The second volume of Naruto is just as good as the first, except in this volume the characters are expanded on and the reader gets to see more of the...more The second volume of Naruto is just as good as the first, except in this volume the characters are expanded on and the reader gets to see more of the world Naruto and his friends inhabit. Also introduced to another range of characters that are decieving and fearsome.
Kakashi gets more interesting and Naruto continues to be determined and optimistic. There are many characters like Naruto in anime that become annoying or over-bearing due to their less than complex outlook on life and lack any real depth. They aren't realistic. But the way Kishimoto handles Naruto and writes him, he avoids that by making Naruto have real empathy and pain, fear, and stubborness that can only come from someone with a spirit that can't be broken. Sakura also proves herself to be more than a stereotypical girl - she shows she has brains and guts, just hope it'll come out more in later volumes. Also, Kishimoto can write some very interesting villians...they have more depth than most bad guys in anime because they have shades of grey in there. The only one that really doesn't seem to have much more to him is Sasuke...I'm hoping that'll change, though.
This is proving to be a very interesting series indeed. :) (less)
Once again, a great introduction to a well-developed world of characters and a world that revovles around the art of Ninjutsu.
After experiencing such action/adventure animes as Dragon Ball Z and Ronin Warriors, Naruto is a fresh take on the "fighting" manga.
While every "chapter" has a plot and the whole series is suppose to follow the adventures of Naruto Uzumaki this is another character-driven manga that introduces characters one can't help but be curious about and root for along the way. (my fav. just from this first volume is Kakashi, a wonderful, kick-ass mystery of a character)
One of the best things about Naruto that set it apart from other shonen manga is that it is about more than fighting and quests - it's also about the characters and growing up with what some of them have been through and even the adults still working through hardships from the past.
The drawing style is different from anything I've seen but it is detailed, effecient and I really like it.
Another immediate fav. ;) Hope it can keep it up! (less)
The second volume of Tsubasa continues in another world with the main characters Syaoran, Fai, Kurogane and Mokona starting their quest to recover Sak...more
The second volume of Tsubasa continues in another world with the main characters Syaoran, Fai, Kurogane and Mokona starting their quest to recover Sakura's memory/power/heart/soul. In this new world there are quite a few characters some CLAMP fans may remember from X or Magic Knight Rayearth.
One of the best things about CLAMP is that they always make interesting/enjoyable characters but aren't afraid to bring the drama in extreme and simple ways (like the ending with this volume, you'll be feeling for Syaoran).
The quality of the art is still good and the dynamics between the main characters are tenderly being explored and expanded. Good character development is always apart of CLAMP's quality.
Sometimes authors/creators will take the characters they use in one story and then place them in a totally diff. one with a alternate universe storyli...more
Sometimes authors/creators will take the characters they use in one story and then place them in a totally diff. one with a alternate universe storyline going on. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. Tsubasa is one that works. Very well.
With a pretty original plot driving the series and familiar characters being developed in an alternate but convincing way, the CLAMP writers have made a manga I immediately loved.
Can't really explain why but it hit all the right parts for me: interesting characters and development, good and original take on plot, the drawing is somewhat simplistic and detailed all at the same time but classicly CLAMP (which means you can expect quality), and it left me wanting more.
The great start of a wonderful, character-driven series. In 'Fruits Basket' the reader is introduced to a range of characters and pasts all starting w...moreThe great start of a wonderful, character-driven series. In 'Fruits Basket' the reader is introduced to a range of characters and pasts all starting with the main character Torhu Honda: an orphaned girl who finds out the dark secret to the Sohma family...
While this is obviously an introduction type of volume, it is a great one and one of the few that will make the reader want to go immediatley to the next one!
The characters are very interesting; proving themselves to have more depth than one would originally assume. And Tohru is a rare kind of character in anime: a selfless person who isn't annoying or cliche.
The story seems familiar but it takes a very original take on it and reveals the characters past through the story and images, not just in an info-dump.
The drawing style is pretty original, incorporating some general shojou techniques but Takaya makes them her own. I look forward to seeing how it develops.
All in all, a very intereasting start to a series.(less)