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Ran to Haiiro no Sekai (Ran and the Gray World)
By: IRIE Aki
Genre: Supernatural, Slice of Life, Comedy
Serialized In: Fellows!
Meet the Urumas, a slightly dysfunctional family of four sorcerers. Mom, being the most powerful sorceress around, works away from home keeping the world safe. Dad picks up the slack and takes care of the family. Except when he's out, which is when the older brother Jin finds himself in the unenviable position of keeping tabs on his sister Ran. And Ran, the youngest, is a willful girl with too much power and too little wisdom. Let's take a look at Ran's everyday misadventures, shall we?
Nice looking series. Chapter one had a nice sense of humor with good pacing. Ran and her brother Jin both seem like interesting characters, the only ones featured so far. The writing and art reminds me of Katou Shinkichi, with a little 70's shojo references in the art. Very promising.
I checked this out too (based on the fact that it was a Storm in Heaven/Kotonoha joint project ) and I wasn't disappointed. The Katou Shinkichi feel was definitely there, although it's hard to tell much from just one chapter. But I'm optimistic. This looks like it'll be a lot of fun and I can't wait to read more.
I read it for the sole reason it was a joint between those groups, I didn't even read the synopsis. Same goes for Kotonoha's other new project Miyori no Mori (which I also highly recommend).
The soft, rounded feel of the art is what reminded me of Katou Shinkichi. Especially his work in Obrigado. Something about Ran reminds me of updated 70's manga, a vibe I get from his work too. I love the protagonist too. The petulant, slightly spoiled, and way to strong for her own good heroine is always fun. I'm wondering what everyday life for a family of wizards is like too.
I read the first three chapters available and i'm very pleased with this series.The art and the pace are kind of exceptional,but i love it.I hope they scanlate the whole two volumes.
I brought my Ran sig back ^_^
I've enjoyed the first few chapters. I like that it's more of a slice of life manga than supernatural. Their powers seem to be more symbolism for being eccentric than super power, at least so far. What really interests me is how hermetic their world is. So far we have not met anyone outside of Ran's immediate family. No neighbors, no friends, no classmates or co-workers.
I'm sure both volumes will be scanlated. It might take a while but they could end up catching up one of these days. They seem to be doing about a chapter a month. It's a bi-monthly series, I'm sure there are less than 20 chapters so far.
I really hope they will continue scanlating soon, I'm addicted to this manga already
The art is as magic as the characters are!
The cover and first pages already, they have an absolutely amazing atmosphere to them. And, especially, the eyes: http://img156.imageshack.us/img156/8...sekaiv0103.png
Last edited by Roflkopt3r; March 27, 2011 at 05:37 PM.
Is chapter 8 the latest chapter around??
Indeed, very sad. This manga would be better if it concentrates on the magical aspect of it. It will be more colorful, it feels that those bursts of magic are little and the slice of life dominates more. I think the females in that aspect will be driving the story more, still the costume and character design especially of the female characters here is top notch. I just feel the magnaka needs to concentrate more on one genre.
It's a fun manga, but much like with Otoyomegatari the publication is way too slow to keep track of.
Gunjo Gakusha have also been translated.
I don't really like reading manga by the chapter that much so bi-monthly releases do not bother me that much. If I lived in Japan I doubt I would buy Fellows anyway, instead I'd just wait for new volumes of Ran, Otoyomegatari, and Wolfsmund.
I just read the entire volume 6. wow it's getting to be such an awesome manga with so much promise! what happened to the glasses guy, is he going to be the new villain???
I caught up with this series recently. It was on my to read list for the longest time. I was just waiting for some chapters to build up. It was thoroughly enjoyable. LOVE the art. The characters are great too. Especially Ran and her mom. I really like the slow, slice-of-life type story with just the right amount of plot progression and the perfect balance of comedy and drama. This type of series is made for me.
Matt you would probably like Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru; if you haven't read it yet. I'm almost caught up with it (8/10 books) and it is so enjoyable.