Wednesday, 22 October 2014

NOBLESSE CHAPTER 342 REVIEW: STRENGTH

M21 ATTACKS REGIS
These 25 pages flew by so fast, and it wasn’t because I found the material to be all that engaging. In fact it was the opposite. Chapter 342 didn’t strive to do anything new. And if this is the author’s attempt at taking things easy and showing a gradual development in character and abilities, he or she needs to stop.

THE CHAPTER:
Everyone wants to get stronger. Rai reminisces about Muzaka’s last words.

MY THOUGHTS:
Oh who am I kidding, this chapter wasn’t slow. It was boring. No, it was slow and boring, not really worth waiting for over 7 days. The problems that appeared two chapters ago seemed to re-emerge worse than ever this week.
RAI SIGHS
+The Good
There was nothing great or even marginally entertaining about chapter 342. Even the art couldn’t sell me this stale and repetitive material. This being the first manga series and chapter I read in a given week, if Noblesse is portending what is to be expected of upcoming chapters in the next few days I might as well prepare myself for some disappointment.

Okay, fine, M21 looked pretty decent in his new form; you can never fault Noblesse for its art.

+The Bad
Everything. This chapter took 4 pages worth of material and dragged it out over 25 pages; it got quickly irritating watching many of the characters in this chapter basically go round and round in their arguments, repeating themselves over and over again without saying much.

Maybe it is simply the lack of elegance of Manhwa that shined through Noblesse, that tendency by most Manhwa to basically butcher the structure of their dialogue; because Regis’ conversation with Gejutel lasted way too long, and neither noble was actually saying anything new.

And then there was all that panel time wasted on internal dialogue and conversations and wishes about getting stronger. I know this is shonen, but I get irritated when series such as this repeat themes and ideas we have encountered several times before.

Seriously, this chapter didn’t do anything.

RATING: 3/10, I didn’t think it possible, that I would encounter a Noblesse chapter so devoid of excitement and intrigue that it would bore me; Noblesse chapter 342 actually bored me.