Mamono wa Utawanai (魔物は歌わない) / Smargs Won’t Sing
Manga-ka: Yamamoto Kumiko
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