Review: Tokyo Ghoul

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Title: Tokyo Ghoul, Vol.1

Author: Sui Ishida

Length: 224

Source: Purchased.

 

 

 

I love reading manga, but the only thing that irks me about them is how short they feel. Even if I buy a bind-up of three volumes I literally fly through them in an hour! Also I don’t know why this happens but I never end up buying the rest of the series, no matter how much I liked reading the first volume! It just never happens…

BUT Tokyo Ghoul might change that (okay no I still haven’t bought the second volume and I read the first months ago, but still…). The concept was just SOOOO good, although it was dark I didn’t feel like that slowed the pace at all.

Here’s the synopsis:

‘Shy Ken Kaneki is thrilled to go on a date with the beautiful Rize. But it turns out that she’s only interested in his body—eating it, that is. When a morally questionable rescue transforms him into the first half-human half-Ghoul hybrid, Ken is drawn into the dark and violent world of Ghouls, which exists alongside our own.’

I was so mad at the blurb for giving away that he became half ghoul, because I thought that would be the highest point of this manga. But actually that happened within the first 40 or so pages of the first volume, the real story is what followed. Ken had no idea at the time of the surgery that he would be receiving a ghouls organ, so it was interesting to read how he discovers that he’s transformed and also what the defining characteristics of a ghoul. I was completely immersed into Kaneki’s story, his journey from rejecting his  ghoulish side to eventually coming to terms with it and discovering just how intergrated ghouls are into society.

We follow this character as he tries to find a balance between his two sides, no longer fitting in with the humans but also rejected by ghouls and also how he practically tortures himself by refusing to eat human meat! This manga had intriguing characters, a unique concept and captivating fight scenes. It’s definitely a series I hope to continue, and I’ve seen the first season of the anime which was just as good!

 

 

 

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Manga Classics: Pride and Prejudice Review

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Title: Manga Classics: Pride and Prejudice

By: Stacy King (story adaptation) and Po Tse ( art)

Published: August 19th 2014

Length: 377 pages

Source: Received from Netgalley

 

 

Since reading the Manga adaptation of the Scarlett Letter, I’ve been waiting for the chance/funds to buy the other adaptations. The one that most interested me, BY FAR, was the Pride and Prejudice one! When I saw it was on Netgalley I literally almost peed my pants!

You could probably tell how excited I was to read this, BUT I honestly felt like it was a little anti-climactic. Whereas in the Scarlett Letter I felt like they were able to encompass the whole story, I wasn’t left feeling satisified at the end of this one. I’m not sure I can point my finger on it at this point, but I just felt like something was missing.

The art style was absolutely amazing, though at times it felt a little distracting. I was completely distracted by the illustrations when I actually read the story I felt a little let down. Maybe that’s what it was, the writing style, or the way they decided to summarise this classic. It kind of detached the story and characters from the reader. I didn’t feel like I was pulled in!

I know my expectations were pretty high for this, based on my experience of reading the Scarlett Letter, so that might be the reason why i felt a little deflated. I would still highly recommend you check out this series, in my opinion the best one so far is pretty clear (Scarlett Letter) , BUT they’re still worth checking out!

Death Note (Vol.1): Review

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Title:Death Note, Vol. 1: Boredom

By: Tsugumi Ohba, Takeshi Obata (Illustrator)

Published: September 2006

Length:  195 pages

Source: Bought

 

First of all I’d like to apologise for not posting this review sooner, I’ve actually finished reading Death Note Vol. 1 quite a while ago! I just started watching Outlander, and that kind of distracted me, because I’m kind of obsessed with it! I know I should’ve probably read the books first but I just couldn’t wait… So, Death Note…

I actually haven’t read a huge amount of Manga but this had been recommended to me quite a bit by a persistent friend! So I thought I’d take a bit of a break from reading novels and try a Manga. IT WAS SO GOOD! Initially the concept is what caught my attention, I’d never read anything that was a based on a premise even similar to this! Here’s the synopsis: (Taken from Goodreads)

‘Light Yagami is an ace student with great prospects – and he’s bored out of his mind. But all that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami, a death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and now Light has vowed to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil. But when criminals begin dropping dead, the authorities send the legendary detective L to track down the killer. With L hot on his heels, will Light lose sight of his noble goal…or his life?

Boredom
Light tests the boundaries of the Death Note’s powers as L and the police begin to close in. Luckily Light’s father is the head of the Japanese National Police Agency and leaves vital information about the case lying around the house. With access to his father’s files, Light can keep one step ahead of the authorities. But who is the strange man following him, and how can Light guard against enemies whose names he doesn’t know?’

If that doesn’t drag you in I really don’t know what will! From the synopsis I was a bit worried that I wouldn’t be able to keep up, there were a lot of concepts that were really bizarre. But throughout this volume we slowly find out a little more about the Shinigami and concept of the Death Note. At each chapter we are introduced to new rules of using this Death Note that were relevant to the previous chapter, so in other words they revealed enough to keep the reader engaged. However they also withheld enough to create a mysterious environment that keeps you flipping through ‘til the very end! This volume was also able to maintain an intense and actually quite sinister/creepy atmosphere throughout.

Characters: Our main character Light initially rejects the idea of using the Death Note and actually thinks that it’s a bit of a myth! Only after he’s actually used it does he begin to believe that maybe this isn’t absolute garbage… I think we’ve all come across a fictional character like Light, carrying out an action with good intentions, to rid the world of evil in his case. But it also raised the question, who gives him the right to control their lives, regardless of their crimes. Throughout this volume we see Light getting to grips with this notion and trying to convince himself that he’s not a monster. I enjoyed that we had a more complex main character, and that we were able to see his struggles for justifying his actions. We also see a little bit of a development of his character in this volume but as this is only the first the development is quite minimal.

As this is the first volume, other than talking about the characters and general concept I don’t really have much more to comment on. I do know that this is definitely a series I’m going to continue and I actually think it lives up to the hype it receives. With a great art style and an easy to follow layout, I would pretty much recommend this to anyone! I have watched the first two episodes of the anime and I think it’s actually a little creepier than the manga. It’s a bit of a unique concept but the first volume really helps set the tone and provide a foundation for the series to come! Have you read Death Note? Let me know what you thought in the comments!

Manga Classics: The Scarlet Letter (Review)

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Title: Manga Classics: The Scarlet Letter

Published by : Udon Entertainment

Publication date: March 31st 2015

Stacy King ( Author) (English Dialogue Adaptation), SunNeko Lee (Illustrator), Crystal S. Chan (Story Adaptation), W.T. Francis (Lettering), Nathaniel Hawthorne (Original Story)

Source: Received copy from Udon Entertainment through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

 

This was the first manga I’ve read and I LOVED it! It was an adaptation of The Scarlet Letter from a series of Manga adaptations of classics including an adaptation of Pride and Prejudice which I really want to read!

From the illustrations to the dialogue to the small details that are hidden within the art you only notice after they are outlined at the end of the copy I received I enjoyed reading this so much and it has really sparked an interest in manga for me. I have never read the original classic, The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne so I didn’t really know about the issues it dealt with until after reading the manga. It’s also quite a dense story with a lot of emotional scenes and engaging characters and I think the illustrations really helped enhance this experience! There were some scenes without even any dialogue and they still managed to make me feel some type of way. The way this manga was structured, the dialogue and the narration made it incredibly easy to follow the story and I genuinely think that this adaptation has fully encompassed the original classic even though I haven’t even read it yet!

The way they went about this adaptation was so simple yet if you dug a little deeper you would explore the complexity of each of these characters and you would find a lot of little details that under any other circumstances you wouldn’t pay much attention to. Within the short span of this adaptation you could see the development of each of our characters and also the development of the relationships. Again I haven’t read the original classic but I found that the dialogue was powerful, engaging and I honestly couldn’t put this down once I started reading it!

If you’ve never read manga, or you’ve read The Scarlet Letter and would be interested in seeing a strong adaptation of the story I HIGHLY recommend you check this out! I CANNOT wait to read the Pride and Prejudice adaption!!!!