Bokurano: Ours vol. 1

CoverFeb 2010 | Viz Media

By: Mohiro Kitoh

During summer break at a beach, 15 kids explore a local seaside cave to find a strange man developing a game. Agree to be playtesters, the 15 friends soon find themselves mixed up in something very real, and very dangerous.

Fifteen enemies will attack the Earth

Something about that gave me chills. Granted, I knew what to expect having seen a few episodes of the anime, it still didn’t prepare me to read this. That was a long time ago and it’s mostly a fuzzy memory. The tone of the book is much more serious and depressing than what I can remember of the anime. The exposition revealing characters thoughts and pasts just further adds to gravity of what’s going on.

I can’t remember what happened to Kokopelli in the show. In the book, he just disappeared with only his glasses remaining. I have this suspicion he’s dead. With what happened to Waku Takashi, I think it’s true and I think it’s going to be a pattern. The police investigation surrounding his death is probably not going to go over well, either.

This was good. This is how I like my manga. I don’t like bubbly, crazy junk. I like disturbing, thoughtful stuff like this. I really should have picked up several volumes, but that’s okay. I will have more of this.

Drifting Classroom vol. 1

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Aug 2006 | Viz

By: Kazuo Umezu

After a terrible fight with his mother, Sho goes to school only to find himself and the entire school the only thing standing in a surreal desert landscape after a mysterious earthquake. 

This book is intense. Once the earthquake happens and the school ends up somewhere weird, the entire school breaks down. Teachers have to take extremes to keep control, violence even breaks out, and you’re swept up all along with it wondering WTF.

What shocked me were the emotions and the behaviors of the children and adults. They were all very believable to me, regardless of how crazy some of them were. With what has happened this far, and the cliffhanger at the end, it’s pretty obvious things will only get worse, go darker, and I have no idea just how things could get any worse, or even better for that matter. It all seems hopeless for everyone and I wonder what even happened to them, where they even are, and what end this is spiraling towards.

I must get more of this next week.

 

Kurohime #1

Kurohime #1 Cover

Sep 2007 | Viz Media

Everything: Masanori -Ookamigumi – Katakura

Kurohime, a powerful witch able to use magical guns, had been transformed into a little girl. When she fall in love, the curse will be broken.

I should have known what I was getting myself into after reading the back, but the cover images and the idea of magical guns appealed to me, so I took a chance and dropped the $8 to give myself something to read after work.

Starking with the good points, this magic summoning bullet thing is pretty neat. It makes for interesting duels. Kurohime is one sexy badass, but it all goes to pot when she’s a whiny little brat. Why couldn’t it keep the awesomeness throughout those cursed moments? Why do we have to sink into stupid, pointless flakedom.

Hey! You can’t leave me here! I’m Kurohime! I’m the Kurohime you’re in love with!

I hated Elfen Leid for the same reason. It was so dark and wonderful until she washed up on shore, found by those stupid kids, and had the mentality of a toddler.

Kurohime is way to old for Zero to be the one to break the curse and it seems way out of character for her to even feel anything for this kid, whom she apparently had saved in the past. It’s just so stupid. There’s just so much potential for this to actually be cool, but the dramatic change in tone during her time as a child just ruins everything. There’s no way I can keep reading this.

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