Don’t Make Light of My Eyes That Can Spot Exposed Panties from a Mile Away

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Nakaba Suzuki
Kodansha Comics
May 13th 2014
digital
192

To save her kingdom, Princess Elizabeth has pinned her last hope on the infamous traitors, “The Seven Deadly Sins” and has set out on a journey with Meliodas—the Dragon Sin of Wrath—to seek out the rest of his fellow knights and former friends. Deep within an uninviting forest they find Diane, the Serpent Sin of Envy. Before they can celebrate their reunion, they must deal with an attack from Gilthunder, an electrifying Holy Knight! (via Goodreads)

  • This review and the following ones will probably contain spoilers, so be careful!
  • Meliodas survives taking in some deadly poison. I want to know why!
  • Cliffhanger at the end of chapter 9.
  • ‘Don’t make light of my eyes that can spot exposed panties from a mile away,’ that little kid though.
  • The story is progressing fast!
  • A few battles between the main characters and the holy knights have occurred, however, they were over very quickly.
  • A little bit more depth to those and some other scenes would be better, but I don’t say that a single fight needs to occupy five chapters of course.
  • OK, the last chapter fixes this, kinda.
  • Talking about the art style is here not necessary anymore, because this is the same as for the first volume of course.
  • Buy, borrow or burn? Borrow

We Want to Pay for Manga, but We Can’t

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I love to read manga, but I live in Europe. And that is the reason of my, let’s call it, discomfort, and the reason for this disquisition. In the prospect of optimizing my reading experience, I want to achieve the following.

  • The manga has to be in English.
  • I want to read my manga digitally.
  • Reading it in a web browser is a must.
  • Support for tablets and/or smartphones is a nice-to-have feature.
  • It has to be legal.
  • I have no problems with paying for the content.

These requirements might and probably will not be applicable to everybody, however the point that I want to make with this disquisition is applicable to a large group of people. Now, let’s explain and/or (try to) tackle them one by one.

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Talking Pigs!

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The Seven Deadly Sins
Nakaba Suzuki
Kodansha Comics
March 25th 2014
digital
192

When they were accused of trying to overthrow the monarchy, the feared warriors the Seven Deadly Sins were sent into exile. Princess Elizabeth discovers the truth - the Sins were framed by the king's guard, the Holy Knights - too late to prevent them from assassinating her father and seizing the throne! Now the princess is on the run, seeking the Sins to help her reclaim the kingdom. But the first Sin she meets, Meliodas, is a little innkeeper with a talking pig. He doesn't even have a real sword! Have the legends of the Sins' strength been exaggerated? (via Goodreads)

  • This review might contain some spoilers. Proceed with caution.
  • A talking pig, what a start of the story!
  • And also a giant pig, carrying a bar on her back!
  • I don’t really know why I found the above so amazing, though.
  • A girl goes on a quest to find the Seven Deadly Sins, however, she already found two of them after 5 chapters. That’s fast.
  • Will the speed remain the same in the other chapters?
  • At the moment the story is very light.
  • It’s amuzing, and I’m gonna check the next volume too.
  • The ‘pervert’-moments of Meliodas are funny, and give a funny twist to story.
  • However, I was not expecting them at first.
  • I really like the drawing style. It reminds of the reason why I love Manga.
  • Meliodas reminds of the main character of the game ‘Lost Magic’ (Nintendo DS).
  • Buy, borrow or burn? Borrow

Vikings, the Manga Version

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Vinland Saga
Makoto Yukimura
Kodansha Comics
Hardcover
470

As a child, Thorfinn sat at the feet of the great Leif Ericson and thrilled to wild tales of a land far to the west. But his youthful fantasies were shattered by a mercenary raid. Raised by the Vikings who murdered his family, Thorfinn became a terrifying warrior, forever seeking to kill the band's leader, Askeladd, and avenge his father. Sustaining Throfinn through his ordeal are his pride in his family and his dreams of a fertile westward land, a land without war or slavery ... the land Leif called Vinland. (via Goodreads)

  • I wanted to read this manga, because I was at that moment watching the TV series Vikings.
  • More than 450 pages, hardback for a very good price.
  • The art style matches the setting and mood of the story perfectly.
  • At the end of this omnibus, I don’t have a complete picture of the main character. However, it intrigues you to read the next omnibus.
  • Some might call the above a good marketing trick. I call it good character-development. Not everything has to be clear from the beginning or from the first book.
  • I don’t know if they will turn it into a long-running series, such as One Piece. It all depends on the development of the story of course, but from what I’ve read up until now, they will not (or should not) stretch it that far as One Piece.
  • The story itself was amusing, and I enjoyed reading it, however, aside from the main character, the story did not connect with me as much as I hoped.
  • That’s why buying the next omnibus is not on my to-read list at the moment.
  • Buy, borrow or burn? Borrow

Creeps

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Otsuichi
digital

A notebook that leads to murder - a refrigerator filled with hands ... a pit of dead dogs ... an accidental suicide ... a boy buried alive - and where two teenagers linked by an obsession with murder and torture explore the recesses of humanity's dark side. (via Goodreads)

  • Killing, blood, and more of that.
  • This manga just gave me the creeps.
  • The story is that well built, and all is working towards that (that is, giving you the creeps).
  • The character design is perfect!
  • It’s not a 500 chapter manga.
  • I’ve read it in one hour, I think.
  • Buy, borrow or burn? Borrow