Title: Sunshine Bully
Author: Laura Watton
Suggested Retail Price (SRP): £1
Number of Pages: 20
Reviewed: 19th June 2006
Reviewer: Tom (Webmaster)
Part of the Sweatdrop Studios range of short mangas,
Sunshine Bully is, unusually for a title of its length, a serious tale of a
relationship gone wrong rather then the usual short snappy comedies associated
with stories of this length.
A story of reflection, Sunshine Bully tells the tale of the protagonist
Amanda's brief relationship with Shiro and the beginning and end of their love.
Told straight, this is an ambitious subject matter to tackle in just twenty
pages and yet Watton manages to pull this off by leaving the story up to
interpretation by the reader. Watton does this by showing not why the
relationship ended but does show that it was Amanda's fault and shows her regret
at the end. Please do not treat this as a plot spoiler as the manga is
told in the past tense at the start and opens with the quote ''cause you don't
know what've got 'til it's gone'.
Sunshine Bully certainly surprised me, as what I expected it to be a
cheap below par read was actually an above average thoughtful read which could
be read again and again. It is great to read whenever you need to put a
relationship into perspective as it will remind you that love can end just as
quickly as it begins and it does not lose this message no matter how many times
you read it. The artwork is also impressive throughout, with bold lines
and emotions excellently conveyed. Love, laughter, despair, anger, surprise
and many more emotions are instantly recognisable in the characters, an
important aspect to a short manga as the artist does not have the pages to
develop character. Watton succeeds in capturing the characters perfectly,
make the reader feel for them and leave the reader thinking after they have
finished reading - a remarkable feat obtained in just twenty pages.
Just some information about Sweatdrop Studios in the
back, but for just £1 owning a quality manga is enough!
Sunshine Bully can
be purchased by visiting the official Sweatdrop Studios site by clicking