Well its an awkward title and even so, the series isn’t about a slice-of-life manga about a teacher having uncontrollable erections and forming harems with beautiful women who are under age and insufferably nice and clueless to each other. The actual title is Sensei no Buldge but the kanji used for Sensei isn’t exactly the one used for Teacher it was War and Star. It’s kind of funny so I still add it in the title to confuse people.
Confusions outside. This is relatively a very fresh series, just came out last May and it still hot and pumping a lot of “Shounen” juice as we go into each chapter. The manga only had one series running and it appears that the guys at Shounen Weekly find the concept interesting to give it a go. He recently finished his début series Oumagadoki Zoo, which I bet is more interesting than Polar Bear Cafe. Hehe … I really can’t appreciate that show.
Bulge of the Battle Star is set in an unknown universe that has humans under distress from the invading Alien force. This isn’t earth and it is themed under a medival, arthurian setting with knights, kingdom and bandits. Skyrim crap if you want. Main character is Buldge. 15 year old shounen stereotype with his own set of tragedy about family. He never had his own family and has his “children” orphaned kids that happened to take refuge from his care. He considers it as his sole treasure and greatly values the strengths and importance of family, to which is a constant theme running with him as of yet. Of course, we can’t just start of mediocre. Just like every Shounen and Gundam opening. Things start to take 180 degrees as our main character gets drawn in to fight to reclaim peace and eliminate the oppressors that makes the planet a wasteland. His org, which is a lightning wielding sphere is a legendary weapon that is feared and seek by those who wish to conquer. Taken, or given by the late prince who wanted to be free from the burden for which he was bestowed unwillingly. In exchange of a life outside the slums of his family. He takes on the monumental task and sets a journey with the King’s trusted steed to the vast planet to rid of the cancer of war and relief its people from its misery.
The story isn’t really unique and follows a lot of the Shounen settings. But that isn’t really important if you can present the story that captures the interest the readers. While the setting is blared with a clear border of “good and evil”. There seems to be a hint of a massive event that may unfold as the story continues on. While our main character is your average shounen lead. With strong resolve to a particular value, like Naruto about Friends and Luffy about camaraderie. The main lead focuses on Family. To that he is willing to give-up everything that he has just for that very nature. Something his support character fears and worries as this could be the downfall of Humanities single last hope. I can see that the author will play on this issue and perhaps eventually put a resolve and move forward. That’s just me guessing, as I am not familiar on how that author tells his stories. But so far, things are starting to get interesting.
Not to mention. the panelling and dialogue does remind me of One Piece and Lucifer and Biscuit Hammer. Given that the latter has Shounen elements mixed in. But that’s what attracted me on this series – aside from reading it from OSAG -. So far it hasn’t disappoint me, yet.
Since we’re just 7 chapters from its release. I can’t label this as a review. I will come back to this after a year or to a point when I get bored with it. But for now, it’s promising and it should be taken a look at for fans.
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