New Manga Purchases: Week of August 15, 2010

  • “Rasetsu” Vol. 1 — This is a spin off of “Yurara.”  In this series Yako from “Yurara” returns and starts working for a small exorcist company.  The company’s main talent is an 18-year old woman who happens to strongly resemble Yurara.  The ghosts they exorcise are run-of-the-mill and the side characters are very one dimensional.  I can’t recommend this series based on this first volume because there are much better series with similar themes.  These series include the original series “Yurara,” “Her Majesty’s Dog” by Mick Takeuchi, and “Ghost Hunt.”  2/5
  • “Afterschool Charisma” Vol. 1 — I’m so sad about this one.  The premise is GREAT!  It’s about a school filled with the clones of notable historic figures and one seemingly normal guy.  But then that premise is rammed down the reader’s throat and then pounded into the reader’s head with a jackhammer to make sure we understand these are clones of famous people.  I think a little subtlety would have been nice.  The quiet moments when Kamiya is with Freud and Hitler (of all the famous people to clone…) are quite nice.  The rest of it, though, is schlock.  I think it also would have been nice to get rid of the obvious villains and the glaring lack of ethics of those villains.  I guess I felt this series could have been a whole lot better if it stuck to the nature vs. nurture question and gone with it in that vain.  So what if Marie Curie wanted to play music and be in love with the school’s founders son?  That could have been interesting. Oh!  The most excellent thing about this volume was the “All Mighty Dolly.”  I wants one badly!!! It’s soooo cute!!!  2.5/5  I really feel that this one is a matter of taste, so if the premise sounds good to you, you might want to check it out, especially if subtlety is not your cup of tea.

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  • I just bought both of those mangas, personally I like them both myself, and plan to get vol 6 for Rasetsu when it comes it this September.

    At the same time here's a link to read Afterschool Charisma volume 2 online, provided by Viz themselves. I personally like the psychological aspects and variety of characters in that series.

    http://www.sigikki.com/series/afterschoolcharisma/index.shtml

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  • Well, about Rasetsu I think it gets better as the series go on. Compare to Yurara I think this series has better characters and plot though Yurara is one of my favourite still. Looking forward to the next volume.

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  • I'm often seeing Yurara in bookstores…. didn't catch my attention though.

    On Afterschool Charisma, I find it incredible and exciting though (heck, I'm soooooo hooked). But ah well, it's not a surprise for me for some not being impressed by it…. especially with those… ehehehe ^^;

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  • I agree with coconyl. Rasetsu no Hana gets better. The romantic/supernatural/comedy mix is not quite overused. I've read up to vol. 3 (raw manga) and some chinese scanlations, the latter of which I have a very little comprehension of. I'd say Rasetsu is right up there with spunky heroines who have grown strong from past traumas, somewhat like Kyoko from Skip Beat!.

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  • Well…I'll have to buy “Resetsu” volume 2 used. I'm not spending another $10 on that series.

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  • “I think it also would have been nice to get rid of the obvious villains and the glaring lack of ethics of those villains.”
    === villains?

    if you're referring to those whose faces are concealed…. it's still questionable whether they're really villains or not ;D (based on vol 3)

    if not them…. if Mozart, he's no villain at all o_o just someone who doesn't get along with the protagonists, at least for now.

    And if you're referring to Rasputin, uuummm…. it's too spoilerish xD Hahaha

    *quickly browses volume 1 to ensure that she remembered correctly*

    LOLz, I think I'm too hooked to this series xD Teehee

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