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Thursday, 7 October 2010

Manga Review: Super Dreadnought Girl 4946

Giant Girl Fights

Title: Super Dreadnought Girl 4946
Author: Takeshi Azuma
Release: Monthly
Status: Ongoing
Genre: Shonen, Supernatural, Romance
Art: B
Originality: A
Story: B
Characters: B
Humor: A
Action: A

Impression: This is about a hot blooded high schooler who’s not only short in the literal sense but also in his luck with women. He had yet to have a girl fall for him despite his chivalrous ways and his active attempts at finding one that would. The vertically challenged hero does eventually find one though in the form of a sweet natured young girl. However, that girl happens to be the secret giant supernatural lifeform that Japan’s government has put all their hopes on in defending themselves against similarly sized monsters bent on laying waste to their country. After an act of chivalry on the guy’s part, the girl ends the first chapter with a confession among the ruins of the guy’s destroyed school. There are a few aspects of this manga that really make it feel like the mangaka is just throwing whatever random thing he feels like into the plot but I can’t really say that takes away from the series very much. Sure it gets really overdone at several points in the story and you can’t help but cringe at how annoying some of them come off as but this series manages to pull together a fun energetic pace all the while. The characterization does feel somewhat shallow but since this series is going for the very end of the idealistic spectrum of the cynicism vs idealism scale, I’d have to say that in-depth characterization might actually take away from the experience. I hated those angsty chapters with the American spy so I’m pretty sure that the author should just stick with the fun and light hearted approach and avoid any attempt to dig out anymore unnecessary mood breakers like them.

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