I told myself I’d stop buying manga for the month, but I just can’t resist the temptation! Chatting with kuki made me realise how many meals
just 2 I can eat with one volume of manga. I felt so bad for a few minutes…
SO anyway, my latest purchases includes Adekan volume 3 which is far by the most “intriguing” volume ever! And there are so many places I want to rant about!! Before I move on
and slander the title, I’d like to say that I enjoyed reading the series very much AND the illustrations in there are just so pretty!
Thus far, Adekan is…
… series of different cases or incident strung together by a hidden plot that revolves around Shirou-kun. It’s plausible for you to jump ahead onto any chapters without missing much of the main plot. You could even start with volume three as the last chapter sorta gives us a sneak preview of one of the main bad guys from Shirou’s ex-organisation.
… a repetition of plot for almost every chapter. To start, you’ll have our main heroes (or hero in some) Shirou-kun and Kyoujirou the policeman. Some weird and bizarre incident happens around them and by some devil’s luck, Shirou-kun is somehow connected, either by accident or it’s something to do with his past like
his brother. Shirou somehow gets captured and almost raped by the bad guy, but somehow he’s able to escape with the help of Kyoujirou and kick bad-guy ass. The end.
… a world where everybody doesn’t seem to have splines… Who needs anatomy, logic or proportions when the art direction’s beautiful.
… about a pretty boy using his charms to seduce all sexes. Lets analyse the title of the manga, Adekan (艶漢). The first kanji (艶) “ade-” or “en” means charming, voluptuous, captivating, luster and etc, while “kan (漢)” here refers to “men” but not in a very good light (unless it’s read as “otoko“). So the title, pretty much sums up the gist of the story. Genius!
… filled with heaps of WTF moments that makes you doubt the sanity of the mangaka AND the editors of Wings. First off, the magazine Wings is targeted to female audience and you’ll
and me automatically assume it’s shoujo. Oh how wrong are we…
… filled with bromance and shota on the side. FINALLY, the whole reason why I’m ranting in the first place. IT’S THESE TWO PAGES!!! GYAAAAAAAH!!!
Note, I can’t read shota, it’s just me, seriously, there’s
something nothing wrong with shota… right? Super Lovers by Abe Miyuki’s the borderline for me. If he screws the kid before he reaches 18 OR before he grows at least 10 more inches, that’s it for me.
Anyway, I seriously think the mangaka’s on drugs and I really admire her bravery to draw scenes like these… Little kid licking another kid’s wounds just to heal the pain. Tell me there’s nothing wrong there? TELL ME!!
… a seriously enjoyable
a little mind-fucked manga. I highly recommend this title. It’s filled with subtext that’s so obvious you don’t even need to squint. :D Every single panel’s so finely crafted and well drawn that it’s an illustration on its own. The world of Adekan’s so whimsical and wonderful that you wish you’re in there virtually. Despite the repetition of plots, the story telling’s engaging and it gets you hooked till the very end.
THUS, buy the book. Don’t just read scanlations ’cause you’re missing out a lot!
PS: My BF recommends Hoshi Mamoru Inu. I haven’t read it yet, but he said it’s really touching, the dog’s really cute and you really feel for the ossan (aka otou-san as the dog likes to call him.) Disregard the colourful and sunny cover, the story isn’t happy at all… So, I shall go read the book and cry buckets of tears now.