Monday, March 09, 2015

Manga Monday (3) Review: Another Omnibus by Yukito Ayatsuji


Manga Monday is a new feature to the blog which will be replacing (or at least existing alongside) Book to Movie Monday. Although I don't talk about them much on the blog, I am actually a huge, huge fan of Anime, Manga's, Graphic Novels and Comics. This feature will sort of be a catch all for all of the above. Some weeks I might just showcase a title, others I might talk about an artist or even (least here's hoping) feature an interview or two. We'll just sort of roll with the punches together. Sound good?

This week, I'll be reviewing the Omnibus of the Manga Another by 



Pages: 720
Art Design: Hiro Kiyohara
Publisher: Yen Press
Publication: October 29, 2013

In the spring of 1998, Koichi Sakakibara transfers into Class 3-3 at Yomiyama North Middle School. But little does he know...his new class has a horrible secret. When he takes his seat in class for the first day of school, Koichi is unsettled by his fearful classmates. Despite this atmosphere and warnings from fellow students, Koichi is drawn to the beautiful, distant Mei Misaki, another classmate. But the closer he tries to get to her, the more mysterious she and their class become. And when a fellow student dies a disturbing death-the first of a long chain of deaths-Koichi seeks to learn the truth behind the curse of Class 3-3. But can he get answers before the curse kills him?

Review
Another by Yukito Ayatsuji is a Manga that I had been wanting to read for quite some time. I'm a big fan of Horror Manga and this one sounded particularly interesting to me since it's a plot I hadn't really seen done before. Going into Another my expectations were quite, especially considering how many positive reviews I had read before starting it. Unfortunately, I guess I'm just a tough critic since while I certainly enjoyed Another, it was not the spine tingling, horror filled, mystery, I was hoping for either. 

First of all, I felt like the story wasn't quite cohesive. For example: were told countless times about the curse on the class but yet in the same breath were supposed to believe that nobody else in the town or school realizes what is going on either. Even if somehow memories become wiped or altered surely some teenage girl has written about the mysterious going's on in a journal or perhaps mentioned them to a friend or relative outside the town. I just feel like the plausibility factor for this happening could have been explained better or at least more realistically. 

Secondly, I found the characters dull. I never really felt a connection with any of them and most of the time I just became annoyed at them all turning a blind eye to events happening in the story. 

Lastly, I really didn't like the end. The story just sort of fell apart and didn't give me the resolution I was craving. 

Overall, as I said before, I did enjoy Another but I did feel a bit let down by certain aspects of it. While I would certainly read another Manga by this Author I'm just not sure I'd be in any rush to do so either. 

With that being said, I'll be rating Another by Yukito Ayatsuji ★★★.
                                    
 *Copy reviewed purchased.  All opinions are my own and I was not compensated in an which way  for providing them.
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Well I guess that's about it for this week.
Have you read Another?
If so, How did you like it?

Let me know in the comments below what you'd like me to cover in the next couple of weeks and also what you're reading or watching currently (if anything). I could use some recommendations!

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