FInal Review: Maoh Juvenile Remix

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-Maoh: Juvenile Remix

-Kotaro Isaka and Megumi Osuga

-Viz Media

The whole way through this series I said that it was kind of disappointing but had the capacity to become absolutely awesome. Reading the series you get the sense that something absolutely crazy is about to go down. However, the fact that the madness doesn’t go down until the final volume is bad enough, but then it all falls just short of what, as a reader, I really wanted to see.

From the very beginning of the series the impression that something really good could be getting built up is seen and that is actually what got me wanting to continue reading the series. Throughout the series there are a couple of ‘holy-shit’ moments, but the impression continued that something big is still coming. About halfway through, everything becomes a lot darker as the story shifts between main character and we are introduced to the underworld of Nekota city. However, even the full possibilities of this element of the story aren’t followed up to a great level and soon it too becomes a letdown.

**SPOILERS – Skip to final paragraph for recommendations**

The final volume kicks off with Frauline’s plans to eliminate the threat of both Inukai and Junya. Their snipers take up position to shoot Inukai at his rally and the assassins and cannibals hired by the son of their CO prepair to track down their targets (Junya’s friends).  However, our Junya isn’t just going to sit back and let this happen, and calls in all the assassins he’s met throughout the series. A ‘freak’ earthquake causes the snippers to miss their shot before the pusher end them. Back at Frauline’s bowling alley their hired killers return unable to find their targets, when low and behold there they are bowling with Anderson. Before they are able to get to them Semi appears and has a nice little rampage working his way through each of them, leaving just the COs son alive. In comes he Suicider and on his target list is Semi’s left over. News of his son’s suicide reaches the CO who quickly arrives at the bowling alley, but realizing what is happening tries to leave in a rush, but the pusher arrives for this third kill of the day pushing him in front of his own car. In just a matter of minutes the threat of Frauline is no more.

So all that remains is eliminating Inukai right? Well how about a ten year time skip instead and wait until he becomes the Prime Minister. WHAT? Oh but wait, Junya is now organizing a confrontation with Inukai. Werll Okay maybe some serious shit is going to go down now. But no, not really. All that really happens is that it reveals that the two kids of the Pusher have the power to cause earthquakes (‘shocking’) and Inukai sees Junya standing in the middle of the stadium after the rest of the audience runs away during an earthquake caused by the Pushers kids. And that’s it.

*End of Spoilers*

Overall, I was quite pissed off by the end of the series that it spent ten volumes building up something that never happened. The last volume begins so intense and awesome, and then suddenly we get to the concluding chapter and nothing fucking happens. I really must commend the mangaka on doing a fantastic job of using ten volumes to build up something that wasn’t going to happen. So would I recommend this series? If you can get it o the cheap then buy it, otherwise don’t bother. Don’t bother spending money that could buy better series’. Don’t bother going out of your way looking for this. Don’t bother reading something that ends with such a ‘fuck you’ to the readers. I really enjoyed this series in the four or five volumes before that final chapter, but then, it happened. Or rather, nothing happened. DO not waste your time on Maoh: Juvenile Remix.

Turtle

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Reflection: Magi volume 1

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Most nights before I go to bed I spend some time watching different Vloggers on YouTube, and from some of the Anime and manga channels I get most of my recommendations. Others come from some readers of this blog who have recommended series to me. Magi is one of the series I first heard of from Youtube. I had taken note of the series after seeing several people discuss it online, and when I finally saw volume one in a shop, I had to pick it up.

Synopsis:
The first volume of this series introduces the readers to the main characters and brings the story to a start. Aladdin, with his stuck in a jar djinn Ugo, meet Alibaba while travelling in a cart. Alibaba tells Aladdin of the stories of the dungeons which have appeared all around the world. It is said that they all contain great riches which can be collected by whoever can conquer the dungeon. Filled with mysterious beasts and tests, very few have ever returned from a dungeon once they have entered. The new acquaintances agree to team-up in hopes of finding their very own treasure.

My Opinion:
I really enjoyed reading the start of this series. Magi is a classic story of an unlikely duo working together to find riches beyond either of their imaginations. The story really sucked me in from the start, and made me laugh quite a lot while reading. And I mean laugh out loud in the literal sense. It’s the simply things really. One chapter follows Alibaba showing Aladdin around the market as they buy all the equipment they need for their expedition to the dungeon, only for it to be revealed to be across the street from Alibaba’s home. The characters have been introduced very well, giving the readers a reasonable description of the types of people they are. The illustrations as well are simply sublime. Not the best manga illustration, but very well suited to the series in my opinion.

Rating:
I just ordered volumes two and three today and can’t wait to read them. I think that most manga readers would enjoy this series, and recommend it to anyone who reads this. I will have more posts on this series posted in due course and really look forward to reading more.

As I mentioned above, I get a lot of my recommendations from you guys, so if you have any recommendations, let me know what they are and what you like about it. You can get a reasonable idea of what I’m reading now from my post on my manga collection. I’ll be away for a couple days from now, but I will be back and promise some more manga posts when I return.

Talk to you all soon

Turtle

Reflection: Maoh: Juvenile Remix, volume 5

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For anyone who hasn’t heard about his series or read my previous posts about it, Maoh: Juvenile Remix is a series about a city which is struggling to come to terms with modernity. In the worst possible way. Basically, an American company teamed up with the city’s mayor has forced people from their homes and businesses to shut down so that they can build what they call the ‘New Urban Centre’. The citizens are left feeling the blunt as hundreds are made unemployed as they watch their livelihoods be ripped apart. Feeding off the anger of the people an organisation called ‘the Grasshoppers’ has risen up lead by a young man called Inukai. Inukai aims to destroy the project at any means. Unable to accept the actions of the Grasshoppers, the series’ main character Ando becomes conflicted as he cannot justify the actions of either side.

 

Synopsis:

We kick volume 5 off with members of grasshopper lighting the elderly couple who Anderson has been working for house on fire. A mob gathers to watch Anderson and the couple die, only to see him walk out of the flames carrying the man. Ando and Junya appear on the scene and after some confrontation with the mob they enter the burning house to rescue the woman. Ando uses his ventriloquism power to turn the mob against itself, giving them time to escape.

Meanwhile, Semi’s job of protecting the Mayor becomes more challenging as countless assassins have been sent to kill him. Semi tries his best to protect the mayor, killing his way through his hotel, but in the end it is all for nothing. Another assassin has been waiting for the mayor in his room and using a power of his own convinces the mayor to kill himself by jumping from the top floor of the hotel. Semi comes face to face with this unknown ‘suicider’ and has to fight to resist illusions that have been set onto him by this man.

Following the fire Ando accepts that he can no longer sit back watch as innocent people are put in harm’s way and do nothing. He decrees that he will defeat Inukai using his ability. A short time skip then occurs and he rejoin Ando a month later on the trail of Inukai and planning how he will confront him. Just as he is about to give up Ando discovers that Inukai will be at a Grasshopper rally in six days and decides that this will be when their battle will begin.

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My Opinion:

I knew this series had some good potential. The first four volumes were really nothing special, but everything is starting to kick off now, and I can’t wait to see how Ando is going to confront Inukai at the rally. The story lines are all starting to be drawn in together with Ando and Semi once crossing paths once again. Junya has finally had an impact on the story, up until now he was just kind of whining and annoying. The illustrations in this volume are amazing, especially the fight scenes between Semi and the other assassins. Also, the character designs of the people in the mob at the fire was very good too. All in all, I was very happy with volume five and I’m looking forward to the next one.

 

Turtle

Reflection: Maoh Juvenile Remix, Volume 3

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I picked up volumes 3, 4 and 5 of this series a couple weeks and only getting around to reading it now.

 

Synopsis:

A lot happens in volume three. It begins with the hostage situation at the petrol station where volume 2 left off. Ando and Inukai come face to face and they struggle to each have the situation end they way that they intend. Following the hostage situation Inukai and Ando have a meeting and Inukai tells Ando that he believes that it is his destiny to change the world, and that Ando’s destined to try and stop him. A few new characters are also introduced in this volume. Anderson, the son of Mr. Anderson of the Anderson group (I’ll say Anderson one more time for good measure here) joins Ando’s class while his father works in Japan. Anderson has no interest in his father’s corporation and is much more interested in becoming friends with Ando and plans to open an English tutoring school after finishing school. Another new character introduced towards the end of the volume is the Hornet girl. To say she’s weird is a bit of an understatement. Her sole purpose is to hunt down and kill the grasshoppers, as well as anyone else who gets in her way.

 

My Opinion:

I’m starting to get a little bored of the series. More and more characters are being introduced and the story is all over the place. There has been so much build up in the first few volumes and nothing really has happened. So many characters keep returning, but none have really been developed. We know Junya is Ando’s brother, but nothing else really. Characters come and go and nothing really happens. There’s so many characters that enter the story then disappear and just leaves you trying to figure out what’s happening.

 

Rating:

I’m through three volumes of a total of ten. The story might improve and something actually happening. I have up to volume 5 here so I’ll keep reading but I can’t see myself buying anymore of the series as long as it keeps going the way it is. Give it a shot if you want. The concept is very good, but the execution has really held it back in my own opinion.

 

Turtle

Reflection: Maoh: Juvenile Remix, Vol. 1+2

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I recently picked up the first two volumes of this series on a whim in a comic book shop. Never heard of the series at all and don’t really know what drew me to it, but thought I’d give it a go. Quite a decent story and I’ve already got a couple more volumes that I’ll have to read over in the near future.

 

Synopsis:

Maoh Juvenile Remix is an adaptation of a Japanese short novel by Kotaro Isaka. This adaptation was written and illustrated by Megumi Osuga for Shonen Sunday. The complete series has been published by Viz in ten volumes.

The setting for this manga is the city of Nekota which is being threatened by modernisation and widespread crime. The main antagonist is a young man by the name of Inukai who leads a team of vigilantes to put an end to the crime and monopolisation of the city. His group will apparently stop at nothing to achieve their aims, really being nothing short of a terrorist organization.

The main character, Ando, is a high school student who has the ability to make others say whatever he is thinking. Like Inukai and the grasshoppers, Ando opposes the way his hometown is being transformed from the quiet little city it always was. However, he also sees the actions of the grasshoppers as being over the top and refuses to condone to their actions. The series follows his attempts to protect his city from both big business and vigilante group.  

 

My Opinion:

I think this series really has potential and as I’ve mentioned above I wasted no time in buying more copies. The story is quite interesting in how the main villain of the series is acting to achieve the same aims as the main character, and it is the means of achieving these aims that prevents them from cooperating with each other.

The first two volumes for the most part have just been building up the story. A few small incidents occur during them, but you just know that there are bigger things to come. I am really interested to see how Ando can manage to use his ability for the greater good. It’s not really a gift that you would think would be of too much assistance in changing the world such as Lelouch’s geass in Code Geass. The fact that it isn’t exactly the best ability that has appeared in manga  makes it all that more interesting in my opinion.

 

Rating:

Check this series out. It’s got all the good stuff you want from manga; good vs. evil, evil vs. eviler, terrorism and assassins to name a few. The length of the series is also ideal, it’s not so long that you’re going to spend years collecting the volumes, but not so short that you won’t build an attachment to the characters. Honestly, it’s far from the best series I’ve seen recently, but that by no means is to say that’s not worth checking out.

 

Turtle