Mini ARC Reviews – Manga Classics

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Hi guys! So, I’ve been reading quite a bit of manga and I came across some new manga classics that I wanted to read. Since my reviews for manga tend to be on the slimmer side, I decided to post two per post since they are from the same publisher, although the authors vary.

These ones are two new releases:

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Manga Classics: The Stories of Edgar Allan Poe 

Manga Classics: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

I have never read any of these classics yet, so keep in mind that my review is solely about the manga version without any comparison.

* Received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much! This doesn’t affect the review in any way. My opinions are, as always, my own.*


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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn adapted by Crystal Chan
Series: Manga Classics
Publisher: Udon Entertainment
Expected publication October 27th, 2017
Genres: Manga, Classics
Pages: 320
Format: ARC
Buy: Book Depository | Amazon

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I was really excited for this book since I’ve never read the original classic but I’ve always wanted. I can’t say this is one of my favorite manga classics. But it’s a pretty good one nonetheless. It talks about racism, feuding families, abuse, alcoholism, friendship, etc. It’s quite a full novel and an interesting one. Some parts are more interesting than others but all of them talk about important matters.

I really liked the story for how fun yet heartbreaking it is. The best part for me was the humor. Now, I don’t know how humouristic is the original one, but if it is something like this, I will definitely enjoy it.

I loved all the adventures and how ridiculous some moments were. There are all types of persons in this book, but my favorite was Jim! Some characters really made me mad although they were ridiculous… But Jim is such a precious character! I really liked Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer, especially together! They are just so spirited and strong boys always trying to do the right thing. But what is the right thing?

That’s what a lot of the book is about. It has a lot of racism and Huckleberry Finn didn’t know what he should do. Should he help Jim or not? Black people were supposed to be slaves and not friends. So the right thing would be to enslave them, or in case of a runaway, take them to their owner. And so, he decided to do the wrong thing and free him. It was really interesting seeing him trying to see what is the right thing to do and what he actually did.

The adventures were quite funny and interesting and the art only made everything better. Things happen quite quickly so I definitely want to read the original classic. But it was overall a very expressive, fun and important novel about racism – in a lovely format if you enjoy manga!

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The Stories of Edgar Allan Poe adapted by Stacy King
Series: Manga Classics
Publisher: Udon Entertainment
Expected publication: October 17th, 2017
Genres: Manga, Classics
Pages: 308
Format: ARC
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Once again, I never read the original book and to be honest I don’t really know what to think of it. The manga is divided into 5 short stories. And some of them are really tiny! I have no idea how they are in the original classic but in this one, although some are a bit difficult to understand since there’s not much of a context, they are fascinatingly terrifying!

Also, I have to mention that all the short stories are drawn by a different artist, which I thought to be really interesting. Not only because we can see different styles but because it makes it easier to separate the stories…

I will talk about them briefly in separate:

  • The Tell-Tale Heart – This one was quite short and not the easiest to understand but it was just so dark and fascinating! I’m not sure I understood it at all because in manga format it’s really a bit too tiny but it seems to be about guilt? Basically, it’s about a guy that is trying to show that he is sane. In his brain, for him to commit such a calculated murder he has to be sane… The victim was an old man with a “vulture-eye” and he explains how everything happened. It’s quite macabre.

 

  • The Cask of Amontillado – Okay after reading this one, I think this manga is better enjoyed if you’ve read the original stories or if you at least have heard of them, otherwise it will probably get confusing. This one is basically about revenge. And if you are wondering, Amontillado is the name of a wine, that was used by Montresor to lure Fortunato to his end. It’s quite a messed-up story and not the easiest to have the whole idea in manga…

 

  • The Raven – I really liked this one, it’s the only one I fully knew before reading the manga and I’m impressed. It’s amazing how they managed to still maintain the poem aspect! I was literally reading it as a poem. This seems to be about grief. The main character is suffering the loss of his love, Lenore. And the poem shows him falling into madness. I really love this poem and it was quite unique to see it in a manga format, this is for sure a first and I think it was really well done.

 

  • The Masque of the Red Death – This one was scary and unsettling… I was holding my breath for the whole story even tho I was expecting the end due to the title… What an intense story! This one is about the plague and our main character is a prince. He is trying to escape the plague by staying in an abbey. He does an incredibly big party but… There are no boundaries for death… This is one of the tense ones in the book, it’s incredible and for sure my favorite!

 

  • The Fall of the House Usher – This story is the weirdest of them all. Such an unsettling story! In this story, we have a character clearly suffering from some mental disease  (make it plural!) not yet discovered at the time. This one has a bit more of a dark setting (even darker than the last ones, if that’s possible) and the art was perfectly paired with the story. I think it’s the most different in the book and first I wasn’t really sure about it but it really fits well. The story talks about two friends, one is the narrator and he tries to help his friend feeling better – although it seems to be quite impossible to do so and he starts to be scared himself. I think this one is best understood if you’ve read the original classic, although it has a lot of detail and story in the manga, it’s quite a complex story.

 

I actually enjoyed all the stories and the art. They are all really different from each other, the only thing in common being how dark they are. I surprisingly loved this manga and for sure I need to read more Edgar Allan Poe! Totally recommended if you are into dark or unsettling stories!

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Have you read these yet or any of the original classics? What’s your favorite story? Let’s discuss it in the comments below!

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