Luna’s Manga Reviews #8

Thank you VIZ Media LLC for these Arcs.

Moriarty the Patriot, Vol. 1 by Ryōsuke Takeuchi, Hikaru Miyoshi (Illustrations), Arthur Conan Doyle (Idea)

The untold story of Sherlock Holmes’ greatest rival, Moriarty!

Before he was Sherlock’s rival, Moriarty fought against the unfair class caste system in London by making sure corrupt nobility got their comeuppance. But even the best-intentioned plans can spin out of control—will Moriarty’s dream of a more just and equal world turn him into a hero…or a monster?

Review: I was really intrigued by this and I think this is one of the manga series I’d like to continue you.
The artwork is good, it is a familiar style, but the lines are clean, and I always like it when panels don’t get to overcrowded.

You don’t meet Sherlock in this book, there is a brief glimpse at the very start but volume one is all about Moriarty’s beginnings. I am interested to see how this story is told, as the story builds but for volume one it certainly sets everything up well and ends so you want to continue.

 

Tokyo Ghoul, Vol. 1 by Sui Ishida, Joe Yamazaki (Translator)

Shy Ken Kaneki is thrilled to go on a date with the beautiful Rize. But it turns out that she’s only interested in his body—eating it, that is. When a morally questionable rescue transforms him into the first half-human half-Ghoul hybrid, Ken is drawn into the dark and violent world of Ghouls, which exists alongside our own.

Review: Tokyo Ghoul is promising a lot of potential in the first instalment. I have been out of the anime/manga scene for a few years so have no idea what the “big” things are anymore. As such I’m taking gambles on series, and I think Tokyo Ghoul will pay off.

I like the artstyle a lot and the story is well paced.

In the first chapter, Ken Kaneki has a very unexpected ending to a date with a beautiful young lady, she turns out to be a Ghoul but he gets away. Both are injured and his life is saved with the doctors using the Ghoul as an organ donor. Ken wakes up half in one world and half in another. One that he has perceptions of and the first book doesn’t do much to dissuade.

This instalment sets up the beginning well, you don’t learn all that much about the mythology of the world. Do only Ghouls exist? Or are there ghosts, demons, etc… I want to read more about the world and see how the main characters adapt. Ken to his new identity, the other Ghouls to him. I think there is a lot of potential in this series.

 

Fly Me to the Moon, Vol. 2 by Kenjiro Hata

First comes marriage, then comes an earthbound love that is out of this world!

From the day his parents named him, Nasa Yuzaki has been destined for outer space…or so he believes. But while trying to join the space program, he is thrown for a loop when an accident introduces him to Tsukasa, a mysterious girl with strange powers. Is she an alien, a moon goddess or something else? Since she insists on marrying him, Nasa has plenty of chances to find out!

Now that Nasa and Tsukasa are married, it’s time for him to meet her family. Unfortunately for him, that means getting kidnapped by Tsukasa’s overprotective sister Chitose and her combat maids. Will Nasa’s life end before he’s even kissed his new wife? Or picked out a ring? Or, most crucially of all, found out what anime she’s into?

Previously Reviewed: Fly Me to the Moon, Vol. 1

Review: Ok I’m going to give up on this. Nothing much happens in volume 2 except clichés and two pages hinting at “something”.

There is an introduction a bunch of new female characters who are designed to revolve around the MC there is just nothing progressing the story. The first volume by comparison had much more to offer.


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