darkstorm's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Anime UK News Reviews: 14
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5
A Witch's Love at the End of the World #1

Dec 12, 2020

A Witchs Love at the End of the World has the right ingredients for a magical yuri love spell, but overall, its a quick but disappointing read. Its only three volumes long however, so if youre interested in this series, it isnt too much of a money sink.

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Bestia #1

Oct 9, 2020

Bestia has just the right mixture of familiar, unusual and interesting for an urban fantasy manga that I can definitely recommend to anyone whos interested. Volume 2 is due out in October and Yen Press has kindly made it available digitally and physically.

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Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card #1

Dec 28, 2017

Never read the original Sakura Cardcaptor manga or forgotten what happened? Never fear: CLAMP have very thoughtfully provided a 2-page illustrated summary to get you right up to speed. And theres the anime TV series on its way, starting soon.

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Fate/Grand Order -mortalis:stella #2

Nov 11, 2020

The volume ends midway through the current arc and I hope that it does not take as long for the thirdvolume to come out for the sake of Fate fans. Whilst the story isnt as engaging as other Fate properties, and will never be as immersive as the original game, this volume has a lot more going for it than the first book did, and that at least counts for something.

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5
Fate/Zero #1

Apr 19, 2016

Fate/Zero manga Volume 1 doesnt offer anything that the Fate fans wouldnt have already seen before. Due to the lack of time spent building up characters and even choosing to reduce the amount of masters we see in the opening acts, it feels like a watered down version of the story rather than a worthy companion. If youve seen the anime or read the light novel (somehow) theres nothing of note here. This is for collectors only.

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Final Fantasy: Lost Stranger #1

Jan 23, 2019

Final Fantasy: Lost Stranger could have been a recipe for generic isekai fodder but thankfully its been written and drawn by long-term Final Fantasy fans – Hazuki Minase (Story), Itsuki Kameya (Art) – and their love for the franchise shines through. The story, with its twist on standard Final Fantasy elements, is interesting, the art is lovely and there are plenty of references for old and new fans of the franchise to pick up on. A worthwhile manga series to look out for if the premise ticks the right boxes for you.

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7
Final Fantasy: Lost Stranger #2

Mar 19, 2019

The story of Final Fantasy: Lost Stranger continues at a gradual yet fun pace, with plenty of FF franchise references for fans to lap up, whilst also providing engaging battle scenes and story developments. A few artistic choices bring this volume down a touch but the way the story is progressing so far is intriguing, so be sure to check it out.

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Hinamatsuri #1

Oct 20, 2018

One Peace Books have a short interview with mangaka Masao Ohtake on their website here.

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In/Spectre #1

Nov 19, 2017

Despite the silly name and lack of fanfare around this title, In/Spectre starts off very well with likable characters, sincere chemistry between the two leads and interesting spin on Japanese folklore. This series already concluded in Japan earlier this year, so nows a great time to pick up the sequel volumes and enjoy the ride before the final volume is due out in April 2018.

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Revolutionary Girl Utena: After the Revolution OGN

Oct 20, 2020

The way that After the Revolution sells itself, from the cover art to the blurb on the back, is quite different to what we eventually get. From the back and forth of story edits that apparently Chiho Saito went through, it seems to have resulted in static characters that mostly re-tread arcs they should have moved on from as teens, like the editors themselves who did not think fans wanted to see the characters change too much from what we know and love. The book has some nice imagery and story beats, but potential to be great isnt the same as being great. Overall, its a nice experiment, but not what all fans are going to be expecting for the series 20th anniversary.

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6
RWBY: The Official Manga #1

Jul 21, 2020

The official manga adaptation of RWBY is an interesting altered take on the beloved series, but the changes fail to convey what made the original show fun to watch in the first place. This book isnt even a more accessible version of the story, as the original series (at least the first six series) can be watched entirely free on Rooster Teeths YouTube. The changes made here may pay off in the long run, but right now its for collectors and/or hardcore RWBY fans only.

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The Witch's House: The Diary of Ellen #1

Feb 6, 2019

This prequel to the horror indie game is a gruesomely delightful book with a simple but effective story, dark imagery and strong lead character. The Witchs House: The Diary of Ellen is best enjoyed when accompanied by knowledge of the game however, so if youve yet to dive into it, theres no time like the present.

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Yuri Is My Job! #1

Jan 17, 2019

Yuri is My Job! may not be as intense or romantic as some of the more recent yuri anime weve had this past twelve months but its a quirky, fun comedy series. Its a strong first volume that sets up the premise and characters very well, and sows the seeds for lots of interesting conflicts in the future. If youre a yuri fan, or perhaps interested in getting into it but not sure where to start, this book is worth picking up.

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Yuri Is My Job! #2

Mar 22, 2019

Volume 2 of Yuri Is My Job! continues the story strongly by allowing events and relationships to progress naturally rather than trying to stretch the clichs to ridiculous extremes. The relationships are written well, with lovely art and the story is perfectly paced. Keep it up, Miman!

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