Manga: Monster Hunter Orage
Story: Hiro Mashima
Art: Hiro Mashima
Distributor: Kodansha Comics
Number Volumes: ?
Price Point: $10.99/volume
Rated: T - 13 and up
This is drawn by Hiro Mashima under the supervison of CAPCOM. His other works also include Rave Master and Fairy Tail. Right now I am also reading Fairy Tail which is a great read as well.
Ripped from the Back Cover:
What is Cool about it:
DRAGONS and more DRAGONS. One of my son’s favorite mythical creatures and there are plenty of them here. I like the fact that they have a page in the book that describes the dragons in more detail. Kind of a ‘want to know more’ that you should read.
The back stories are well placed and a good addition to the story as a whole. They actually give you the missing parts of a character. These ‘short stories’ help to illustrate why they have their ‘little’ attitude or characteristics. This was especially true with Irie as you just can’t understand why she didn’t like being called Shiki’s comrade.
Like all Fantasy adventures, this one has a great quest. His Master was not able to do it, so Shiki took it over. This is not just any quest, but THE ULTIMATE QUEST. He is on the trail to find the legendary dragon Miogaruna.
What Suckles about it:
I hate to say this, but it is the same old plot. Young boy looses father figure and is set up on the world by himself. He is over ambitious and easily thinks everything will be fine. While on his ‘Big Adventure’ he finds friends to accompany him on the journey and battle alongside him. There is the ever so ‘evil villain’ (who’s name is Shadow – seriously, just that????). Like all plots, he is out to stop Shiki or take something from him. Even though this is an overused plot, like all these stories, it does work here.
Why the over use of the word ‘Comrades’? I makes me feel that I am in Olde Mother Russian sipping Vodka with the boys in the corner.
Where’s PLUE??? LOL
Some Interior Art:
My son actually found this, so the credit should go to him.
It is a fun read and falls well in line with Hiro’s style of storytelling. Every turn of the page just adds more excitement to the story (even if familiar). A young adventurer looking for ‘comrades’ to help him on his journey seeking the greatest of Dragons. What more fun can you have than that!
Overall Rating: B – great art, even greater Dragons, but usual plot.
Keep or Throw: KEEP
How about someone sending me a copy of a new Manga to review here on my blog (l am talking to you fancy Publishers and Distributors)?