|Reviews for Kaleidoscope Heart: Orange|
| Katsurou Shimizu 12/10/12 . chapter 2
I was having this sense of dejavu as I read your chapters, not in the sense of having encountered something similar before, but the narrative voice just struck me as someone rather familiar. And in this chapter, I found the connection. He resembled Kuon from the light novel Melancholy of Haruhi Suzimiya, with his constant digressions about his perceptions about the world around him (I read the english translation btw, my Japanese is cmi).
Like I mentioned earlier, I don't particularly mind digressions, since they allow me to get into the mind of the narrator and yours are rather entertaining in a zen-like circular kind of way. I also get to know a little about the isolated nature of the city. But it does take me out of the story quite a bit when you start with dialogue (which is always a good hook for a chapter) and then you forgo that hook in favour of a rather long musing which could almost be doubled as an info-dump. Perhaps it could work better if they peppered and spread throughout.
Or you could cut them down. I learnt the hard way that the reason people keep flipping the pages of a novel (most of the time) is because they are interested in the story, not the literary and flowery quality of the language (unless one is a snobbish literary critic who insists on metaphors and symbolism in every damn paragraph), nor about social commentary that sheds light on the cruel and apathetic nature of the world. So always... story story story.
Criticism aside, I very much like the subversion of the class monitor trope which is very very refreshing. That conversation about romance is also spot on. Often we get to see how a couple gets together, but not what that transpire afterwards. I'm still not too sure where this is going. But I'll get back to soon!
| Katsurou Shimizu 12/10/12 . chapter 1
Hi, just dropping by to check up your story and I have to say, you have a really strong grasp of language (but I thought some of the words could have been simplified.) as evidenced in your prose, with moments of dry wit to boot. I like the way you do your introduction with your personalized description, though I thought its rambling nature probably deterred many potential readers from continuing. Not that I personally minded (since I am personally guilty of it myself and one of my favourite writers, Mr Stephen King is the er-hrm king of rambling) but you might want to cut short a wee bit if you do consider a rewrite. I also very much like the morbid premise. I'll continue reading to see how it pans out.
| Lavender Town Massacre 12/10/12 . chapter 1
Very good. I love your writing style-reminds me of mine. It's playful and relaxed, or as I like to call it, 'Casual Caligraphy'. It's easy-going, charming, and amusing.
I laughed at this:
'By the way, horrible movie.
I should write a note to myself to never watch it again.'
That was very funny.
You have a very good talent, and I do look forward to reading more from you.
| yukiteddy 12/10/12 . chapter 1
i like this manga :)
| JohnnyZwei 12/6/12 . chapter 1
Woah, this is something alright.
Not really sure what to say other than it grabbed my attention, and when it started to lose it, my attention came back right away.
| TK Anez 12/4/12 . chapter 1
This is really good so far! Once I started, I just couldn't stop reading it. Your narrative voice is so strong, and it really hooked me. That last line was amazing, too! It really made me want more, and I can't wait to see what happens next. Maybe you could check out my story, The Underdogs. I'd love to get your opinion on it :)