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[Featured Manga]: Death Note
Death Note is one of my all time favourite anime series. I’ve watched the anime upwards of ten times yet everytime I watch it, the thrilling suspense and wit never falters, keeping me completely on edge.
Light Yagami is a promising high school student set to go to a prestigious univeristy. He is extremely intelligent boasting grades that always sees him at the top of his class. But he is bored with the daily banalities of his everyday life. Then one day, he stumbles upon a notebook, a Death Note that has fallen from the Shinigami* realm to the human one. He becomes intrigued and learns that the book possesses a supernatural power whereby, the person whose name is written in the book will die suddenly of a heart attack.
Light takes it upon himself to use the Death Note as a force for good, cleansing the world of criminals all the while being pursued by a special taskforce headed by the equally as intelligent but more mysterious L.
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The Dungeon of Black Company
This Halloween, I read the first volume of The Dungeon Of Black Company manga series. Having not had much experience reading anything remotely affiliated with the Isekai* genre, I had no expectations but I was intrigued by its premise.
Kinji Ninomiya is the spirited overbearing hero of the manga. He is a NEET* living a comfortably wealthy life in his penthouse and spending his free time mocking everyday individuals who work and struggle to make ends meet. Then one day, he is magically transported to the parallel world; Amuria, where he is forced into slave labour alongside demi-human monsters, goblins and vampires in the Detmolt mines. The only way out of his plight in this twisted world is to make his fortune whatever the cost.
I found the animation of the humanoid creatures in this manga to be very expressive and enjoyed the moments of light humour, such as Rim’s constant threats to eat Kinji. The characterisation of Kinji is very anti-hero. He’s not likeable or relatable nor does he represent the ideals one would normally attribute to a hero, such as justice for example, but it was interesting to see him forced into living the life he previously taunted and have to come to terms with it. I really enjoyed the novelty of this manga and its unusual animation. It’s very fast paced and action packed to the brim!
Wotakoi: Love Is Hard For Otaku
Narumi is a fujoshi* otaku which she blames for her hopeless love live. Hirotaka is an unapologetic game otaku who unlike Narumi doesn’t try to hide his love for video games and often slips game references into his everyday exchanges. Narumi and Hirotaka grew up as childhood friends, eventually going on to become colleagues. Their senior colleagues; Koyanagi and her partner Kabakura – whose relationship is rife with conflict and insults – are less involved members of the fandom but they do display a measure of otaku behaviour such as Koyanagi’s partiality for crossplay.*
Wotakoi is great fun to read with tons of light humour that amused me on more than one occasion. It’s a quick easy read with very expressive animation (as manga normally tends to be). The animation may strike those who are used to very standard Marvel type comics as oddly novel especially in the unique expressions of emotion such as the conspicuous sweat drop of embarrassment. Wotakoi is best enjoyed if it isn’t taken too seriously as it primarily focuses on the humour element of the manga, with light inferences to the social disjointedness of the otaku fandom.
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Otaku is a Japanese word that describes people with an obsession with a particular hobby or interest. These people are commonly attributed to the anime/manga fandom and generally possess awkward social skills.
Shinigami literally means ‘Death God’ or ‘God of Death’ in Japanese.
Fujoshi – In Japanese fu means rotten and joshi means girl. It refers to women who enjoy homo-erotic entertainment such as anime or manga.
Crossplay – A variation of Cosplay which is to dress up as a particular character. It involves dressing up as a character of the opposite sex.
Isekai – A genre normally attributed to light fantasy graphic novels when the main character gets transported to a parallel world.
NEET – Not in Education, Employment or Training. Normally refers to socially introverted people who don’t want to work.
Thanks for stopping by! Have you read any of these graphic novels/manga? Let’s talk in the commenst!! (｡♥‿♥｡)