Imitation is one of the highest forms of flattery, where for good or for bad. This is extremely prevalent in recent teen books the past couple of years. After the blasphemy that was 'Twilight' every writer and their mother burst forth with their own take on running the vampire legacy into the mud. I would almost say Pixar's 'Brave' was a take on the viking fame that 'How to Train Your Dragon' achieved (at this moment i have yet to see 'Brave').
What i'm trying to get at is the new manga that i read on Mangahere.com. Its name is 'Mahou Shoujo of the End' by Sato Kentaro, and it is near frame by frame knock off of 'High School of the Dead' by Saito Daisuke. The only difference is that the zombies that are attacking Tokyo are actually demonic Hell Magical Girls (you know the ones with the short skirts, wands, and larger than life eyes) who slaughter innocent bystanders and spout off one word "Magical~~".
I for one dislike any kind of horror gore fest like 'High School' but i have to say that i quite enjoyed this manga series. It's a tongue and cheek knock off of 'High School' and i can feel that it knows that. It's a serious manga, don't get me wrong, but the whole Magical Girl antagonist seems to make fun of itself in a good way.
It's a brutal manga for sure. Heads exploding, people dying left and right, and cute an' cuddly Shoujos turned nightmarish. Its not for the faint of heart, that's for sure. The only thing i find strange in the manga is that it will introduce a character, who has some depth and body to them, and kill them off rather quickly. i like this. It shows teh audience that in the end of time there will people that you meet and get to know and they will die. I haven't seen anything like that in a manga before.
Overall 'Mahou Shoujo of the End' is decent and if you like a gritty apocalyptic story, go for it.
Listening to: podcasts
Drinking: Mountain Dew