My 9th and 9.5th Manga Review: Sayonara Folklore & As Yet I Have No Name
Genres: Drama, Romance, School life, Yuri
Length: 5 chapters + 4 miniscule bonus chapters, completed
By: Kazuma Kowo
Two very short Manga this time, as will be this review.
Story: Hayase has gone to this school for years, so she knows that you do *not* touch anyone on Monday, and if you do, there’s a little incantation that must be recited. But Mashiro has just transfered in, and does not know these things. Hayase explains that we do not touch on Monday, because not too long ago two girls did – and they fell in love, became lovers and tried to die together. Therefore, if you don’t recite the charm, you might fall in love with whomever touched you…and that would be bad. Of course Hayase explains this after Mashiro has touched her…on a Monday.
If that name sounds familiar, that is because it’s from the same author whom brought us ‘Junsui Adolescence’. But unlike the mentioned manga, I do not like this Manga as much as that one. As you can tell from the story summary, it is based around a superstition and everyone in school is terrified of ending like the suicide girls mentioned. (Why does saying ‘suicide girls’ sound so bad?) However, Mashiro is unfazed by this story and thus teases Hayase knowing she feels uncomfortable. Teasing is a two-way street for me, either I love it or hate it. In this I don’t hate it as such but am not about to award this Manga for it either. This teasing does eventually transform into love (I think) so that’s nice.
(The supposed ‘Suicide girls’, their silhouettes look good though)
As far as the characters go, they’re alright. As I claimed in my previous short Manga reviews, I cannot like a Manga or its characters as much because it is just too short to get invested in. Admittedly that is not always true as certain Manga (like ‘The Miko’s Words and the Witch’s Incantations’ and ‘Renai Manga’) are absolutely beautiful despite being short. The two centrals characters, Mashiro and Hayase I cannot connect with as their romance and personality differ from my liking. There really isn’t much to say but just because I don’t like something, doesn’t mean you won’t like it
Yuri: The two centrals characters, Mashiro and Hayase I cannot connect with as their romance and personality differ from my liking. There really isn’t much to say but just because I don’t like something, doesn’t mean you won’t like it
Next up, an even shorter Manga: As Yet I Have No Name
Genres: Drama, School life, Tomboy, Yuri
Length: 5 chapters, completed
By: Kazuma Kowo (Same author)
(The teasing that I’ll be mentioning)
Story (written by me): Kisaragi recently enrols in a new school (I notice a bit of a pattern here) and finds interest in a strange girl whom I don’t remember the name of and literally looks like a boy. That’s the best I got.
Can you tell from the laziness of the summary that I don’t favour this Manga? If so then you’re correct. The story I feel goes and develops nowhere and the characters are unlikable. Not considering myself as a professional or even well-established reviewer, but this is definitely Kowo-san’s (Not trying to be racist or offensive, it’s just meant as humour) weakest works in my eyes.
Yuri: The entire story is centralised around teasing and this time I do hate it. Characters feel to me as they don’t love each other, only tease. At one point Kisaragi is even looking into getting a boyfriend.
So, to conclude both short Manga:
Forgettable? Maybe not ‘Sayonara Folklore’ but sure ‘As Yet I Have No Name’.
Recommendation? ‘Sayonara Folklore’, yes. Not the other one
Story: 4/10, Characters: 4/10, Overall enjoyment: 4/10, Yuri Goodness: 4/10
Overall Score: 16/40 for ‘Sayonara Folklore’. The other Manga I won’t give a score for.
Thank you for reading and I’d like your help! I’m having difficulty finding length Manga to read/review that haven’t already been reviewed on this site. If you are willing, feel free to suggest any Yuri or even subtext Yuri Manga to me. It does not matter if it is short or lengthy, reviewed or not. Thank you for reading and I appreciate it!