I've been behind on a lot of series I love so I've been catching up on them. One of them is En Passant.
The chess stuff in this series got me interested... it's cool that the main characters actually play chess piece roll, however it seemed to have a poor build-up on how the members are assembled =/ In other words, so far, I think the story and characterization are impressive... only the development is.. weh?
Ah well, I can ignore that if it has been enjoyable to read~
He is.... a very unusual character xD Love him~
It even has twin boys fanservice for me? And I love the leading guy and the leading girl as a couple *often despises shounen leading ladies*? I like that~ Oh I can't wait for the next chapter~
Alright, now onto the manga I've checked out recently~
From Left to Right: Itsuka Tenma no Kuro-Usagi > OO Seyo!! Sengoku Gakuen Seitokai > S.L.H. - Stray Love Hearts
Favoritism: OO Seyo!! Sengoku Gakuen Seitokai >>> Itsuka Tenma no Kuro-Usagi >>>>>> S.L.H. - Stray Love Hearts
I'm gonna be using different style in writing my first impressions on new manga starting with this post. I've split myself into two persona: Sapphire - the girlie and nice one; Pyro - the boyish and mean/cynical one. Enjoy~
A female vampire puts her poison (in other words, she bit him) onto the leading guy.... and now he's hers forever.
3 Hearts (LIKE)
Sapphire: This is the manga adaptation of oneof the series airing next season. It didn't seem that bad, so I suppose we should check it out!
Pyro: Alright. *reads plot* Seems lame and cliche though.
Sapphire: It might not be as bad as it appears. Go on, read it!
Pyro: Okay. *reads* Pfft! Lotsa cliches indeed. There's even the childhood-friend-who-will-never-have-her-love-returned-by-the-leading-guy thing!
Sapphire: Finish the first chapter at least.
Pyro: Fine *does so* Oooo... the leading guy *spoiler*, eh? This reminds me so much of Kore wa Zombie desu ka. It just has more obvious (not to mention, canon) romance.
Sapphire: And it's pretty romantic, right? They got separated for so long and waited for him~ It has less ecchi too.
Pyro: But I can't like the other female character. She's UNBEARABLY lame.
Sapphire: Well, at least there's our twin boys fanservice. Their relationship's similar to the twins of Shaman King though... not brotherly love.
Pyro: There used to be brotherly love between them though. And I'm fine with evil twins. My problem with these two is that.....
Sapphire: You're referring to their battle?
Pyro: Yeah, it was too fast paced. How the main characters suddenly working together was so... DUH. And the supposedly super powerful villain got beaten up pretty quickly.
Sapphire: There's also this miracle in the end for the sake of keeping the leading guy alive. That's sad....
Pyro: Yeah, but I don't care! It's not absolutely cliche, and it had been enjoyable to read. Looking forward to reading more! The hint of the next villain in the latest scanlated chapter intrigued me~
Historical figures from the Sengoku Era as modern high school students.
3.5 Hearts (LOVE)
Sapphire: Kyaaaa! We already liked this series even before it got scanlated! Now that the english version is out, let's read it as soon as possible!
Pyro: Really? Cool! Finally finally~ *reads*
Sapphire: Kinda like Afterschool Charisma, right? Except that instead of famous historical characters in general, this one only covers historical figures from the Sengoku Era.
Pyro: Yeah. Charisma's still hell better though. But still, the highschool tropes used for these historical figures hadn't been the "annoying stereotypes".
Sapphire: And even though some parts of it seem cliche, it turns out to be pretty impressive.
Pyro: Yeah, not to mention that it's fun to read~
Sapphire: I like Ishida and Ieyasu~
Pyro: Me too (of course). Ishida's such a responsible boy, and more like what a student council president should be. Ieyasu's a jerk.... an amusing jerk, haha!
Sapphire: Oh this is so much fun. Looking forward to read more~
Leading girl's heart was "stolen", and she thinks the culprit might be one of the residents in the mysterious dormitory.
1.5 Hearts (HATE)
Sapphire: Some of our friends seem to like this a lot. Maybe we should check it out.
Pyro: Okay. *reads title* PFFT! What a dumb title. *reads plot* An even dumber plot.
Sapphire: The art looks pretty though. And there are bishies~
Pyro: Alright. *reads first few pages* Transfer student cliche. Ugh. And just looking at that girl makes my head hurt. *drops*
Sapphire: Wait! The bishies seem fun! Their cosplay getups seem cool~
Pyro: Alright. Maybe the bishies would be worth it. *picks up and reads* Oh man *facepalm*
Sapphire: What's wrong?
Pyro: There is no explanation on where the hell the doctor dude got the idea that the girl can see other people's dreams by sleeping with them. And why the hell didn't the girl become suspiscious or ask questions to the doctor for knowing so many things about her? And she EASILY accepted when he claimed to be a sorcerer? PLOT FAIL! Moreover... *headache* Dear lord....
Sapphire: Oh dear, what's the matter now?
Pyro: The doctor suggested that she would SLEEP together with the bishies in the dorm in order to find who stole her heart. Oh gawd, couldn't it be in a different way? Besides, she was able to sleep next to one of the bishies in a garden YET she DIDN'T see his dream. Inconsistency much? Mangaka just badly wants to make her a slut to all the bishies there?
Sapphire: Reverse harem, huh. But it doesn't seem to be smut.
Pyro: Don't care if it's not smut. This is the usual reverse harem crap. And it's so obvious that she's going to be most in love with the Cain dude, since he's mean to her. Pfft! So it even has the "mean but actually kind" leading guy x easy-to-harass leading girl. I can't stand this, Sapphire.
Sapphire: Even with the pretty bishies, it's no good, huh. Oh well, you didn't lke the other works of the mangaka either. Not a surprise.
Pyro: *sees the mangaka* WHY DIDN'T YOU SAY SO??? I WOULDN'T HAVE BOTHERED TO PICK THIS UP IF THS WAS THE MANGAKA!!!!
Sapphire: I forgot... Sorry, sorry ^^;