An Okay Series, But...
I wanted to get into this series because I heard it was disturbing and cynical. It does get darker, granted, but I can't help but feel that I'm missing something. It's as if all the cynicism happens in three chapters near the end. And it wasn't very disturbing. Maybe this is because I'm used to gory things, but even the last five volumes didn't get me to cringe.
Yes, it would be incredibly depressing for the characters in the actual manga, but other than that, I'm feeling a little underwhelmed.
I enjoyed reading it. It was a good way to kill time.
It takes 18 chapters for anything relevant to the plot to happen. Not only that, but it's as if that gets tucked away for some of Shiina's crazy adventures. Maybe it was for the suspense, because it honestly would feel a bit rushed if there were only 25 chapters, which were honestly how many chapters there were that something mildly important happened. The last chapter itself is rushed.
Maybe it'd be a little better if I got to the part with Norio's death, but I can't find that anywhere, so it's as if Norio just disappeared out of nowhere.
The art does start out being rather sloppy, but once you get used to it, it's actually pretty nice. Such a change from the usual cutesy art style where the women have huge breasts and everyone has eyes that almost take up their entire face.
All in all, the manga is good. I have yet to watch the anime, but considering the reviews it gets, I'm deciding against it.
It didn't live up to my expectations, but that's normal. You can't have a completely flawless series. Sure, it's often compared to Neon Genesis Evangelion or Puella Magi Madoka Magica, although I see little in common between the three. I've seen worse, I've seen better.
(Suddenly I'm starting to feel as if Bokurano is a lot more cynical.)