Bloody Sweet

 Power blogger and social outcast Shin Naerim is forced by her classmates tobloodysweet break the seals on a foreboding door. Alone in a remote church she wakes a vampire from his slumber. The meeting will spark a relationship which innocent beginnings may hide a sinister secret.

My Review (Part 1)

TappyToon SiteThe TappyToon webtoon site contacted my LaRuse News Twitter account asking about reviewing a work of theirs. I happily agreed and they recommended their most popular site webtoon “Bloody Sweet.” Before beginning a review I scope out more information to ensure I am not going to find myself in the midst of a yaoi, josei, or pwp. None of which I review for my site. This was where the TappyToon surprised me. Many of their webtoons begin free then require purchased tokens to continue on. I promote supporting manga authors by purchasing their works but am uncomfortable at promoting purchasing a chapter by chapter commitment. Feeling conflicted I have chosen to read and review ONLY those chapters freely available to my readers. Having explained that…enjoy the review.

 

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Characters

Shin Naerim makes dolls, writes novels, and is uber popular as an online blogger. In real life she is bullied by her classmates and is silent to most real people. She silently handles the cruel taunts of her classmates without seeking revenge. Shin’s true persona will be revealed in a single fateful meeting.

 

2016-08-25 (11)Song – former friend of Shin. She is popular for her cute looks. Song has confidence and is a leader among the girls. She takes delight in finding ways to make Shin’s life miserable.

Looks good for being undead

Looks good for being undead

 

Main male character- Kept hidden behind talismans in a creepy old church he is a handsome young man who was originally mistaken for being dead. He has a sense of humor and a liking for Shin’s blood.

 

 

The Art

Heterochromia!

Heterochromia!

Many webtoons have a particular style which Bloody Sweet embodies. The similarities in characters are shared in works like Orange Marmalade and Subtle Disaster. Bloody Sweet does have several unique character looks. For example, the main male character has complete heterochromia. One of his irises is red and the other yellow. I loved seeing this because 1) it’s a bit different and 2) I have incomplete heterochromia.

 

 

There is one character whose look bothered this reviewer. Son2016-08-25 (21)g shared an uncomfortable resemblance to certain blow up dolls. I asked for collaborating opinions and the consensus was the same. I would have loved to see her with a design similar to the rest of the characters.

 

My Review (Part 2)

Bloody Sweet Twist

Bloody Sweet Twist

The vampire and human scenario is not unique in the world of mangas, manhwas, and webtoons. To actually stand out an author must have some unique tidbit. Lee’s  is Shin’s family history of a mother who is a moodang (although the term in the summary is a shaman). The summary assumption would be this becomes a part of the drama making a not to so simple relationship even more complex, perhaps sinister.

 

Even a shaman mother would leave me skeptical about chancing Bloody Sweet. Maybe2016-08-25 this is why it’s not focused until chapter 2. The webtoon wants the reader to ‘know’ the unique being of Shin Naerim. Bloody Sweet pleasantly fools the reader by setting up a person one believes is the character before turning the assumptions upside by presenting the exact opposite. Shin Naerim is an online novel goddess and reality’s bullied misfit. I found myself loving this unconventional girl who embodied the double life of a lot of internet junkies today. She isn’t an obsessed fan either; but a ‘power’ blogger making it all the more fascinating someone so beloved online could be so victimized by her peers.

2016-08-25 (17)The accidental meeting between human and vampire in a cliche’ church ‘oops I shouldn’t have done that’ was above average. The humor was there. The quirky ‘extra’ was there. Even a definite smack to the face for tasting blood without asking was there. Bloody Sweet’s only problem with the meeting was it just was not hugely original. I felt deja vu disappointment. Could there have been a more creative meeting than this one? Definitely. Does that make the webtoon less of an enjoyable potential read? No. Bloody Sweet has that something to draw potential readers back to its pages. Unfortunately, readers will have to decide how much this draw is going to cost them. Chapter three onwards requires ‘tokens’ to unlock this webtoon’s unfolding drama.

Note: Tappytoon offers regular token specials for different actions (e.g. one can gain tokens by liking them on Facebook or Twitter). This gives readers a chance to keep on reading for making use of the sites they already love.

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Bloody Sweet is perfect for those who have a passion for the relationship between vampire and human. I’m talking to all you fans of Vampire Knight, Orange Marmalade, and such. I also highly recommend it to lovers of the supernatural genre and fantasy. There is drama mixed in with comedy so readers will have an added bonus in the two.

Final Score 7.8

A webtoon to sink your fangs into.

Details

bloodysweetName: Bloody Sweet

Author: Lee Narae

Artist: Lee Narae

Genre: webtoon; fantasy; romance; supernatural; comedy

Complete: No

Anime: No but would love to see it!

Fukushuu Kyoushitsu (Revenge Classroom)

Ayana has been burned, beaten, and pushed into traffic by her school’s bullying. Driven insane from the realization it will never end she plots to return her hell to each of her classmates. With each new victim comes consequences which will leave casualties in their wake. Ayana’s revenge will not be stopped until the final price has been paid.

My Review (Part 1)
School is starting for many of my readers and some will be facing bullying on a daily basis. In grade

school I faced ridicule for having a body different than my classmates. Though the long-time boyfriend thinks what was said was ridiculous it does not change how it affected my view of myself for years afterwards. Revenge Classroom stuck in my mind until I sat down to experience it. Before I get into the review I am warning readers this manga contains rape, references to self-harm, disturbing imagery, and has been described as ‘f***ed up.

The Characters
Ayana Fujisawa: Before the bullying Ayana had a

kind, sociable personality, and cared deeply for her friends. She initially endured the beatings, burns, and harassment with a stoic resignation believing it could change. After the pivotal push into traffic Ayana grows increasingly unstable. She is psychotic with a manipulative personality reveling in violence. Ayana does have moments where she appears to display a sense of remorse and guilt but over time they turn into twisted reasoning. She never loses the passive victim mentality when attacks are happening and foregoes self-defense. The girl is so many contradictions it is downright terrifying.

Ai Nomura: After being manipulated into Ayana’s first plot she grows to see her as a tragic-heroine. She is sociably awkward admiring the ‘popular’ girls from afar. Ai is a follower who latches onto Ayana’s strength offering herself as a tool in the girl’s plots. Some readers may see her as having a female love interest in Ayana. Realistically it’s more of a sick fan girl who adores her hero.

Ren: Sadistic POS who calls Ayana his ‘toy.’ He is

regarded as a friend by many of the class’s boys but has no true feelings of friendship for anyone. Ren controls the class from the shadows manipulating his choices through threats. He ‘protects’ Ayana by only allowing abuse from the other boys when he is present. This boy is f***ed up in more ways than one can comprehend.

Mari:Unlikely ally and former tormentor of Ayana. She admits to her jealousy playing a role in bullying Ayana. She rescues her past victim but doesn’t want friendship. Her goal is revenge.

 

Mao: Female leader of the girl’s bullying of Ayana. She hates her with undisclosed passion and shows it. Mao faces rejection with anger and leads by demanding others follow. Any opposition is met with severe consequences which her flunkies help her carry out. She is one sick SOB.

Daisuke: Leader of the male bullies he only answers

People like Daisuke make me sick. I will never understand them.

to Ren. He takes enjoyment from making Ayana’s life a daily hell of beatings and harassment. When she tells  him ‘he should have died’ he loses control and rapes Ayana. There is no remorse in Daisuke.

The Art

The side of Ayana you do  not want to meet

The depiction of Ayana in color on the manga made her appear something unique. She does have several unique features in the manga. When particularly ruthless or deranged her eyes appear to have cat-like pupils. Overall though her hair is really the defining feature appearing stringy and kinda emo(?). If it were not for those two features she would be  like the rest of the manga characters.

Almost all the manga characters are reminiscent of

Manga character Deja vu

so many other mangas I have read. They have nothing particularly wrong about them and are well drawn. My problem is they are the looks which my brain goes ‘hey! isn’t that the girl from …….?’  Not a problem for those new to reading mangas but distracting when you see it so often. They are well done but hardly unique. Even the blood scenes are a bit meh in design. Again not a problem for those unused to the horror genre but I have a fondness for it which makes it a challenge to not compare it to the ones which stand out.

My Review (Part 2)

It’s still to suspicious!

Revenge Classroom fascinated me with its description Then I began reading it and found a LOT of holes in the beginning victim story lines. Read Death Note and you get spoiled with Raito/L’s indepth plans which make sure to close every loophole. Ayana’s plots are very basic relying to much on trusting her manipulated partners. One confession could have derailed her carefully laid plans. If each chapter had continued with a victim punishment relying solely on her it would have become a bland read.

Revenge Classroom rescued itself from averageness when Ayana’s plans began to have unintended

What are you doing Emi? She’s not on the roof!

consequences. There is a fascinating beauty in seeing humankind’s response changing what one person assumed would be their end game. This is not saying there are no issues with this. I am still unsure of exactly how and why Emi was climbing a drain pipe to somehow stop Yuuko from her fate. It was a bit like….um….what…explanation please. The fact that somehow so much of what was happening was ignored by any decent police work was also a bit troubling. Some of Ayana’s plot happenings don’t quite make sense. The results make the manga fast-paced. I love that. My brain not so much it wants to know more of the lead up (another side effect from Death Note).

The manga is still ongoing so the final results have

yet to make themselves known. I enjoy seeing the alliances building on something different than friendship. Ayana lost her respect for that a long time ago so it makes sense a kind action would not put the brakes on her plan. Her plots are sickening. Some might say she should have only cherry-picked those who actively bullied her. I agree with Ayana those who ignored he bullying or rarely

took a stance are also to blame. All it took in one bullying instance was a single person standing up to the bullies to stop them. If no one cared enough to reach out a helping hand then they aided the bullies in believing they have a right to act with cruelty.

From an emotional standpoint this manga saddened me a great deal. Ayana’s actions are wrong. No one

Bullying has no beautiful ending

should do any of what she does no matter how a human being hurt them. The saddest part is this was a girl who was full of life and kindness. Had bullying never happened I am positive she would never have done this. Revenge Classroom felt like a very f***ed up warning. Bullying can lead to self-harm even suicide. Then there are those rare individuals whose mind just snaps. They become the bully who lose all sense of reason. What they do doesn’t solve the problem and innocents will face consequences. Every person who becomes a casualty has a family or friends whose life will never be the same. It’s enough to make you want to give up on the belief any good exists in humanity. It doesn’t have to be like that. For goodness sake, be the one person who stands up for someone like Ayana before sh*t goes down.  You get me? You got me? Good

To the Reader
I consider Revenge Classroom a mature read. I don’t

This image stays with me. No one there to save her.

label it mature for the violence because most manga readers, unless romance junkies, have come across brutal violence before. Revenge Classroom’s maturity is for suicide, rape, and overall serious subject matter.  This manga took the reviewer to a sad place which is best left untouched. Maybe this is only a personal experience, maybe not, just be aware it’s not only a horror manga but a tragedy as well.

Readers who enjoy horror will have a lot to

experience in Revenge Classroom. The suspense is a definite part in this as one doesn’t know what will happen as a result of Ayana’s actions. Interestingly this is clearly a school life manga with the whole premise involving classmates. There is almost zero comedy in the manga. Romance could potentially be said to exist but I found it difficult to spot any which could be considered a good thing. To sum it up: if you are looking for a happy break from reality in a school life genre then read 24 Colors, Orange Marmalade, or Ouran High School Host Club because you won’t find it in Revenge Classroom.

Final Score: 7.5
I have no words to describe it

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Details

Name(s): Revenge Classroom; 复仇教室; 復讐教室; Fukushuu Kyoushitsu
Author(s): Yamazaki Karasu
Artist(s):Kaname Ryu
Year: 2013
Chapter(s) 16 as of 8/12/2016
Genre: Tragedy, School Life, Suspense, Drama, Psychological
Status: Ongoing
Anime: No (if there is I couldn’t find it)

Assassination Classroom (Ansatsu Kyoshitsu)

Assassination Classroom

Class E is the Assassination Classroom. Here the
lowest students of the school have a secret mission: kill their sensei before he destroys the earth.

My Review (Part 1)
Gintama’s parody of Korosensei as Ginkorosensei
I was creeping on the Japanese best-seller list when a manga caught my eye. Surrounded by ridiculously popular titles like One Piece
and Attack on Titan, Assassination Classroom (Ansatsu Kyoshitsu) drew a blank. Over 8.6 million copies sold in 2015 alone, a best-seller, and I had never heard of it.
What made this manga so incredibly popular? And did this finally explain that
moment in Gintama? What was I getting myself into?
The Art
Korosensei: the happiest looking moon destroyer in all manga

Korosensei: the happiest looking moon destroyer in all manga

The cover art for Assassination Classroom took me by surprise. Instead of dark intensity; I found comedy. Korosensei looks like a balloon with a happyface transplanted onto an octopus’s body. For a being capable of destroying themoon I would have expected sharp edges, deep shading, mysterious eyes notsomething so humorous. The decision to make Korosensei the way he looks was thefirst introduction to the refreshing world of Assassination Classroom. The manga takes humor to a different place where a being capable of worldwide destruction is also a unique sensei who counters assassination attempts with manicures.

Nagisa’s character appearance is another of my

favorite things from Assassination Classroom. I love the
big eyes (I’m a sucker for great eyes), the hair with an actual reasoning
behind it, and how his look matches so naturally with who he is. His angelic smiles are so deviously distracting! Even the deadliest assassins can be forgiven for falling into his charm.

Now comes the most significant problem I hold with

Students of Class E

Assassination Classroom’s character designs. The majority of Class E student’s look so incredibly similar. They run the line of falling into the ‘same face shape’ just slightly different hair rut. The manga’s length did give them a chance to become recognizable but at first glance they all blend together with few exceptions. The blandness is an immense disappointment when compared to a creative character look like Korosensei.

The Characters
Nagisa: the
student who makes the greatest insights into the enigma of Korosensei. Nagisa
is used to being ridiculed for being in Class E and accepted it until the year
Korosensei takes over Class E. Nagisa is loyal to his beliefs. He doesn’t lose
them throughout the manga although his assassination education unleashes a
hidden side of his character.
Karma Akabane: Incredibly
quick-witted with a

brilliant mind and ruthless killing sense he is the first
student to cause actual damage to Koro-sensei. Karma is a master manipulator
with the ability to spot the lurking darkness in a person. He was removed to
class E as punishment for violent offenses. Among all the Class E students, he
is closest to Nagisa having known him before becoming a Class E student.

Bitch-sensei (Irina
Jelavic)
– Extremely confident in her powerful sex appeal, Irina is a top
rate assassin who is tasked to kill Korosensei. She is an excellent actress but
her true self is prone to being petty and easily frustrated. She had no initial
intentions of being a real teacher but slowly grows to care for the students of
Class E.

 

 

Karasuma Tadaomi: bridge between the world

governments and Class E he takes
the role of PE teacher to turn the students into assassins. He is intelligent,
level-headed, and capable of facing high-stress situations without breaking a
sweat. The class admires him greatly and strives to follow his example.

 

 

Korosensei is an enigma in the manga. What he is and why he
wanted to become a teacher for Class E is a large part of what drives the
manga. He is off the wall intelligent, creative, and humorous even when
fighting off serious assassination attempts. Nagisa finds he has a lot of
surprising weaknesses as well. Example: When he tries to look cool, his
weaknesses show; he is surprisingly quick to panic; and boobs (a dangerous
weakness for many men).
My Review (Part 2)
Assassination Classroom is more than a mere manga on
ordinary students attempting to save the world from unordinary destruction. The
charm of the manga lies in the way it combines a struggle with a

journey. The
struggle is more than the students work

to become top-notch assassins. Class E
is literally the loathed bottom feeders of the school whose existence is meant
to make the ‘normal’ students work harder to avoid having to join their ranks.
They face daily persecution for not being ‘good enough.’ Korosensei in his
ridiculous way starts a change in these forgotten ones. His efforts to make a
difference isn’t always understood by the students. He wants them to succeed in
more than an assassination. From raising their academic rankings to being sport
standouts, he fights alongside them. Some of the battles are humorous, others
make you want to cry, but all teach no student has to be what one a-hole
principal schemes for them.

The part which never fails to stand out is just how
incredible a character Korosensei is in the manga. He is so inhuman and deadly.
Yet has the most ridiculous hilarious weaknesses it stuns the reader just how
one character with a weakness for porn can outfox the world’s military forces.
He brings out the best of his students taking them from rejects to death served
with a smile. Deadly plots lie in humongous puddings, while porn stashes are
hidden assassination plots. The topsy turvy keeps one guessing while never
forgetting the world is at stake. How it will end is the reader’s guess but the
manga is so page-turning one won’t want to miss a panel before reaching the
final conclusion.
To the Reader
Assassination Classroom is clearly of the school life genre.
You will find many of the school life scenarios: exams, sport festivals,
student rivalries etc. The adventure in those scenarios along with the drama

Love the manga? Watch the anime!

keep it from sinking into a standard school story. And the humor…the humor is
everywhere! Some of it is the immature ‘porn jokes’ type but much of it comes
from odd ironies and the characters themselves. For those who worry it will all
be one big joke there are many moments which bring emotions to the surface.
It’s not hard to see personal life experiences in the feelings these characters’
struggle with. Feelings which occasionally do fall into the genre of romance but don’t take
away from the feeling of action and suspense flowing through this excellent
manga.

Final Score: 9.4
Make it your end-of-summer manga must.

 

 

Details
Names(s):
暗殺教室 ; Assassination Classroom ; فصل الأغتيال ; 암살교실 ; Classe do Assassinato; Ansatsu
Kyōshitsu

Author(s):
Matsui Yuusei

Artist(s):
Matsui Yuusei
Year:
2012
Genre(s):
Humor, Suspense, Drama, School Life, Sci-fi, Action
Chapter(s):
184
Status:
Complete
Anime: Yes