The first manga I have ever read, I found Vermonia interesting and, of course, different. In English (and, of course, many other languages) we read from left to right, but in manga, which comes from the Japanese culture, it is read right to left, starting from the back of the book, and took me a while to get used to. It’s easy to get the hang of, though, despite being difficult to follow on occasions, where I wasn’t sure which box was next.
Vermonia is a series of books in which the four main characters are from another world, which has been at war. Their queen have sent them to earth to be reborn, and, when we meet them during their teenage years, they are getting a call to arms to go and save the kingdom once more.
If Vermonia had been a book, I am not entirely sure if I would have read it, as the story seemed to be quite abrupt. However, I think I will read the other volumes, which tell the stories from the other teen’s point of views.
One thing I really loved about the book was the head-over-heels love story of Jim and Princess Rainbow which made me ‘aww’ and coo at from when it was introduced.
I would give this three stars – it was a good read, but happened to fast, and the plot could, perhaps, be better explained. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this, as I know not everyone likes manga, but I think if you want to try something new, you might as well go for it.