Ao no Futsumashi (青の祓魔師)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Shounen, Supernatural, School Life
Satan is the god of demons; but there’s one thing that he doesn’t have, and that’s a substance in the human world that is powerful enough to contain him!
For that purpose he created Rin, his son from a human woman, but will his son agree to his plans? Or will he become something else…? An exorcist?
What with all these yellow flowers that I’ve never seen before sprouting all over the place recently, I have decided that it is the time for spring. Therefore I am mushrooming one of the manga that have been adapted into anime for this Spring 2011 – Ao no Futsumashi, that most may know as Ao no Exorcist.
I really like this manga. It’s a very good combination of shounen/action, and it’s not one of those badly executed, kind of wannabe ones either – it enters the ‘cool’ category (the kind of category that has little kids swinging whatever merchandise Bandai created and reaps profit from). It’s a little like Soul Eater; going to a school and learning how to exterminate certain things – even the art looks a little similar.
The first chapter starts off with a kind of rushed background story, and personally I find it a little too typically shounen. Still, It starts branching off with its own sort of feel and element the further you delve into the story, so don’t give up on it yet if you found the initial chapter a little not-so-special.
I’m going to sound redundant here but another (good, highly acceptable and extremely reasonable) reason why I like Ao no Futsumashi is because of the comedy. It’s more of a secondary genre though, so it’s not as prevalent as something like Beelzebub. It’s more around the Kekkaishi level – the humour pops up due to a consequence rather than being the main aim. A seasoning, rather than a main ingredient.
I wouldn’t say Ao no Futsumashi brings anything new to the table – it’s just a really typical shounen manga. But it’s a good one – and the anime is coming up soon so don’t forget to look out for that either!
Manga-ka: Akira Shouko
Genre: Comedy, Romance, School Life, Shoujo
Haruna Aizawa thinks that school life is just like a monkey mountain–all the monkeys form cliques, get into fights, and get back together again. The school that she just transferred to is no exception. There’s even a boy called Macharu Yamashita who reminds her of a baby monkey!
What I like most about Saruyama! isn’t because it goes against the normal shoujo/romance/school life convention; it’s how it really does seem to be about love rather than a doki-doki high school romance. There are shoujo out there that follow the same path, but they’re usually involved with a lot of unnecessary drama – yet another thing I really can’t stand.
There’s a perfect balance of everything in terms of the relationship between the main couple that just makes it really sweet, simple and romantic. Backing them up are their classmates who are just the perfect, rowdy crowd to always lighten up the mood. A bit too interfering maybe, but it’s nice to just sit back and enjoy their antiques.
I have to admit though that Saruyama! is extremely uneventful in terms of a shoujo/romance/school life manga– but really, I find that that’s it’s best appeal. It’s not about breaking up and choosing between 3 guys, it’s not about trying to look pretty and popular or getting a hot guy – it’s just falling in love and sticking with that person. It’s uneventful, but does it really have to have a bunch of unnecessary, dramatic hoo-hah to be enjoyable?
A nice relaxing, high school romance for a change =)