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Saturday, 21 August 2010

Manga Review: Kyousou no Simulacra


Title: Kyousou no Simulacra
Author: Yoshimura Hideaki
Release: Monthly
Status: Ongoing
Genre: Shonen, Sci-Fi
Art: A
Originality: A
Story: A
Characters: A
Humor: B
Action: B

Impression: This is about a guy who got adopted years ago and after having bonded with his new little sister, he had broken his promise to her and left her to die in some unfortunate incident. Now, years later during his search for his adoptive older brother he comes across a girl who claims to be his dead adoptive sister and finds himself caught up in a deadly tournament between the dolls said brother created to bring back their sister. Initially, the story’s premise felt way too generic for me to get interested in and the first few chapters made me think that the mangaka was going to keep up with the usual tropes and develop the plot and characters in the most predictable of ways. However, that soon changed when the older brother stepped into the scene and the death tournaments became the side plot for an even more interesting main plot that brought in a lot more factors into the plot. The characters don’t stay stuck with their debut personalities either and develop depth surprisingly quickly too so every chapter since then doesn’t waste any time to move things forward and that’s good to see. I also like the bits of madness thrown into the fighting scenes and the characters too. Personally, I feel any manga that has an antagonist that can throw a Rocket Punch is a good one. This goes under my list of recommendations so I would suggest you go check it out. Additionally, Simulacra is an actual word and is latin for “likeness” or “similarity” which clears up a couple of things since the scanlators didn’t explain what it referred to.

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