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Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Manga Review: Hanako to Guuwa no Tera


Title: Hanako to Guuwa no Tera
Author: Esuno Sakae
Release: Monthly
Status: Finished
Genre: Shonen, Supernatural
Art: B
Originality: S
Story: B
Characters: B
Humor: B
Action: B

Impression: This is about a man known as the folklore detective who takes care of these urban legends known as allegories that come to life and threaten the peaceful lives of everyday ordinary people that have the misfortune to conjure them up. This series was created by the same guy who made Mirai Nikki and you can see that he has a penchant for coming up deranged characters. By that I don’t mean the main characters(though they do have their quirks) but rather the everyday “ordinary” people who are troubled by allegories. About half of said side characters will seem unsettling either because of their appearance, their behavior or both. The guy also manages to fit in some high octane nightmare fuel in here, the end of the fishmen arc in particular managed to shake me as much as Junji Ito’s Uzumaki snail people did. The ideas the guy put into this one were really interesting and the build-up had a lot of potential but the plot just went off the rails and crashed in the last few chapters. A shame really cause I really would have liked to see more of this series in spite of how interesting Mirai Nikki is.

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