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Dr. Stone Volume One Review

Set in a post-Apocalyptic world thousands of years in the future after a worldwide global catastrophe has rendered humanity petrified statues. Two High school Students brawny and good-hearted but simple-minded Taiju kept conscious for thousands of years by his desire to confess to his High School Crush, Yuzuriha. As well as his best friend the snarky and cerebral genius Senku who is going about slowly rebuilding civilization and technology from the stone age. While also having to outsmart the preternaturally strong Shishio who seeks to rebuild civilization as a world where only the "deserving" and "pure" youth are allowed to live. As opposed to Senku's plan to save all of humanity so futuristic technology may become a possibility as well as being opposed to Shishio's Homicidal and Social Darwinist impulses. Dr. Stone the latest series from Riichiro Inagaki-sensei writer behind Football Manga Eyeshield 21 teams up with Korean born Mangaka Boichi who hand…

Demon Slayer Kimetsu No Yaiba Volume Two Review

Volume two clips along at a fast pace yet still have the ability to capture the characters thoughts and inner lives. Although at times the art feels overly rushed with some characters being reduced almost chicken scratch outlines especially background characters. While some panel divisions needlessly divide scenes in ways that feel frankly baffling. Whether this was an error that missed the oversight of an editor or some obtuse attempt at symbolism that I can not grasp. While sometimes fight scenes are overall rigid missing any sense of fluidity in the first main battle. Although this rigidity does give Nezuko's kicks weight to them. Also, an overrelince on expositional narration as a world-building crutch occasionally causes the action to grind to a halt mid-fight. The story still has a strong central heart with Tanjiro being thoughtful and kind but also showing an hard-edged anger when introduced to the demon that slaughtered his family and transformed his sister into a Demon …

Hunter X Hunter Volume One Review

The next series after Togashi-sensei wrapped up Yu Yu Hakusho due to physical and mental health issues along with being unable to write the characters how he wanted to. Hunter X Hunter is painstakingly written, composed, designed, and with the composition telling the story as much as character interactions, narration, and plot development. Telling the story of guileless and chipper Gon who wants to become part of the elite Hunter organization. Just like his long lost Father Ging, Hunters being a kind of combination bounty hunter, explorer, and adventurer with access to large sums of money and information. While Gon seeks out his Father others who desire to become Hunters seek to pass the almost impossible test to be certified as a Hunter with the first several chapters not only building up how nigh impossible receiving certification is but also motivations for characters. As well as their internal mental state. Including Gon and his newfound companions seemingly money obsessed but e…

Togashi Yoshiro Project and Blogging Update

Figured I'd give an update on the progression of my Project as I planned to review the Anime adaptations of Hunter X Hunter and YuYu Hakusho I've decided against reviewing the Anime adaptations both for financial reasons and that if I am looking at Togashi's work it's best to review the Manga as that is expressly his vision since he has stated that he sees Anime and Manga versions of his work as different things. Also, I feel I'd be repeating myself as concerns YuYu Hakusho and having finished the 2011 Anime Adaptation of HunterXHunter which don't get me wrong is fine and the Anime adaptation of the Chimera Ant Arc is quite good it is ultimately an almost slavishly faithful adaptation of the source material with very bland direction particularly in the York New Arc. I'd honestly rather review the 2009 Anime but its cost prohibitively expensive on the used market. So I'll be reviewing HunterXHunter only the Manga though also as a note I've also add…

Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs Vol. 3 Review

Chisaki visits Yuragi-sou quickly becoming part of the extended family of the hot spring Inn while also being apprehensive of Oboro and her attempts to sire children with Kogarashi whether he likes it or not. While also seeing that Kogarashi really is a good guy at heart. With the rest of the volume focused on self-contained stories about the various residents of Yuragi-sou. Be it Chitose living out her junior high years a day in the life of Oboro as well as battles with various Yokai or spirits such as one infesting an all-girls school a powerful Yokai released accidentally that proves for some that Kogarashi is indeed a psychic. While replete with panty shots, nudity, "misunderstandings," and lucky pervert moments volume three continues the warm big-hearted ethos of the series. Be it Kogarashi being thrilled to take part in normal Summer school activities with friends after years of being the victim of the supernatural. To Chisaki learning that despite what her mother ha…

YuYu Hakusho (Manga) Volumes 15 Thru 19 Review and Final thoughts

While I hate to deviate from the original format of the series the volumes after volume fourteen are for the most a string of fights with story elements used to facilitate action while volume nineteen is mostly a collection of loosely connected short stories that feel more like unused one-shots to get one extra volume of the series out. After it's said pretty much everything it's wanted to say about strength versus ability or morality. Even exploration of the characters simply stops. While stories like Hiei's relationship with Mukuro is a return to the kind of often dark horror elements given Hiei's actions for Mukuro. Large parts of the story feel superfluous background information about incidental characters simply lard the series conclusion not to say anything about the quickly degrading art of the series with some fights looking like hastily thrown together rough drafts. For example, it is a nice little character moment to reveal that Juri has a crush on Suzuki bu…

YuYu Hakusho (Manga) Volume 14 Review

Yusuke and allies receive no respite in trying to figure out the mastermind behind the opening of the demon plane leading to a harrowing fight between Yusuke and one of the supporters of the opening of the demon plane a sociopathic Doctor Minoru Kamiya who wishes only to see humanity destroyed. Making for one of the few instances where Yusuke has to fight possibly to the death of another human. While Kuwabara almost gets killed by another Kiyoshi Mitarai and the reason this is happening and who the mastermind is and past secrets of the Underworld in the plot's mastermind Shinobu Sensui a former spirit detective driven insane by humanity's evil and his inability to comprehend moral ambiguity. Sensui is probably the most complex villain of the series while Younger Toguro may have been sympathetic or even had a tragic element to his characterization. Sensui is someone so driven by his own overweening sense of moral rectitude that it drives him essentially insane. In short, this…