For those of you who didn’t see my review of Gamerz Heaven volume one, read it here.
In hindsight, Gamerz Heaven wasn’t all bad. Let me repeat. “Gamerz Heaven wasn’t all bad.” No, but THE BAD PARTS WERE UNIMAGINABLY HORRIFIC! I mean, my goodness! How could Maki Muramaki do an even worse job than I could imagine? But we’ll get to that. Right now!
Volume two spends our time in the game, as does the remainder of the series. This volume it manages to pick up speed, but not enough to save this from being put on hiatus. We FINALLY learn why that one girl hates Kaito. Oh wait, it’s not clearly stated. She’s like “WHY DO YOU HAVE TO BE SO NICE? THAT’S WHY I HATE YOU!” Well, that was a great character-driven goal. Thanks! She gets killed, as do the bullies, so dreams do come true. Also, a creepy teacher seems to have the game…
And that’s when the series was put on hiatus in America! So I had to read scanlations to finish this up. As such, I won’t pick on the translation of the last two volumes, given that it’s not official. Dialogue is a different matter.
Volume three is when it loses the speed it gained previously. Characters have completely lost any essence they might have had, such as the the girl unworthy of being noted turning into a lesbian villain or Nata having a personality. It makes anything the creator has to say untrustworthy. There’s some amusing bits in the beginning of the volume, but aside from that it’s a terrible volume. But that’s when volume four stops the show.
Volume four. Wow. It could not have done this any worse. Well, that’s not true. I actually like how bad it is. Remember my griping about how a boy isn’t the best option to get gamers to continue playing? Well, Nata made Kaito attracted to him. Yes, the whole reason Kaito is a creepy stalker is because of Nata’s brainwashing. This… makes… Nata… the… VILLAIN! I mean, COME ON. They never say he is because he isn’t according to the series, but he convinced this guy to play a game that would destroy the world! Doesn’t anyone see an issue with this? He’s so obviously evil! Nevertheless, Kaito forgives him. Great. Glasses girl also seems to have a bit of evil in her, but this never goes anywhere. Oh, I forgot, in volume three Rush turns out to be Ren’s dog. Yeah, great twist. Just like the ending! Ready?
Ren, Rush, and villain girl are all off doing their own thing, so pay no heed to them. Kaito, glasses girl, and Nata try to save the world. They do not. It seems they lost the game, as they just missed their chance to win. This, I must be honest, has me amused. Look, the ending is a MAJOR slap in the face to anyone who enjoyed this series. Me? I suppose they all died. Or, at least, I would, had Mr. Muramaki not completely botched the ending. On the final page, Kaito is alone on his bed with his controller and a slack jaw. This, unfortunately, means that a perfectly funny ending is DESTROYED BY AMBIGUITY. Was it all just in his mind? Did he lose and now must pay the consequences? Had they just ended with the previous page, I would’ve said it was an ending to be proud of. But no, Muramaki wants to be vague. Well, nice job, moron!
Personally, I’d like to think it was real. That would mean his slack jaw shows that he learns to realize the consequences of his actions. In the first volume, he plays the game without much thought. “Games need to be played!” Throughout the course of the series, he’s foolhardy and just acts upon his actions. Maybe he could learn to be less foolish and take responsibility, if we can assume he doesn’t die. Now, if it was a dream, maybe he could learn to read a book. That would be fine, as long as it’s not this one.
Muramaki lacks confidence in himself, and it shows. Aside from labeling characters with distorted faces that look nothing like the character, he even says that he made it up as he was going along. Wow. Yeah, never would’ve guessed. It’s also difficult to follow who’s talking. Speech bubbles just happen, never with much association to a particular person. It’s awful.
Hey, for a game called “Gamerz Heaven”, shouldn’t this be a mix of video games, and NOT JUST RPGs? I mean, that would be fun! Some heaven for gamers.
I hate the almost reveals. Anytime a character is about to reveal something, they get interrupted. It’s so constant it hurts. And you know, this title really could’ve used the exposition. We never learn who made the game, why they made it, how they made it. We’re left in the dark about the basics of the game, like how everyone just knows how to use their abilities. How did Kaito just summon a sword? Or villain girl with magic? Why is Ren interested in the game? Or glasses girl? OR VILLAIN GIRL? Did Kaito ever get suspended? Is everyone who died still dead? Why mention background music in the last volume for the first time? Shouldn’t you have made a funny joke out of that? Why did Nata try to monopolize Kaito? Why does glasses girl have an evil side? Is everything that’s unexplained just a bug? AND WHAT DOES THAT ENDING MEAN? These questions and many others will be answered NEVER.
Who makes a game with only three saves? That’s just bad programming. Sorry, I have a ton of questions and no one to answer them. Who makes a manga with terrible plot holes and doesn’t answer them? Well, Maki Muramaki. Finally, one down.
Final Impression: This manga will make you feel like a chump. With an almost horrible yet different and funny ending becoming a horrible and confusing ending, it’s no wonder why this series didn’t make the cut. Maki Muramaki is a joke, but just the kind that makes you feel bad for laughing. I guess he had success with Gravitation, but I’m in no hurry to buy it. Overall, this series is a confusing mess that asks plenty of questions and answers, like, two. Don’t bother.
Completion Rating: 1 Rhinoceros Waiter out of a Possible 7.