Y+M

It’s been more than two years since I left this blog and personally it’s been months since I read any manga. Some time ago I stumbled upon Y+M a.k.a. Y10M. Turns out this manga was made by the author of Basilisk; one of my all-time favorite manga. I just had to read it –and then I decided to post a new review for this blog.

Y10M is a bit far from what I expected. In the 5 volume Basilisk, you can feel the tension immediately from the start. In Y10M, however, it takes 3 volumes for me to actually feel the thrill from reading this manga. The biggest difference between Y10M and Basilisk is that in Y10M, the two groups that are destined to kill each other are not equal enemies. We have to super-ninja groups in Basilisk, while in Y10M, we have 7 (seven) ordinary women going against trained bodyguards –or perhaps assassins?– called the Seven Spears of Aizu (Aitzu). This is the point that made Y10M worth the read. It is definitely interesting to see how these women manage to kill the Seven Spears.

Because of the huge difference in martial art skills between the two groups, the story in Y10M tends to have more “strategy” and less head-to-head fighting. Having a skilled warrior, Juubei, by their side to train them, the 7 women still don’t have the slightest chance of defeating the Seven Spears head on. It’s the strategy which Juubei and the 7 ordinary women devised to defeat (and ultimately kill) the Seven Spears that made this manga interesting.

As I said before, it starts from volume 4. This is the point where things that was going smoothly for the 7 women started to crumble. Well, you can’t expect things to go so smooth when you’re going up against 7 trained assassins, right? Starting from volume 4, the Seven Spears finally made their moves. This is when things get really exciting. To see both groups devising their plans and counter each other’s plans made it hard for me to stop reading.

As the plot progress, the clash escalates with the Ashina clan (whom the Seven Spears belong to) entering the picture. Juubei and the women are now facing more than just the Seven Spears –or what’s left of them. The scope of the story grows broader from taking the lives of the Seven Spears into taking down the Ashina clan and the Aizu castle along with them. This is yet another big difference from Basilisk.

That being said, there are a lot of things that made this manga a recommended piece. The fact that the main protagonists are 7 ordinary women already made this manga interesting. Even though the plot starts a bit slow, the tension builds up perfectly making it less boring and stayed interesting throughout the story; especially with Ashina clan entering the picture. Apart from killing and devising strategies, this manga is also about bravery and making sacrifices. This is indeed a recommended manga to read –if you don’t mind some vulgar scenes getting in the way.

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Review: Emma

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“I just hate tradition simply for the sake of tradition. That’s just being stubborn.”

Author

Kaoru Mori

Personal Rating

9/10

Personal Opinion

Emma is a story of a maid living in Victorian-era England who falls in love with a man named William Jones. Her encounter with William Jones is a trick of the fate. Nevertheless, it was love at first sight. Both Emma and William Jones loved each other. However, their different social background got in the way. The Jones family does not allow William to love a mere maid.

A typical love story might not be interesting, but it’s not the romance that interests me. The thing that made me eagerly read this manga is the fact that the story took place during the Victorian-era where lower class people are not entitled to associate with upper class people. How will Emma and William struggle to unite their love?

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Review: Tomie

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Author

Junji Ito

Personal Rating

8/10

Personal Opinion

What do you feel if a girl in your classroom showed up late for class? No big deal, right? But what if your class was currently mourning because that girl was found dead the day before? That would be surprising and or even scaring the pants out of you. Nevertheless some of you might be thrilled to see the girl alive and well and develop certain curiosity towards the girl.

That was actually how the manga Tomie started. When all her classmate mourn over her dead, she decided to come back from her grave to attend her class. That was the start of the mysterious events occurring around Tomie which is unfortunately also took the live of the people around her.

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Review: Higurashi no Naku Koro ni – Watanagashi

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Higurashi no Naku Koro ni – Watanagashi

Author

Ryukishi 07

Personal Opinion

At last I have finished reading the second mystery (question) arc of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni. Not just that, I have also re-read the fourth and the first story arc, Himatsubushi and Onikakushi. Even though I only skimmed through the last two, it was still exhausting.

Reading psychological manga such was never a walk in the park, especially when you’re reading the Higurashi no Naku Koro ni series. Throughout the second arc, I kept trying to connect the plot of Watanagashi with that of Himatsubushi and Onikakushi. Some are connected, some simply made the overall storyline much more confusing.

Watanagashi is not strongly connected to Himatsubushi. I see Himatsubushi showing the big picture of what’s going on in Hinamizawa village without any details. On the other hand, Watanagashi has a strong connection with Onikakushi. Both arcs could be view as the same plot but from a different character’s point of view.

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Review: Daichouhen Doraemon

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Author

Fujiko F. Fujio

Personal Opinion

Reading about mysteries, thrilling, horrific and sometimes depressing manga is not always my preference. There are times when I feel like reading something hilarious and fun or at the very least relaxing. This is where Daichouhen Doraemon comes.

Daichouhen Doraemon brings nostalgic feeling to when I was a kid. Those are the times when I have no worries over anything in this world, the times when I feel most relaxed in my entire life, even though I only read the regular Doraemon manga back then.

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Review: Alive – The Final Evolution

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Author

Tadashi Kawashima

Personal Opinion

Out of 21 volumes of “Alive – The Final Evolution”, I’ve only finished reading up to volume 17. Unfortunately I’m lacking enthusiasm to continue reading this manga. The fact is, this manga has an interesting story to follow. It’s just that for someone who reads a good amount of manga, “Alive – The Final Evolution” has little to offer within its plot. From my point of view, the flow of the storyline was quite typical.

The start of the story was great. It involves an mysterious invasion of unknown beings that invaded the human heart. In every heart being invaded, these unknown beings would look for holes within the heart. It fills these holes with the desire to commit suicide. It’s like these beings forced the thought that being dead will fill the holes and ensure happiness to the humans. With the rising rate of suicide cases worldwide, there appears to be people who actually defies the urge to die and stayed alive. The people who stayed alive suddenly gain super powers similar.

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