Manga Monday: Monster Soul by Hiro Mashima

Michael Blaker
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This week for Manga Monday I’m covering a super obscure series from the author of Rave! It’s Monster Soul by Hiro Mashima!

Plot Synopsis:  The tale of Monster Soul takes place in the land of Elfenland where humans and monsters inhabit. The main characters are a group of monsters called the Black Airs. The Black Airs is recorded as the strongest group of the monster forces in the great war between the humans and monsters.

Plot: There’s a reason that plot hook sounds pretty bland, it frankly is and the series only lasts for 6 chapters. It’s probably Hiro Mashima’s worst piece of work. Which is a shame, because he could’ve probably done something impressive with the series.

Characters: The cast is pretty much all the movie monsters from the days of black and white movies, Werewolf, Mummy, Frankenstein etc. Aki is the main character and there’s an internet meme that points out that he acts and looks suspiciously like Luffy from One Piece. So nothing even remotely interesting in terms of characters.

Art: Probably the only redeeming factor of the series is that it’s drawn by Hiro Mashima.

Overall: Give it a look if you can find a copy at a local library, otherwise skip this series and save yourself the time you’ll waste.

For those who like: Blandness, Hiro Mashima.

Not for those who don’t like: Either of the above.

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