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Karneval Omnibus (2-in-1 Edition), Vol. 2: Includes Vols. 3 & 4 (Karneval Omnibus, #2)Karneval Omnibus (2-in-1 Edition), Vol. 2: Includes Vols. 3 & 4 by Touya Mikanagi

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


This one while interesting, had a bit too much extraneous stuff and lacked a certain level of cohesiveness which dipped my interest in it.

Being an omnibus there is plenty going on here. Some of it is very interesting (and still untied threads) such as the fall out of Gareki's former friends and family and then the change that overcame Yogi and the Machiavellian plotting about what's to be done with Nai.

On the other hand there's getting to be too many characters and a loss of focus on the plot. I guess at this point I'm easily bored with fight scenes so there was that.

The art is very nice though. I'm still interested but there are things that didn't quite click with me this time.




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文豪ストレイドッグス 3 [Bungō Stray Dogs 3]文豪ストレイドッグス 3 [Bungō Stray Dogs 3] by Kafka Asagiri

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


While I still enjoyed this, I was hampered by my lack of patience for endless fight scenes and this was almost all fight scenes. However there are some very good things that come out of it. We get a chunk of Dazai's history which is as strange as you might expect of him. Atsushi has a nice growth arc. He's faced with a very ugly choice to make. Izumi is a mafia assassin, however unwillingly, and he wants to help her the way Dazai helped him (keeping in mind he hurt people when he was unwittingly transforming into a tiger). Kunikida tells him they can't save everyone and that Izumi is in a bad place. She'll probably get the death penalty if she's arrested and the same if the mafia catches up with her and she doesn't rejoin them.

And Dazai isn't there to help Atsushi (having been kidnapped). Atsushi and Izumi are in the fight of their lives and Dazai has his own battles.

For me they both went on too long but I'm hopeful for more story next time. I still like the art

One thing that did bother me. I knew, of course, that they were all named after Japanese authors but not being familiar with them, it didn't dawn on me until we see some European authors on the last page, that their special powers all relate to poems or stories they've written. That didn't bother me. That's cool. What bugged me a bit is Dazai's fascination with committing suicide. That's always bothered me some (having lost so many friends to suicide over the years) but seeing as the actual Dazai committed suicide (after several failed attempts) it's not just an 'adaptation' as the author's note suggests. It's rather in bad taste. So I feel a bit weird knowing it's not enough to keep me from reading more.



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A Certain Scientific Accelerator 1 (A Certain Scientific Accelerator #1)A Certain Scientific Accelerator 1 by Kazuma Kamachi

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


I made a mistake here. I saw it at Half Price book store and went 'ooo albino boy' and bought it (I blame Michael Moorcock for my lifelong interest in albino protagonists). I didn't realize this was a spin off of A Certain Magical Index (which I didn't like the first volume that much) and A Certain Scientific Railgun. So obviously it doesn't do well as a stand alone and it looks to be a fight-heavy manga which means I'm not sure I want to wade through that much manga to follow this story.

Which is a pity because Accelerator intrigues me, bordering on psychopathic, powerful and yet disabled by a head injury that impairs his abilities and maybe even his gait since he's often relying on a strange looking crutch. In fact he's in a hospital recovering when a young woman running from armed men, a fanatical group out to destroy those with the special powers (at least that's what I think is happening) bursts into his bedroom. He's still not moved to help until he sees she's holding a photo of a young girl named 'Last Order.' (insert a lot of back story I don't know here leaving me frustrated).

Once he rescues her, knowing she came to the hospital looking for Misaka Mikoto (who is the girl Last Order is cloned from or something like that), and Misaka being someone he likes, Accelerator joins up. After all the DA are zealots out to kill 'evil' people who have these 'skills,' and are using some disgusting methods to reach their goals.

It's a strange story and I felt like I was missing half of it because I was. Misaka is the strangest character out all of them. She has that child like innocence to her but the weird comes in with the fact she narrators her whole life like she was in a podcast or something, literally narrating how she feels, how she's saying things, how she's walking out the door.

The art was neat but I think I'll have to set this aside until I can catch up on the other stories.



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Tags: manga, sci-fi, urban fantasy
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