Hit the “Random” button and see what comes up! In this feature, we take a look at whatever manga the Random Number God decides to throw at us and find out if it’s worth your time.
This time: Luno, by Kei Toume
Man, after preparing that roundup post nearly a week in advance, running around Anime Expo, and trying to watch every anime of the new season, coming back to Random Manga Theatre is like running back into the arms of an old lover. Specifically, an old abusive lover who beats you every week, but you can’t leave them because you can’t help but feel like it’s an essential part of the blog, and you don’t have the time or energy to read something every week but you must, and I’m just rambling now, aren’t I? Point is, RMT will keep going in the foreseeable future, and we’re kicking off a new year (well, a new blog year) with a short but interesting little manga called Luno.
In a way, Luno reminds me of classic Ghibli films like Castle in the Sky or Kiki’s Delivery Service, though I admit only for the first two chapters or so. Our protagonist Tete lives in one of those mostly-idyllic, non-descript, vaguely-European towns, leading a normal life. His father died in the war, and his sister left to see the world, filling the boy’s head with dreams of adventure, but he’s also a gentle spirit who kind of just wants to stick around at home.
And then, because 99% anime/manga begin when a boy meets a cute girl (seriously, think about it), Tete of course strikes up a friendship with pretty vagrant Geeta, who hides a TRAGIC PAST and all that. Throw in ancient cults, forbidden bloodlines with power over life and death, and a magic pocketwatch, and you’ve got yourself a story. Thankfully it’s all pretty short, which makes all the rapid-fire weirdness easier to accept. The ending, while silly and predictable, is also satisfying in an odd sort of way.
Verdict: I Don’t Get Why It’s Called Luno But It Was Okay
*ahem* Yeah, this is an alright manga, I guess. I wouldn’t call it good, but it’s mostly competent and creates a good atmosphere. I thought the art was a refreshing departure from the usual fare I see in manga, and I got caught up enough in reading it to forget to look for good screencap pages. So, as I say every week, check it out if it seems interesting. You could do better, but you could also do a lot worse.