I know I haven’t blogged Idolm@ster ep 9. It took 3 days for the damn subs to come out. 3 days is enough to take out my motivation to watch the episode. So, why not make a double episode coverage next time? Besides, I don’t have much to say about that episode anyway.
This time, I’m taking a look at some of the newer manga series, more specifically FUN Seinen, that caught my attention lately. When I’m talking about new manga, I limit myself from late 2009 to 2011. Actually, none of them are from 2011. Don’t be so surprised that the series I recommend only range from 6 to 13 chapters. Also, since this is about Fun Seinen, don’t expect a psychological horror to appear on this post.
Also, SPOILER ALERT!
Witch Craft Works (2010)
Mangaka: MIZUNAGI Ryuu
Genres: Action, Fantasy, Romance, School Life, Seinen
# of Scanlated Chapters: 9
Manga Magazine: good! Afternoon
Release rate: 6 chapters per year…This is VERRRRY fast.
Chances of being US licensed: PFFT…Absolutely none! LOL
You got this generic high school wimp, Takamiya Honoka, who sits in class next to the school #1 beauty, Kagari Ayaka. Of course, #1 beauty means angry fan club made up of males and especially females who wants to kill the wimp. Then, a building suddenly starts falling on him, but Takamiya is saved by Kagari who secretly happens be a WITCH in charge of protecting him with her flame powers that is directly linked to the boy’s secret magical power that could destroy the WORLD! We come to learn that witches are targeting his powers. Whether he’s being protected or attacked,
chicks witches will chase after him.
While Witch Craft Works has a generic concept of having the male lead being surrounded by chicks, I actually enjoy how this series switches gender roles. Takamiya is the princess in danger while Kagari is the knight in a shining armor. It becomes more obvious when Kagari even calls Takamiya “My Princess”. There are times I have found this manga hilarious when the male lead tries to man up, but Kagari deceives him into getting less manly.
Like most fan service anime and manga , it isn’t without flaws. Villains never seem to stay villains. It’s hard to even know if there are any real villains in this series. Also, let’s not forget that the manga gets released every 2 months which makes this manga a bit forgettable if you do not note bookmark it or use MyAnimeList.
Trinity Seven: 7-Nin no Mahoutsukai (2010)
Mangaka: SAITOU Kenji (author) & NAO Akinari (artist from Countrouble and Psycho Busters)
Genres: Action, Comedy, Ecchi, Fantasy, Harem, School Life, Seinen, Supernatural
# of Scanlated Chapters: 6
Manga Magazine: Dragon Age
Release rate: I have no idea.
Chances of being US licensed: Still too niche…
Trinity Seven is a story about Kasuga Arata who has a magical talking grimoire powerful enough to change, destroy, create worlds. In order to become a mage and learn how to control his powers which would allow him to save his cousin (female of course) from oblivion (or from whatever), he must go to a magic school. He must also deal with the Trinity Seven, 7 female students and teachers, who are considered to be the strongest in their magical specialties. Harry Potter Meets his harem.
We have on our hands another Harem with 7 chicks and one guy. However this time, the male protagonist isn’t socially awkward, weak or indecisive. He’s certainly no Shinji Hikari. Instead, you can relate him to fellow perverts like Hachibe Maeda from Love Collage and Ken Sugisaki from Seitokai no Ichizon. Arata is a straight-forward and an openly perverted individual, but he’s also much more blunt than Maeda and Sugisaki. He displays his perversion while TRYING to keep a calm and straight face. Just imagine the fusion of Ichizon’s Ken Sugisaki and Bleach’s Mizuiro Kojima…simply a great and likeable character.
While the plot isn’t a masterpiece, the interaction between characters certainly succeeds to be captivating. There is enough female leads with diverse character tropes to complement Arata’s personality which makes the perverted jokes quite good. You’ll find some female characters who are more bothered by his magical powers than his perverted shananigans, one big b00bs teacher who is deranged by his perv nature and others who just go along with him. More importantly, there’s barely any male side-characters, HAHAHA.
Like Witch Craft Works, not much chapters have been released, but it is certainly more memorable thanks to its amazing main character. The reason why I say the plot isn’t great is because you just forget the protagonist’s goal to save his cousin. Seriously, who needs to save one cousin who might or might not be savable when there are already 7 female characters to conquer? Warning: Don’t just look at the first chapter 😉
Score: 8.5/10…ah scrap, I’ll just give it a 9.5/10 for pure entertainment.
Nana Maru San Bantsu (2010)
Alternate Title: 703X
Mangaka: SUGIMOTO Ikura (The Artist of Summer Wars Manga)
Genres: School Life, Seinen, Sports
# of Scanlated Chapters: 10
Manga Magazine: Young Ace
Release rate: Dunno
Chances of being US licensed: Let the coin decide, lol.
Here is the official synopsis of 703X: “Question: What is the format of competitive quiz bowls, called “golden rule” by truly able players? Answer: 7 Right 3 Wrong Explanation: It means that one wins when he gets seven correct answers, or gets disqualified when he gives three incorrect answers. It’s a standard rule loved by competitive quiz bowl players.” Very Informative…
Basically, 703X is about a weakling-like high school freshman who joins the Quiz club to face other quiz players! Well, you can’t really blame it for being unoriginal because it’s not. How often do you read Quiz manga? You’d have to go VERY non-mainstream to find another one.
While this is officially a seinen manga, 703X feels very shounen, even on the level of Shounen Jump. Seriously, the manga makes quizzes and nerds look cool. Well, in this day and age, being a Nerd can be cool! You do need to glorify the nerds once in a while in anime and manga.
Mangaka: RYOU Haruka
Genres: Horror, Seinen, Tragedy
# of Scanlated Chapters: 13 (completed)
Manga Magazine: Young Gangan
Chances of being US licensed: Maybe, Maybe not, but Would love to…
“Do you have a little sister?” There is an urban legend in which a Goth lolita with marks of self-mutilation asks that question on the street. It is important to not answer that question. Otherwise, she’ll come to stalk and kill anyone who answers her in a disturbing and painful death.
Ok, I lied…I put in a horror title, lol. However, Ibitsu still goes under the theme of FUN. Yes, It is so disturbing and chilly that I had a lot of FUN in a very perverse (not sexually) and sadistic way. Sadists, this is a manga for you, lol.
I really don’t want to spoil this one. Just READ it!!!!!!