Nardio Manga Review
IS THE Lord Marksman and Vanadis Vol.1 WORTH YOUR TIME?
WHAT DID I THINK WITHOUT SPOILING IT?
There is an interesting fantasy adventure that is hidden behind an excessive ecchi art style. Once you get past the impossible female proportions and lack of armor/clothing, there is an engaging story underneath.
It took me a while to buy Lord Marksman and Vanadis Vol. 1. Not because of it’s price, but because of it’s really ecchi cover. I mean look at it above. Kinda nuts right. Now sure, there are times that I am OK with stuff that is ecchi, but that is normally just for comedies. More often than not I’ve found that most mangas that have covers like Lord Marksman and Vanadis Vol. 1 suffer from a bad lack of story telling and hope the T&A will be enough for readers. Thankfully, Lord Marksman and Vanadis Vol. 1 has some substance, but it’s honestly hidden. There wass just enough there to intrigue me.
The story starts off following a young lord who just want’s to take care of his people. Soon enough he gets swept up in an adventure he didn’t expect. Honestly neither did I. A lot of what happens here feels almost fresh. Unfortunately during that adventure there are bits of cliche ecchi that detract from the experience. The story takes two steps forward and an out of place troupe would bring it back a step. Sure I went along with the adventure, but I was constantly ripped out of it. That said I like that this is a story that is not afraid of death and blood. Granted this isn’t anywhere near Goblin Slayer violence and blood, but there is enough there that there seems to be a real threat.
The art as well as the writing is kinda uneven here. One minute people look almost realistic, other times its classic manga, and then others it’s just kinda goofy. I think the author should have went with a more experienced artist. Nobuhiko Yanai really drops the ball here a lot and it rips me out of the experience more often than I’d like. I can’t tell if he is trying a lot of things because he thinks it looks interesting, or if he is just a bad artist. I dunno.
I was honestly kinda meh about Lord Marksman and Vanadis Vol. 1 for most of the book. Thankfully things picked up towards the end. I decided to cautiously recommend it and get the next volume. Lets see next week if volume two of Lord Marksman and Vanadis is better than the first. This is weird, because this is one of the first manga I’ve recommended despite it’s art.
I recommend checking this out at the library first before you spend your cash.
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- Amazon: Kindle for $6.49
- Amazon: Paperback $12.99
- Barnes and Noble: Paperback $12.99
- Author: Tsukasa Kawaguchiis
- Artist: Nobuhiko Yanai
- Genre: Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Young Adult/Supernatural/Ecchi
- Publisher Seven Seas
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