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Sunday, 30 August 2009

Manga Review: Mahoraba


Title: Mahoraba
Author: Kojima Akira
Release: Monthly
Status: Finished
Genre: Slice of Life, Romance, Comedy
Art: B
Originality: A
Story: S
Characters: S
Humor: A
Action: B

Impression: This about an aspiring children’s book writer, Shiratori Ryuushi, who moves to Tokyo on his own to go to an art school and so he becomes a new resident at Narutaki-so, an apartment complex designed in the traditional style. The apartment has a small group friendly residents of varying backgrounds and their landlord is Shiratori’s second cousin, a high school student with multiple personality disorder by the name of Aoba Kozue – that’s her main personality by the way. In total she has five personalities: her normal girl next door self, a silent bookworm dabbling in magic, a sporty tsundere, a cosplay fetishist and an ever curious younger version of the girl. I can’t think of any other manga that fits the genre of “slice of life” as perfectly as this one does. There’s a certain charm to the manga that comforts readers somehow. In fact, I’d have to say that the focus of this manga is not actually the unique characters or their antics but rather happiness. Sure it’s funny and the characters are definitely memorable but the best moments come from when the characters are going after their happiness making some of the most heartwarming scenes in the manga world. It ended on a rather satisfying note for all the characters but I do wish that they had a few more chapters devoted to the other personalities.

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