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review 2015-03-30 02:46
Emotions Emotions Emotions + the Wratched Realm of Fan Service
Aria, Volume 1 - Kozue Amano
Ghost Talker's Daydream, Volume 1 - Saki Okuse;Sankichi Meguro
Claymore, Vol. 01: Silver-eyed Slayer - Norihiro Yagi
Ral & Grad, Volume 1 - Tsuneo Takano

In spite of personal shit that makes me feel all

 

I managed to get some serious manga reading done of late.  So, yay? 

 

Anyway, yeah, onwards and... upwards.

 

Aria: Volume 1

 

Light, happy and free of all of the disappointing disgusting fan service that every other manga I have read lately has - even the ones I liked.  It felt like I was coming home when I read this - it was light, and, dare I say, "airy" to read.  I felt like I was watching Hayao Miyazaki or walking down a forest path and just watching the river beyond the line of trees.   Read if you need a pick-me-up, like I did. some of the beautiful imagery and the sense of relaxed happiness made me feel like everything was going to be okay and lovely.

 

Ghost Talker's Daydream, Vol. 1

 

Um, yeah, about that "fan-service".  This is a prime example of how over-sexualizing a character who does not want to be over-sexualized (she repeatedly talks about how she hates aspects of being a BDSM "master" repeatedly and continuously gets into situations wherein she becomes inexplicably nude to others.  It's pretty damn gross.  And it detracts from the strengths of the story itself - this is an interesting premise and it doesn't flinch from the depictions of death and the monster-of-the-week styled stories feel fresh and interesting.  Too bad, really.

 

Claymore, Vol. 1

 

Out of all of the ones that did have fan service, at least this one was classily handled.  A woman who seems to have little in the way of a human soul and a whole lot of demon-enhanced abilities is the star of this series.  Fascinating and dark, this killing machine of a person seems to be learning more about her human side as the story goes on as she continued down a path that is promised to take that very humanity away.

 

Ral & Grad, Vol. 1

 

And then we get into the wratched realm, where we have a woman agreeing to being sexually used by a fifteen year old boy and then we see grown women in the aftermath of having sex.  With a minor.  Oh god why Japan why.

 

After having read a lot of manga lately, can I just request that Japanese authors explain to me the need for exposition dumps?  It's not necessary, if you have skill as a writer.  Jeez.

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