Random Manga Theatre 55: My Messiah

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: Watashi no Messiah-Sama, by Suu Minazuki

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This is probably the most ludicrously tiresome and cliche manga I’ve ever read. I honestly couldn’t make it past the first volume because my brain was melting from the sheer level of trite banality pouring off of this thing. It was truly painful to read. “But what’s it about?”, you ask, undeterred by the above description. Well…

Shinya is your average, boring high school student who is completely talentless and lame and “beta” and all that, which of course means that ONE FATEFUL DAY a beautiful, angelic girl appears out of nowhere, looking specifically for him. She claims that he is the Messiah of her world, and that he is destined to save it. Why? Because we need some crazy call to adventure to make all the teenage readers of this dumb manga swoon and think “OH HOW I WISH THIS WERE ME!”. Of course.

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So Mr. Boring McLameFace now has a cute girl who is entirely devoted to him and has magical powers (magical powers that drain her lifeforce because she wasn’t cliche enough, she also needs to be terminally ill!). She promptly drags him to her colorful world of magic (which, I guess to this manga’s credit, is constantly terrorized by demons and kind of a shitty place) because HE IS THE MESSIAH HE MUST SAVE US ALL. And in typical fashion, with the Power of Love! and though the Strength of Courage!, Shinya helps drive off one of the aforementioned demons and gets several ladies to swoon over him. Because it wasn’t cliche enough, it also needed a harem of cute girls. OF COURSE.

Verdict: AAAAAAAAAAARGH
My Messiah reads like one of those lame run-of-the-mill trapped-in-another-world manga that seemed to be fucking everywhere in the 90s. Actually, if this manga were from the early 90s, I’d probably be significantly more forgiving, but this was made in 2003. I’m a pretty firm believer that you don’t necessarily need good ideas to make a good story – what’s important is good execution. My Messiah has really bad execution. Every time I clicked to see the next page, I regretted doing so. You, as a reader, deserve better than this. Yes, even you, potential #1 fan of this series who is reading this. You can do better.

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