My Hero Academia- by Kohei Horikoshi

all mightI saw this, and on a whim saved the name so TheBetterCup could read it. I saw the word ‘hero’ and figured it would either be something she really liked or a total flop. I didn’t even look over the plot summary, or check the reception of the manga. Well let me tell you, My Hero Academia blew away all my expectations. With the end of Naruto, I kept thinking ‘What is the next line of amazing shonen?’. I figured that I would never be able to enjoy another huge shonen like we did with Naruto, but I am so very glad to say My Hero Academia is the manga that will take the place that Naruto left behind. The story and characters are amazing, and most importantly the message is perfect and executed wonderfully! I love the entirety of this so much and am so excited to continue reading it! Most of all, I more excited to share my love for this fantastic manga to share it’s  awesomeness.

Also side note, Masashi Kishimoto (creator of Naruto) and Horikoshi keep giving me feels with their interactions (Kishimoto drew a picture of Deku and Naruto and Horikoshi wrote a farewell comment for Naruto). I just can’t T-T, the Will of Fire has been passed down. And the anime for Boku no Hero Academia came out!

villianPlot:

The story is actually based off of an one shot created by the author which I also recommend highly because the story was awesome! And, reading that first is a great base to read this story.

The story takes place in a world where people are mostly born with strange genetic mutations called ‘quirks’ which grant them special powers. This leads up to a Hero culture, where there are many who use their quirks to protect others and some use it to harm others. Izuku Midoriya, known as Deku, is a regular middle school student, but he has no quirk. Never the less, he dreams of being a great hero and protecting people from danger. He is first to jump in and save people, even though he has no ability to do so, and All Might, the world’s greatest Hero, sees this. He decides to give to Deku his own quirk, “One For All”. The story follows Deku on his journey to become a true hero and learn to use his quirk. He meets the next generation of heroes and fights the newest threat, a league of villains bent on destroying everything he loves.

Characters:

There are so many characters, all of which are extremely lovable and amazing. The author describes each one individually through out the story at the end of the chapters. I mostly like how the more major characters are interesting and feel well developed. For instance, Kacchan seems psychotic and ‘bad guy’ material, and yet he is one of the characters who would never be anything but a hero. They are all beautiful spirits of youth.

boku-no-hero-academiaArt: 

The art is bulky and like you would imagine typical shonen to be, but I love it. Its extreme, its exaggerated, and it fills with movement and emotional impact, especially the fight scenes! The author is amazing. Its also extremely colorful.

DekuOverall:

I loved this. TheBetterCup loves this. This is on the level of our love of Naruto. I recommend you try it out.

-Blog Barista

I can’t actually express how much I love this manga and soon to be anime. The manga is dynamic like Naruto, the expressions are extreme like One Piece, and the characters are full of flaws and are as youthful and determined as ever. The plot is deep and profound, looking at what truly makes someone a hero in an age where heroes are celebrities and a dime a dozen, and the art is a wonderful shonen style that hints at American super hero comics. I highly recommend this.

-TheBetterCup

 

I love All Might. He is the Maito Gai of Boku no Hero Academia. Everything about him screams American patriotism (go figure) and Youthfulness. He is just a normal guy for the most part, but in his super hero form, All Might is amazing. He is sincerely heroic and almost ridiculously energetic. He is basically the stereotypical American hero, constantly smiling and constantly optimistic. He won’t ever give up and has faith that Deku never will either. Even his relationship with Deku is like Maito Gai. Deku like Rock Lee had no real innate ability like everyone else, and yet with their teachers and strong wills they prove they can be true heroes/ninjas without it.

 

 

Socks Goblin by Manmulsang

SocksThis is another really wonderful manwha. This one in particular is very light and fanciful which is reflected in both the story and the art style.

Plot:

The story takes place in the Island of Four Seasons. In this island, there are four villages: Spring Flower Village, Blazing Sun Village, Five Color Autumn Leaves Village, and the cold Snowflake Village. The main character is Sujin, a sweet, optimistic, and dainty young girl who decides to take the adventurous opportunity of working in a Bigfoot Bank in Snowflake Village. She leaves behind her family and beautiful spring home and moves far away into the cold big city filled with strangers. Following behind her is a mysterious creature that eats her socks.

In the beginning, a grandmother is telling this story to her children and this reflects the very story book feel of the webtoon. The characters are all so likable, and most of them are not to extreme in behavior (which is a pet peeve of mine in manga). I really loved Sujin’s neighbor and her land lady. He is super cute and I love his facination with the coean, it feels very mystical. The land lady on the other hand is awesome and gives off a magical appeal similar to Witch or the Waste or Yubaba.

The story is a fantasy romance webtoon that focuses on Sujin’s day to day life in a new world.

sockArt:

I love the art style. It is very colorful and pretty and appealing. Everyone is super cute, and it looks more like a manga style art then webtoon’s usually seem. The magical and the normal aspects all seem to flow together so well, and the art emphasizes that magical sensation. I especially love the backgrounds. The Spring village was gorgeous and looked rural. While, the Snow Village is a dark colored and very steam punk inspired, and yet it looks so magical.

Overall:

I adored this webtoon, and plan on continuing it. I am especially excited to see the romance section of the story. I feel like based on the character’s personalities and with the refreshingly slow pace of the romance, it will be a calming and loving romance. This is a new favorite of mine.

Go check it out!

-Blog Barista

My Girl by Sahara Mizu

my girlMy Girl is a seinen, slice of life drama following the life of Kazama Masamune, a single 23 year old man. He has a meek and kind personality, and he works a mundane office job. Early on the readers learn that Masamune met the love of his life, Yoko, when he was in high school. Though Yoko is four years older then him and an active and strong character, the two fall in love when Masamune carves Yoko little ladybugs from erasers. However, one day Yoko decides to leave and study abroad, leaving Masamune waiting for 5 years till she returns. That spring, he learns that Yoko has passed away and happens to meet a little 5 year old girl named Koharu. It turns out Koharu is his daughter raised by Yoko in secrecy, while abroad.

The story follows around 4 to 5 years of Masamune’s life, while raising Koharu. We see him struggle with the loss of Yoko, with becoming a father, and with his life in general. However, we also see his relationship with Koharu blossom over their love for Yoko and ladybugs, as they make new friends and learn what it means to be a family.

The author is the same person who wrote Tetsugaku Letra, one of the Blog Barista’s most favorite manga. The art style is similarly as colorful and unique. Even though this is not the usual story I would read, I fell in love with Masamune and Koharu from the moment I saw the first few pages. The art is pretty, and the storyline is emotional, often hitting a few nerves, such as when Masamune struggles with his youth passing him by. Over all, this has become one of my favorites, and I highly recommend reading it.

TheBetterCup

Cute New Favorites- Romance Edition

I love reading romances and I love stories about sweet, innocent, and more realistic love. I went through so many romance manga in the last week, many you will see in another post, but two of them really caught my eye and ended up becoming brand new favorites of mine.


stand upStand up by Yamakawa Aiji

Furuya Utako is the main character of this manga. She is a very tall (5 ft 6 in) high schooler with big ears, who is shy and reserved, because of past child teasing. She slowly starts to befriend Harada Naoyuki, a good natured and extrovert boy who sits next to her and who wants to be her friend. The story basically follows their relationship as they befriend each other and start to like each other more.

I loved the drawing style so much, its unique to the manga but still very cute. I also loved the character. Its hard to make a realistic love story still be different then other stories, and its hard to make realistic characters who don’t fall flat. Personally this one succeeded in both accounts, and for that reason, I find this an interesting manga. The boy character, who is supposed to be your average everyday popular kid, comes off more as an extroverted and likable character. Even his friends don’t stand out as weird or bizarre as characters in manga tend to do. And how often do you get a main character girl who looks more like a little monkey, with her ears and long limbs, and not the perfect cute girl. I really loved it and plan to continue reading this one.

StellaFlowerStella to Mille Feuille by Watanabe Kana

Another fantastic manga. This love story focuses on Ginga, a freshman in high school who feels that his past was heavy and traumatic, but learns that even though he may have had problems with his controlling father, his life was not all that bad. When he moves out to go to high school, he meets his new neighbors including an older (I think she is 23 years old) woman and her young (7 year old) niece. Her strong and hardworking personality helps him learn to make friends and he slowly falls in love with her.

I liked this love story. Its hard to find manga where there is a heroine in her 20s, mostly one that falls in love with a younger man. I am still not a fan of high schoolers and adults being together, but its ok as long as you don’t think to much about it. The art is pretty, but not extraordinarily different. I love the character personalities (though I can see some of them being slightly annoying, like the one girl who is in love with her sister’s boyfriend), but outside of that I loved the manga and plan to continue reading this.

-Blog Barista