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A Manga Review of Orange (1-3)

WARNING: Reading this article may give away things in the story ranging from unimportant to plot turners.

Orange by Ichigo Takano (This covers volumes one through three.)

Type: Romance, Shoujo, Suicide

Basic Plot: Naho gets a letter from ten years in the future that advises her how to live in order to live without regrets, as well as save a new friend named Kakeru.

Quality

Plot: 3/5 Average: The idea of the plot, having a letter from the future, was more original than some other manga plots. Time travel is explained in a way that would logically make sense in that world. The plot did have some of the cliché feels that most romance entertainment has. Many cliché manga characters are used such as the “stupid heroine” and “big brother figure.” A present from the main boy and a nasty rival are included. The story could have been more original in romantic content ways, but the letter part of the plot did make it more original than a lot of other romance manga.

Graphics: 4/5 Well Done: The drawings were detailed, consistent, and natural. It was easy to tell which character was which, and the art hasn’t gone through any changes so far. The people and objects look realistic. I can’t stand it when shoujo artist draw awkward people, but the people in this manga were all detailed and naturally shaped.

Moral: 3/5 A Mostly Good Moral: The main moral was to try to live life without regrets. This included two aspects, being brave enough to do what you would like to do and following your heart. The first one was good, as Naho learns to be willing to confront people and talk about things so that she will not live regretting not doing something. She learns to do nice things for people and tell others what she truly thinks, because she doesn’t want to regret not doing what was right or being honest. It is important to know that it is just as bad to have a regretful life because we did do things we weren’t supposed to do just as it is to not do things we were supposed to.

Overall: This is a good beginner sad story. There are better tear-jerkers that cause the reader to bawl there eyes out as they read, but this is merely a little sniff. If someone hasn’t read very many sad stories or wants some time travel in their manga, I recommend this story.

Moral Content

Sexual and Inappropriate Content: 1/5 Suggestive: Girls wear clothing over the knee. Some girls buy and wear short-shorts and refer to it as “fan service.” A boy wants to hold a girls hand, and another boy holds a girl by the rest and refers to it as holding hands. They also refer to themselves as “babes.” A boys are called “hottie,” “babe,” and “player.” There are two pictures of girls and boys in swimwear, one being a bikini. A girl takes a bath that shows her shoulders, knees, and part of her bare back. When the author takes a picture of a bench, a person wonders if the author has “a bench fetish.”

Violence: 1/5 Light Violence: A girl cuts her hand when she slaps another girls hand away. A girl smacks another girl. Characters smack each other on the head with things or bump into each other. A girl says several times that she wants to hurt another girl. A girl deliberately bumps another girl to the ground with her purse. Most of the violence is barely shown.

Swearing and Using the Lord’s Name in Vain: 3/5 Moderate Swearing: God’s name is taken in vain twice. “Damn” is misused twice. “Ass” is misused twice. The ‘p’ word is misused three times. The female word for a dog is misused four times. “Jeez” is used once.

Emotional, Intense, and Disturbing Content: 3/5 Emotional and Intense Content: Suicide is a theme throughout the manga. It mentions that a boy attempts suicide by choking, and it is mentioned that a boy kills himself by biking in front of a train. It mentions that a woman kills herself. None of the suicides are shown. Characters cry, sometimes quite emotionally. It is usually because if something sad, but sometimes characters cry when they are happy. A girl’s foot bleeds a little. A boy passes out.

Religious Issues: 1/5 Suggestive: A boy and a girl go to a shrine and make wishes. A boy describes his as “a prayer” to his mother. One picture shows two characters in Halloween costumes, and one of their candies is shaped like a ghost. For decoration, small ghost are at least once shown in the background.

Magic: 0/5 None

Others: A straight boy names what boy he would like if he was gay. A straight boy brings his friend flowers, and a friend asks him if he is “asking… (him) out.” There are no homosexual characters in these books. The author makes a brief mention of sake, Japanese rice wine.

Overall: 3/5 Teenage Appropriate: The swearing in the book cause me to recommend that a person be at least fifteen before reading it. The suicidal themes are not extremely emotional and depressing, but they are tear jerkers that I would say are suitable for someone thirteen to fourteen and older.

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Manga Review of Kitchen Princess (9-10)

WARNING: Reading this article may give away things in the story ranging from unimportant to plot turners.

Kitchen Princess by Natsumi Ando and Miyuki Kobayashi (This covers volumes 9-10 and the bonus stories at the end of each.)

Type: Cooking, School Life, Shoujo,

Basic Plot: Najika’s love life is now really confusing. Her rival is now in love with her and is as determined to win her over as much he once was to defeat her. She is almost 100% certain who her “flan prince” is. She also is now getting really close to a friend that was once just a friend, but now she may be in love with. Najika’s not sure who she does or should love, but the events that are happening will probably help her choose.

Quality

Plot: 3½/5 Above Average: The story had another dramatic change, and of course in the end reveals who the lover Najika has been searching for is. The second plot twist got me a lot more than the first, but probably because I was told that the first one was going to happen while the second was a complete surprise. The conclusion was nice and smooth, but I think it would have been more interesting if the “flan prince” had been someone else.

Graphics: 5/5 Excellent Quality: I loved the graphics until the end. Her drawing has become more detailed and well drawn since she started, though I think that she has been a wonderful artist since volume one. There was one art mistake in the volumes though. Najika and her friend are sitting on a subway or bus and get smashed really close together because of the crowded seating, but the next page shows that no one is on the bench except for them. Otherwise it was done properly. (If you see any art mistakes in the series I missed, you can mention them in the comments if you want!)

Moral: 3/5 A Good Moral: The moral I saw the most in these volumes was one I can approve of. It is the moral of understanding other people and fixing your relationship with them. I didn’t really care for the way they made the father character look earlier in the manga, as he was at first this controlling, all the kids and teenagers hate type of parent. In the last volumes though, his reasoning for his anger and seemingly evil side are shown to come from the good phrase “Hurting people hurt people.” The reason for his “evil side” doesn’t come from this “I hate my kid and want to see them suffer” or “Parents just don’t understand kids” perspective that American entertainment sometimes has, but from a relatable fear and concern for his child and his welfare. The conclusion of the issues was when the father and son both apologize for hurting and mistreating the other person, and they decide to start over. I like this better than those stories where the parent just let’s the kid do whatever they wanted and accepts a rebellious or sinful choice, but both the parent and child realize what they did wrong and decide to work together to fix their problems. It wasn’t a one sided the parent is wrong the kid is right conclusion, and I liked that.

Overall: 4/5 Well Done: I think the series concluded well in story, art, and moral. I can recommend it to girls twelve or thirteen and older as I think they would like it best.

Moral Content

Official Rating: T

Sexual and Inappropriate Content: ½/5 Slightly Suggestive There is small amount of non-sexual physical content between a boy and a girl, like kissing on the mouth and hugging. A cocktail with no alcohol is described as a “virgin” cocktail.

Violence: 2½/5 A Little Bloody Violence: A boy hits his head. A woman is crushed by some giant wooden boards and dies. There is blood on her head and around her as well as on a little boy.

Swearing and Using the Lord’s Name in Vain: ½/5 A Little Misuse:” Gosh” is said once.

Emotional, Intense, and Disturbing Content: 3½/5 Quite Emotional and Some Blood: A boy goes through emotional guilt and trauma for being responsible for a person’s death and watching that person die. There is some blood around a woman that is crushed by construction site material, especially her head, and a little boy has blood on him probably from the woman. Some people think a woman killed herself.

Religious Issues: 0/5 None

Magic: 0/5 None

Others: Twice there are boys wearing necklaces. In the character intros a man is smoking. In the side story a girl mentions a rumor that a man used to accompany woman to bars before he got his job. In the side story a man shows up in very feminine clothes and it is suggested that he is gay from his mannerism. His overly friendly behavior made some teenagers suspect that a man was gay when he wasn’t. Najika wishes she could drink because she’s stressed and a boy makes her a cocktail with no alcohol. He says he learned how to make it from a bartender. There are also recipes for it and several in the back, but none of them have any alcohol, though one does say what type of alcohol would have been used.

Overall: 2/5 Child Appropriate: The biggest problems in these volumes where the emotional issues and the appearance of a character that is strongly suggested to be a homosexual. Because it only showed him once in the entire series and did not get into his romantic life in any way whatsoever I personally let it slide. If it had gotten into his lifestyle though or if he had been a key character to the plot, the manga would have been unacceptable. You of course are free to make any choice that makes you comfortable, especially since the tensions between the homosexuals and conservative Christians in America are getting worse. The other problem is the emotional issues that a boy goes through, as he feels responsible for killing a very important person in his life, and goes into a short term depression. It is tear jerking and emotional, but I it isn’t this gory and ultra depressing thing that will traumatize a child. Overall the manga is clean. I think that children twelve and older will be mature enough to handle the content in the manga.

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Manga Review of Kitchen Princess (7-8)

WARNING: Reading this article may give away things in the story ranging from unimportant to plot turners.

Kitchen Princess
by Natsumi Ando and Miyuki Kobayashi (This covers volumes 7-8)

Type: Cooking, School Life, Shoujo,

Basic Plot: Najika has now gotten over her friend dying and her guilt, but not only is there a new student to become the new prodigy chef of the school, he also looks like her dead friend, though he’s opposite in personality.

Quality

Plot: 3½/5 Above Average: The plot is now an about average cooking manga as before. I do think some of the things were a bit predictable, but still not as much as when I first started reading it. The creative cooking ideas that were made were interesting to read about.

Graphics: 5/5 Excellent Quality: I like the drawings especially in this volume because she draws more food in these ones then in the last few. Her drawings of food are very well done as they have a lot of detail (just like everything she draws.) I do think there were a few awkward drawings of the boys in these volumes, but 90% of the time they were normal and natural looking.

Moral: 4/5 Good Application: This time there is a moral that can be well applied. These volumes focus a boy that believes cooking wise he knows everything and that anyone who doesn’t agree is uncultured or dumb. He later learns that maybe he’s the one that needs to change instead of everybody else, and he gets a better attitude. That is a great lesson for children to learn instead of being prideful and convinced they always know the answer, they should change their attitude and learn to be taught by other people and accept their opinions.

Overall: 4/5 Well Done: I think these volumes were done very well. I love the drawings the best, and the plot was interesting. The manga right now is at a really good point plot, graphics, and moral wise. I think age wise girls in their late preteens and teenagers will still enjoy this manga.

Moral Content

Official Rating: T

Sexual and Inappropriate Content: 0/5 None

Violence: 2/5 Slightly Violent: A boy smacks a plate out of a girls hand and shoves her. Najika slaps a boy. Later she pinches his cheek while pulling him away. A boy says he is going to punch another one, but never does. A girl hits a man on the head in a comical sense and a boy lightly hits a girls head with his book bag. A boy shakes an elderly woman’s hand away. He also likes to kick things a lot when he is upset or angry.

Swearing and Using the Lord’s Name in Vain: ½/5 A Little Misuse: “Geez” is used once and “gosh” twice.

Emotional, Intense, and Disturbing Content: 0/5 None

Religious Issues: 1/5 Brief Slightly Contradictory Content: There is a Halloween splash page with Najika in a witch costume and holding a wand.

Magic: ½/5 Slightly Mentioned: Magic is used as a description once, and there is a picture of Najika dressed as a witch.

Others: There was smoking in at least two chapters and in the character intros a man is smoking. In a recipe they recommend adding alcoholic drinks for adults. Rum is mentioned being in a cake. It talks about how some people think a man accompanied women to bars and clubs before becoming a chef at the school. (It does say “it’s only a rumor.”)

Overall: 1/5 Appropriate for All Ages: These volumes are very family friendly and there is nothing to worry about them moral wise whatsoever. (Well, except the witch costume.)

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Manga Review of Kitchen Princess (5-6)

WARNING: Reading this article may give away things in the story ranging from unimportant to plot turners.

Kitchen Princess by Natsumi Ando and Miyuki Kobayashi (This covers volumes 5-6 and the bonus stories at the end of each.)

Type: Cooking, School Life, Shoujo,

Basic Plot: Najika thinks she has found her true love and is now in a baking contest to prove she is good enough for him. It turns out there are a lot of secrets that are going to come out though about the contest, her parents, and her “flan prince.”

Quality

Plot: 4/5 Well Done: The plot has now had a big twist in it. I am disappointed to say that I did not get a shock because I had it spoiled for me, but I think if you have not been told it will get you. I also think that there were a lot more of creative and fascinating things about cooking now that Najika had to explain it in a contest instead of food just showing up when a chapter could use it. The last thing I lastly thought that at the end of volume six that what was used to move the plot was also good.

Graphics: 5/5 Excellent Quality: The graphics are still amazing, but they have gone through a change now. It started in book four actually, but now it is clear that the drawings are a lot rounder than they were before, especially the faces. I did not like this at first, but now I think it is still really good either way. I think that she also started eporamenting with the girls hair styles a lot more than she used to.

Moral: 2/5 Not To Great: Unfortunately the moral could be used as good or bad depending on how it is looked at. Najika’s friend decides to stop doing what his father tells him to a small degree because he believes it is wrong. Though we should not follow certain authorities so much we sin, I do not like seeing parents in the “bad guy” light. Also some of the things they say may encourage children to be more rebellious. It is not as rebellious as some American entertainment encourages children to be, though.

Overall: 4/5 Well Done: I think the plot is better than it was earlier and that the drawings are good, even though they are different. Sadly the moral that could be drawn from these volumes puts parents down a bit. I think the manga would be interesting to teenage girls and preteen girls.

Moral Content

Official Rating: T

Sexual and Inappropriate Content: ½/5 Slightly Suggestive: The artist describes some outfits she once saw as “sexy.” Najika sees to people kissing in public and she visually remembers being kissed, but neither is the weird, provocative type.

Violence: 2 ½/5 A Little Bloody Violence: A boy hurts his fingers while making a dessert. Najika gets shoved to the ground by someone. A boy gets hit by a truck and there is blood. Naika collapses and gets bruises. In the side story a man is described as “violent” even though no violence is shown from him. There is talk about a car accident that the manga does not show.

Swearing and Using the Lord’s Name in Vain: ½/5 A Little Misuse: “Gosh” and “geez” are used once each.

Emotional, Intense, and Disturbing Content: 3/5 Quite Emotional: A major character gets hit by a truck and dies. You also see him in the hospital, and there is a little blood. There is a lot of crying, and Najika goes through some extremely emotional trauma. She also gets blamed for the death, and has to again deal with some bullying from others.

Religious Issues: 2½/5 Suggestive and Slightly Contradictory: Heaven and God are mentioned, but they are probably not the same as what the Christians would consider heaven and God. A funeral is given with incense and appears to be either Buddhist or Shinto. Najika talks to her dead family and friend in a dream and what her friend says in the dream came true. The makers talk about how more than half of Japanese children “believed that people who die will somehow come back.”

Magic: 0/5 None

Others: It talks about how “mirin” a Japanese wine was used in cooking. In one picture it looks like a man has beer. In the character intros a man is smoking, and Smoking is done in four chapters and a side story.

Overall: 2½/5 Almost Child Appropriate: The death of a major character is why the series is rated 13+. (Well, and something else coming later.) Though the death could have been shown much more dramatically, it is very emotional after he dies. I think that children older than twelve or thirteen can handle it.

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Manga Review of Kitchen Princess (3-4)

WARNING: Reading this article may give away things in the story ranging from unimportant to plot turners.

Kitchen Princess by Natsumi Ando and Miyuki Kobayashi (This covers volumes 3-4 and a bonus story at the end of book four)

Type: Cooking, School Life, Shoujo,

Basic Plot: Najika is still looking for a particular boy that she has loved for several years. Things start getting distracting when her cafeteria is closing and her guardian gets sick, though. Even though it is hard to find him, it appears that he might have found her instead.

Quality

Plot: 3 ½/5 Above Average: The plot is still a bit predictable, but I did not expect certain things to come out so soon. Most manga and anime drag on and on before a person admits he like someone, even to himself. The people in this series all realize who they are in love with quite early. I think the most unique thing of all is the cooking lessons inside. You can learn some fascinating things about cooking in the story and there are recipes at the end, so that is unique.

Graphics: 5/5 Excellent Quality: I love the graphics in this series more than any other manga I have read. I love the way the food is drawn. It looks delicious just to see it. My favorite drawings are the “splash pages” which are the covers to each chapter. Most that I have seen in other manga are not very fancy, but this artist’s splash pages are very well drawn and very detailed.

Moral: 2½/5 Good and Bad Morals: There are good and bad morals in these volumes, but there are more good morals than bad ones. One of the good morals is forgiving others. Najika is bullied a lot by a girl named Akane in the first two volumes, but she helps Akane get over her bulimic/anorexic issue at the end of volume two. After this they are closer and Najika does not seem bitter at all. In volume four they do get in one fight, but afterwards Najika decides to be kind to Akane even if she was mean and they become friends. Also there is a smaller lesson of understanding other people. In volume three Najika emphasizes with someone who is also an orphan, so this can teach that we should help others that have suffered like we have. The one bad moral teaches recklessness a little. After Akane and Najika fight and then make up, they admit that there both in love. Najika tells Akane that when you fall in love with someone that “you can’t be dignified” because there is not much chances that it is mutual love. She believes that doing things that are a bit crazy are reasonable in love because of this. This idea is not talked about long or very much, but the idea that you should be reckless and do things on a whim is not wise. This is idea may be talked about, though, because the Japanese people are very repressed and private. It may be a way of them trying to encourage more spirit and openness in the readers.

Overall: 3 ½ /5 Above Average: I think the plot is interesting for preteens and teenagers and the drawings are outstanding, but the plot would probably not entertain adults that well. Also some of the morals were negative this also lowers the quality rating. I still recommend it quality wise to preteen and teenage girls, though.

Moral Content

Official Rating: T

Sexual and Inappropriate Content: ½/5 Slightly Suggestive: When Najika tells her friend he needs to eat real food and instead vitamins, she says, “Certain body parts aren’t going to grow!” This leaves them in an awkward silence. A boy kisses Najka’s forehead and another one kisses her on the lips. Neither is done in an inappropriate way though.

Violence: 1/5 Very Little Violence: Najika gets shoved twice. Najika hits her wrist against the wall. A boy smacks Najika’s hand away. Najika bumps her head and gets a lump on it for one panel. A boy shoves his brother against a wall, but more in a firm way than a violent one. There are two accidents that cause death, but they are only talked about. Najika and Akane get in a fight. They splash water all over each other and Akane shoves Najika. The violence that is done in the book is very light and there is no blood at all.

Swearing and Using the Lord’s Name in Vain: ½/5 A Little Misuse: “Geez” is used twice and “gee” is used twice. When the children hear they are going to make cake with carrots in it a bunch of symbols pop up to show how upset they are.

Emotional, Intense, and Disturbing Content: 1/5 Slightly Emotional: Najika is quite emotionally troubled because her guardian is sick. The manga talks about children’s parents dying, but it only speaks about it and shows a Najika in a hospital. The side story is very emotional, but not intense or disturbing. It talks about and focuses on a girl that has died, so young children may find that a bit much.

Religious Issues: 2/5 Suggestive: A girl comes back as a ghost in the side story. She looks like a normal person and does nothing weird. It talks about the belief in Japan and Korea that the human soul is on earth forty-nine days after the physical death. It says the ghost “went to heaven” at the end, but Japanese are almost all Shinto and Buddhist so heaven probably means something different to them.

Magic: ½/5 Slightly Suggestive: Najika is told that her “desserts have a magical power” and that they “have special powers.” Najika wonders if a boy knew she needed a new watch by magic. She also thinks his “words are like magic” because he knows how to encourage her.

Others: A bunch of girls want a certain boy to serve them at lunch, and he yells, “This is not a host club!” He says this because Japan has bars where you can have people of the opposite gender serve you food and entertain you (I’m pretty sure they do not do inappropriate things there though, at least normally.) Host clubs are places like this for girls. A man smokes at least four times in the manga and in a character intro he is smoking. When Najika comes back from a trip, she finds that the man in charge of the kitchen has filled the fridge with beer. No alcohol is mentioned being drunk, though.

Overall: 1/5: Child Appropriate: These two volumes do not have as much emotional stress as the first two did, so these are more OK for younger people (well, except maybe the side story). I do not think your child would not start reading in the middle of the series though, so this part is more so to assure you that the series is still appropriate for eleven and twelve year old children and older.

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Manga Review of Kitchen Princess (1-2)

WARNING: Reading this article may give away things in the story ranging from unimportant to plot turners.

Kitchen Princess by Natsumi Ando and Miyuki Kobayashi (This covers volumes 1-2)

Type: Cooking, School Life, Shoujo,

Basic Plot: Najika is an orphan that has always dreamed of finding the boy who helped cheer her up after her parents died. Reasoning what school he probably went to, she attends it. Not only does she have to look for her “prince,” she goes through the trials of being in Class A, a class in the school specifically for children with skills like music, modeling, or art. Feeling like she has no talent or abilities makes staying at the school harder than she thought.

Quality

Plot: 3/5 Average: It was a cute story, but not really unique in these first volumes. This is just the first two volumes, so there will be more surprises later. So far there have not been really that many things that just stand out and make you think the author was extremely original. The plot was not dull or tiresome, though. It was just like a G rated chick flick.

Graphics: 5/5 Excellent Quality: These are some of the best graphics I have ever seen in a manga. It was drawn wonderfully and with a lot of detail. At the beginning of each chapter she has a picture drawn specifically for it. The food looks so good I want to eat it and the people look really beautiful. I can say this manga was eye candy.

Moral: 4/5 Good Application: Many Japanese manga for kids focus on the moral of never giving up on your goals. This is OK as long as your goals are not bad or too ridiculous. It also had the moral of enduring other people’s nastiness and being kind to them.

Overall: 4/5: Though it did have a basic plot, it was very well drawn and the moral is good. I think girls in there late preteens or early teens will enjoy it best. You may also enjoy it if you like to cook, especially because there are recipes after the book is finished.

This is just the first two books, so later in the series the ratings on these things might change depending on what book I am in.

Moral Content

Official Rating: T

Sexual and Inappropriate Content: 1 ½/5 A Little Suggestive: When Najika goes tree climbing, she tells a boy to not look up her skirt. A reader can see a tiny bit of her polka-dot underwear. The same boy tells her that her zipper is open in the back. Najika accidentally walks in a boy’s room when he is changing his shirt. Some girls undo a strap on her dress, so she has to try and hold it up. Some boys have a dream that the cafeteria was turned into a bar with hot girls that want to help them “rest.” They wake up before anything inappropriate is really suggested or is done.

Violence: 1 ½/5 A Little Violent: Najika rubs a boys head for teasing her. A different boy smacks food on the floor. Najika hits a boy in the head with a paper fan. Some girls shove Najika twice, and one a chef pushes Najika out of the restaurant. A girl trips Najika. Akane, a girl training to be a model, is going to slap Najika before a boy stops her, but she slaps Najika later.

Swearing and Using the Lord’s Name in Vain: ½ /5 A Little Misuse: “Gee” is used three times in the book.

Emotional, Intense, and Disturbing Content: 2 ½/5 Emotional: Najika is an orphan and the sadness right after her parents die is shown. Akane dislikes Najika for spending time with a boy she likes and is mean to her in the first two books. She later becomes anorexic and bulimic at the same time, and her hair starts to fall out because of it. Najika goes through some emotional sadness for being treated poorly by 90% of her classmates. This emotional stress causes her to cry a few times. None of the scenes are intense or disturbing, though.

Religious Issues: 1/5 A Suggestive Issue: Though Najika does mention her parents are in heaven, most Japanese follow the Shinto religion. She was probably talking about a different kind of heaven, especially since she tells Akane later that you can never see people again after you die.

Magic: ½/5 Slightly Suggestive: Najika talks about how atmosphere and company are the “magic” that make dining enjoyable. Before she makes gratin she says she will “cast a spell.” Najika refers to what Akane’s grandma did to make pie in only thirty minutes “magic.” One of the recipes is called “magic coffee.” No magic is done in the books.

Others: None

Overall: 2/5 Clean: I was very happy to find such a manga as clean as this. A lot of Japanese manga is not teen or child appropriate in Christian or even just American society. Even kid and younger teen manga is very suggestive. This manga was very good compared to many I have read and heard of. It is like a chick flick for young teens. The thing that will probably worry parents the most is the emotional issues like Akane’s anorexic and bulimic issue. Though there are emotional issues that may be too much for children, I believe it is not to intense or traumatic for most teens and even some preteens. I recommend the book morally to children 11-12 years old and older.

(This article has been slightly changed in an attempt of better wording.)

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Manga Review of The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords

WARNING: Reading this article may give away things in the story ranging from unimportant to plot turners.

The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords by Akira Himekawa (This covers all of the books/parts in the Four Swords part of the series.)

Type: Adventure, Shounen, Video Game

Basic Plot: A manga version of the video game. Link is a knight that has to rescue Hyrule from a bunch of dark creatures. To do this though he has to learn to work with others. After he takes the Four Sword to fight with, his personalities are in four different bodies and he has to adjust to working with people with different attitudes and personalities while trying to rescue the country.

Quality

Plot and Setup: 3½/5 Slightly Creative: Originally I thought this manga would not be very good because it was based off a video game. It ended up being a good action plot, though it seemed like things conveniently happened at times. It did have some unique plot twisters, but was an everyday action manga in a lot of ways. Monsters get loose, hero defeats them, and he learns a lesson about character. It was a very funny manga and I enjoyed Link’s four different personalities.

Graphics: 3/5 Average: The drawings were a more cartoon-like than manga should be, but it was manga-like enough to still be considered such. It was not given a lot of detail, but it was done well. I would almost prefer a manga lacking in the fancy drawings if the plain ones are done well to ones that are attempted fancy manga style and end up awful. I did notice that the author only put noses on the faces of the characters half the time in the first book and I personally found it weird.

Moral: 4/5 Good Application: In the manga, Link is a young knight that believes he needs help from no one. He ignores his authority and often goes off on his own to protect the people of the town. After he is in four pieces he has to learn to get along with others and that it is better to have others help you do your job. Also the other pieces of his personality come to terms with their own personality flaws: cowardliness, anger, and pride in one’s own smarts.

Overall: 3 ½/5 Slightly Above Average: I believe boys ten and older will probably enjoy it best. It has simple, yet pleasant graphics and a plot that most boys would find interesting.

Moral Content

Official Rating: A (For all ages, not adult!)

Sexual and Inappropriate Content: ½/5 Green Link is given a massage to help him forget about his mission. When Red Link is flying through the air he holds down his tunic and tells the readers not to look up it.

Violence: 3 ½/5 Moderately Violent: There are thirteen battle scenes in the two books. These battles are mainly sword fights with swords piercing monsters and breaking them apart, usually without blood. Blood shows up three times. Blood is on and around one person who appears to be dead, there is a little on one person’s hand, and there is some when a man stabs his own knee. After stabbing his knee he throws the knife into a monsters head, but there is no blood on the monster. There is a lot of violence because of the thirteen battles (sword going through a person’s middle, arrows shot in a monster’s eye, etc.), but there are almost no bloody scenes and it is usually not disturbing. For light violence, Blue Link smacks Red Link on the head a lot and pulls Green Links ear once. Red Link also burns Blue Link’s foot once. A princess smacks the hand of a monster away.

Swearing and Using the Lord’s Name in Vain: ½/5 A Little Misuse: “Geez” and “gee” are seen once each. When Violet Link gets his foot stepped on he spouts out a lot of symbols that are used to show his anger.

Emotional, Intense, and Disturbing Content: 2 ½/5 A Few Disturbing Scenes: The manga is not emotional or intense, but several of the monsters deaths may be considered disturbing. I thought that the most disturbing violence was when a man stabbed his own knee and threw it into a monster’s head, causing the monster to rip itself out of its disguise. Some may find certain monsters creepy because of the way they are drawn at times, mainly key villains. Some may find the drawings of the children turned into toys in book one to be creepy. Book two has more blood and disturbing scenes than the first one does.

Religious Issues: 3/5 Suggestive Issues and Demons: The villains in the series are demons and one of the main ones says “Block out that cursed light from heaven!” There are mentions of a chapel and temples, all referring to pagan ones. One temple called the Temple of Darkness is referred to as “unholy.” Some plant things want to make a shrine to a villain called Ganon. There is a monster that eats people’s souls, and tries to eat Blue Link’s soul. The lower demons plan to sacrifice a princess to a higher one. It never happens.

Magic: 3/5 A Moderate Amount of Magic: A girl has visions. There are a lot of “magic” items such as “magical tower” and “magical plants” etc. Red Link gets a magic wand. There is a fairy that helps them and transports them to places. There is also a man who wants to be a fairy. Magic is used a lot by monsters as well. In the book the four Links must make their sword stronger by fighting and collecting “force gems.” This seems like a kind of magic. One of the main demons is also a “wind mage.” A lot of magic is done as a whole in the book, but for the most part it was just everyday video game magic.

Others: In the middle of one of their battles, Blue Link catches Red Link from falling on the ground. Red Link decides to call Blue Link “My blue hero!” while his eyes sparkle and Blue Link is clearly not appreciating it. Still happy in the next two panels, Red Link is trying to give Blue Link a hug and when they get captured by the monster’s arm/vine thing a tiny heart pops out after yelling the word “Nooo!” Near the end when Red Link is sad they have to be one Link, Blue Link tells him that there all going to be “joining together” and that he should be happy. Red Links response is to say “You mean……we can be together forever?!” while attempting to give Blue Link another hug, only to get the same reaction as earlier. I thought this might have been slightly hinted male… relationship if you understand where I am going, but Red Link may also be doing this because he represents the soft and emotional side of Link. In the series it is clear he is attracted at least one or two girls, as well.

Overall: 2½/5 Preteen Appropriate: The only things in the manga that are probably a big problem is the large amount of magic and some of the violence. It is not strongly recommended, especially if you have a low tolerance of magic. If a person were to read it, it is recommended for people twelve and older.

(This article has been slightly changed in an attempt of better wording and adding information.)