Tokyo Ghoul’s Amazing Use of Symbolism and Short Stories

If there is one thing I look for in a good manga, it’s a good story. A series can feature some of the best art I have ever seen on a manga page and still fail to captivate me if the story itself fails to deliver. I will still appreciate the craftsmanship that goes into an incredibly detailed image, but I won’t be thinking about it as much as some of my favorite manga series. One such series that I often think of is Tokyo Ghoul, because it tells an interesting story of characters living in a strange world that just isn’t fair. It isn’t just the overarching plot of the series that has lead me to thinking about it in my spare time though. What really interests me with this series is the authors use of symbolism and foreshadowing throughout the story, that help bring deeper meanings to single images and scenes.

SPOILER WARNING: I will be discussing heavy spoilers for Tokyo Ghoul (the original manga series). There will be no discussion of Tokyo Ghoul: RE in this post though, so if you have not read it you can read on freely without fears of being spoiled.

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John Wick – An Action Movie For Action Lovers

I realize this has nothing to do with anything this blog is about, and for that I apologize. I’ve just hit a bit of a dry spell in my anime watching and manga reading, but I still want to talk about the things I enjoy here on a somewhat regular basis. So that brings us to John Wick, the latest film that has truly kept me on the edge of my seat and entertained from beginning to end. It’s a heart pumping, blood soaked and adrenaline filled experience like no other in recent memory, and for any other action fans out there I highly suggest checking out the first film and catching Chapter 2 while it is still in theaters.

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Game Bytes: A New Fire Emblem Game? Gotch – ya!

I haven’t done one of these in a while, so for those who haven’t been here much (or are new around here) this was intended to be a semi-regular series where I talk about what ever game I currently have sunk my teeth into. This time I’ll be talking about gashapon games and how Nintendo’s latest mobile game stands up to others I have played. Hope you enjoy reading it, hopefully I will have something new and exciting to talk about next time. I may even have to Switch things up a bit in the next Game Bytes…

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Year In Review – 2016

It’s a new year, and new anime and manga are already starting to flood in. Before checking out what this year has to offer though, I wanted to look back at 2016 and talk about some of the highlights. I’ll be covering Anime, Manga, Video Games and Music, so hopefully there will be a little something in here for everyone. Hopefully I can get someone to check out something new from 2016, so let’s get started.

Anime

2016 was a pretty good year for anime. Not great, but not horrible. It was definitely weaker than some recent years for me, with a serious lack in anime I rated in the strong 9’s. Still, I found quite a few shows that I really enjoyed my time with that many other anime fans seem to have also enjoyed as well.

At the start of the year, Erased was triumphed as the anime of the year. As it went on, opinions started to change on just how good it was, but for the most part everyone walked away satisfied. Erased had a pretty common problem for anime, in that it was not able to stick its landing after a great run. Still, Erased had started off on such a strong note that ot undoubtedly deserved to have a spot in my 2016 highlights. It features one of the most precious characters of the year (Kayo, the abused girl the story is centered around) and most heartwarming scenes of the year as well (In Kayo’s first home-cooked meal and bath with Satoru’s mom). It has its problems, but Erased is still a great watch for those who have yet to check it out.

If you are in need of some cheering up, Kono Suba is the perfect anime to check out. A hilarious take on the stuck-in-a-fantasy-world story, Kono Suba doesn’t take itself too seriously and it works perfectly. The world of Kono Suba may be generic and boring, but the show uses it to its advantage. Ever wonder how you make money in these worlds? Turns out you do hard, physical labor. What skills would a new adventurer learn? Crappy party tricks and the ability to steal panties apparently. What really makes Kono Suba work though is its quirky cast of charactes. Just check it out and you will soon be shouting “EXPLOSION!” and be getting giddy at the fact that season 2 is right around the corner.

Like awesome animation in your show? Mob Psycho 100 is for you. Aesthetically Mob Psycho 100 isn’t the prettiest, since the original artist for the manga series was One (of One Punch Man fame). If you were unaware, One Punch Man’s manga was redrawn by Yusuke Murata, and it as redrawn for a reason. Simply put, One’s art is pretty bad (he could probably give Attack On Titan a run for worst art in a popular manga series). That didn’t stop Bones from making it look amazing though, as it features some of the best animation I have seen in a while. The show keeps the “unique” style of One’s art and touches it up a bit to make it more presentable, but uses superb animation to really bring the show to life and provide a visual treat.

The next show on the list is My Hero Academia, a show perfect for any Marvel fans out there. The concept is simple, the world is inhabited by super heroes and having super powers has become the norm for most people. The main character Izuku Midoriya was unfortunately one of the few people born without powers, though he still hopes to some day become a great hero like his idol All Might. At its core, My Hero Academia is a typical shonen story about an underdog that is given / has incredibly abilities that they do not know how to control. So naturally, the story follows Midoriya as he trains to become stronger and reach his goal to be a professional hero. There are some great fight scenes in this season, with one of the more memorable fight scenes of the year for me occurring at the end of the series in a grand finale. It has Saitama vs Boros levels of hype surrounding it (though the power levels and stakes are far less of coarse). Its a visual treat for sure though, and will undoubtedly make you anxious for more My Hero Academia.

Moving on to something that came as a bit of a surprise to me, Yuri on Ice was certainly a show that impressed me from 2016. The reason why this one surprised me was because I had no expectations going in to get so caught up in the sport of male figure skating, and I had no idea that it would look so good in animation. Each of the skaters in Yuri on Ice are given distinct personalities and styles, which is all reflected in their performances. There were quite a few times where I felt the art and animation took a significant hit, but all in all found myself enjoying the performances regardless (there are some really beautiful moments in there too though). This is probably the weakest show on my list for stand out anime, which is not bad considering how much I enjoyed it. It should go to show how much I loved the other shows on this list, and why you should make sure you check out each of them.

The next show should come as no surprise to those who had watched season 1, and that show is Hibike! Euphonium S2. Season 2 was as stellar as season 1, in fact I found it to be even more enjoyable. Still beautifully animated and featuring a killer sound design, season 2 brought more drama to the table than season 1 and focused more on its wide cast of side characters. It should go without saying that if you have watched season 1 and enjoyed it, season 2 should be top priority. If you haven’t watched season 1 yet though, than get on that and start watching it! A great series that needs more love.

Even though it has not finished yet, what I have seen from March Comes in Like a Lion has been fantastic. It follows a young shogi player who is able to make it into the professional leagues while in middle school, solidifying his place in the shogi community as a prodigy. Rei Kiriyama’s life isn’t all roses and rainbows though, and he has a lot of emotional baggage following him around stemming from the loss of his family at a young age and a falling out with his foster siblings. The show is a great look at the effects depression can have on a person, and gives us plenty of inside looks into Rei’s mind as he contemplates his life. Once he secures himself into the professional leagues he debates why he should keep trying to improve his rank, since it doesn’t really matter to him. Once you add in a fun family of sisters that Rei becomes accompanied with (and their cat) and you have one of the most melancholic yet heartwarming shows of 2016. Everyone has something bringing them down in this show, but the show focuses more on how the characters deal with their past and emotions and carry on then it does just wallowing in their sadness. A great watch and I cannot wait to see what the rest of the second half has in store.

The last show I wanted to talk about is probably the most underappreciated show of 2016, and that is Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu. The show is a drama that starts off with an ex-convict going to an old rakugo performer to become his apprentice, but quickly becomes much more than that. After some prying, the old rakuga master Yakumo decides to tell a story about his upbringing, beginning with his childhood leading all the way up to his adulthood. The story is filled with drama, tragedy and comedy as he and his new brother / rival Sukeroku grow up and learn rakugo together. It is a bit of a slow burn, but those interested in Japanese history and culture should find every minute interesting. The fact that it has one of the most tragic scenes from 2016 that legitimately depressed me is also a bonus, if you want to go on a bit of a feel trip (it will take a while to get to the heavy emotional stuff though).

Manga

I didn’t read as much new manga as I would have liked in 2016, but what I did read turned out to be pretty good. In terms of what was eligable for this list, it needed to have a North American release in 2016 for me to consider it. Therefore series that are old and finished are probably going to appear on here as new series for me. With that out of the way lets talk about some manga.

The first two series on the list didn’t actually start their North American publication in 2016, as they are ongoing series. The first of the two is Food Wars, and 2016 was a kind year to this series. Food Wars has rarely dropped its ball with its arcs for me, and consistently is able to keep me interested and hyped for the big shokugeki and challenges that face Souma and his classmates. In 2016 we got the school festival arc which remained exciting as Souma finally got to face off against one of the elite ten. The battle was fierce and consistently had me coming back for more. Thanks to Viz Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump we could also stay up to date with series like Food Wars, reading the newest chapters as they come out in Japan. The latest arc that the series is going through (and the tail end of 2016 was able to start into) has me the most interested in Food Wars since perhaps the beginning of the series when it was all fresh and new. Seeing Souma get a rematch against an old rival, leading into a battle of the century style shokugeki where Souma and his crew will have to face off against a crew of Tootsuki’s cooking elite has been keeping me on the edge of my seat.

Similarly, Tokyo Ghoul had a good year in 2016 as well. Though the series is long since finished in Japan, over here in North America we have only just gotten volumes 5-10 in the past year, leaving the last 4 volumes for 2017. Unfortunately 2016 has probably stolen all the thunder for this series as my favorite section of the manga had happened around volumes 7 and 8. The scenes I am talking about are Kaneki’s capture and torture by Jason which happens in volume 7, and the aftermath of these events. Aside from the initial shock Kaneki goes through when he finds out he is now a half ghoul, this is the second time Kaneki goes though intense psychological trauma. This time however, his psyche doesn’t really make it out all intact and he goes through some pretty crazy character developments as his ghoul side starts to take hold. If you have not read Tokyo Ghoul yet, get on it. Especially now that some of the best parts of the manga are finally officially available.

The next manga is one I had already written about in 2016 so it should come as no surprise that it made it on here, and that manga is The Gods Lie. I called it one of the best volumes of manga to come out in 2016, and I still stand by that (though another series takes the number 1 spot with its incredible volume 1). It’s a complete and fulfilling story in one tiny volume, and every bit worth your time to check out if you have not. Check out my first impression on it if you want more details regarding it plot and what it’s about. Just know that it was an incredible read for such a short story.

Goodnight Punpun (also known as Oyasumi Punpun) has to be my favorite series I read from 2016. Volume 1 captivated me with its odd charm so much that I consider it to be the single best volume of manga that I had read in 2016. Its quirky yet deep, incredibly deatiled but simplistic, Goodnight Punpun is probably impossible to describe in a short paragraph without leaving out what makes it such a great series to read. Its a look into the life of a kid going through life and his hardships, and it perfectly captures what the life of a young boy is like while adding in all kinds of crazy and trippy scenes. Even if you aren’t in to all of is eccentric storytelling (that is just down right insane sometimes) I would still recommend checking it out just for its beautiful artwork alone. This series is not ranked #5 in MAL for nothing.

The last series I wanted to talk about is one that should be a safe choice for most manga fans, since it is created by the creators of Death Note and Bakuman, two hugely popular manga series. Obata and Ohba’s new series is called Platinum End, and even though it is extremely early into the series it already has a dark and engaging story similar to Death Note. For those who loved Death Note and wanted more from the duo once it was done (which was most people who read the series I am sure), Platinum End may be the next big series to sink your teeth into. Like The Gods Lie I already wrote up an initial impressions last year that you can check out for some more general info on the series first volume and setup, so check that out if this is your first time hearing about the series. If you have already heard about it though and still haven’t read it, this is the series you won’t want to pass by, and the fact that it is being created by such a legendary duo should give the series enough credability to trust that it won’t all fall down hill a few volumes in.

Video Games

Although 2016 was pretty alright for anime and manga for me, I found it to be severely lacking in great video game experiences for me to sink my teeth into and fall in love with. After such a great year that was 2015 which brought out games like The Witcher 3, Metal Gear Solid V and Rainbow 6 Siege, all of which still remain on my list of favorite games of the generation, 2016 really needed to bring some top notch titles to stand up in comparison. There were a few great games that I was able to check out last year, but much like my experience with anime the truly amazing experiences that I was seeking just weren’t there. That’s not to knock these few games I am about to talk about though, as they were each fantastic experiences for me through and through.

Overwatch was probably the first game from 2016 that I played, and I had been waiting for it for some time. When Blizzard first announced the title with its CG trailer, I thought the games artstyle looked fantastic and really brought the characters to life. When gameplay started to be shown I was hooked, since I love first-person shooters with a passion and I also love the strategic elements of games like League of Legends in that you need to create a team of characters that work well together and can take on the enemy characters. For the first month or so after Overwatch’s release I was completely hooked and playing it almost daily. I have fallen off a bit now but that mostly has to do with computer problems and my not wanting to deal with the xbox one players. If I had a good pc to run it again, I would still be playing this day after day.

The rest of this list is pretty much just a list of great games on Nintendo’s consoles, and that mostly has to do with the fact that nothing on the Xbox One really interested me this year (and I don’t have a PS4 or PC to play games on those). That’s not so bad though, since Nintendo had a pretty solid year, if not a bit of a slow one. The 3DS got new games for two highly beloved franchises of mine in Fire Emblem Fates and Monster Hunter Generations. The new Fire Emblem brought everything I love about the series back again. Strategic gameplay, fun characters and a blend of RPG and turn-based strategy that the series always gets right. I started off with Birthright, which even on hard mode felt a little easy. The game doesn’t shy away from giving you new characters who match or out-level your current characters meaning grinding isn’t really necessary, especially when you consider some of the come with legendary weapons that do insane amounts of damage. I have not gotten around to the other two paths of the game yet, but I hear Conquest ups the challenge quite a bit, giving seasoned veterans of the series a run for their money. It was definitely not my favorite entry into the series, but it still was a great game from beginning to end.

Likewise, Monster Hunter Generations brought back the classic Monster Hunter gameplay that I know and love. Hunting Monsters with groups of friends is still as fun as ever, and fighting your way up to the biggest, baddest monsters is satisfying to the very end. I liked the new addition of abilities that Generations added, where you could mount monsters and do massive damage with other abilities. If you liked past Monster Hunter games than Generations is more of the same, so it should be a safe bet to try out. If you are new to the series however, I will warn you that the game is pretty notorious for not being too welcoming to newcomers. I thought it did an alright job explaining the basics for new players, but I am sure there are a lot of things left out that you will have to figure out yourself as there are so many different mechanics when it comes to crafting items and gear and many other activities. Getting used to combat and learning each monsters attacks and behaviors can also be tricky, but that’s half the fun of a new Monster Hunter game.

On the Wii U side of things, it was a pretty slow year for Nintendo. Luckily there were a few gems released in the slow trickle that was the Wii U’s 2016 games lineup. Pokken Tournament was one of these games, bringing a unique blend of Tekken and Pokemon. I am a bit of a fighting game enthusiast, but I never really get very competitive with them. I just like figuring out their systems and doing cool stuff with the characters. Pokken was a bit different though, since it forgoes complex button inputs for simple one r two button inputs that often combo into each other with some pretty easy to learn timing. The complexity of its fighting system comes from the rock-paper-scissors gameplay that the attack-counters-grabs mechanic brings to the table. Essentially, it is up to the player to decide what the best approach is going to be based on what their opponent is likely to do, making it a bit more of a mind game and less of a competition of execution of specific button inputs. I found this to be incredibly fun and addicting since it didn’t take to long to figure out a new character and start kicking butt. On the flip side though, a smarter, more experienced player would always come out on top compared to someone who just picked up a new character and smashed buttons. It eliminated the frustration of not being able to execute the moves I wanted do to lack of practice day in and day out, but kept a competitive side to the game to make the wins feel rewarding. It would be wrong to think this game is a dumbed-down fighter, because you can dig deep into this game and still find yourself losing.

The last game of 2016 that I will be talking about is Tokyo Mirage Sessions, the Japanese idol RPG. As a huge fan of JRPG’s and Japanese pop culture, it was as if this game was made for me. It combines the worlds of Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem into a bright world full of j-pop and idols.  It features an incredibly fun and deep battle system and a fun cast of characters to hook you in, just don’t expect anything too amazing in terms of story (its passable, but nothing groundbreaking). Honestly, it is one of the few JRPGs where I was consistently able to pick it back up after hours and hours of playtime without needing a break.

Music

Running with the theme of “I didn’t get into as much of this as I wanted” we finally stumble upon the music of 2016. This theme is incredibly true for music though, as if I were to guess I probably listened to a total of 10 or less albums from last year. Honestly, I spent a lot of my time with music in 2016 revisiting old favorites from Green Day’s American Idiot to some of Billy Talent’s first albums. In terms of Japanese music, even then I spent a lot of time listening to Asian Kung-fu Generation’s early albums such as Houkai Amplifer. There were a few albums(two really, the other is a single) from 2016 that I listened to however that got me off these nostalgic albums for a bit, and I think they were good enough to warrant a listen if you haven’t already.

The first album is by Super Beaver and is titled 27. Super beaver has been a personal favorite band ever since their album Aisuru came out with their hit single Rashisa (the Barakamon opening for those who may be familiar with the show). I love the style of upbeat and catchy songs, and they can always put a smile on my face when I listen to them. 27 had some great singles on there such as Kotoba, Aiharu and Urusai (all of which I believe are available on youtube for those interested). A great album to jam out to in an afternoon, and I played the album many times while working on things in my room.

The next might come as no surprise for those who have seen the movie, but the other album that really caught my attention last year was the album Your Name by Radwimps. I haven’t actually seen the movie, but have been following the band for some time now. Every once in a while they come out with a song I love, and in this album the song Zen Zen Zense was that song. That’s not to knock the rest of the album which is mostly comprised of the instrumental soundtrack for the film (which is pretty great), but that song was stuck in my head for weeks after I first heard it, and I still play it on my way to school in the mornings. Truly fitting for the main theme of a blockbuster hit, the song is catchy as hell and will probably remain as one of my favorite anime themes for some time. I honestly cannot wait to see the movie just so I hear this song play with the beautiful animation of the film.

As I said above, the last one on this list is a single rather than an album, but it was such a good single I just had to put it on here. Ever since I first heard the song in March Comes in Like a Lion’s opening I knew I just needed it to listen to on the go, and as soon as the single Answer by Bump of Chicken dropped I picked it up. I don’t really know what it is that makes me love the song so much, but something about it just kind of puts me at ease. Its a song I can easily relax to or play in the background as I do work. You can check out the song yourself on youtube to see if the single is something you might be interested in as well.

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So there you have it, all my favorite stuff from 2016. It may not have been a great year for anything, but there were still some gems in there that I am glad to have experienced. Hopefully 2017 can give me some more great experiences, preferably more than 2016 was able to. I wouldn’t mind some new shows to enter my top 10 either, so lets see what 2017 has in store!

 

Death of A Loli: Thoughts on Mohou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku

I think my ability to feel empathy may be broken. I just watched a series that consisted of nothing but cute characters absolutely murder each other and not a single string in my cold heart was pulled. Perhaps the problem doesn’t lie with me and my inability to feel human emotions. I think the problem lies with the series itself, and its inability to make me feel anything. Yeah. Lets go with that…

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I want to feel things too!…

The specific series that I am referring to is Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku, but honestly this isn’t the first series to bring these thoughts to the front of my mind. There have been a good few shows that have tried to make me pity their poor, innocent characters as they are brutally murdered. Just last season, Re: Zero finished its adventure through Suzuki Subaru’s newfound life. Again, I was hardly fazed when characters would drop dead in front of Subaru’s eyes. I will give Re: Zero’s episode 15 a pass on the fell-o-meter though, as there was a great scene where Petelgeuse plays with Rem in front of a helpless Subaru that I found to be quite saddening, but more on that some other time. For now, lets start with what makes a meaningful character death.

The most important thing a show needs to do for maximum impact of a characters death is to make the character relatable. This isn’t even a fact that I believe can be contested with “Well that’s just your opinion!” because if you don’t know the character, why should you care if they die. When I say “relatable” I don’t just mean likable either, since the death of a hated character can be just as meaningful and fill you with emotion (though, the emotions felt are probably going to be vastly different than that of a likable character). All I am talking about is making sure the audience has a good grasp of what that character is like, and some sense of likeness of dislike towards the character.

This is where shows like Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku fail, and it mostly has to do with its large cast. An anime that has a handful of characters has a distinct advantage over a show with a large cast when it comes to getting to know the characters. Each character is going to get more screen time in general, and more time can be spent on developing these small casts over the series run.  Take a show like Cowboy Bebop for instance, and its cast of four main characters. If you were to shorten it down to just 12 episodes to put both series on par, I have no doubt in my mind that we would still know much more about Spike Spiegel and his dark past then we know about Koyuki Himekawa (“Snow White”). Most of Spike’s personality could be seen in the first few episodes of Cowboy Bebop, and his past was expanded on throughout the series in multiple flashbacks and conversations. Since Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku has to try and fit 16 characters into its series, we just never get a chance to look into Koyuki’s past or really anything about her outside of her love for magical girls. Her personality is then limited to a single dimension for most of the show (loving magical girls and wanting to do whats right). Near the end of the series when there are less characters to focus on, we get to see Koyuki more and some of the growth she has undergone, but by then it is too late in the series to make anything feel like natural character progression. The problem is much worse in the rest of the cast, since some are not introduced until a few episodes into the series and some die early on. These characters don’t even get the courtesy of letting us to get to know them aside from some basic details, making it even harder to care that they are not continuing on in the story.

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Scenes like this are what make me care about characters. The more I know about them and what their personality is like beyond first impressions, the more I become invested in them.

What is kind of frustrating with Mahou Shoujo Ikusei Keikaku is that it had the right idea, it just didn’t execute it well. The creators obviously knew that to get the audience to care for these characters (and then fall in despair when they were gone) they had to make you feel like you really understood them on some level. Looking at Sister Nana and Winter Prison for instance, we get a series of flashbacks and present day scenes throughout a few of the episodes that show how they met and how they interact with each other. During these scenes, we can clearly see how much they mean to each other. This isn’t really shown in their magical girl forms (you could assume they might be good friends based on how they are always teaming up together, but their relationship is obviously much more than that), so scenes like these are essential to get the audience to understand these characters. If we had gotten more screen time with these two characters earlier on in the series, I could of easily fallen in love with them because of their strong bond. The fact of the matter is that the show rarely got much time to explore their characters, with most of their appearances being in random conversations or fight scenes that didn’t tell us much about them. The same is true for other characters as well, who we only got to explore in short flashbacks that were shown much too late for a connection to be made.

I think if the series had take more time in the beginning to introduce its characters and really let us get to know them I would have enjoyed it so much more. Sadly we never did get to know most of the characters, so I ended the series not really caring about anything that had happened. This had to be my biggest complaint about the show, which is why I wanted to focus in on it. My overall opinion of the show was that it was pretty mediocre, so I wouldn’t really recommend it to anyone. Watch Madoka Magica instead, I hear that one is pretty good.

First Impressions – The Gods Lie (Manga – Volume 1)

Not all manga need long, mulit-volume stories to be great. In fact, some stories are better when they are left short and sweet, allowing you to take in the full emotional weight of its story in one go. The Gods Lie is exactly that type of manga, and even though it is only one volume long it is perhaps the single best volume I have read this year. No joke, it perfectly told its story in just 5 chapters leaving me with all kinds of emotions. Easily one of the best single volumes of manga from this year.

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Published By: Vertical Comics

Story and Art By: Kaori Ozaki

The Gods Lie follows the story of Natsuru Nanao and Rio Suzumura as they bond together over summer vacation. Both are 6th graders who have had a pretty rough life. Natsuru currently lives alone with his mother, his father had passed away when he was younger. Rio lives alone with her younger brother while they wait for their father to come home from crab fishing in Alaska. Perhaps its this mutual understanding of loss that allows both of them to connect on such an emotional level, but its not the only thing that drives their friendship.

The story doesn’t really dive too deep into themes of loss in the opening chapters of the volume, but instead works on developing the relationship between Natsuru and Rio. I found these early chapters to be quite enjoyable, often putting a smile on my face as I read through them. Seeing their relationships grow over the coarse of their short summer vacation was satisfying to see in a medium that is often contempt with dragging out a romance. Its a young, pure romance that really warms the heart as you read it.

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The pure joy and peacefulness of the early chapters soon transition into deeper, and darker emotions. As the truth as to why the two kids are alone comes to light you start to feel incredibly pitiful for them. It is hinted in early chapters that something is not right, in a quite heavy handed way honestly (Natsuru complains of a funny smell around the house at one point). Though the big discovery did not necessarily shock me because of these hints, it was still disturbing to see when it happened.

All in all I found The Gods Lie quite an amazing read. It’s hard to go into detail about such a short series without trying to spoil anything, but I hope I was at least able to convey some of the feelings I had as I read through it. Perhaps a more in depth (and spoilery) discussion is at hand in the future… For now though, just know that The Gods Lie is certainly worth the read.

Reccomendation: Read It