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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Someone Should Fucking Pick This Up, But That Someone Isn't Me, Part 2: Hina Matsuri

I didn't think this "blog series" thing through, so I didn't have enough material until I had to time to organize my wish lists until last week.

Part 2: Hina Matsuri
WTF Is This: Let's start with Usagi Drop. Replace Daikichi with a member of the yakuza, Rin with a middle-school esper who's completely unrelated to the main character (oh wait), and the heartwarming drama with incredibly funny hijinks, and you get Hina Matsuri.

The story starts with Hina teleporting into Nitta's apartment and forcing him to let her stay (or else she'll smash his expensive pots). The combination works a lot better than one would expect; it mixes things up between Nitta's duties as a yakuza commander and Hina's school life. Each chapter starts from a fairly reasonably point, such as Hina going to school, and strays farther and farther with each gag, eventually resulting in a "WTF Am I Reading" ending.

Why I Didn't Pick It Up: It just didn't make the cut for my current, top-tier wish list. That doesn't mean that it's bad by any means. I know that I have a bias towards plot-driven stuff, so those who prefer slice of life might have a different opinion on this.

Why You Should Pick This Up: The gags are really great. The bizarre combination of the yakuza father and the telekinetic daughter makes for fresh comedy. Personally, I think that the delinquent/yakuza category of manga is too stagnant, so this manga is a really fun breath of fresh air.

Where You Can Get Raws: Google.

4 comments:

  1. You had me as Usagi Drop lol
    Unfortunately, I'm as American as they come, as in I only speak English and have absolutely no desire, nor drive, to learn another language. I do hope someone picks it up.

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  2. Hey, any possibility of picking up Yuukoku no Rasputin?

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    1. Zero. Actually, probably some negative number.

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