[Announcement: That’s right; Onemanga has officially closed down (or will really, really shortly). I’ll use Mangafox now, not sure what everyone else will use. But why won’t Mangafox close? Because it doesn’t show licensed manga – thus, there’s really no risk of it closing. Sure, I can’t read most Weekly Shonen Jump things anymore, but… what’s done is done. RIP Onemanga, we’ll miss you forever]
So, the manga version of Angel Beats! takes place before the anime when the members were all little babies!
Not really because you don’t age in wherever-they-are-land.
Anyways Hinata starts off getting kicked off the school by Yuri, who then reveals he is DEAD. It is then revealed that…
…apparently they’re the only 2 actual people and they haven’t started fighting against Kanade (It took all of my will not to type Tenshi) yet.
So Yuri decides to KILL EVERYONE
Anyways, Hinata then goes to sleep in the dorms with a NPC whose name is Oyama but is obviously not a human, but gets so bored because NPCs don’t do anything special at all that he becomes like this:
Then Chaa comes and threatens the principal with a gun (which he presumably made out of dirt), but Kanade PWNS HIM.
So Hinata and Yuri decide to PWN the principal to see if Kanade is GOD.
However, right before Kanade stabs Yuri with her blade-arm-thingy version one because it’s not some giant flower thingy, Hinata bravely jumps in to save her by using his body as a shield.
…Then again, he’s not gonna die so it’s not really dramatic at all.
Yuri decides to name Kanade Tenshi and her blade-arm-thingy the Handsonic because that’s what it is. Later, Hinata finds out that Oyama’s actually just a really, really boring normal human guy.
…I’m not sure how often this updates, I think it’s once every month. Anyways, this obviously has a lot of foreshadowing (if you read this first, and then watch the anime), with Chaa getting a gun suddenly out of nowhere (after all, there are no guns in a (high)school (of the dead) unless you’re Hirano), Ten- er, Kanade stabbing a bunch of people, and Oyama’s introduction in the second chapter (before he was revealed to be a human).
It seems that this may be a character-a-chapter thing; with the first chapter introducing Hinata, Yuri, and Kanade (because they’re the ones that remained till the very end, with the exception of Ayato who appears in episode 4 of the anime, and Yuzuru who appears in episode 1 of the anime), the second chapter introducing Oyama, the third introducing Chaa, and the fourth… no one.
As with like everything I review, I can’t say many things about this because I need to read more first. However, with the… interesting cast of characters, I’m really looking forward to how they each respond to being dead.
The art’s done brilliantly as well, as opposed to other manga I’ve recently read (COUGH YUREKA COUGH) that I happen to cough-type on my keyboard. BUT WHO CARES ABOUT ART HA HA HA HA HA
[Announcement: Yes, that’s right; Onemanga officially closes down today. In honour of one of the best manga-sharing sites out there, here’s a manga post (before I can’t access it anymore) RIP Onemanga ;_;]
In a Beelzebub-esque delinquent-highschool place, where people with swords and maple-leaf shields fight all day, a NEW TRANSFER STUDENT COMES!
He is known as…
MANABIZAKI is a white-haired guy who studies a lot. Thusly, he is a GENIUS. Anyways, he decides to kill a bunch of people ’cause they’re interrupting his studying by being loud and rude.
He wants to ATTEND TOUDAI and work for NASA because this school has a HIGH RATE of people going to TOUDAI
BUT THAT’S A LIE
BECAUSE ICHIGO LIVES HERE
Anyways some weak guy called IWASHIDA decides to STALK Manabizaki ’cause he wants to GET STRONGAR
And then they find some girl named Nene HASUNO who PUNCHES A BUNCH OF DELINQUENTS
So MANABIZAKI shows his MANLY TSUNDERENESS
Some random baddy comes and does random baddy stuff, he fights with Manabizaki and loses, etc. etc. etc. blah blah blah
So that’s the end of the one-shot.
Chapter one’s exactly the same, except HE HAS RED HAIR
Chapter two’s exactly the same, except they fight MORE PEOPLE
Chapter three’s exactly the same, but some EVIL NINJAS COME
Chapter four’s exactly the same, but Manabizaki PUNCHES MORE PEOPLE
…If there’s one thing I’ve learned while making this post, it’s that trying to make a post of 4 chapters that say the exact same thing gets boring, /fast/.
This story seems way too similar to Beelzebub – some overpowered guy punches a bunch of underpowered people in a school full of delinquents. Then again, it is Shonen Jump – what manga doesn’t have an overpowered guy punching a bunch of underpowered people?
It has potential, but I think it’ll have to revert to supernatural stuff really soon – stories like these last no longer than 20 chapters, because after that there’s noone to punch anymore.
I’m not sure what else to say, so… till next time?
One-Shot (SWOT Chapter 0) Overall Rating: 4/10 (Good)