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: Dr. Haido’s Experiment Note, by Yoshiaki Sukeno
Shortly after the fantastic Binbougami ga! manga ended last month, I stumbled upon this little oneshot by the same author. Dr. Haido’s Experiment Note is about a 30 something mad scientist type inventor who gets fired from his job at a toy company after one of his inventions attacks his boss. His brilliant but not necessarily practical inventions leave him with few prospects, so he’s left with no choice but to live with his brother and his family. Later, when his niece finds herself in trouble, it’s Dr. Haido to the rescue!
It’s Haido’s relationship with his niece that serves as the real crux of the story, as her adoration for her uncle has seemingly turned into resentment in her teenage years. Binbougami fans will immediately recognize Sukeno’s penchant for mixing wacky comedy, sweet and earnest relationships, and just-serious-enough drama. Haido’s inventions are silly enough to make you smile and as an uncle myself I couldn’t help but relate to how much he really cares for his niece. Granted this is a oneshot so there’s only so much character development and relationship building you can cram into 40 or so pages, but I think it does the best it can considering those constraints.
The only real negative was the scanlation I found, which was pretty bad all around. I feel bad complaining about unpaid labor from a fan, but just be warned the translation is pretty shoddy in places, little effort is put into cleaning up out-of-bubble text, and the words themselves are poorly formatted in comic sans. Fortunately the art is nice and clean and I am totally in love with Sukeno’s round and curvy style, as well as his surprisingly decent ability to draw mecha. Overall it may not be top notch work from a technical standpoint, but it gets the job done.
Verdict: Successful Experiment
Unlike Iro, I’m not much of a manga reader. Maybe I don’t have much to compare this to, but I really did enjoy Dr. Haido. The feel good mix of comedy and drama felt very similar to Sukeno’s Binbougami ga!, and if you’re a regular Glorio Blog reader you know that’s pretty high praise coming from me. Perhaps the story doesn’t have as much impact as it could if it was told in a longer format. But on the flip side it’s something you can easily read when you have a few spare minutes, so there’s really no reason not to check it out.