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Monday, August 13, 2012

Manga Review: Oreimo: Volume 1 by Tsukasa Fushimi


Publication Date: September 18, 2012

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Artist: Sakura Ikeda
Volume: 1
Young Adult
Pages: 200
Genre: Drama, Seinen, Slice of Life
High-school student Kyousuke doesn't get along with his cranky, dismissive, and secretive fourteen-year-old litter sister Kirino, but he suddenly finds himself forced to protect Kirino's secrets--she's not only a gorgeous fashion model, a track star, and an accomplished student, but she's also obsessed with naughty video games and little kids' fantasy anime! How can Kirino maintain her complicated lifestyle--and how can Kuousuke maintain his sanity? And might the tow of them, some how, just maybe, ever become friends?
*Digital galley was provided by the publisher for an honest review*

I've been mulling over in my mind how I was going to review this manga for a little bit now. And usually I'm quick on my feet when it comes to if I like the manga or not, but Oreimo has me in a tight knot.

Kyousuke and his sister, Kirino, have never gotten along. She's pretty, popular, a secret fashion model, and she is into adult video games and fantasy manga, which doesn't fit her character at all. When Kyousuke finds out this secret, he promises to keep it safe, but also tried to help his sister find friends to talk to about it and leave him alone. Aaaaand, scene.

The artwork in Oreimo is cute for the most part, some times the characters look a little too over the top when trying to be cute or making a strange, but usual, facial expression. When the artist puts the girls of Oreimo into chibi modes for some pannels it was a much better improvement over the actual artwork, which is a little saddening.

As for the story, it was an interesting idea, but I found some parts to be really boring to where I'd just be skipping dialogue bubbles until something caught my eye. And there were many dialogue bubbles, a little too much on some pages, but it wasn't really a big deal, just a little note I made to myself while reading and skipping through. The ending was definitely a nice little cliffhanger for the next volume, so it does inquire me to want the next volume.

Final Summation: The drama genre definitely does tell the truth for this manga. Oreimo does have an interesting idea going for it, something I haven't seen in a manga yet, and though it has it's dull moments making me skip some long dialogue bubbles and such, I did end up enjoying it and will be reading the second volume when it comes out. I have also heard that the manga was pretty good, so I might have to check it out and see which version, manga or anime, is better.

Story: A
Artwork: A