First Impression: Deadman Wonderland

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Manga: Deadman Wonderland
Story/Illustration: Jinsei Kataoka / Kazuma Kondou
Publisher: Viz Media

Deadman Wonderland was recommended to me a couple of months ago by a fellow blogger and follower who has been very supportive of my blog since I started it. As a token of thanks I decided I would pick up Deadman Wonderland and write a couple of posts about it.

The series follows eighth grade student Ganta Igarashii as he enters the crazy world of the death row prison ‘Deadman Wonderland’. After a mysterious red being kills his entire class and leaves him as the lone survivor, Ganta is sentenced to death in a quite trial. The prison is located in a former theme park in the ruins of Tokyo. At the prison inmates fight for survival while providing entertainment for tourists.

The whole idea of the film reminds of the old cult movies from the 70s and 80s like Death Race where people fight and kill in mass numbers as a form of entertainment. A little like Hunger Games too, but a fair bit more awesome. Honestly, I don’t know what to expect as the series goes on, but I look forward to seeing what way the author decides to take the concept.

As I said before, Deadman Wonderland was recommended to me by another blogger, and I would recommend going over to his page and checking out his review of the series and other series. His review is available at: http://manganiche.wordpress.com/2014/04/16/down-a-different-rabbit-hole-deadman-wonderland/

Let me know what you guys think of this series. I’ll post more about Deadman Wonderland after I finish the first volume. Until then

Turtle

Check out Deadman Wonderland for yourself, available from: http://www.bookdepository.com/book/9781421555485/?a_aid=turtlemanga

First Impression: Vinland Saga by Makoto Yukimura

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After reading the first chapter of Vinland Saga I turned to my girlfriends and just said “This is fucking awesome.” That’s all I could really think after my first read and now the next morning, I’m still feeling the exact same.

The first chapter of Vinland saga takes the reading to the eleventh century Frankish Kingdom where two forces are battling to take control of a coastal fortress. From a distance the main character Thorfinn is watching with a group of Vikings led by Askeladd. Askeladd decides that they will assist the attackers and sends Thorfinn to meet with their commander to give their conditions. Thorfinn explains that they will attack by sea while they take their main force through the front of the fortress’ wall. Adamant that it is impossible to take a ship up the rivers the commander reluctantly accepts the terms of the Vikings to prevent them fighting against him.

Soon after the battle resumes the following morning, Askeladd and his men appear over the nearby mountain carrying their ships. They run down the slopes to the sea and launch the ships. Now able to attack the fortress on two sides the defenders forces are split and soon the Vikings burst through the walls and raid the treasury before the Franks even know they have entered.

The chapter ends with Thorfinn presenting the head of the commander of the defeated army to Askeladd. By killing the commander, Thorfinn mets to terms given to him in order to challenge Askeladd to a battle to avenge his father’s death.

I’ve been really excited to start reading Vinland Saga, and the first chapter has not at all let me down. Makoto Yukimura has really pulled off an amazing series here, and I know I will be reading this until the very end.

As a side, I flipped to the back of the volume to see what manga is being advertised. After all the adverts, I found a page with a comment saying ‘Creator Makoto Yukimura received a Kodansha Manga Awrd for Vinland Saga. He decided to accept the award in style.’ The pictures on the page are of Yukimura at the award ceremony, in full armour with a battle axe and a shield. Just thought I would share that as well as being a great mangaka, He is also a fucking legend.

Turtle

Check out Vinland Saga for yourself. Available at: http://www.bookdepository.com/book/9781612624204/?a_aid=turtlemanga

First Impression: Apocalypse Meow

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I just finished reading the first two missions in Apocalypse Meow, and I am really enjoying it. The series follows three American soldiers in recon team ‘Cat Shit One’ during the Vietnam War. Oh, and did I mention that they are rabbits. All the human characters in this series have been replaced with animals depending on their nationality. For example, Americans are Rabbits and Vietnamese are cats.

The first chapter really drops the reader in on the story and provides no background, which I kind of like. The dialogue also contains a lot of the slang that the American G.I.’s would have used during the Vietnam campaign. The illustrations are quite sketchy with only a little detail, but I think it really suits the story that goes along with it. The only issue I have so far is that the chapters are very short and end before any sort of suspense is built up.

Looking forward to reading some more, so expect the first reflection to be posted within the next couple of days.

Turtle

First Impressions: Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

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A couple weeks ago someone requested that I do a series of blogs on the Code Geass manga. Since it was the first request I’ve received, I have to do it. Code Geass was one of the first anime’s I watched and absolutely loved it. The manga is a little different, so I am looking forward to reading it. Unfortunately, the volumes are very expensive, so I think I will have to read online versions, which aren’t 100% in terms of dialogue. If anyone knows a site which has very good versions let me know in the comments below. In the mean time, here’s the first impression of Code Geass: Lelouch of the rebellion.

 

Synopsis:

This series of Code Geass follows Lelouch, a former prince of the Britannian Empire which invaded Japan seven years before the story takes place. In the first chapter we learn that Lelouch wa sent to live in Japan before the invasion following the murder of his mother. Ever since the invasion Lelouch has sworn to destroy the Britanian Empire. After stumbling into a crashed military plane he discovers a girl who is being held captive by the Britanians. After a dragged out series of threats from the commander of the Britainian military at the crash site the girl is shot when she takes a bullet for Lelouch. After the girl apparently dies she appears in the mind of Lelouch and makes a contract with her which gives him the power of the Geass. Lelouch’s Geass gives him the power to make anyone do whatever he wishes.

 

My Opinion:

Since I’ve already watched the Anime, this first chapter hasn’t left too much of an impression on me. There are several changes from the Anime, specifically Suzaku already being at the school with Lelouch. To be honest I didn’t care as much for chapter one of the manga as much as episode one of the anime. However, that doesn’t mean the manga isn’t good. I still enjoyed reading it, It’s Code Geass after all, and anything Code Geass is pretty good.

 

Rating:

Check out Code Geass. It’s a really good series, well I can’t speak specifically of the manga yet, but of as long as it follows the basic story line as the anime, it will be really good. Unlike myself though, if you choose to read Code Geass try to buy the volumes, or at least spend some time to find a good version. The one I read was full of grammar mistakes and that kinds annoyed me throughout. As I said at the start, if you know of a good version, let me know.

 

Turtle

First Impressions: Food Wars

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It’s Tuesday, and some of us know what that means. Shonen Jump was out yesterday. This week we got a little peek into a series called ‘Food Wars’ which has just had its first volume published (online, out in print later this year. So let’s take a look at it.

 

Synopsis:

Soma Yukihira is the main character in this manga about a school for top chef’s. Always dreaming of becoming a better chef then his father who owns a small family restaurant, Soma enrols in a top culinary school. In the chapter printed in this week’s Shonen Jump, Soma is attending the schools entrance exam where he is required to cook something which meets with the specification of the heiress o the school, who is regarded as one of the toughest food tasters in Japan. The chapter ends before we find out how his end product turns out, but considering the series is about him in the culinary school, I think it’s safe to assume he does alright.

 

My Opinion:

Yuto Tsukuda (writer) and Shun Saeki (artist) have done a fantastic job of writing this chapter. It reminds me of the start of Bakuman, and as you might tell from my blog, I am a huge fan of Bakuman. The story is quite intriguing and gets you interested in something you may otherwise not have any interest in. I havn’t heard about too many Shounen mangas where the main character aims to become a great chef, so this brings something else to the table.

 

Rating:

If more of this series appears in Jump in the future, or I see the series in a shop, I would jump to the chance to read it. If not, then I don’t think I would really mind. The story is interesting, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to see what happens. Give it a look if you’re interested and maybe you could let me know after a few more chapters if you think I should give it a better chance.

 

Turtle

 

First Impression: Seraph of the End

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This is a series that is currently running in Shonen Jump. I know I’m doing reflections on a lot of Shone Jump series right now, but give it some time and I’ll sort out some subscriptions to other magazines in the near future. In yesterdays post I said that Maoh: Juvenile remix had everything you want from a Shonen Manga. There is one thing missing, Vampires.

 

Synopsis:

Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign begins in a future world where a virus has killed off all humans over the age of thirteen. The children who have survived this virus outbreak have been imprisoned by vampires who harvest their blood. The main character, Yu, is a twelve your old orphan who has been living in the Vampire World for four years. Yu is determined that one day he can become strong enough to overthrow the vampires despite his friends telling him it’s impossible. When one of his friends reveals his plans to escape, Yu is talked into joining his escape and lead all the other children from his orphanage out of the vampire’s kingdom.

 

My Opinion:

In my opinion I think that Seraph of the End has some potential as a series and I look forward to reading on in the future to catch up to the publication. Serialization began early thi

s year in Shonen Jump and it appears to be well received. I’ll give a better evaluation of the series in a couple days once I have a few chapters read over. I’m interested to see what direction the series is planning to take and how the main character can defeat the vampires.

 

Rating:

The story is very interesting but I’m not too keen on the artwork. For me though the story is far more important and as such I’m put off at all by the art style. Check this series out, or if you already have leave a comment in the space bellow letting me know what you make of the first chapter.

 

Turtle

First Impressions: Stealth Symphony, Chapter 1

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Stealth Symphony is another new series that has just started in Shonen Jump in the last few weeks. The story for this one has been written by Ryohgo Narita (Durarara!!) and illustrated by Yoichi Amano.

Chapter one of this series follows Jig, who sets out on a quest to Jinbo-cho to find someone who can break his curse. Jig’s curse being that a life support system he was given while ill as a child has the capability to prevent any harm to him, and redirect it twice fold to where it came from. This has resulted in the abandonment of Jig by his family and being shut out of the social community of his home town. The first chapter finds Jig arriving in the town on Jinbo-cho and hiring a security guard, an invisible man by the name of Troma Yabusame, to protect those around him as he searches for a sorcerer who can break his curse.

The story in chapter one was alright. It’s interesting, but in all honesty didn’t leave much of a lasting impression. I’ll read on for now for the purpose of a second review, but I don’t think I would have any missed feelings if I stopped reading from here. By all means do go check it out if your interested in this sort of story, it’s probably just not to my taste.

Turtle