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Thursday, 1 April 2010

Manga Review: Kieli


Title: Kieli
Author: Kabei Yukaku, Teshirogi Shiori
Release: Monthly
Status: Finished
Genre: Shoujo, Supernatural
Art: A
Originality: A
Story: A
Characters: S
Humor: B
Action: B

Impression: This is the story of a girl who can see and interact with the spirits of the dead set on a planet with 19th century-ish technology and architecture set in the distant future. She is withdrawn around the living and her only friend happens to be a ghost of a girl that used to occupy her room while she was alive. One day, she meets this man who not only sees the dead but is also one of the immortal zombie soldiers that government made long ago but now are hunting down. It’s based on a series of light novels and if I’m not mistaken, this only covers the first two volumes of the nine in the series. I found this be quite a wonderful read with its great characterization and moving story and was terribly disappointed when I realized that there was still a lot more material from the novels that didn’t get the chance to be shown. While there are hints at a much more ambitious plot here, the story itself is driven by the characters as most of the scenes are there to flesh out the characters and their relationships with each other. I also really liked the art style here as it's perfect for the setting and also for conveying the thoughts and emotions of the character. Like I said, this is a wonderful read so I do recommend that you give this a go if you haven't. It made my top manga list last year after all.

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