BLUE APPLES

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WRITINGS

Dance in the Vampire Bund

Warning: not finished reading

Pros:

+ Very good premise
+ very nice drawings

Cons:

- Does not really develop its own premise and quickly devolves into your average battle shonen

Impression: 6 (acceptable)

Deadman Wonderland

Warning: not finished reading

Pros:

+ Very good premise
+ very nice drawings

Cons:

- Does not really develop its own premise and quickly devolves into your average battle shonen

Impression: 6 (acceptable)

Future Diary

Pros:

+ Story that constantly keeps you on your toes with lots of clever twists, and evolves in a very creative and unpredictable way
+ Memorable cast of highly charismatic characters (with very few exceptions)
+ Very good scene "directing" and drawing of facial expressions

Cons:

- Uneven drawing quality, with frequent noticeable falls
- It completely breaks the suspension of disbelief in several occasions
- A couple really forced character "development" moments

Rating: 7/8 (good/great)

Kuro

Pros:

+ Very atypical in both story and style
+ Great atmosphere that manages to blend cuteness and creepyness in a very convincing way
+ Clever integration of lore and plot development into slice-of-life moments

Cons:

- Physically speaking, the volumes are too small; it would've deserved much larger ones in order to better appreciate the art and plot details

Rating: 7/8 (good/great)

Pandora Hearts

Pros:

+ Very well written characters; every single one of them will get their fair share of development and its moment to shine
+ Incredibly complex and well constructed plot that will eventually climax into a continuous stream of flawless genius

Cons:

- Because of the way the baloons are drawn is often difficult to tell who's talking/thinking
- The story might seem aimlessly written and confusing to follow before reaching the climax... and it takes a lot of time before getting there

Rating: 8 (great)

Phoenix

Pros:

+ A incredibly complex narrative timeline of several masterfully interwined stories that are enjoyable both as stand-alones and as parts of a greater whole
+ The author's original thoughts and theories are cleverly integrated within the plot, and makes some sections feel like a philosophical treatise without ever breaking the pace or feeling pedantic

Cons:

- The childish artstyle, though not bad in itself, feels quite unfitting for the seriousness of the themes
- Occasional jokes and modern references that feel decisely out of place

Rating: 9 (masterpiece)

The Five Star Stories

Pros:

+ Huge, epic and incredibly detailed setting
+ Excellent mecha and clothes design

Cons:

- Horrendous character design
- The weird narrative structure makes the plot feel so chaotic and disjointed to be almost unreadable

Rating: 5 (meh)

First published: 12/11/2020.

Last edit: 11/01/2021.