One-Shot for the Weekend – Mamono wa Utawanai

Mamono wa Utawanai (魔物は歌わない) / Smargs Won’t Sing

Manga-ka: Yamamoto Kumiko

Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Shounen

Around three years ago, a village was destroyed by an evil Smarg. The sole survivors of the massacre, sisters Chloe and Iria, fled to a nearby village. The younger sister, Chloe, doesn’t speak, but is a friendly and diligent worker who is loved by all. The older sister, Iria, is disruptive, rude, and cruel, especially towards the unfailingly loyal Chloe. But how did two young girls manage to escape such a powerful creature in the first place?

Published as a one-shot in Jump SQ 2010.


Watching The Epic of ZetBach a couple of days back sort of revived my thirst for some old-school fantasy, so I chose Mamono wa Utawanai – or Smargs Won’t Sing – for this week’s one-shot.

In terms of the structure of the one-shot, I have to say this is one of the really good ones. Despite having to cram everything in about 55 pages or so, the storyline isn’t rushed and the ending was brought to a proper closure. Which, I feel, is really what a one-shot should be all about – if it leaves you with a “SOMETHING MIGHT HAPPEN NEXT!” sort of feeling, but it all just ends there (it being a one-shot and all) then that is just unethical. Utterly barbaric.

Anyway despite the whole nature of the storyline that we’ve probably read in one manga or book or the other, Mamono was Utawanai still retains its own sense of originality. The characters aren’t over dramatised, which is a really nice change from the tortured individuals that would usually be portrayed in this sort of story. It may start off pretty depressing and edgy, but it’s got a pretty relaxing, sweet ending that would be a nice way to spend your time during your sweet, relaxing weekend after it started all depressing and edgy =D

Rating: 4.0/5.0

-arawr >=3



Filed under Featured, Manga Related, One-Shots

2 responses to “One-Shot for the Weekend – Mamono wa Utawanai

  1. It’s kind of lacking if a fantasy manga is a one-shot, don’t you think? You end up asking for a more and wanting to know more about the fantasy world. So I really like one-shot mangas that end properly. But to be fair, I haven’t read much fantasy one-shots. It’s all just shoujo and sappy romance.

    • i just like fantasy settings =D it is set in a fantasy world, and it’s a pretty typical one – countryside, dragon, village, etc. so the only plot to sort of develop are the smargs from here on -but the story focuses more on the sisters that part of the story was nicely closed up =D
      it’s okay if you don’t agree though lol. i know most shoujo one shots are really final and it mainly focuses on the relationships usually, so this could be something new for you =)
      hope u enjoyed it anyway if u read it! XD

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