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Saturday, October 8, 2011

[ Manga Discovery ] Sai no Kami


Sai no Kami
by Ueda Shinshuu

[ Demographic: SHOUNEN-ISH JOSEI ]
Three high school friends investigate the disappearance of their classmate.
One of them had fallen under the culprits hands... and what's worse is that the criminal isn't exactly... human.

(4 [but spoiled] chapters read as of the date this blog entry was posted)

POTENTIAL: C+ (BOT BAD!) FAVORITISM: 3 Hearts (LIKE)

Motivation: (What Made Me Check It Out)
I like the mangaka's oneshots in the Arcana Anthology~
AND IT'S ZERO-SUM xD
Curses: (What Seems to be Bad About It)
Its story is a mess. It's confusing to figure out which story it wants to talk about, which characters it wants to focus on. Characters show up, then they say or do something, and you won't ever figure out later what the hell that was for. It's like they just did things out of the blue.
Praises: (What Seems to be Good About It)
It's pretty unique in a sense that it's trying to combine Japanese folklore/mythology/supersitution to technology.
It has a fantastic way in expressing its dark themes, and it covers serious topics/issues that most animanga won't bother on (e.g. sanitary napkins. wtf) .
Bias: (What's Keeping Me Hooked to It)
KEI.
Fangirl: (What I Love in It)
I like Kei xD /His looks reminded me of Kouichi from Nabari no Ou. I'm hoping that he's not as ordinary as he seems. I would've wanted him to be more involved in these supernatural phenomena.
Nostalgia: (What It Reminds Me of)
Dandelion (because of the missing person thing and the supernatural stuff involving monsters and deities) Uragiri wa Boku no Namae wo Shitteru (I have a feeling that the relationship of the main duos are similar? O_O)
Overall:
It's pretty interesting and unique. For a supernatural series that deals with a used-to-be-normal-but-not-really main character + super-powerful-spirit-costar, it's quite different from the others. (Their first meeting explains that)
it's more serious than it appears and has cool dark element themes. Too bad the characters are pretty bland (even if they're not really stereotypes; they're still prettu bland ^^;) and the storytelling's done unimpressively.
Anyway,though this manga hadn't been as great as I expected it to be, I still find it interesting and cool~

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