Posted 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 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
    (Wednesday, Apr 16. 2014 12:29 PM)
    I just read the book. Never saw the films.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Apr 16. 2014 11:18 AM)
    Lolita is one of my favourite films of all time.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Apr 16. 2014 11:17 AM)
    It is easy to see however how people would wander to seeing lolita herself as a victim as people traditionally see the child as the victim in that situation.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Apr 16. 2014 11:15 AM)
    @Aidan: My opinion of lolita matches yours. However I would like to ask of the film adaptations which one worked better for you, the one with James mason or the one with Jeremy Irons?
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Apr 16. 2014 10:47 AM)
    I didn’t like how people tended to degrade the characters just to match their view and forcefully paint black and white over it. It ain’t that simple.
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Apr 16. 2014 10:47 AM)
    For example I read Lolita recently. In my opinion it was about two remarkable flawed indivuals. Horrible in there own ways. However when I looked at reviews of it I couldn’t help but notice that people tended to take sides. Either Humbert was the naive man taken in by a succubus or Lolita was the poor stupid girl abused by a monster.
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Apr 16. 2014 10:40 AM)
    One of the reason I feel we hear about world war 2 far more than world war 1 is that it can be so easily be portrayed as good vs evil. Hitler was a perfect supervillain. Maybe even birthed the supervillain in fiction. It wasn’t like world war 1 which was not just one countries fault and was mainly boring trench fights. Moral complexity isn’t really what the masses like. They have a tendency to paint things black and white.
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Apr 16. 2014 10:27 AM)
    @Friend, heard of it. No real interest in playing it.
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Apr 16. 2014 10:27 AM)
    @Mikey, I know apocalypse now was based on heart of darkness. It’s just that the man who made spec ops said it was based on Heart of darkness but he took way more from apocalypse now than he did from Heart of darkness.
  • AidanAK47
    (Wednesday, Apr 16. 2014 10:25 AM)
    @Ninjarealist, I had a peak at the congo free state. Damn. You gotta wonder how someone pulls shit like this off and look in the mirrior and not think “Man, I am such an asshole.” Surprising that you hear bitching about 9/11 all the time and yet barely anything about this.
    It’s surprising the kind of unbelievable stuff that went down in history. For one I never knew Columbus was such a monster.

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