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- Mangaka : Saiké Akissa (Ikeda Akissa)
- Writer : Motion, Comedy, Romance, Shounen, Supernatural
- Style : Viz
- Revealed : June 2022
From Ikeda Akissa, a.ok.a Saiké Akissa, the mangaka behind Rosario + Vampire, comes Ghost Reaper Woman—a recent, female-led tackle the supernatural action-adventure style. Regardless of being shelved as a shounen, this new title has a stunning shoujo overtone, pitching a virtually thirty-year-old girl because the protagonist.
Ghost Reaper Woman’s enchantment revolves round this straightforward, however engaging, enchantment. Within the mangaka’s personal phrases, “Doesn’t shounen manga entrust battles over the destiny of the world to minors a bit too typically?”
The tip result’s a persistently interesting first quantity, with a mature magical-girl vibe that builds on outdated shounen like Bleach, combined with trendy shoujo design and a wholesome dose of comedic banter to lighten the temper.
Be part of us immediately on Honey’s Anime as we overview Quantity 1 of Ghost Reaper Woman!
Meet Chloé Love, 28 years outdated, and an aspiring actress. She’s appeared in 36 movies, and performed a useless physique in 30 of them…and time’s quick working out for her to make it massive in showbiz! She nonetheless seems to be fairly youthful, however her childhood left some indelible marks upon her—least of all of the troubles of rising up in a slum, preventing for survival. Little does she know her violent previous might be simply the factor to propel her into a brand new future…
When an enormous variety of evil spirits escape from Hades—the afterlife—Chloé discovers that she’s one thing known as a “spirit medium” that may function the right vessel for souls. Rescued by a ghost reaper named Kai, Chloé varieties a contract together with her new associate, granting her a magical-girl transformation that permits her to turn into the titular “Ghost Reaper Woman.”
The battle sequences are flashy, with scythes and chains and spirits; the battles aren’t gory, although, which sits properly with the manga’s total tone. Surprisingly, Ghost Reaper Woman manages to go all the quantity with out even an ecchi fan-service second. Whether or not that’s a promoting level or not is as much as you, but it surely felt good that Chloé is revered because the protagonist—she’s stunning, however she’s price extra to the story than an affordable panty-shot.
Chloé positive factors a brand new acquainted, the cat-like Noel (full with frequent ‘meow’ puns), and many of the downtime within the story revolves across the banter between the 2 man-servants now dwelling together with her. These comedic breaks are well-executed, and Chloé has an instantly-appealing attraction to her—her purpose is straightforward, and grownup readers will certainly resonate together with her damaged dream of turning into “one thing extra.”
The studying path for Ghost Reaper Woman has been inverted from regular, at Saiké’s request, which means that you just’ll learn this left-to-right in English. It’s an odd departure from the standard manga customary, and it took us some time to regulate. There doesn’t seem like a specific motive for this, however the art work seems to be high-quality inverted, so it shouldn’t take readers lengthy to regulate to the altered format.
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1. Main Woman in a Shounen
Let’s be trustworthy—exterior of shoujo-marketed materials, ladies in shounen are normally relegated to the “facet character” place. At greatest, they’ll be the love curiosity, the ecchi fan-service character, or on the alternative finish of the spectrum, they’ll be the “tough warrior” sort.
There are exceptions to the rule, however sequence like Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica (Puella Magi Madoka Magica) use teenage women and focus extra on psychological drama. Ghost Reaper Woman boldly challenges the shounen style by placing an grownup behind the wheel (scythe?) of the sequence. That, alone, is very deserving of our reward.
2. Come For Motion, Keep for Banter and Lovely Boys
Though it’s laborious to foretell the place the sequence will go, it feels secure to counsel the general tone will stay the identical. There are critical moments, notably as regards to Chloé’s historical past, and a few hints at Kai’s personal tortured path to turning into a spirit, too. However these moments are balanced out by the enjoyable reverse-harem forming round Chloé as she attracts extra ‘servants.’
The bishounen enchantment of the male characters stands out properly in comparison with Saiké’s earlier work, Rosario + Vampire, and the fixed banter between Kai, Chloé, and Noel is persistently amusing.
There’s so much to like in Ghost Reaper Woman, most notably as a result of there are so few shounen with a number one girl, not to mention an precise grownup. The sequence may’ve chosen to dive extra deeply into the ‘being an grownup’ facet of issues, however for now, it appears content material to dwell extra on ‘hopes and desires.’
Time will inform the place this new sequence goes, however the first quantity was partaking and memorable!
Are you going to take a look at Ghost Reaper Woman? Tell us down within the feedback under, and as at all times, thanks for studying!
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