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Saturday, October 15, 2011

[ Manga Discovery ] Iris Zero

Iris Zero
by Piro Shiki and Hotaru Tanaka

[ Demographic: SHOUNEN ]
Kids have a special ability called an Irir... all except for Toru.
He manages to avoid bullying for being that by keeping a low profile in his highschool days. But when the most popular girl in school "asks him out", his peaceful days were over.

(22 chapters read as of the date this blog entry was posted)


Motivation: (What Made Me Check It Out)
I think any title with the word "zero" attracts me, haha.
Curses: (What Seems to be Bad About It)
Most of the characters aren't really stereotypical but.... they're either pretty bland or just plain UNlikeable.
And once "character background chapters" are over, there won't be much development on the character anymore (not to all characters, but majority, so far, yeah).
Ugh, this story will end if the heroine will use her ability on Toru already.... but she isn't in order to halt the story's end. If the mangaka will run out of ideas and just dump trash for the sake of making the series longer, that would be disappointing.
Praises: (What Seems to be Good About It)
A shounen series that doesn't rely on fanservice or only focuses on making battle scenes look cool; it relied more on its main character's intelligence (he's not really a "genius", but more of someone open and observant) and other psychological/emotional matters, that's nice.
The omake chapters were.... priceless. It's like the mangaka's criticizing typical manga in a hilarious way, haha!
Bias: (What's Keeping Me Hooked to It)
That extra chapter with Toru dying to eat a cake that's only sold to women... and said: Why was I not born a woman?!" was so... priceless~ Wahaha xD
Fangirl: (What I Love in It)
HIJIRI!!!! He's already my favorite ever since I saw him with butterflies! Haha xD
And of course I love his friendship with Toru. Yay to best friends xD
Nostalgia: (What It Reminds Me of)
Mx0 (only the leading character doesn't have a special ability in his crowd... but he's the best among them xD)
This reminds me of Mx0, but Mx0 is still tons better and more enjoyable ^^; However, Iris Zero doesn't have much ecchi, and this one gives us psychological points of view.
The concept of this manga is pretty good; the mystery and the twists have been executed well. The best in this series is the main character; he's the one that brings this series together and makes things interesting. Sadly, without him, there won't be anything remarkable in this series at all. The quality of this series heavily relies on him that much.

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