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Monday, 13 September 2010

Manga Review: G Senjou Heavens Door

Manga is Serious Business

Title: G Senjou Heavens Door
Author: Nihonbashi Yoko
Release: Monthly
Status: Complete
Genre: Seinen, Slice of Life
Art: A
Originality: A
Story: S
Characters: S+
Humor: B
Action: A

Impression: This story revolves around two troubled teens who have issues with their families and have manga to thank for that. One is a strongly rebellious loner who bears much animosity towards his father, a celebrated mangaka, and looks down upon the medium because of what it’s done to his family while the other is almost completely devoid of any personality but is surrounded by many who care for him and possesses astonishing talent with drawing manga. Their story kicks off when the two get together to draw manga for a contest so they can both get the prized money they’re after. I quite amazed how much this series got done with just three volumes worth of pages. It started off very boldly, risking alienating its readers too much with its unlikeable protagonist, unique art style, mature scenes and its almost ridiculous story, but behind all these offputting factors lies a gold mine of plot and character development that really comes together as you go further into the story. One could think of it as a more cynical version of Bakuman(though this actually started and finished way before that did), a version that focuses more on the main characters and uses the manga plot to drive their personal growth instead of having it take the stage and manages to deliver a very engaging reading experience that never goes stale. I’d even have to say the mangaka is actually on the same supposed level as her characters here. If you think you can bear with the annoying bits of the story for an entire volume then I would suggest you pick this up for reading and keep on with it till the surprisingly well done end.

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