Review for AKB48 Satsujin Jiken

Review for AKB48 Satsujin Jiken

978-4091238634Even though I still got a stack of books that I want to read, I was in a manga mood. 🙂

This one was quite entertaining, Maeda from AKB graduates and wants to become a detective. She just has to do one more job with AKB and then she is done and can start her career. I really like this turn of events. An idol, well known throughout Japan wants to graduate so she can fulfil her childhood dreams of becoming a detective.

This manga combines several of my favourite things. Idols + Mystery + Murder(s) on an isolated island during a storm + a whole bunch of suspects + cryptic messages.

I loved how Maeda tried to figure everything out, at times she really had some smart ideas regarding who the killer was and how to get the number of possible killers down. From 87 to 1, it wasn’t easy, but it was a fun trip. However, it was also a bit over the top and silly. At times I expected the girls to just stand up and walk again. I thought it was just a ploy of Maeda to get people to believe her as a detective.

I felt sorry for the girls who are the victims, poor souls.

The art was decent. It wasn’t always good, things that looked a bit off or weird. The girls looked a bit weird or mangled at times.

The manga is adapted from a series of commercials. I saw a few of them, but they aren’t easy to find and most don’t come with English subtitles. I am glad they made this manga, now more people can enjoy the whole AKB48 + detective thing.

But all in all, I would still recommend this short manga. If you are looking for a fun mystery with likeable characters then this is a book you should check out.


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