Given that this blog will be turning 10 years old next year, I want to expand my content. Aside from anime reviews and Japanese video games, I will cover some Japanese manga. I imported 9 volumes from different series, mostly leaving where the anime left off. All the manga I bought are Manga Time Kirara series.
With that, the first I will review is the manga adaptation of Sakura Quest.
Author: Kohinata Iroha (小日向いろは)
Publisher: Manga Time KR Comics (Serialized in Manga Time Kirara Forward)
Original Release Date: May 12, 2017
Where to Buy: CDJapan
Plot Summary (Warning: Spoilers!):
As you expected from the plot summary, the manga adaptation follows the anime adaptation for the most part. However, there are subtle differences with the manga and the anime. The noticeable ones are Yoshino failing her interviews and running out of money. These events happened before Yoshino set out to Manoyama. In the manga, Yoshino had a flashback during her failed escape to Tokyo. Another difference is that in 2nd chapter, Yoshino didn’t sell any sweet buns. In the anime, she only managed to sell a few.
Of course, compared to the anime, there is some fan service, especially with Shiori. This is not surprising since she is well endowed. There is one scene in particular where Shiori’s breasts rested on a box she is carrying it. It’s done in a similar manner like with Shion from Slow Start.
Of course, it doesn’t stop there since Shiori answered her cellphone with a towel wrapped around her in the bathroom. This does not happen in the anime as Kodota answered the phone.
It doesn’t end there. There is also the scene where the girls besides Ririko becomes drunk. The way Sanae acts is hilarious, more so in the omake when she asks Maki to feed her a piece of the sushi. While Maki refuses, I guess this moment might get some hopes up for some who have yuri goggles on.
As for the artwork itself, I have to admit that it’s good and pretty close to the art style of the anime. It looks pretty detailed as well. This is evident with the way how Iroha adapted the commercial video for the Chupakabura manju.
Overall, while there are some differences from the anime, I have to admit that the first volume of Sakura Quest’s manga adaption is good. Sure, it has more fan service compared to the anime. With the artwork quality and the story being faithful to the most part to the anime, it’s definitely worth taking a look at the first volume if you watched the anime.