More of the previous artist, who did the “Vesi Oli Mustaa”(Water Was Black) I was told by a mysterious anonymous person that she has improved! So I went on my happy quest of snark and cynicism and opened the book that has a cover like this:
I have to say first.. I am on a very very mellow mood today. Let’s see if it affects the level of snark, shall we?
SO! This comic was done last year by Nina Von rüdiger and Johanna Koljonen.. but I have no idea what Johanna did. I quess she did the plot. Go figure. They did the comic under the collective name of Ms Mandu because.. you know, all big japanese mangakas do that too like Clamp. I think I have found the secret formula of instant mangaka and it is; halftones and nicknames.
I see Nina repeating the same mistakes she used to do in her previous comic like foreshortening
..that chair there reminds me of this
And let’s not forget the rather bland expressions
Maybe the crying one starts to be a bit better but.. there’s no soul in those empty eyes. Nothing but the empty shell of a one-dimensional animu character who has never felt anything.. *sheds a single tear*
She has learned a whole new trick to show emotion though and it’s sparkle-eyes
Ahaha, oh they look adorable.. fragile and precious thing- wait no! Snap out of it! You can do this! HURNG!
She has also adapted one really damn weird thing.
You see, some people, when doing animu – try to adapt japanese habits no matter how stupid they may be, considering it makes no sense outside Japan to have them. Like drawing their comics “backwards” aka right to left unlike the western way of left to right.
But sometimes it just goes too goddamn far. Like when you live in Finland and you write ALL THE SOUND EFFECTS IN KANAS!
To make you understand just how bizarre and pretentious this is, imagine this. Finland is a small country where a good knowledge about different languages is vital. Everyone knows english here(which is part of the reason I decided to use english with this blog) and we all are FORCED to learn swedish even that only 5% of Finnish people speak it and… that 5% all understand finnish because they were born here!
But japan? HAHAHA! You have to have a BIG junior high or internationally-aware university OR go to a special course to learn even the basics. Even russian writing system is used more here, this is ridicilous!
But what does the artist herself say about this?
Really? I thought the whole idea of comics is to convey a message to the people in as simple and clear means as possible. Like.. extremely stylished characters, clear frame-order or understandable text! As a person who’s always struggling to write clearly I cannot possibly understand why someone would go trough such means to confuse their audience.
Also, her comment uses the “emperor’s new clothes”-analogy. If you cannot see it or fathom it, you’re stupid so everyone will try to go “well, yeah of course, I understood it without the text” to not look stupid even that it’s really not their fault that the comic sucks.
Of course at some parts it’s very apparent of what they are saying or what onomatopoetics are used
But because her dramaturgy and storytelling skills really are medicore, it becomes absolutely non-fathomable due to using marks totally obscure to the majority of Finland’s and the world’s population.
Why is it so hard to introduce the situation first and then go with it? Speaking of introduction.. she doesn’t do that. At least not with her characters. When I started reading this thing I was utterly confused because everyone looks the same and no one is introduced. Just try and fathom these!
Let me clear it up:
..and great face for someone who’s being kicked on the stomach by knee. It’s not like a person would be.. you know.. horrified or scared or maybe even hurt in that kind of situation? That guy’s more like “IT’S OKAY, MY POWER LEVEL IS OVER NINE THOUSAND ANYWAY!”
I’m even quite sure that she has recycled the characters from her previous comic.
They have probably been recycling some half-tones too or is that.. dot disease I’m seeing!?
And should we talk more about the dramaturgy and storytelling? Oh yes, let’s talk more about that!
This page has to be one of the best her storytelling is capable of producing
It would’ve been really nice if they would’ve shown that this letter is FROM THE JAPANESE KID or something, I got the idea that he just found her address. And why would a drowner-spirit want to pose as a japanese transfer student anyway.
The plot is so one-dimensional! It’s about junior high kids(13 years) and the bad guys are the ones who hate Japan(LOL) I’ve heard this being described to be a “Strikingly realistic portrayal of how cruel kids are in that age, running behind the latest fashions and mocking those who are not ‘in’.” but it’s just very bland. It only appeals to people because it’s so general they can relate. Relating is pretty much the cheapest way to sell a comic or a movie.
The main characters are not very interesting and because they are not introduced properly it’s hard to attach to them, so when they get teased by the kids who hate Japan I felt very indifferent. And the white-haired boy main character is just an angry, “cool” bishie. Some sort of anti-hero.
Which reminds me of my prediction here
Oh my god! I’m better at predicting stuff than Nostradamus! On your FACE beard-guy!
..to return to that comic page with the letter;
The main character’s surename is Svensson. And it’s pretty fucking corny in here.. it’s kinda like if a black person’s surename was Brown or Black or I might almost say Nigga(if someone wants to generalize and speak down about swedish people they will call them svensons.. we finns are finski in there in speaking-as-lower-terms)
But oh! Her first names are Soon Mi which translates straight as Ees Me. No wonder she gets picked at school, I’d fucking beat a kid calleed Ees Me Svensson into a bloody, pulsating pulp! How goddamn swedish can you get if your name means I’m swedish oh for god’s sake..
But it might be true she has improved a bit.. maybe. I mean, look! She didn’t miserably fail at perspective!
And I gotta say, despite the dot-disease I kinda like this face
Also, she is starting to learn this “cool scenes”-thing. I think she understood that special effects are a good thing for people to stay interested.
There’s even dramatic jumping!
But it doesn’t last very long untill our dear friend Wonky Anatomy comes visiting again
It’s like she referenced a picture of herself posing to the mirror, but because it was not full-body mirror and she couldn’t run towards it while taking dramatic pose-picture, she failed with the pose. That arm looks painful.
Also, because the eyes show under the hair she gets alot “stuck lines” in her work. Especially if there’s a guy with glasses she has to draw
Even someone as awesome as I am can do this mistake
Aaaand for some reason the comic has these walls of text. I read the first of them but I am very anti-social and not much of a “snoop”(I have to make a friend of mine to dig out information about the people I talk about here. Bless him.) so reading something trying to imitate a diary of a 13-year old girl just made my brain hemorrage, eyes to bleed and decide I will not read any of those text walls from now on.
Besides anything that strays from the plot is BAD for this comic. It’s barely comprehensible anyway! I read these trying to find if they have anything to do with the plot and when they didn’t and I wasted all that time on them, got even more confused about the bad plot, and finally ended up just frusthrated.
What made me really angry was that when I had read this thing trough and got the very last pages, I find this
There’s even their friggin blood type!(Just like reel animu gaiz!) why wasn’t this in the beginning of the comic!? Were they afraid of spoiling it!? Because everyone knows that the white-haired boy “Nix” is a friggin water spirit because 1# he looks just like the previous guy from her previous comic who was also a näkki-waterspirit! 2# “Nix” is Näkki aka drowning water spirit in swedish.
Please for the love of puppies and everything that’s fragile and precious, introduce your characters! I swear my hand on manga bible that it’s actually really important to do as the very first thing!
Looks like it’s time for the summary now. Here, let me condense that comic into one page for you
In other words: if you want to be utterly confused and troughly frustrated while trying to read a badly drawn comic, buy this. But even then, get it second-hand, just to ease the pain of the poor person who bought this for 15€ Only well-done thing in this is the hands.
My next entry will be the first finnmanga I have ever read and LIKED it afterwards. I actually read it before most of these and I’ll finish my finnmanga-theme “month” with that one.