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My Dearest Self With Malice Aforethought Vol. 1

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The story: Again, the integrity is pretty good, but because of the countless ex-machina and convinietly introduced new characters it felt pretty subpar. It's really awesome and despearing, you'll feel different emotions or shits while reading this stuff.

This could be the most underrated aspect of this manga but the art is genuinely drawn so horrifyingly well that the plot twists have literally given me more chills than most horror mangas failed to do. The art perfectly synced in the story and you can feel the art giving awesome mood in certain events.

People say that perfect mangas don't exist that's why they don't give anything a 10, but I follow the idea that if a manga does anything beyond what I expected from this medium of art then it has pushed the boundaries of what manga as an entertainment medium can achieve with the story, and this manga does this with being one of the most cleverly written plots and characters with genuinely horrifying art in the best moments. The protagonist ends up giving a speech, the details of which I’ve forgotten (he said that torturing a random guy was beneath him, or something).

It’s the psychological traps and mind games that are going on behind the scenes that enrapture my imagination, I don’t give two shits about how insane a character unless it plays a genuine role in the deductive reasoning of it all. If you’re one of those people who care much more about the ending, don’t worry this manga pretty much handled it perfectly!To me it felt massively like a cop out with little to no setup as to how he actually "gave" himself DID. I don’t mean from the authors as they are doing an incredible work; but for the real LL in the manga that decided to do it only for the tattoo!

I was thinking it would have be analyzing more in the detail about his relationship with Eiji, but at the beginning of this chapter the focus of the narration switch to Kyouka but it’s only a small parenthesis before we get to know why Eiji’s father was chose as a scapegoat. While all the characters receive development and have deep connections, these connections become increasingly forced, less organic, and contrived (although still enjoyable to read). All I can say is that the predictability of the plot is good, the plot twists are there to confirm what the reader has been speculating. Overall great character writing, every character has an appropriate amount of screentime and well written backstories. Now, for the story, I can’t say for sure I followed every tiny detail and I admit skim reading some parts (not because it was bad or boring, but to find out what happens next), but it’s impossible not to say this plot is extremely well thought out and interesting.

The rating of 8 given to the manga may be slightly high, but the third volume's plot twist and the fourth volume's storyline deserve praise for the chilling reactions they elicit. I love psychological manga and this was one of the greatest pyscological manga, along with Blood on the tracks, monster, and pun pun. He’s prodded into showing his inborn skills as a torturer with a tied-up guy that the gang intended to kill. While mostly fine, there are a few instances where elements of the mystery are blatantly shoehorned in to explain the desired ending. Shota Ito's artistic work is truly remarkable, with meticulous and detailed drawings that captivate the eye.

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