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Beet the Vandel Buster (manga) Awful
Kodomo no Jikan (manga, K. Watashiya) Awful

*Warning: review is half-serious, half-factitious. Take it as you will.*

Some presumptuous and self-important fans of the series probably think I am giving this a low rating because of some "moral outrage" or some other nonsense on my part. Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the ironic holier-than-thou position does not apply here. Kodomo no Jikan warrants this rating because it is pure tripe in storytelling. Everything is deliberating pandering and market calculation, whether its the sexual fan service or the emotional fan service -- the tragedy porn aspect, if you will. Because we all know that when you have young, cute girls with unrealistic, mawkish dialogue (with the token scenes of sexual content, of course! Gratuitious? Hardly! We need those ogling angles and soaked prepubescents for DEPTH), otaku will bow to their televisions, computers, what have you. Oh, but the formula is not complete; no, for there must also be manipulation for the audience must weep tears for these angelic abstractions of female purity! The more contrived the situation is, the more successful because nothing is more meaningful than emotional prodding that would make a soap opera writer blush! Let's also slather it with some of the most generic art and designs possible because OH MY GOD THEY'RE SO MOE WITH THOSE BIG EYES AND HAIR STYLES. Clichéd panel composition, body language and pacing? Sure, why not!

I mean, come the fuck on. If you want an actual mature, researched and realistic examination of a young girl dealing with harsh family circumstances and sexual issues, and also aren't obnoxiously adversed to comics that aren't Japanese, read Bryan Talbot's The Tale of One Bad Rat.

Legendz (manga) Awful
To Love Ru (manga) Awful
Tough (manga 1993) Awful
Elfen Lied (manga) Bad
Knights of the Zodiac (manga) Bad
MÄR (manga) Bad
My-HiME (manga) Bad
Neon Genesis Evangelion: Angelic Days (manga) Bad
Strawberry 100% (manga) Bad
Ultimate Muscle: The Kinnikuman Legacy (manga) Bad
Andromeda Stories (manga) Weak
Bleach (manga) Weak

The editors decided that cool episodic adventures with characters we give a shit about had to be replaced with Dragon Ball Z fighting.

Jyūshin Enbu - Hero Tales (manga) Weak
Manga Sutra Weak
Open Sesame (manga) Weak
(The) Prince of Tennis (manga) Weak
Samurai Deeper Kyo (manga) Weak
Speed Grapher (manga) Weak
Agharta (manga) Not really good
Black Lagoon (manga) Not really good
D.N.Angel (manga) Not really good
Naruto (manga) Not really good
O-Parts Hunter (manga) Not really good
Tenjo Tenge (manga) Not really good
Whistle! (manga) Not really good
Yu-Gi-Oh! (manga) Not really good
(Le) Chevalier d'Eon (manga) So-so
Claymore (manga) So-so
Crying Freeman (manga) So-so
D.Gray-man (manga) So-so
Golden Boy (manga) So-so
Goodnight Punpun (manga) So-so

After delivering what will probably be his magnum opus (Nijigahara Holograph), Asano reverts to a retread of his favorites themes with an absurd amount of wordy navel-gazing. After the first two volumes, the angst and darkness is forced into meandering storyline; if you think that Nijigahara Holograph is too morbid, run like hell. The rating is slightly higher due to some genuine moments of beauty -- sadly, too frequently undermined by repetitious introspection -- and the fact that this brand of pessimism can be bearable, unlike the nasty, "whoa-is-the-hipster" cynicism that can be found in Daniel Clowes' work.

Higurashi no Naku Koroni (manga) So-so
Hunter × Hunter (manga) So-so
I''s (manga) So-so
Manhole (manga) So-so
(The) Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (manga) So-so
Oretama (manga) So-so
Rave Master (manga) So-so
Seizon -LifE- (manga) So-so
Shaman King (manga) So-so
Tetsuwan Girl (manga) So-so
Vampire Knight (manga) So-so
Alive (manga by T Kawashima) Decent
Anywhere But Here (manga) Decent
Asatte no Hōkō (manga) Decent
Bastard!! (manga) Decent
Battle Angel Alita: Last Order (manga) Decent
GetBackers (manga) Decent
Golgo 13 (manga) Decent
GTO: The Early Years (manga) Decent
Happy! (manga) Decent
Highschool of the Dead (manga) Decent
King of Thorn (manga) Decent
Mobile Police Patlabor (manga) Decent
MPD-Psycho (manga) Decent
Oh My Goddess! (manga) Decent
Old Boy (manga) Decent
Ouran High School Host Club (manga) Decent
Priest (manhwa) Decent
Reiko the Zombie Shop (manga) Decent
Sanctuary (manga by R. Ikegami) Decent
Scary Books (manga) Decent
A Spirit of The Sun (manga) Decent
Suzuka (manga) Decent
World Embryo (manga) Decent
Yakitate!! Japan (manga) Decent
YuYu Hakusho (manga) Decent
Aoi Hana (manga) Good
Beck (manga) Good
Biomega (manga) Good
Cromartie High School (manga) Good
Dragon Ball (manga) Good
Freesia (manga by J.Matsumoto) Good
Gantz (manga) Good
Hanada Shōnen-shi (manga) Good
Hellsing: The Dawn (manga) Good
Homunculus (manga) Good
(The) Legend of Kamui (manga) Good
Mysterious Girlfriend X (manga) Good
No. 5 (manga) Good
Spirit of Wonder (manga) Good
(The) Times of Botchan (manga) Good
Water (manga) Good
Even A Monkey Can Draw Manga Very good

[Would like to finish this if this were ever fully available in English, legally or not.]

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (manga) Very good

[Would like to finish this if this were ever fully available in English, legally or not.]

Shit is fucking crazy.

Also: manly men doing manly things with manly, homoerotic posturing and posing even when they aren't attacking each other.

Even though I'll never finish it, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is one of the most fun, honest manga I've ever read.

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