Manga Monday: 12 Beast by Okayado

Michael Blaker
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This week for Manga Monday I’ve got another Quick Review! It’s 12 Beast by Okayado!

Plot Synopsis: Three things you should know about Touga Eita, second-year high school student and heir to the Touga-style ninjutsu dojo: First, he really, really loves video games. Second, when given a choice between heroics and saving his own skin, he will always choose the latter. Third, he’s never so much as kissed a girl. All this changes when a girl named Aero appears and calls on Eita to help save her people.

Plot: The plot isn’t super original, but it’s not bad either. I’ve read better, but there are also much worse plots I’ve read. I’ll probably end up reading the rest of the series eventually. It looks fairly interesting for a Shounen series.

Characters: This first chapter introduces us to Eita and Aero, and Eita’s grandfather who is quite funny. Eita himself is actually really smart, something that isn’t a common Shounen protagonist attribute. I actually enjoy Aero quite a bit as a lead character, and hope she proves to be Eita’s perfect foil.

Art: This is a series done by the same author as Monster Musume so it’s fairly good. The volume cover art above is actually not a good judge for the series, as the artwork in it seems to be much better than that.

Overall: For those who like Action series with a touch of Romance and/or Harems, you’ll love 12 Beast. Everyone else can probably skip this series.

For those who like: Action, Drama, Romance, Harems, Fantasy, Mechas, Great Leads.

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

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