Dusk Maiden of Amnesia #1
As many of my loyal readers have noticed, my blog articles seem to be arriving in dribs and drabs compared to the regular release that had been the traditional norm in the past couple of months. I have been extremely busy working on graduate school, Anime Expo, and cosplay events for the Riverside Lunar Festival. I am neither omniscient nor omnipotent, my scheduling of the busy world around me came at the cost of writing as regularly as I used to. As I try to get back the regular rhythm that once had dominated my aforementioned life, I am resurrecting a not so popular segment of my blog, which is this section. Without an established following of people who reference my manga reviews, it seems to be one of the more unpopular sections of the blog. Regardless, I feel that I should still continue it since it develops the standard of excellence that this blog prides itself on.
Prepare your hiking boots and your withered topology maps as we explore mysterious outliers. In the subsequent release of Fudanshifull, we find out more about the coming of age storyline centered on the cross-dressing adventures of our protagonist. Slice of Life stories get a shot of intrigue and sexuality focusing on the misadventures of the misanthropic lead and his ghost consort in the Dusk Maiden of Amnesia.
Published by: SquareEnix
Cost: 552 Yen
This volume of Fudanshifull is probably one of the weakest volumes in the franchise. The cast of characters in the rival team are not so well developed and the dodgeball arc is one of the weakest storylines so far in the series. Its pacing is very uneven and there is a sense of disconnect that is hard to rebuild with the reader. The cornerstone of the franchise is the development of the relationship between him and his female interest and his adventures in the world of Yaoi doujinshi. The entire volume is bereft of the character development that had made the story interesting in the first place. The manga still has a great set of main characters, but the dynamic between them are lacking compared to the previous volume. The other cornerstone is the adventures of the lead character in the world of Yaoi and it explored very little in this volume. The next volume should be the terminating point of the franchise, so I am hoping it ends with a bang, not with a whimper.
- Great Lead Characters
- Wonderful art
- Character development grinds to a halt
- Volleyball Arc drags the volume down
- There isn’t much focus on Yaoi
Cost: 562 Yen
The artist behind the story is known for his ubiquitous hentai, so it is no shock to see that he knows how to draw exquisitely beautiful female characters with proportions that would make any man or woman blush. Yuuko and the rest of the cast have a unique design that makes them very appealing. The world of Dusk Maiden of Amnesia is filled with intrigue, so the gorgeous character designs and copious fanservice, but it also has substance. The pacing of the manga is wonderful, focusing from the horror to the comedy and transitioning seamlessly back and forth. When I read this manga many years ago, I knew that it was something special. The recent announcement of an anime iteration was no shock to me since it deserves it. Here is hoping that it leads to a USA license of the franchise.
- Intriguing storyline
- Awesome characters
- Wonderful balance of comedy and horror
- The fanservice is a little blatant
- I could tell there is no happy ending