Manatsu Labyrinth Manga: Volume 1

May 18th, 2009

The earth is, to all intents and purposes, the buxom blue-eyed blonde, the Suzanne Somers if you will, of the universe. Alien races cannot stop themselves from harassing us, stealing clandestine gropes from our human inhabitants and raping our natural resources.

And, in Manatsu Labyrinth (まなつラビリンス) this lack of control will bring about just about the *stupidest* consequence ever since any episode of Charmed.

Manatsu is a totally average girls high school girl who, one day for no good reason, finds herself sexually attacking a classmate. Her behavior is not the strangest thing to happen that day, because as Manatsu and Ah-chan try to leave school, they find themselves – back at school. West, East gates, front door or back, as soon as they step out of the school grounds, they are right back in them.

Ultimately they find themselves joined by savvy Midoriko, creepy Kaouin and loli Riri in their imprisonment in the school. For whatever reason, none of them can leave. They have plenty of food and water and electricity, but no communications out or in.

Days pass and in between swimming in the pool and taking showers for our benefit, the girls recognize a basic fact – the day resets at about 3AM. Every day they have exactly the same amount of clean clothes and food they had the day before. Unbeknownst to the others, Manatsu has learned that this is all caused by the aliens. In fact, an alien helpfully plops down to talk to her – and only her, of course – during the waking hours and begs her – of course – to not mention its existence to anyone. The alien – of course – helpfully mentions that it is up to Manatsu to release this time loop, but less helpfully can’t tell her how to do so.

Manatsu is a little overwhelmed. On the one side, she’s having some seriously suggestive thoughts about Ah-chan (not helped by the tentacle-tongue alien thing that plays with her at night when she’s asleep) and being glomped in the most naked possible way by Riri who really, really likes her.

So yes, there is Yuri, of the servicey kind. It’s not stabby-making, just kind of meh. The kind of things that guys don’t understand why I don’t like, ’cause I’m gay and we both like women, right? Yeah – only, no.

I was not loving Manatasu Labyrinth and then I read Gokujouu and suddenly Manatsu Labyrinth was *so* much better, it was like magic. The moral of the story is – aliens want you to have their babies.

Ratings:

Art – 5 Very reminiscent of Real Drive
Story – 5
Characters – 6
Yuri – 3
Service – 7

Overall – 5

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3 Responses

  1. Gina Lucia says:

    Ha, this all seems so strange. As soon as I read ‘Aliens’ my mind put up a wall. Great blog.

    http://www.nihongojournals.blogspot.com

  2. Anonymous says:

    Art – 5 Very reminiscent of Real DriveDoes this mean that the girls here are curvier than usual and even around Yukino’s size?

  3. Kelly says:

    So basically it’s Groundhog Day, only with aliens and lots of fan service.

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