While browsing through Comic Quest in a local mall for any word on Hayate the Combat Butler, I saw this little book stick out, and the impulse buyer in me had to have it.
The super-energetic smile on the cover just begged me to buy the book, and after a quick look through, I did so, with 100 Pesos off the price too.
Manga Moods is a small novelty book (which actually costs more than one volume of manga) containing “40 faces + 80 phrases” with illustrations by Saori Takarai.
One can take the book as a mini-artbook of sorts, as nearly half the book contains a portrait of a character with a particular expression, while the other half of the book is the “mood” the character has and a couple of phrases in Japanese too.
While some of the illustrations didn’t completely match the feeling it was supposed to covey, they are all cute in their own way, and, dare I say, moe?
If one examines the illustrations close enough, many of the lines aren’t totally smoothed out, giving a feeling of roughness. Though it sounds weird, the art style complements the simplicity of the book. Combined with the relaxing colors, it’s a rather pleasing read, if only for the pictures themselves.
Manga Moods is by no means some must-have. In fact, I highly suggest that you divert funds to something more important, but as a whole, it’s a cute little book with cute art that can put a smile on anyone’s face.
By the way, sorry about the fingers. There wasn’t any other way to hold down the pages (bulldog clips can damage the pages).