by Ryukishi07, Art by Yoshiki Tonogai
Yen Press, 192 pp
Rating: Older Teen

The manga adaption of a popular game series continues. This particular arc focuses on Detective Akasaka’s investigation into the kidnapping of the Minister of Constructions grandson. It leads him to the small town on Hinamizawa and the group at the center of a series of protests against dam construction in the area. Akasaka quickly learns that Hinamizawa is far from the friendly, innocent country town that it appears to be.

This was a bit of a chore to get through. It’s fairly slow and not terribly interesting or intriguing. The investigation almost takes a back seat to such activities as Detective Akasaka hanging out with Rika Furude, a young girl who’s found of saying “Mew” who also serves as a Priestess at a local temple. Way too much time is spent on showing the two together, and even after Furude exhibits some strange and ominous behavior, I just couldn’t get up the energy to care. But don’t worry, it’s not all about Akasaka hanging out with an underage girl. He also spends quite a bit of time playing mahjong in another rather boring sequence intended to showcase his cunning. Despite that, Akasaka still comes off as way too bland and uninteresting for his own good. It doesn’t help matters that he’s a fairly passive character, moving through the story, nominally investigating the kidnapping, but really just being around town by other characters while displaying little to no initiative of his own.

The artwork is incredibly average and forgettable. There’s nothing terribly interesting or eye catching about the book at all and Tonogai fails to impart the tale with any real sense of atmosphere or of building dread that the dialogue seems to hint at. On the upside, the story telling is clear and easy to follow. It’s just not terribly interesting to look at.

My first foray into the popular Higurashi line left me feeling very under whelmed. Maybe the anime is better, or the original games, but the manga was very average and horribly unengaging. Bland characters and artwork to match made the whole thing a forgettable read.

Higurashi When They Cry, vol. 7: Time Killing Arc, Part 1 is available now. Review copy provided by the publisher.

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