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Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Manga Review: Amnesia Labyrinth


Title: Amnesia Labyrinth
Author: Tanigawa Nagaru, Natsumi Kohane
Release: Monthly
Status: Ongoing
Genre: Mystery, Psychological, Supernatural, Slice of Life
Art: B
Originality: B
Story: A
Characters: A
Humor: B
Action: B

Impression: This is about the young heir of an infamously influential family who after two years of boarding school has returned to his family’s hometown and his three sisters whom he had left behind for certain reasons. All three have their various circumstances and roles in their family but all three hold affection for the main character that go far beyond the norm that sisters usually have for their older brothers. What’s more, a string of mysterious deaths have been going on in his hometown during the summer that just passed and he is dragged into investigating the suspected murders by an energetic ponytailed classmate with a talent for gathering information. This series is written by Tanigawa Nagaru of the Haruhi light novels and it demonstrates his skill with writing up interesting characters as well as cementing the fact that he has ponytail fetish. Compared to his most celebrated work though, Amnesia Labyrinth has yet to prove its mettle with its story, humor and originality. Characters are definitely set up for some interesting developments but as far as I can tell, this heading down towards a split-personality thing ala Tsukihime with the supernatural elements toned down a bit. Morality and taboos appear to be the main motifs behind this series but the slice of life elements kind of get in the way of that. However, I’m willing to bet all the lighter moments are there to be twisted into something much darker and more twisted than what’s been shown so far. It’s really just matter of waiting for new chapters to see how good this will turn out so I’m hoping that the author doesn’t get writer’s block like he did with the 10th Haruhi novel.

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