Posted by psgels on 1 September 2012 with categories: Manga Experiment

Hotel – Ch.05: The fifth and for as far as I know last chapter of Hotel is only 16 pages long, and unlike the other chapters seems just like a place in which Boichi wanted to tell a short joke (comprising the first two pages) and draw some really pretty images (the other fourteen pages). The latter in particular are done in full-color and they are stuffed with eye candy. The storyline itself is nothing noteworthy, but it definitely looks nice.

Coelacanth – Ch.04-05: These two chapters form the middle part of Coelacanth (unless the manga is still on-going). The two main murder mysteries are now introduced, and these chapters mostly consisted out of character-development and hints that link the two together, albeit quite subtly. The author likes to weave contrasts together: the two seemingly unrelated murders, combining mystery with romance, involving both teenagers and adults. And then there is that sheep.

Shingeki no Kyojin – Ch.06-07: Holy crap this is intense. However, while reading these two chapters, there was something that bugged me: this series is about total despair, and then there is a character like Mikasa. Level-headed, the top of her class, and just about the only one who can consistently kill giants without putting in effort. She was too perfect and needed flaws, which thankfully sowed up at the end of chapter 7, followed by one heck of a plot twist that shows that things haven’t even begun yet.

A Lollipop or a Bullet – Ch.07-08: These two chapters continued this series’ streak of amazing chapters. Seriously, this is some haunting look on child abuse and neglect and I’m really quite shocked at the events here. And the great thing is that this wasn’t because of some plot twist, but rather because of the things we learned about the characters: realizing the terrible situations they’re in and how they’re trying to sustain themselves and trying to cope with it. Oh my god please tell me that the rest of this manga can be found translated somewhere.

9 Responses

  1. Cytl says:

    There’s even a bigger plot-twist to come very soon in Shingeki no Kyojin.

  2. Chris says:

    Lollipop or Bullet turns into an even more depressing story from here. My heart shattered at the 2nd to last volume.

  3. Pax says:

    Another really depressing manga is Arigatou by Yamamoto Naoki, also some black humor here and there but overall this was quite tragic, I for one could not finish it.

    As for A Lollipop or a Bullet, according to mangaupdates, chapter 8 is the last one to be released in english, and it was quite a long time ago.

  4. Kalandra says:

    Hi Psgels, no time long not posting in your blog, but I am still following it. I kinda miss out when you started on blogging manga, so I don’t know why you post 4-6 different manga review on 1 post. Would it be possible instead if you blog 4 to 6 chapters of the same manga?

    Since artstyle is a huge factor in manga, I feel this would make people easier to distinguish the different artstyle of each manga, and make it easier for people to search for that manga.

    • psgels psgels says:

      Kalandra: I might do that in the future. The big reason why I’m blogging a few chapters at a time is because I’m totally new to manga, and I want to be able to check out a large variety of series, in order to be able to figure out what my taste is. Committing myself to just one series right from the start did not seem like a good idea, and that’s also why I’m currently covering relatively short manga.

  5. Amane says:

    Hello Psgels, as a member of Tranquil Spring Scanlations (albeit a minor member), I’m happy to see that you’ve picked up A Lollipop or a Bullet. Unfortunately I’m sorry to say that at the present most of our members are busy with their own lives and scanlating has been put on the back burners. To give you a little update (since I know myself how frustrating waiting for a much-awaited chapter can be), all of A Lollipop or a Bullet’s chapters have been translated; in fact, I translated the last two myself quite a while ago. And as far as I know, proofreading and translation checking have been done up to chapter 11. However since I really only work with the scripts, I’m not sure how far along the cleaning/editing/typesetting of any of the chapters are.

  6. Kaiser Eoghan says:

    Psgels, given that Kamisama hajimemashita is getting an anime next season, I think a good suggestion for the manga experiment would be her collection of recently translated oneshots hoshi ni naru hi.
    Another good set of one shots would be the stuff by Nannan Kiriko, I would also recommend Love my life, Pieta and double house for short works. Hope that helps.

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  • AidanAK47
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 07:56 PM)
    Judging purely visually I agree some leeway must be given due to the technical limitations of the time but all of my issues with the series is not visual related but story.
    I have admitted that I don’t hate Eva and I do like aspects of it. But do you really need me to give it praise? There is plenty giving it praise. I see no reason to join the choir.
  • AidanAK47
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 07:51 PM)
    Now you are just flying off the hook.
    I understand Eva’s cultural significance, and it’s effect on the medium. I just deem it irrelevant when judging the anime itself. For you see dear boy, if you are going to place EVA above modern anime then you must judge it by modern standards. If it falls short you can’t just bring up historic significance to wave away it’s problems.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 05:46 PM)
    I praised Fate/Zero for its story, pacing and charismatic protagonist. UBW I agreed to its superb battle animation and overall quality of first cour. Now when someone watches EoE or Eva Rebuild 2.2 and comments on nothing of quality, then who is the biased one here really?
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 05:34 PM)
    If anything at least call Shinji a shitty annoying character- cuz even I won’t deny that.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 05:25 PM)
    When I mean discussion I don’t mean a series of personal likes and dislikes- but judging objective elements: plot consistency, animation quality, restrain in fan-service and pandering, over reliance on tropes and cliches, etc. Otherwise we all have our different preferences.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 05:20 PM)
    I agree with the cons of Eva, as well as its strengths. Same with Fate. Being pessimistic is a stance, not inherently a flaw. The setting of Eva predicates that tone. If anything I have a bias towards Berserk, and that’s mostly all out of nostalgia.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 05:16 PM)
    Also what ladies? Even the “gentlemen” part is stretching it. It’s very easy for someone who didn’t follow anime 20 years ago to criticize one of its most historic moments. At least this Tenka Seiha fella doesn’t talk smack about what he doesn’t really understand.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 05:06 PM)
    Being bias is not admitting to reasonable faults, not agreeing to them. Trying to exclude the historic significance of a show is not a calm rebuttal, but a desperate attempt to undermine. What is bias is defending Shirou’s childish idealism. Even Nasu realizes how ridiculous that sounds, and makes a point to counter it with one of his own characters. Although by the end he gives in and then pulls a Deus Ex Machina by reviving Archer one last time to tie up loose ends.
  • AidanAK47
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 04:14 PM)
    You are the one whose not calm. Minute I say one negative thing about your precious EVA and you get riled up. And I don’t even hate the show, I just don’t think it’s the pinnacle of the medium.
    Ladies and gentlemen, presented below is the purest form of complete total blind Bias.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 04:02 PM)
    Now if someone wants to have a calm discussion about it I’m more than willing to partake. But if you hate the show then that’s fine, just let it be.

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