Hii, guys! THIS REVIEW IS SO OMG SPECIAL FOR ME!! First, because it’s a manga review and I can’t even say when was the last time I wrote one of those. Second, because this manga was my first ever received book through Edelweiss! SO EXCITING!
I’m talking about Hatsune Miku: Mikubon, by Ontama! As you may have guessed, I received my copy from Dark Horse Manga through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review and here we go! THANK YOU, GUYS!! You rock!
Hatsune Miku and her friends Rin, Len, and Luka are not only back in manga…they’re back to school, enrolling at the St. Diva Academy for Vocaloids! They’re going to give it their best at St. Diva, as a wonderland of friendship, determination, and even love unfolds! But can they stay out of trouble, especially when the mad professor of the Hachune Miku Research Lab is nearby…?
Me after finishing this manga:
Just remembering that those were my impressions and opinion as a reader =)
This manga was so insanely cute! I admit that I expected a full adventure in this one shot and got several short stories in Japanese comics style, but I’m not complaining much, haha! I loved the cute and cool art, the way the mangaka portrayed all Vocaloid characters and the humor was insanely good =D Four beautiful stars!
As we have several short stories loosely connected inside the volume, with main focus on Miku, of course, I’m going straight to the point of plot, characters and art /o/
It was very fun to read about Miku’s adventures in St. Diva Academy for Vocaloids – the mangaka just knew how to picture each character’s stereotype and turn it into something fitting for the adventure and the place. Luka, for example, is a huge diva on the school and never allows anyone to forget it – in the fan base, she’s also know as a bit of a snub with a good heart.
Miku herself was portrayed as a nice and almost naïve girl, the epitome of the shoujo (manga especially written for young female readers) genre main character. She counts on her friends to keep up with school and life in general, but also runs to their aid when necessary. In my head, Miku used to be the leader show off, as she is the main vocaloid to this day, so it was good to see another side of her for a change =D
The characters are mainly draw as ‘chibis’ – small, cute versions of the full draw character. I’ll show it bellow for those not used to the Japanese wording, haha! While I love chibis and the mangaka did some of the cutest ever versions of the Vocaloid characters that I have ever seen, it was a nice surprise to see that they could also kick ass at full drawings, like the cover, inner illustrations and some chapter openers ;D
Now, it’s time to show said art =D These images belong to Ontama-sensei, the author, and to Dark House Manga, here used only for illustration purposes.
This is the main format of the manga, in comic stripes, and those characters are drawn in the famous ‘chibi’ style – text was removed due spoilers 😉
And this is an example of the full illustrations that sometimes opened the short stories. I’m in love with full drawn Miku as well!
LOVE, LOVE, LOOOOOOOOOVE this cover! Miku definitely is the star of this volume and the bright happy colors of both her and the writings are totally fitting. Also, I loved how Rin looks clueless on the corner, haha! SO CUTE, OMG!
Overall, if you are a fan of Vocaloid characters like me, short stories and an adorable art in your mangas, pick up this title!
Thank you so much for reading this review! Also, thanks so much again to Dark House Manga for my review copy =D You guys made my month!!