Manga Review: The Seven Deadly Sins (vol.8)

 

Synopsis:

GIANT STEPS

The seal is broken, and Gowther, the Sin of Lust, is revealed! The ruthless, elite Holy Knights known as the Roars of Dawn have tracked down the mysterious Armor Giant. They seem to have it cornered, but it hides a hair-raising secret! When they learn the truth, the Sins are befuddled, and the princess doubles her resolve! What decision has Meliodas made about the memories entrusted to him? When the countdown to the destruction of their world begins, the Sins rush back to the kingdom. The fuse is lit on the decisive battle!

Overall Thoughts/Opinions:

4/5

This volume contains the conclusion of Gowthar’s first appearance and the start of the final stretch of the first arc. Secrets and dastardly plans are revealed in between intense action sequences. Buckle up boys and girls, cuz this roller coaster is speeding up and won’t stop until the end!

In the beginning, we get to see into some of Meliodas’s past and more into his character. Then during the last bit of Gowthar’s appearance there’s a nice moment between Meliodas and Elizabeth. Honestly, I wish that there were more of these moments and a little less action, but alas I don’t think that’ll really happen. At the end of the battle with the Armor Giant we see some into Gowthar’s personality. It seems like his character is going to be a rocky one and that there will be tons of room for growth. After a nice little drunk bonding session we immediately get thrown into the next round of fights that will eventually lead to the final battle of this arc. Everyone converges on the capital and bodies begin to fly, and at the very end we get introduced to King Arthur and his mysterious companion. At the very end is a nice little bonus short story centered around Gowthar, which adds a little fluff to his character and serves as a nice little break before punches really start swinging. If you haven’t picked this volume up yet then get this one and the next two, because this final sequences of battles will span the next few volumes and I’m sure will be super intense!

Details:

Title: The Seven Deadly Sins (Vol. 8)

Chapters: 55-62, plus a bonus story

Written by: Nakaba Suzuki

Artist: Nakaba Suzuki

Translation/Adaptation: Christine Dashiell

Lettering: James Dashiell

Publisher:  Kodansha Comics

Published: May 26th, 2015

Pages: 192

Genre: Manga, Historical-Fantasy, Action/Adventure, Young Adult, Romance

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Manga Review: That Wolf-Boy is Mine! (vol.4)

 

Synopsis:

LOST LOVE?

Just as Komugi and Yū’s feelings begin to reach one another, Komugi is confronted by Yata-sensei. Afterwards, she’s not the same, and drifts through her everyday life while Yū can only watch over her from afar. But…in the depths of Komugi’s memory, a familiar voice calls for her. Can the bonds she’s built with Yū and the gang overcome the sensei’s powers? And what will the future bring for the animal spirits living in Komugi’s world?

Overall Thoughts/Opinions:

3/5

The ending was bitter sweet to me. It was sweet because this story ends on a happy note. But it’s bitter because I felt like there was still more to tell and I felt like the mangaka took the easy way out of the situation they created. I’m also disappointed, with how the last volume ended I thought that there would be a lot more gut-wrenching drama that would make me squirm in my seat. Instead, it felt like it flat lined between the end of volume 3 to the first page of volume 4. Everything was too convenient in a way that made it seem unrealistic. I know, that’s kinda stupid sounding for someone to say about a story of supernatural qualities, but everything else about the story should be as realistic as possible so that the reader doesn’t get pulled out of the story for a minor/major discrepancy in the reality you’ve created. At least for me, when a story already has weird elements if reality, for instance the laws of nature, doesn’t function properly it pulls me out of the story and from my experience is mostly due to author laziness more than anything. That’s it, the ending to this story felt lazy and too rushed which also made it feel inorganic, like the mangaka meant to do more but couldn’t.

I think my favorite part of this volume is the bonus story at the end. It’s a cute, but sad story from Senri’s past that really explains his character. After reading it, I feel like his character has more depth than any of the other’s in this story, which is a shame because he didn’t get much attention in the main story!

Note: Expect a review of the series as a whole soon!

Details:

Title: That Wolf-Boy is Mine! (Vol. 4)

Chapters: 14-final chapter, plus a bonus story

Written by: Yoko Nogiri

Artist:  Yoko Nogiri

Translation/Adaptation: Alethea and Athena Nibley

Publisher:  Kodansha Comics

Published:  March 21st, 2017

Pages: 180

Genre: Manga, Shojo, Supernatural, Comedy, Romance

Manga Review: That Wolf-Boy is Mine! (vol.3)

 

Synopsis:

JUST FRIENDS

After Rin shares some profound insights with Komgi about her crush, she learns it’s easier to bottle up her feelings for the wolf-boy, Yū. As Komugi gets to really know Rin the fox, his cold exterior slowly melts away−and Yū can’t help but be concerned. In order to let someone new into his heart, Yū struggles to confront his emotional trauma from the past. But by the time Yū realizes his true emotions, something unthinkable has happened to Komugi…

Overall Thoughts/Opinions:

4/5

Oh my Lord, in heaven! That cliffhanger was really mean, like if I didn’t have the fourth volume already I would be screaming like a mad woman to the closest bookstore to buy it. If you can’t tell, the drama has really shot up in this volume and particularly near the end of it when a lot more of the plot is revealed. And the drama is getting so intense, but not in an uncomfortable way. Instead, I feel more like I’m about to fall out of my seat from sitting to close to the edge. I don’t normally like love triangles, mostly because they’re never done properly, but I really like how the love triangle is being used in this story. Unfortunately, I think the couple that I prefer isn’t going to happen….sigh, oh well!

Anyways, I feel like Komugi has come more to life in this volume but I still don’t think of her as a very present character. It’s really weird, I like her but I feel she’s still a bit watered down compared to the other characters in the story. Sometimes I feel like her two best friends have more of a presence than she does, but I digress.

The comedy, like before was good for a few chuckles in between some really heavy drama. Aoshi, the tanuki, is probably my favorite character because he’s the comic relief and such an instigator of a lot of the drama. Well, if you’d please excuse me, I have to devour the next volume before I die from that cliffhanger. Seriously, though if you haven’t read this volume yet buy it with volume four or you will regret it!!!

Details:

Title: That Wolf-Boy is Mine! (Vol. 3)

Chapters: 9-13

Written by: Yoko Nogiri

Artist:  Yoko Nogiri

Translation/Adaptation: Alethea and Athena Nibley

Publisher:  Kodansha Comics

Published:  January 10th, 2017

Pages: 176

Genre: Manga, Shojo, Supernatural, Comedy, Romance

Manga Review: Yona of the Dawn (vol.2)

Details:

Title: Yona of the Dawn (Vol. 2)

Chapters: 6-11

Written by: Mizuho Kusanagi

Artist:  Mizuho Kusanagi

Translation/Adaptation: JN Produtions / Ysabet Reinhardt MacFarlane

Publisher:  VIZ Media LLC

Published:  October 4th, 2016

Pages: 192

Genre: Manga, Shojo, Fantasy, Action/Adventure, Romance

Synopsis:

Princess Yona lives an ideal life as the only princess of her kingdom. Doted on by her father, the king, and protected by her faithful guard Hak, she cherishes the time spent with the man she loves, Su-won. But everything changes on her 16th birthday when tragedy strikes her family!

While on the run, Yona and Hak head to Hak’s hometown, where she attempts to heal her broken heart. However, she can’t rest there for long once she discovers that Su-won may soon become king! What will Yona choose to do in the wake of this news?

Rating:

4/5

Right off the bat, this volume brings character development onto the table. For those who didn’t like Yona in the first volume, by the end of this volume I promise you’ll start to see her differently. The writer has done a fantastic job of subtly pushing her in a more active role in this story, and while she hasn’t taken charge yet, I believe that they’re setting her up to do that soon. Other characters get some development as well, though it’s still not clear what their motives are yet. By the end, I wasn’t quite sure what Hak’s motives are in this story, but I have a feeling that they’ll be relieved later on in a big ‘ta-da!’ moment. Other characters get introduced in this volume as well from the various other tribes within the kingdom, though mostly from the wind and fire tribes. The wind tribe characters offer a lot of comic relief for the story and they’re portrayed as easy going, but fierce warriors. The fire tribe characters seem to be setting up to be minor villains for the story, they’re portrayed as hard, scheming individuals.

The action in this volume went up a step. It’s still not as graphic as other mangas that I’ve read, but there’s enough detail to get the point across and still make the fight scenes enjoyable to read. The tone for this volume is pretty serious, though there is some light hearted comedy that give3s you a brief moment of relief before diving right back in. All-in-all I really enjoyed this volume and I was left with quite a cliffhanger that I need to remedy like now!

Manga Review: That Wolf-Boy is Mine! (vol.2)

 

Synopsis:

OUTFOXED

Komugi, the new girl at school, has sworn to protect the secret of Yū’s lupine identity. But in the midst of their growing friendship, she blurts out a startling confession−one that could upset her relationship with Yū, his crew, and even the delicate balance between humans and spirits. Meanwhile, Yū’s sharp, sly friend Rin takes matters into his own hands and tries to speak some sense into Komugi. It’s not long before he realize that this strange human girl just might be growing on him too!

 

 

Overall Thoughts/Opinions:

4/5

So what I thought would be a cute and funny little story might be getting a lot deeper than I ever expected. The plot thickens as a new ‘forbidden love’ theme gets added to the story, but so far this theme may play out a little differently than in other stories. A new character shows up that answers some questions while asking a really important one that gets both Komugi and the readers thinking!

Lord, I feel like the drama in this story is going to kill me−but in a good way. The drama isn’t insane or soap opera level, it’s a nice healthy dose that you can find in just about anyone’s life from time to time. I’m a little disappointed that there seems to be some hefty time leaps, like a leap of a few weeks at a time, because I feel like you miss some of the little bonding moments between some of the characters. That’s not to say that the bonding moments in this volume aren’t fantastic, I love them a lot, I’m just used to longer mangas I guess that love to fill the pages with little moments. The comedy in this one is nothing profound, just cute little moments that make you chuckle for a moment. The drama isn’t too terrible, making this story still a bit lighthearted and easy to read. I can’t wait to read the next volume and see what happens next!

Details:

Title: That Wolf-Boy is Mine! (Vol. 2)

Chapters: 5-8

Written by: Yoko Nogiri

Artist:  Yoko Nogiri

Translation/Adaptation: Alethea and Athena Nibley

Publisher:  Kodansha Comics

Published:  November 1st, 2016

Pages: 160

Genre: Manga, Shojo, Supernatural, Comedy, Romance

Manga Review: That Wolf-Boy is Mine! (vol.1)

Details:

Title: That Wolf-Boy is Mine! (Vol. 1)

Chapters: 1-4

Written by: Yoko Nogiri

Artist:  Yoko Nogiri

Translation/Adaptation: Alethea and Athena Nibley

Publisher:  Kodansha Comics

Published:  August 16, 2016

Pages: 160

Genre: Manga, Shojo, Supernatural, Comedy, Romance

Synopsis:

MONSTER MISCHIEF

After some traumatic experiences, Komugi Kusunoki transferred from the city to start a new life in rural Hokkaido. But on her first day of school, the school heartthrob Yū Ōgami blurts out, “You smell good!” Despite the hijinks, Komugi tries to adjust to her new school, but it’s not long before she stumbles across Yū dozing off under a tree. When she attempts to wake him up, he transformed…into a wolf?! It turns out that Yū is one of many other eccentric boys in her class year–and she’s the only one who knows their secret!

What I First Thought:

The other day I went to Barnes and Noble to kill time before a movie. I perused the manga section looking for more volumes of some of my other series that I haven’t finished yet when this one caught my eye. To my knowledge, there aren’t a lot of werewolf-esque stories in manga so I picked it up. The premise of the story seemed interesting and cute enough that I decided to buy it, especially since I needed something a bit light hearted to help cure my current mood.

Overall Thoughts/Opinions:

4/5

I normally don’t buy into a new series without doing a little bit of research into it first, so I rarely buy manga on a whim. I’m glad that I didn’t wait to buy this one because it was exactly what I needed! It’s a cute little story about a new city-girl who goes to live with her dad in the country while her mom is away. At the new school, she stumbles upon the secret of some of her classmates and it becomes a story of said students becoming friends with the girl to keep her quiet. It’s a cute little story with sprinklings of lore that I’m sure will become more prominent as the story continues. There were some comedic elements thrown in that made me giggle, but nothing gut splitting yet. The romance so far is a bit light, though I feel like some of it was forced or a little unnatural by the end of this volume, which messed up the flow of the story for me. The characters are pretty likable at the start, though I feel like Komugi is a little weak at the moment but I hope her character improves once we see more of her past so I can better understand her fears. Really, my only complaint was the ending because it felt weird to me, too rushed and unnatural, but oh well! I’m really glad that I bought all four volumes, because I really want to read what happens next!

Manga Review: The Seven Deadly Sins (vol. 7)

Details:

Title: The Seven Deadly Sins (Vol. 7)

Chapters: 47-54

Written by: Nakaba Suzuki

Artist: Nakaba Suzuki

Translation/Adaptation: Christine Dashiell

Lettering: James Dashiell

Publisher:  Kodansha Comics

Published: March 17th, 2015

Pages: 192

Genre: Manga, Historical-Fantasy, Action/Adventure, Young Adult, Romance, Shonen

 

Synopsis:

The Wrath Awakens

Meliodas escapes the Goddess Amber, but he emerges from his prison strangely silent and with a new look. In the blink of an eye, he wrecks Guila and Jericho and begins delivering an epic beating to Sir Helbram, who somehow manages to stand up to the transformed Dragon Sin of Wrath. What is going on with this new Meliodas? And how is Helbram avoiding being stomped by the overwhelming power of the changed Meliodas?

Overall Thoughts/Opinions:

4/5

If you thought that there might be a break in the fighting after the fighting festival than you may be in for a bit of a surprise! After the conclusion of the festival there’s a brief chapter that sets up the big arc for this story. We’re introduced to more characters, both Holy Knights and other minor players that will show up again later. In fact, this volume serves as an intro to some of my more favorite characters and Holy Knights. Though one character, that I really do enjoy, has a bit of an odd introduction that doesn’t really fit with what I remember of their personality from the anime. I understand that things can be different between the two mediums, but you can tell by the end of the volume that you’re first encounter with this character seems to be a little weird and doesn’t fit their personality. There’s also some character development for some of the Sins. You get to see into some of Ban’s inner struggles, more of Meliodas that isn’t slightly perverted, Diana’s awesome strength, and some backbone building in Elizabeth. I wuld say that Elizabeth isn’t quite as strong as I’d really like her to be, but I’m fairly certain we’ll see that soon…I hope. And I was really excited to see just how powerful Diana could be, though I felt like her power was a little cheapened because of some of the resulting outcomes, but oh well! Overall, though I really liked this volume of the story and it again leaves you wanting (or needing) to read the next one. I have a feeling that the story’s pace will really pick up in the next volume!