Manga Review: Akame Ga Kill

Hello my dear manga readers, I feel sadness in my heart when I think back on this manga and anime.

I will be honest and admit that I did watch the anime of Akame Ga Kill before I read the manga, but I like them both for different reasons.

Akame Ga Kill is not a long manga at all, only 78 chapters long. That might seem long to some, but when I’m used to reading One Piece and Naruto that is in the hundreds, 78 is relatively short.

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Title: Akame Ga Kill
Author: Takahiro
Rating: ★★★★☆

The story focuses on Tatsumi, a young villager who travels to the Capital to raise money for his home only to discover strong corruption in the area. The assassin group known as Night Raid recruits the young man to help them in their fight against the corrupt Empire.


World-building is Key

I’m a sucker for a well-developed world that you can immerse yourself in. A lot of my favourite series are ones that build an entire world around the reading experience.

Akame Ga Kill does not do a lot of world-building, but it creates a wonderful world around it. We get an understanding of the way the world works in a narrow lens of it all. There is almost no mention of what goes on outside of our characters’ lives yet we know how the world works and the atrocities in it.

Our main focus is on a group of assassins trying to make this world a better place by killing the corrupt men and women of the capital.

We get a bit of history and lore as we discover new characters and new areas, but its shallow and only enough for the next little arc to make sense.

And that’s all we need. The story isn’t world focused, its character focused, and they drive the plot forward with their actions.


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Characters Make the Story

When a story is driven forward by its characters, there is a lot more emotional investment in what happens next. If we don’t fall in love with the characters, then we don’t get the emotional attachment to their actions and any potential conflicts they might need to face.

Akame Ga Kill does a brilliant job of making me fall in love with a group of characters, each so unique and lovable in their own way.

It doesn’t take long for you to love each of the main characters, and people all have a different favourite. No matter who their favourite is, it doesn’t take you long to feel like one of the team.

I wouldn’t say I have one favourite character, because it is often their interactions with others that make me like them so much. If I had to choose, I think I would pick Akame. There is a lot more to her than we get to see outright in the story. If we don’t pick up on subtle cues here and there, her character is a lot different.


Hits you in the Feels

I never thought I would be so emotionally involved in such a short time. You read the first few chapters, and before you know it, you’re already 10-15 chapters in and the story is really rolling. We get connected to these recent strangers with a brilliant plot of assassinating threats to a free world.

Since we mainly follow a new recruit named Tatsumi, we get to interact with each member of the team as they teach Tatsumi something new.

When each character has their important moments, you feel like you’re connected with them on a deeper level since you just went on a mission with them.

Though I didn’t cry at any point, I think a lot of readers will. My emotions were all over the place when I was reading this, so prepare yourself of you’re prone to tears.



Final Thoughts

If you enjoy action-based manga, Akame Ga Kill is a must read for you. It’s short, has some of the best manga fight scenes I have seen, and is character driven, giving the reader a real emotional connection as the story progresses.

Honestly the only reason that it didn’t get a 5 out of 5 star rating was because it did feel a bit repetitive at times, and the writer had a hard time coming up with ways to advance the plot forward smoothly.


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One Piece Arc Review: Thriller Bark

Hello dear manga readers, we have another One Piece Arc review today. We will be focusing on the Thriller Bark Arc.

Arc focuses on the Straw Hat Crew finding Gecko Moria, one of the Seven Warlords of the sea, and his crew on the Thriller Bark.

Though this arc came out over 10 years ago, and I won’t be ruining much, I guess I will give a SPOILER WARNING ⚠️!!!

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New Crew Member

More often than not, Luffy and his crew pick up a new crew member on almost every island. The ones they don’t seem to be the ones that hold a very important place in the story.

There are rumors floating around the internet about how many crew members Luffy will end up with, and who those crew members will be, but we won’t know for sure.

Brook, a shadowless revived skeleton of a pirate that died over 50 years before we meet him, is the next crew member in line to join the Straw Hat crew, and unsurprisingly, the reason he is a revived skeleton is half the reason Luffy wanted him on the crew; being a musician is the other half.

Obviously Luffy is a child at heart, and would want a skeleton on his crew any day, but being a musician was also a key factor, since that was one of the first positions he wanted filled.

Brook doesn’t bring much to the table now, other than the most emotional backstory of the crew in my opinion, but he keeps growing stronger and he has become one of my favourite crew members.

Brook can’t leave Thriller Bark (for story reasons) but I like the obstacles he had to try and overcome this arc. Though he isn’t entirely able to do that, the enemy pushes him to become stronger, and eventually to join the Straw Hats.


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Setting Up Future Events

Not a lot of future events are set up in the Thriller Bark Arc. Gecko Moria comes back a few times throughout the story, and Zorro’s sword plays a key part in the current arc in the manga, but otherwise Thriller Bark stands on its own.

Despite that, it fits nicely into the story. Thriller Bark isn’t really anyone’s favourite arc, but I don’t mind it. It’s a lot less stressful and almost calming than the two arcs it is sandwiched in between.


Another Warlord

There isn’t a multi-island set up for Moriah when the Straw Hats show up on Thriller Bark, but they quickly learn why he has earned the title of Warlord. He is a tough opponent, and actually requires the entire Crew, plus a bit of an enhanced Luffy, to defeat him.

It is a rare moment when we get the entire crew to fight just one member. A lot of the time we don’t even get two crew members teaming up to defeat one guy.

I really enjoyed seeing the StrawHats interacting with each other in a fight, and their dynamics with each other even though they don’t often see any of the others fight.


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The Fights

We get a few good fights, though I wouldn’t say any were overly memorable. Perona is probably the most memorable, only because of the comedy that comes with her fight vs. Ussopp. Otherwise, it is the Crew fighting against Moria and Oars that really stands out this arc.

At the end of the arc there is another big enemy that shows up, when the StrawHats are near death, and after only a few moments of fighting, the crew was able to survive and leave the island.


One of the Best Moments in One Piece

I don’t want to talk too much about this moment, because it will give it away, but if you’ve read this arc, then you know why it is so amazing. It is still one of the best moments in the whole show, and it is what made the crew member involved my favourite of the entire crew.


Final Thoughts

Many One Piece fans don’t have a lot of positive thoughts on Thriller Bark, but I honestly don’t mind it. It’s over quickly, and doesn’t drag on longer than it needs to. The arc sets up some future events, but not too many. It is a nice, small addition to the overall story that I think is put in the perfect spot in the story.

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One Piece Review: Enies Lobby Arc

Hello dear readers, it feels like it has been a long time since I reviewed a One Piece Arc. It is by far still my favourite manga, and there is still so much to cover!

The Enies Lobby Arc is one of the most popular arcs among One Piece fans, so I’ve been waiting at the edge of my seat to talk about it.

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Title: Enies Lobby Arc
Author: Eiichiro Oda
Rating: ★★★★★

The Straw HatsSogeking, the Franky Family, and the shipwrights of the Galley-La Company arrive at Enies Lobby aboard Rocket Man to rescue Nico Robin and Franky. Standing in their way, however, are the forces of the World Government, including its deadly assassin organization, CP9. A massive battle ensues between the two sides when Luffy declares war against the World Government by having its flag shot down by Sogeking.


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The Fights Get More Intense

In Enies Lobby, the Strawhat crew, especially Luffy, have the most difficult fights to date. Their main enemies are the soldiers of CP-9, which is a secret Marine group that were discovered in Water 7.

Each arc introduces tougher and tougher enemies for the Strawhats and their allies, but they never really seemed like a real threat.

I would say that the only other instance where they faced any real threat was Alabasta, but the external forces of Enies Lobby made the threat much more real to me.

Each of the Strawhats get an exciting fight of their own, but what I really like is that we get development of everyone’s fighting abilities in this arc. We get to explore their capabilities a bit more, and we discover a few new interesting techniques from the crew.


Robin’s Story

Robin’s story is the driving force for the Enies Lobby arc. She has been taken in by Marines, and the Strawhats fight for their lives to save their crew member.

To me, Robin never quite felt like a crew member until Enies Lobby. I know she has been with the crew since after Alabasta, but she just joined on her own volition, she was never really asked.

She is accepted by them over time, and it seems that after Skypeia, the rest of the crew is perfectly fine with having her around, but Enies Lobby is when they fully accept her as a crew member.

Without giving anything away, she definitely has the saddest backstory of all the tragic backstories the crew has. That’s why the Enies Lobby arc is so heartbreaking and emotional, but powerful and uplifting at the same time.


Best Moments

Enies Lobby is full of amazing moments that make Top 10 Lists to this day. This section will likely contain spoilers for the arc, but seeing as this arc is basically 15 years old, its up to you to read it at this point.

There are three moments that really define this arc for me, but there are still plenty of others.

Robin’s “I Want to Live” moment is still in my top three One Piece moments to this day. It sends chills down my spine and it is the moment Robin chooses to be a Strawhat.

Sogeking shooting down the Enies Lobby flag is another brilliant moment. Not only does it look great visually, it is a defining moment for the Strawhats and their war against the World Government.

The last moment on this list is technically in Post-Enies Lobby, but it is when the Going Merry is destroyed. It actually causes a bit of a rift in the crew, but I never for a second thought I would have a strong emotional reaction to a ship being destroyed.


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Post-Enies Lobby Arc

With the post Enies Lobby arc, the Strawhats head off on their quest with a new crew member, and all seems right with the world again. They’ve conquered their enemies, saved their friends, and have a new adventure on the horizon.

PLUS, we get to see the new bounties for the Strawhats, which is something I really like every time it happens.


How the story is affected

Enies Lobby is a rollercoaster ride of emotion. It has a big impact on the future story of One Piece, and it sets up a lot of different story lines. There are things to this day that were introduced in Enies Lobby that we haven’t seen a conclusion for, and many other story lines were added to or completed.

Overall it is a fun read. I remember flying through this arc in only a few days. It was a tremendous amount of fun and if you do decide to pick up the One Piece manga, you’ll want to get to Enies Lobby as quick as you can.


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One Piece Manga Review: Water 7 Arc

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Hello dear readers, it’s that time of the month again where we review another manga arc in the One Piece series.

We’ve covered a lot of the story so far, with Skypeia being the last arc we reviewed.

We are going to skip over a few arcs, because if you’re a real One Piece fan, you know how awful they really are.

We are going to skip all arcs related to Foxy, because they are literally unbearable.

That leaves us with this month’s arc: Water 7.

Water 7 is one of the best arcs in the entire series in my opinion. It doesn’t add a whole lot to the overall plot of the story on its own, but tied together with Enies Lobby, the two are probably some of the most important arcs to date.

We get introduced to Franky, a ship building cyborg and future member of the Straw Hat Pirates.

What I like about Franky’s character is that we initially see him as a bad guy, and we almost believe that he will be the villain of the arc.

He starts off as bad, but the further the arc goes on, the more we realize he is actually a really good person.


I also like the design and the feel of Water 7 visually. It very obviously represents Venice, with a bit of a One Piece twist to it.

The story and the characters don’t mix in with the visual elements much, but I love how Oda can come up with such unique settings over and over and give them a bit of a One Piece feel to them all.


There are no big fights in this arc, well not in terms of big bad guy vs. Luffy.

We get some of the Straw Hats versus carpenters and some regular riff raf, but it’s not until Enies Lobbie we got some real fights.

There is one really important fight in this arc though, and I would say that it’s one of the most impactful fights in the entire story.

Luffy vs. Usopp.

If you’ve seen it, you know what it’s all about. You know the emotions behind it, you know why it’s happening, you know how powerful it really is.

It’s not a long fight, but it’s important to the story, and it constantly makes Top 10 lists for emotional anime moments.

Luffy vs. Usopp. Saddest fight ever.

It’s not a long fight, but it’s important to the story, and it constantly makes Top 10 lists for emotional anime moments.


Like I mentioned before, Water 7 isn’t an entire story on its own. Sure, it has its own characters and storylines, but none of it would be quite complete without Enies Lobby.

We lose one member of the crew; The Going Merry, but by the end of it we get the Thousand Sunny; a ship built by a Franky and his life-long friend Iceberg.


What did you think of the Water 7 Arc? It’s in my top 5 arcs, and if I thought about it, I’d probably put it in top 3.

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Manga Review: Pygmalion

Title: Pygmalion
Story & Art: Chihiro Watanabe
Rating: 4.5 / 5

At the National Local Mascot Festival, children all across Japan can meet their favorite local mascots. But as the festival gets underway, it becomes clear that what’s inside these costumes aren’t people – they’re something much darker, with a taste for human flesh. Amid the chaos spreading through the entire country, Keigo Ayahara, his little brother Makoto, and his friend Ako must now fight for their survival and their humanity.

I found out about Pygmalion from a fellow book blogger; Brunette Reads, and I am so happy that I found it.

It’s a gory, horrific, fast-paced thrill ride that keeps readers hooked enough to fly through its 19 chapters in one sitting.

It’s very short, like I said its only 19 chapters, and each chapter can probably be read in about 5-10 minutes, depending on how long you want to look at the artwork.


The story is pretty simple, and with only 19 chapters, there are no moments that feel out of place or part of a side story.

We follow Keigo Ayahara as he fights for survival in this now mass murdering mascot world.

That’s the brilliant part of the story too. We get very few moments that don’t follow Keigo or his group, because this story isn’t supposed to be about the entire world, or all of Japan where it is taking place. The story is meant to focus on one guy, and what he discovers and goes through during the killings.

I’m glad this story was so short, because I didn’t want a word-wide story. I didn’t want a huge world-ending survival story that takes hundreds of chapters to be resolved. I wanted a quick, down in the dirt story.


If you can handle kids being exploded into bits, heads being ripped off, and men being impaled by a giant mascot …thing… then this is the manga for you.

It hasn’t been turned into an anime yet, and I’m not sure it ever will, but I think living its life as a manga is worth it.

The artwork fits well with the story too. It’s scary, without being nightmare inducing. It’s graphic, without being sickening. It’s detailed, without being complicated or busy.


Overall, Pygmalion is a great read if you don’t mind the gore. I definitely recommend checking it out if you’re a manga fan.

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One Piece Arc Review: Jaya

Hello again StrawHat Crew members, and welcome back to another Arc Review for One Piece.

Today we are taking a look at the Jaya arc. It’s a relatively short arc…but an important arc none the less.

I thought about covering Jaya and Skypeia together, but I think they are important enough on their own that they deserve their own coverage.

Overall, though this arc is short, it has some very important moments in it.

Up until this point, we had the idea of dreams coming true shoved down our throats.

Luffy dreams of being the Pirate King.
Zoro wants to be the world’s greatest swordsman.
Nami dreams of drawing a map of the entire world….etc. etc. etc.

We don’t get to see anyone fight against these dreams, because that is what the story has been about until this point.

Sure, we have a few people trying to contest a StrawHat’s dreams, but not with any serious effort…until Jaya.


In the Jaya arc we get to meet Bellamy…and if you’ve read through the arc, then you know what I am talking about.

Bellamy crushes Luffy’s dreams in an instant, or he tries to at least. Luffy of course doesn’t fall for this way of thinking, and after letting Bellamy’s crew throw drinks over himself and Zoro without raising a hand to fight them, Luffy knocks Bellamy out with just one punch, giving him the ultimate revenge for messing with Luffy’s friends.

After letting Bellamy’s crew embarrass them, Luffy, Zoro and Nami meat the man that is later known as Blackbeard.

He gives Luffy an inspiring speech about dreams, and how you should fight for them to become true, because they won’t just happen on their own.

It’s funny, looking at it from a future perspective, because we know now that Luffy got inspiring advice from one of the bad guys, who has the same dream as him.

To become the Pirate King and rule the seas as the most free man in the world.


We get a little look into the 7 Warlords of the Sea, when they meet about who their next member will be since Crocodile was defeated.

It doesn’t add much to the story, other than giving the audience a good look at some of the strongest pirates in the world, and some future enemies and allies of Luffy and his crew.


Other than that, Jaya doesn’t contain much for the overall story as of now, except setting up Skypeia.

It is a unique arc because it ties in with another, but stands separately on its own.

I like the idea of dreams that is present though, and how they relate to the One Piece world as a whole.

In Jaya we get to experience the other side of dreams.

We get bombarded with characters that dream of being X, or doing Y, or seeing Z, but we don’t get to see many characters that have truly given up on those dreams, or have no dreams at all.

It makes the characters a little more believable, because not everyone would need to have a dream like Luffy, some people could just enjoy whatever it is they are doing.


It’s a nice analogy to real life. Some people go their entire lives pursuing a dream, whether to succeed or fail in the end, and others go their whole lives without a dream in the world. They are happy living in the moment, and living the way they want to.


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One Piece Arc Review: Alabasta

Hello again dear readers, I am back for another One Piece Arc Review. This week I will be talking about the Alabasta Arc (I’ll be throwing in Post-Alabasta arc too since short.


Overall, I would put Alabasta in the better half of the series. It’s still early on in the show, so we are missing quite a few crew members, but it’s the start of the more serious storytelling in the manga.

Alabasta has been a long time in the making when it finally appears. Basically since the moment the Straw Hats arrived on the Grand Line.

Vivi has joined their crew, and after a few roadblocks, they have arrived in Alabasta in hopes of stopping a rebellion from happening, and Crocodile taking over control of the country….and an Ancient Weapon as we further discover.


My favourite part of Alabasta is the fighting match-ups.

As there are more and more crew members, there are less one-on-one duels between Strawhat members and the enemy. We still get it in the future, but it is a rare instance.

In Alabasta, each member of the Strawhats gets to fight against someone on their own, except Usopp and Chopper who do a 2v2.

We get to see each of them grow as characters through these fights, both in character and strength.

I like those moments in the series, because they are a good way to end the arc with a bit of character growth, and we know that the characters are getting stronger.

It’s not often we get a Nami one-on-one battle because she’s usually fighting the regular soldiers instead of one of the heavier hitters on the enemy’s side.

This is also the first instance we see Nami fight in her modern style, using the Climatact, instead of her regular


On that same note though, the Crocodile and Luffy fights bother me, because they don’t really make sense.

Crocodile is probably the smartest person we have met in the story at this point, and he lets Luffy live, twice!

That makes no sense, especially since Luffy poses more of a threat in each fight against Crocodile. Why would you let the pirate that might be able to beat you, live and continue fighting?

It’s not the biggest detail, and I guess you could excuse the confidence that Crocodile has, but it is a little too much convenience for my liking.


The arc itself isn’t great per se. It is a bit long, and it falls prey to being a politically oriented arc, but we get a lot of plot points for a further part of the story, which is a big redemption for the arc.

We get Nico Robin joining the crew, who becomes one of my favourite members of the crew.

One of the Ancient Weapons is introduced, which still has yet to fully come into play, but has been hinted at since.

Crocodile is one the Seven Warlords, which we have seen before, but this adds to the mystery of them, and Haki is mentined, (but we don’t know that yet).


Overall, I would give the arc a 7/10. It has some amazing fight scenes, story moments, and story endings for some characters.

The only things against the arc is the length, and its lack of guts.

Some of the story could be cut out. It takes a little too long for Vivi to deal with the rebels, though it makes sense for the story.

The lack of guts is just because it doesn’t kill of some characters that should have died. They go through some unbelievable injuries (for One Piece standards even) but doesn’t have them die because the story wasn’t there yet.

At this point in the story, we hadn’t really seen any death, so it makes sense that they would save it for more impactful moments in the story.


What did you think of the Alabasta arc? Good, bad? Where would you rank it overall in the story? Let me know in the comments!