Onosume's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Anime UK News Reviews: 18
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Beauty and the Beast of Paradise Lost #1

Sep 27, 2021

Overall, Beauty and the Beast of Paradise Lost gets off to a strong start, offering a dark and mysterious twist on the classic fairy tale, filled with fascinating and mysterious characters and almost too many questions to set up the main plot of the story. If youre looking for a promising new dark fantasy, then Id highly recommend giving this one a go.

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Beauty and the Beast of Paradise Lost #2

Jan 27, 2022

Overall, Beauty and the Beast of Paradise Lost continues to be a fascinating and fresh take on the classic fairy tale, with this volume building nicely on the mysteries set up in the first while developing the main backstory. Its just a shame it doesnt quite nail the pacing and tries to jam too much in, as otherwise this is a very entertaining read.

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Beauty and the Beast of Paradise Lost #3

Apr 19, 2022

Overall, Beauty and the Beast of Paradise Lost continues to be a strong series with this volume finally giving us most of the answers we have been begging for since Volume 1, bundled together with some very tense and action-packed scenes in which you find yourself doubting if the heroine is going to survive. Its just a shame that pacing and narrative issues continue to affect the series, as this volume can be confusing at times when youre trying to understand what it is trying to show you.

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Beauty and the Beast of Paradise Lost #4

May 29, 2022

Overall, Volume 4 of Beauty and the Best of Paradise Lost is a fascinating read that grabs you with its mystery, intrigue, and dramatic developments as it marks itself out as a turning point in the story and we head towards the endgame. If you have enjoyed the series so far and have fallen in love with its characters, then picking this up is a no-brainer as it reveals a lot more about them and pushes them through a variety of twists and turns before we get to the final confrontation. While seeing a good series end always has a tinge of sadness, I personally cant wait to dig into the final volume.

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Bloom Into You #3

Mar 25, 2019

With the third volume, Bloom Into You continues to be a highly entertaining and refreshing yuri manga with a more grounded and realistic take on relationships in general, while showing that the genre can take same-sex relationships seriously when it tries. With great character work and well-executed story, this has hooked me in for the long run and I cant wait to read what happens next.

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Cagaster #1

May 6, 2021

Overall, then, its a bit of a rough start for Cagaster. While its initial ideas are interesting, it feels mis-sold as a humanity versus monsters story when it barely uses that part of the plot, instead burning through a lot of the mysteries surrounding one of its main characters in a single volume. Couple this with its bland and controversial side characters, rough artwork and a very blunt translation and this becomes a difficult manga to get into, even though it does have the potential to improve in later volumes.

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Farewell to My Alter OGN

Dec 28, 2021

Overall, Farewell to My Alter is a fantastic way for fans of Nio Nakatani to sample some of her other work outside of Bloom Into You without having to track them down in their original publications. With this being a collection, you may not click with all nine stories, but each is at least unique and fascinating in their own way, brilliantly tackling the themes that Nakatani likes to focus on while being beautifully presented in her distinctive art style.

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I'm the Villainess, So I'm Taming the Final Boss #1

Jan 19, 2022

Overall, this first volume of Im the Villainess, So Im Taming the Final Boss offers a great read, adapting the opening chapters of the light novel well, fixing some of its more clunky aspects and tightening up the pacing to produce what is arguably the best way of experiencing the story. For those wanting a more politically focused take on the villainess trope this is therefore a great place to start; just be aware you will have to cross over to the light novel after Volume 3.

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I'm the Villainess, So I'm Taming the Final Boss #2

Apr 11, 2022

Overall, Volume 2 of Im the Villainess, So Im Taming the Final Boss continues to be a highly entertaining read filled with interesting political machinations and cute moments between the two leads. It is, however, mostly a word-for-word adaptation of the light novel, and while I think it could have deviated from it further, it does at least make one surprising change that Im hoping will pay off as we approach the source materials climax in the mangas third and final volume.

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Mermaid Saga Collectors Edition #2

Jun 17, 2021

Overall, Mermaid Saga continues to offer a very dark and mysterious take on the mermaid myth while producing a fascinating examination of the dark side of the human condition. While Id heartily recommend this to anyone looking for a quirkier take on the horror genre, whether you are a fan of Rumiko Takahashi or not, it does come with the big caveat that this is all we get, even if the story is clearly left open for more.

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Orient (2021) #1

Apr 8, 2021

Overall, despite some of the generic character designs, the first volume of Orient is a solid start. The story and character motivations are good, the designs of the demons are fantastic, and the battles against them are pretty solid action sequences. If it can continue with these and build up its characters a bit more, then this could turn out to be a pretty decent entry in the shonen action genre.

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Orient (2021) #2

Jul 14, 2021

Overall, volume 2 of Orient is a step down from the first, being rather light on the action and is burdened by all the exposition required to move the story forward, heavily applying the brakes to its pacing. Thankfully, the introduction of a stylish new character in Tsugumi prevents this from becoming too much of a bore, with there being plenty of interesting character development as we begin the next arc of the story. At this point I think the series has all the elements it needs for success; it just needs to combine everything it has shown so far into a more consistent whole, something that it promises to do as it moves into Volume 3.

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Orient (2021) #3

Sep 7, 2021

Overall, Orient still feels like it is waiting for the follow-up to its breakout first volume. While Volume 3 does a good job of building up Tsugumi and allows her to take a lead in the action, the sidelining of the main protagonists and its poor pacing really drag it down. Its probably still worth taking a wait-and-see approach as it moves into its fourth volume, but it needs something to energise the story and its leading duo going forward. It does keep promising more interesting things, but its going to get harder and harder to get by on just the strength of its artwork alone, and I fear that if things dont change soon, itll have a lot of readers dropping off.

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Orient (2021) #4

Dec 13, 2021

Overall, Volume 4 of Orient is a marked improvement over the last couple of volumes, as it picks up on the action, gives us a threatening antagonist, and delves further into the worlds mythology. Its still not quite on the level of the opening volume, but this is definitely a step in the right direction and Im looking forward to seeing where it takes some of the new elements introduced here.

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Orient (2021) #5

Jan 5, 2022

Overall, the fifth volume of Orient is highly entertaining with plenty of high-stakes action, offering a satisfying conclusion to the current arc of the story that ends cleanly and wraps up the current ongoing plot threads, but also gives you enough glimpses into the future to make you want to read on and see where our heroes end up next.

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Otherside Picnic #1

Nov 8, 2021

Overall, this first volume of Otherside Picnic presents the opening of a very interesting story, but perhaps not as effectively as its light novel and anime counterparts, making it sit in a weird place that makes it difficult to recommend over the other two formats. Its a slow start in any case, with plenty of exposition needed to build up both the plot and the world of the Otherside, but it comes off best when tackling the dangerous creatures that inhabit the eerie other world. If this is your chosen option then its still a good read, but personally Id opt for the anime or light novel over the manga.

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Super Mario Manga Mania OGN

Mar 31, 2021

Overall, Super Mario Manga Mania is a bit of a weird release. Taking it at face value as a collection of comics adapting iconic moments of the Mario games shows it to be very hit-and-miss with an unclear focus on who this release is actually aimed at. If you are a fan of the Mario games and open to trying something different then there is stuff to enjoy here, and the inclusion of the authors personal experience at the back of the book really opens it up; however, a more general manga reader may have a much harder time getting into it.

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The Misfit of Demon King Academy #1

May 28, 2020

Overall, volume one of The Misfit of Demon King Academy is very much an introduction, setting up the characters and the world around them. Theres nothing particularly special or gripping about it so far, but the class divide between the demons is clearly the main hook of the story and gives it something to differentiate it from other similar works or from it just being a power fantasy. It definitely needs more time to stew and flesh out some of its other elements which makes it hard to recommend as a single volume; yet if it continues down its current path the series could make for an interesting read further down the line.

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