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- Mangaka : Tatsu Yukinobu
- Writer : Motion, Comedy, Ecchi, Horror, Romance, Faculty Life, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Shounen
- Style : Viz
- Revealed : October 2022
Someway combining almost each style underneath the solar, it’s troublesome to explain Dandadan succinctly, besides to say that it’s an absurdist sci-fi shounen that feels much less like a manga and extra like a surreal expertise.
Mixing absurdism with heartfelt characterization, Dandadan is a singular mix of UFOs, spirits, and psychic powers. It won’t be for everybody, however for those who can embrace the weirdness, you’ll discover an endearing most important duo and an entertaining (however bizarre) action-packed plot.
Be a part of us immediately on Honey’s Anime as we evaluate Dandadan, Quantity 1!
At its coronary heart, Dandadan is about two excessive schoolers who’re every looking for companionship and assist for their very own distinctive beliefs. Momo Ayase is completed with scummy boys who belittle her perception in spirits and her grandmother’s work as a medium. Ken Takakura may share his title with a well-known (and good-looking) actor, however he’s really a geeky boy obsessive about aliens and the paranormal.
When these two meet, they find yourself daring one another to check the opposite’s beliefs. What ensues is an absurd first chapter, wherein Ken is possessed by the spirit of a attractive grandmother who steals his “banana,” and Momo is kidnapped by aliens and awakens to psychic powers earlier than they’ll impregnate her.
Sure, Dandadan could be very a lot a mature learn, and though we wouldn’t name it vulgar, there are frequent crude jokes—so maintain that in thoughts. The plot is absurd, however takes frequent breaks to sluggish the motion so the reader can come to grips with every curve ball.
The crude humor works in tandem with absurdism, as Ken and Momo be a part of forces to defeat the evil granny spirit and restore Ken’s lacking manhood. Momo’s new psychic powers enable her to maintain Ken’s curse in verify, whereas Ken’s curse permits him to rework and shield Momo from varied spirits and aliens.
The art work has a refined roughness to it, doubtless impressed by Tatsu Yukinobu’s work as an assistant to Fujimoto Tatsuki on Chainsaw Man and Fireplace Punch. The monsters really feel straight out of Jujutsu Kaisen or Bleach, whereas the absurd humor and occult plotline remind us of Mob Psycho 100. The quirky motion is damaged up by some real moments of characterization that show the collection has extra to supply than simply unadulterated madness.
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1. A Mixing Pot of Genres That “Simply Works”
Have a look at the listing of genres above…how Dandadan can handle to cram so many various genres collectively with out feeling piecemeal is nothing in need of pure magic. Any a kind of genres is generally sufficient to base a complete collection round, and Dandadan might have settled for simply coping with spirits, or aliens, or psychic powers.
As a substitute, Tatsu Yukinobu has pulled these discordant concepts collectively and marshaled them into a wierd, harmonious mixture of absurdism and heartfelt characterization. It’s not one thing you’ll discover fairly often, however the mangaka has pulled this unusual thought off with aplomb.
2. Stunning Character Depth
With a collection like this, it might be simple to skirt across the characters and as an alternative give attention to the plot. And positively, Dandadan has lots of motion squeezed into the primary quantity, however it additionally manages to offer sturdy character and convictions to the primary characters.
Each Momo and Ken have skilled isolation and bullying due to what they imagine in. Having these beliefs confirmed proper provides them a way of self, however on the identical time, they be taught the opposite particular person’s beliefs additionally exist—opening up an even bigger world of risk for self-confidence and progress.
1. Unusual Isn’t For Everybody
We’ll be sincere—Dandadan in all probability shouldn’t be your first-ever manga to learn, or perhaps even your tenth. Its absurdism depends on the reader being comfy with a wide range of completely different manga tropes, besides, the absurd combination of aliens and spirits and psychic powers isn’t going to be for everybody.
That stated, we extremely encourage you to offer the primary quantity a learn, and see how you’re feeling. You gained’t know till you strive!
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An unlikely cocktail of absurdist plot and real characters, Dandadan fastidiously walks the road between madness and actuality. From a privates-stealing granny ghost to a sumo-wrestling alien attacking a shrine, Dandadan delivers a convincing narrative about standing up for your self and your beliefs.
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by Brett Michael Orr
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