It feels like I have only been doing Anime impressions posts for the past few months, so I’ll be talking about manga for a change.
Lying Mii-kun and Broken Maa-chan: Precious Lies is a short 5-chapter mystery/psychological series that I read yesterday. The protagonists are both victims of a past kidnapping who meet once again in a rural city where serial murders are occurring. The story has a dark and bleak premise which I rarely find in manga these days. It explores how a traumatic past event can continue to affect someone years later in terms of their personality, decisions they make, and the life they lead.
The illustrations in conjunction with the text effectively express the constantly changing emotions in the scenes. It could effortlessly transition from pure rage one moment to calm observation the next. One scene near the beginning, the girl mistakenly stabbed a fork into the boy’s hand out of anger and then stared at his wound in curiosity as she offered to bandage it for him. Ouch.
I found this manga to be a very interesting read with an unexpected twist at the end that somewhat resolves things. It still leaves many things open to the reader’s interpretation though. Stories are best when they leave you pondering and thinking even after you’re done reading them.
Rating: Very Good