毎週の漫画 - ナツノクモ

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On the tail of my review of SAO, here's another VR game themed series.


Title: ナツノクモ, Natsunokumo, Spinning Web
Author: Shinofusa Rokuro
Genre: Seinen, Action, Psychological, Sci-Fi
Serialized in: Shogakukan Ikki
Total Volume count: 8

Series Summary from MangaScreener:
Coil is a man whose idea of "life" is his alter ego in an online world. A place where the hearts of people come together...and it is not a pretty place. The slender spiderweb that connects their souls within this endless world brings greater pain than reality itself.
Kenn's Comment: While this series masquerades as an online MMORPG, it delves much deeper than your average one.

For starters, I've given it the 'psychological' tag, someone I really dislike using, but I feel that this one really deserves it. I'm quite picky when it comes to genre tags, for example the tragedy tag. I won't use it if the manga starts with a whole city getting slaughtered, and thus setting the main character on a path for revenge. If said series focused on the character who slaughtered the city, trying to attone for his/her sins and ultimately dying, I'd probably slap the tragedy tag on it. It's more a classic approach of the tragedy (like a Greek tragedy).

Tags aside, this one has all the action and guild planning that we all know and love from series like .//Hack and SAO/Accel World, but this one has something those don't - a mature counselling aspect. The world in ナツノクモ is vastly open, and, like in the world of Summer Wars some professional practioners have taken to the world for experimental practices. Through VR interactions, they hold counselling sessions over the game. I won't say too much and spoil it, but it does introduce a very interesting aspect to the series. It's not as action heavy as other VR game themed series, but the psychological aspect really makes this one a great read. 

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