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Saturday, 15 May 2010

Manga Review: Narue no Sekai


Title: Narue no Sekai
Author: Marukawa Tomohiro
Release: Monthly
Status: Ongoing
Genre: Sci-Fi, Slice of Life, Romance, Comedy
Art: A
Originality: A
Story: A
Characters: A
Humor: B
Action: B

Impression: This series is about a young human boy who meets this girl who claims to be an alien who just saved his life from another shapeshifting alien in the form of a dog and this incident stirs his interest in the self-proclaimed alien. His world is then rocked to its core when her claims proves to be true but this only serves to bolster his desire to get to know the girl better and get closer to her. Now this is a particularly interesting series as it started at the turn of the last millennium and yet somehow is so full of tropes and refreshing ideas that if it weren’t for the art style, you’d think that this was a recent work cleverly taking advantage of the clichés established in the past decade. The first few setup chapters were a bit rocky but after the characters dynamics get established you’ll find that this is pretty a damn good Slice of Life series that just happened to involve aliens. Speaking of which, the characters themselves are quite entertaining to watch and their characterisation doesn’t suffer from being predictable clichés, something that I wish I could say for newer works which sadly don’t play with said clichés enough. To sum it all up, this series was ahead of its time at the period of its conception and still stands to outdo newer series that are of the same vein as this one. I’m really looking forward to the rest of the chapters for this series.

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