This was my very first psychological series and to me, despite how mainstream it has gotten over the years, I still think that it's pretty darn good.
IThis was my very first psychological series and to me, despite how mainstream it has gotten over the years, I still think that it's pretty darn good.
If you've never read a good psychological/thriller manga before, then this would be a great one to start with (granted that it sounds interesting to you and you're not just picking it up because it's under the popular Shounen Jump label).
It's definitely different from the majority of Shonen Jump series in that it's not all about action, fighting samurai/ninja - none of that stuff. It's a fast paced crime/thriller with lots of psychological stuff going back and forth between the two main characters, with a supernatural twist (enter the presence of death gods/shinigami and a mysterious book called a Death Note).
Pros: - Great art. - Definitely makes you think (it has a real storyline rather than just random action). - Perfect for those who want to read a different kind of shounen rather than those typical action/fighting ones that seem to go on like forever (this series is only 12 volumes long).
Cons: - Maybe too wordy for some (there is definitely a lot of reading in this one compared to some manga). - It does get a bit weaker in the second half of the series. I still loved the series overall, but be prepared for the quality to dip down a bit in the later half if you're already enjoying the first half. - Misa Misa is one of the dumbest females characters ever, LOL....more
This series is only 2 volumes long, so don't expect it to be like some kind of masterpiece or something overly memorable. However, if you're a fan ofThis series is only 2 volumes long, so don't expect it to be like some kind of masterpiece or something overly memorable. However, if you're a fan of Yumi Tamura (mangaka of shoujo action-adventure Basara), then you might like this. If you're familiar with Basara or are into shoujo series that are more of the action-type, then this is worth checking out. I thought it was a decent enough story, but not everyone may feel the same about it, plus it's not the typical romance/comedy shoujo story. Some may also be put off by the kind of sketchy looking art (I've grown to like Tamura's art style - her stories always make up for it).
Please note that it you want to get a better idea of Tamura's storytelling style, check out her longer series Basara (action-adventure/fantasy)....more
This is one of those fine examples of a manga series where not only is the artwork beautiful, but the presentation of the manga volumes themselves areThis is one of those fine examples of a manga series where not only is the artwork beautiful, but the presentation of the manga volumes themselves are nice looking and are of a slightly higher quality than most manga. It should be no surprise that such a series is treated this way since this has been one of the more unique manga that I've read within the past year or so.
The synopsis kinda doesn't do this series any justice. You kinda have to pick it up and read for yourself. It's definitely a mystery, however it has a bit more of a steady, slow pace with its storytelling (it is a seinen series after all). This is definitely a series that focuses more on character development rather than sudden action or cheap thrills. If this series interests you at all, I highly recommend that you read at least 2 volumes, since the first volume only gives you a hint of what is to come with the main plot, and the rest of the volumes (this series is still currently being published - these are just my thoughts so far).
Pros: - Beautiful art and presentation. - Unique character-driven storyline. - A great mystery and supernatural series.
Cons: - A bit slower paced (this might make some readers a bit impatient and it might not be "exciting" enough for them)....more