Quite frankly I don’t really like manga in general. But not for the reasons you are probably thinking. Mainly because there is not a broad array of genres when it comes to manga available in North America but that can likely be contributed to the manga market in the USA still being in its growing stages.
While I like about all types of anime even this amazingly outrageous one titled Trinity Seven as of late. When it comes to a manga series there are not that many that really grab my interest since ones from 2006-2011 are very juvenile and geared to younger audiences. Many of the manga licensors and publishers here in North America that are more widely known get titles that are in the shounen or shoujo genre either way.
The manga within these genres are usually licensed by VIZ Media. Among other manga publishing companies. Yet many seem developed for a less mature audience. The only title that see as a good solid mature title from VIZ Media that can recall being intensely moved by being Psyren. Yet, I stopped reading since obviously I tend to be a bigger anime fan. I will say this. The unique story setting and characters seemed a little bit different from the norm of VIZ Media’s titles. It is still a Shounen manga which found interesting. Another title that comes to mind is A Devil and Her Love Song.
While still highlighting only VIZ Media titles. It is still pretty easy to say that even Yen Press with Bamboo Blade walked a line of being safe. With titles that are still rather for younger audiences. The good thing for some time now is that companies like VIZ Media are branching out. A perfect example is VIZ Media with the imprint SUBLIME.
It’s probably harsh to say that all the blame is on the manga publishing companies. Another factor may just be that real original and interesting content has only come out in the last 2 years or so. Which would mean manga publishers have not had time to license it.
Still it could yet be perhaps that in a country other than Japan maybe it’s harder to have people try to experiment with manga to try something new. At least, there is Attack on Titan to reel in more manga readers to try new manga.
Now with the Devils and Realist manga I wasn’t sure what to expect. As already stated it takes a huge leap of faith for me to begin any manga series. To further disclose the reason even began the Devils and Realist manga series was more over my humongous love for the Devils and Realist anime series. I loved the opening and ending theme songs by the lead voice actors. The setting, animation, and pretty much every detail. Not that this was anything remotely good considering for some time after the premiere thought for sure the series was going to be left unlicensed for release by any anime company here in North America. Phew! Good thing its coming by March 17, 2015! Still before getting the news of the anime getting licensed I had already given into buying the manga.
Now that I think about it wasn’t so bad. Though I wont ever seriously read a lot of manga unless I really love a series for the artwork, then story development, and then characterization. The manga actually so far as of Volume 3 follows the story very closely to that of the animation television series. A few deviations here and there. In some ways, the manga gives of bigger Boys Love hints than even the anime which I find pretty awesome. Sorry I love Boys Love hints!
Devils and Realist Volume 1
After the failure of his uncle’s business, the brilliant realist William Twining finds himself penniless. To make matters worse, demons appear before him, insisting he has the power to appoint the next King of Hell! The demons offer to pay his school tuition in exchange for his help. While his principles as a staunch realist prevent him from believing in them, how can William resist such a generous offer?-Seven Seas Entertainment | Distributed by Macmillan
What becomes the focus in the Devils and Realist manga series is the artwork, the very comedic instances vs. serious character interactions, and the stable balance of the story progression. It’s a noble attempt at introducing readers to the manga series. While usually Devils and Realist would work best for those interested in Boys Love in a light sheer amount although it could also draw in anyone interested in a good supernatural comedy manga series.
While the Devils and Realist anime series is exceptional. As a manga work it is on a whole different level of experience. Volume 1 covers 2 episodes from the anime series with slight variations here and there.
Genre: Fantasy, Supernatural, Comedy
Undertones: Shonen-ai, Boys Love but Not Yaoi, Bishonens everywhere
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