Buddy story involving the travels of Rahzel, a young, impulsive sorceress (her powers mostly involve blasting things), and her companion, Alzeid (a bishônen former military man with a dark past). From the outline it may sound like a Slayers-esque adventure, but the series isn’t really in the fantasy genre; the heroes wear modern-day clothes and wander through nondescript towns encountering thugs with guns and knives. The plot takes a long time to get moving, focusing on the main characters’ pointless bickering before eventually turning to the angst of Alzeid’s backstory. The character art is pretty but the setting and stories are dull, over-relying on fights with random goons. God and devil world
Shirou is a young man in a rut, working a boring job as a construction worker, until a naked girl falls out of the sky and stirs up his life. The mysterious Lucy disappears as suddenly as she arrived, and Shirou learns that he intentionally wiped his own memories and must find a bunch of old “friends” in order to make sense of his past and reunite with Lucy. Making things difficult are some homemade zombies and psychotic telepaths, which soon send the story down the path of violence and near horror. Among all the action, Shirou and his buddies don’t seem too surprised that people are dying and strange technology is blowing up their apartments. Dead End has the feel of a dream, with the promise of answers hidden somewhere in its pages; for the most part, though, it’s simply action with no moral compass. The talented artist’s unpretty art matches the disaffected characters and grim urban settings.
Mysterious but friendly aliens called DearS have crash-landed on Earth, and everyone is fascinated with them (“Get with the times! Paranoid theories are out and hot alien chicks are in!”). Seventeen-year-old Takaya is skeptical until he has a close encounter with a “defective” DearS, Ren, who sticks to him like glue, calls him “master,” and lies around his room like a pet. Turns out that DearS are a race of slaves who are naturally inclined to seek masters and bond with them. Despite all the science fiction pretensions and the characters’ delicate expressions, DearS is basically a fanservice “maid manga,” with a seemingly endless number of interchangeable alien women in skintight fetish gear. The attempts at serious drama are unconvincing and the story simply introduces new characters until Peach-Pit runs out of ideas. Starting in volume 2, the sexually suggestive plot and art push the edges of the 13+ rating.