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Posted June 26, 2012
I don't have very much to say about this book, other than the fact that it completely differs from the TV series. The panel layout is simply terrible in the sense that it's just a jumble of images that poorly connect or even remain consistent. It's really easy to get lost in the pages, and not in the good way that draws the reader into the story, but in the bad way that makes it hard to discern or understand the pictures. Many of the characters from the show are gone... it's as if they never happened, and the events that take place don't make sense! I don't understand why they would have released this after the TV show aired, because the show was perfect the way it was. It didn't need a manga, or rather, one that has nothing to do with anything. This book is hardly entertaining, and could have used a much better writer/artist to give it an actual consistent story; one that shared the same story as its television series.
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Posted August 31, 2012
I'm going to have to agree with the 1 star rating titled Rubbish
I'm going to have to agree with the 1 star rating titled Rubbish. I couldn't help but read the other reviewers, and to my amazement, they all seem to have rated this book out of principle and personal taste, instead of giving legitimate reasons as to why it is a good book or not. His review states in his opinions clearly why the book was not a good story. If someone wanted an honest review about a book, they would ask someone who read it, and they would hopefully receive an answer other than, "it's good...".
This book was poorly thought out (as was it's reviewers thoughts), and left me with more questions than I knew what to do with. Every page was an absolute mess. Childlike lighting and shape, alongside lazy panel-layouts made for a catastrophe of image and non-sequential, unintelligible garbage. This blindly written story excluded answers for events, characters, and overall story! After turning the last page, I felt like a child lost in the translation of some weird adult conversation. I will also agree that the book was unnecessary, and that it was not ok to take it an veer away from the original structure. If you're going to make a comic/manga adaptation of something that once was, make sure to do it right and accurately... Not just that, but to attempt to justify it's messy miscommunication with the original story by saying, " If you've already seen and loved the series, why would you want the same exact thing rehashed in comic form?", is not going to excuse this book, if you asked me. If the story continued from anime to manga, that would have been fine, but if it's an adaptation, there is little excuse to mutilate the original story. Look at book-to-movie adaptations like Watchmen; they butchered the story, no argument about it. There's no room to justify it when it's the other way around; movie-to-book.
The main bullet-point of this review, is that this book is far from anything I would ever indulge in ever again; far from anything I would recommend to anyone. This book is hard to look at, hard to follow, and its story is confusing and horribly misconstrued. I feel that blindly liking something, just because it's manga, is an opinion based in principle alone. Give this book some real reasons as to why it's good, or why it's bad. That's the point of a book review. Also, some grammatical correction should always come into play. If you can't think critically about the way you write, then you can't think critically about the way you read either.
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