Book Review: Girls' Last Tour Volume 1

November 7, 2017

Girls' Last Tour Volume 1 cover.

I hope that everyone is having a good week, and managing to
get through the monotony of the daily grind.

Things have been going fairly well here, especially
considering how things have slowed down a bit, and I can still do the things
that I enjoy doing.

Recently, I ordered quite a few books from Amazon, and even
though I do not have all eight them right now, I got three of the eight and two
more remain, both of which come from the same series.

Today, I will be reviewing one of those titles, which is called
Girls' Last Tour Volume 1 By Tsukumizu.

The world has come to an end and very few humans still
remain on the planet, but it is not too lonely, as two girls, Chito and Yurok, travel
the land in search of necessary supplies and to continue surviving to the next
day.

When I first heard about this, I kind of wanted to check it
out through its anime first, just like how I first got exposed to School-Live!,
but, unfortunately, unlike the aforementioned School-Live!, this series
was picked up by Amazon's Anime Strike, which took it out of reach, and I
decided to just give up on, since Anime Strike costs way too much money.

However, I recently learned that the manga had been licensed
via Yen Press, and I decided to give it a chance, to see if it could impress me
by getting three volumes of the series, the last of which has yet to be
released here.

And after reading this volume, I find myself rather
unimpressed.

As many should know by now, I would prefer to talk about
what I liked and hated about a work, as that would allow me to give a fair
judgement to each series, as to whether or not it is good, bad, or okay, but
there are times where I forced to jump right into what I hated, and this almost
made me want to do just that.

Fortunately, things were not so bad that I could not find
something that I did like, so I do not need to jump right into things that
really bothered me just yet.

The one, and possibly only thing, that I liked was how I was
able to get some sort of chuckle.

From the moment I took a gander at what the series was, I
could tell that this was a slice of life series through and through, so I was kind
of expecting things to be a little dull, but hearing about a few things that
occur in this volume, I did think that I might get a laugh and improved my
initial impression of it to at least give the series a try, though I was still
not expecting to laugh as much as I did when reading or watching Miss
Kobayashi's Dragon Maid
.

And When I finally got to read this volume, I noticed how
there were quite a few things that were found with in it that did indeed make me
chuckle, though, as expected, it was not quite as funny as many of the other
manga and anime out there.

The funniest of which occurs near the beginning.

After getting out of whatever hole they were in, Chito and Yuuri
come across some rations that taste like chocolate and discover that there was
more than they thought, but Yuuri points a gun at Chito, saying that they are
at war.

While I did see this coming, and would have seen it regardless
of whether I had gone into this series blindly or not, as the two girls were
talking about war before it happened, it really helped me, it was the first
moment where I found myself chuckling and thought that this series might not be
so bad, after all, as it might be able to serve as a good manga to read for
relaxation purposes, and helped in making me consider this series to be
complete and utter garbage, even if it was not enough to truly able to improve
my impression of the series.

Regardless of whether an anime or a manga are good or bad,
readers and viewers want to have themselves feel entertained, and Tsukumizu
gave it a good try by putting in this moment that did make me feel like
chuckling, though I would not say that it is executed well enough to be
considered good humor.

If Tsukumizu had worked on things a bit more, I would have
been able to find a bit more joy in this series, and actually been happy to read
through all three of the volumes I had purchased, as I am sure that there are
people around that might berating me for not seeing how great this series is,
and I truly wanted to like it.

However, with what is presented here, all I can see is just
something that has met the very bare minimum for good humor, and let Tsukumizu
know that it was a nice try, since I was able to get at least chuckle.

Hopefully, the comedic moments will improve in the other
volumes, because I do not want to be shown that I wasted my money by deciding
to give this a chance, but, considering how the small moments of humor were the
only thing that I liked, there is going to be a huge uphill battle for
Tsukumizu to show that it is worth people's time.

Sadly, I cannot think of anything else, even now, that I
particularly liked, and will have to move on to doing what I truly hate to do,
though I must do it.

Because there was only one thing to really like about this, I
am not too sure I should have given this series the time of day.

Although I did manage to find something that I liked, there
are some issues.

And, unfortunately, aside from things that are too minor to
talk about, such as typos, there were a few things I did not like.

From the moment that I opened up this volume and started to
read it, I felt like I only ever got reasons to set the book down and walk away
from the series entirely, even though I was initially willing to try reading
each of the first three volumes, just like I gave Miss Kobayashi's Dragon
Maid
a chance to impress.

Readers read in order to escape into other worlds, so that
they can relax, and in order to do that the writers and manga creators need to
create some kind of hook that makes them engrossed, which is usually done by
slowly easing the reader into the world of the series into the work, seeing as
we are talking about the first installment of a series.

Of course, the way to create that hook is a little
different, depending on genre, and seeing as this is a slice of life series,
the best way to do that is by showing an ordinary day in the lives of the
characters, so the audience can get to know the characters and see what they
have to struggle with.

When this volume began, I thought something like this would
occur, so that things would be off to good start, even if all of the things
that are common issues in the first volume were present, and I would be glad to
have have given this a try.

However, instead of seeing what the daily life of Chito and
Yuuri were like, it starts with them traveling through something like a cavern,
which takes up most of the chapter, as they sleep in that dark area, and
nothing seems to happen, even up to the point where they make it out and sit
under the night sky a bit, before they once again fall asleep and the chapter
ends.

Now, this kind of start was not completely terrible, as I
can at least think of some way to make things seem more interesting, without
changing things too much, but it is still awful, because the characters did not
seem to have any hidden depth and it felt like the creator expected me to know
who these girls were and what their situation was already.

The first volume of a series is supposed to lay these things
out and give us a reason to want to continue on with the series, Tsukumizu
completely and utterly fails to deliver in this regard.

If Tsukumizu had taken the time to have them start thinking
about things while they were staring out at the night sky, there would have at
least been some suggestion that these characters have depth, even if it would
end up being a little cliché.

However, instead of making these characters seem interesting
enough to follow, Tsukumizu decided to have them be simple characters, which
gave it the feel that these girls were only having fun, instead of trying to
survive.

Yes, my summary of the series may not seem to great, just
like the official summary on Amazon does not seem that impressive, though maybe
worded better, but I was definitely expecting more from this series that is
supposed to be set in a post apocalyptic world.

Unfortunately, this series comes off as just a generic
series where the reader is supposed to enjoy seeing girls do stuff, even though
it is targeted towards the same age group as Boku Dake ga Inai Machi.

Seriously, it seems like Tsukumizu though that adult men everywhere
would just flock to a series that shows cute girls doing things just because
they are girls in a supposed tough situation, instead of realizing that some of
us may actually want characters that are not as one-dimensional as the stories
our mothers, elder sisters, or grandmothers read to us, or even those found in
the Bible.

This is probably why the slice of life genre is hated so
much, and if the people at Shinchosha, the people responsible for serializing
this series, think that work like this deserves to be published, then I might
as well kick them to the curb for being complete idiots, as even the worst
books published where I live do a better job at getting readers invested in a
work, though I still do not see how they even get the time of day from
publishing houses.

Hopefully, things improve dramatically in the next two
installments, because I would much rather be singing the praises of a work, and
that would make this series more worth my time.

However, with as bad of an impression I got from this volume
alone, I am almost certain that my expectations will not met, thus reaffirming
my decision to not continue past volume 3.

Another thing that I really hated was how quickly new
characters were introduced.

Even though this series is just starting up, and we, the
audience, do not have any idea of what the world is like, the official summary
found on Amazon, which I almost decided to use instead of my own because I
could not really get a good grasp on what I was reading and it sounded better,
suggests that Chito and Yuuri are the last people left on the planet and the
way the series was going did not even hint that there were others.

However, after going through more than half the volume,
there is suddenly a sign that there are other people out there, via an explosion,
and a new characters suddenly appears on the scene.

What the heck, Tsukumizu? We barely know our protagonists,
beyond the usual one dimensional anime and characters many are familiar with,
and decide to introduce another character?

This might have worked well for an ending to the volume, as
there would be a mystery as to what their motivation and intentions are, but in
ends up happening around the antepenultimate chapter and this character ends up
being friendly.

Six chapters is too soon to introduce a new character, after
spending the first five focusing only on two, and by introducing characters
already, it seems to feel like Tsukumizu does not even have confidence in the
characters he or she created.

Readers expect some kind of buildup to things like this, as
a reader should be excited to see new characters, regardless of whether they
become a main character or not.

However, the only buildup to this moment occurs at the
beginning of chapter 6, after having the mood feel like it was just another day
for Chito and Yuuri.

Honestly, is the editor that is working with Tsukumizu even
doing their job?

If they were, and were competent, they would not have allow
a manga chapter to start off this way, as something like this seems to work
best right at the end of a chapter than it does at where it occurs.

Unfortunately, they did not do that, and it made the
appearance of this new character to be very boring.

Of course, Tsukumizu and his or her editor are not the only
ones at fault for causing this problem, as the big reason that this is an issue
is that it occurs in the antepenultimate chapter of the volume, so Shinchosha or
whoever they had compile these chapters into volumes made a big mistake in not
ending this volume sooner.

If there were only four or five chapters, I could have at
least been able find a way to relax myself while reading this, but because
there are eight chapters, it ends up being much more problematic.

Hopefully, this will improve as things progress, as I do
think writers and people who create manga should be given a chance to show
improvement, but, for now, I only see a series that is just as dumb as John
Grisham's The
Whistler
.

The thing that I hated the most though was this volume felt
like it only one chapter long.

The job of a first volume is to introduce a reader to the
series, and in the case of manga, help them decide whether or not they like it
by giving them more than one or two chapters to sample, and this volume did contain
eight chapters, as the table of contents had promised, it did really seem like
it had eight chapters.

Now some might say that it should be a good thing that eight
chapters flew right on by, as that would signify that it was so good that I did
not even notice that I was reading a new chapter, but that can only be said if
something happens and transitions to the next chapter so smoothly that the change
is unnoticeable.

Here, however, hardly anything happened in each chapter to
the point where I was wondering if I really was reading a new chapter, or if I
was still in chapter 1.

Really, guys? Is this a sign of a great book? Readers want
to be entertained, as well as be able to leave and pick up right where they
left off, which should be feat that is easier to do with things like manga, but
if they cannot remember what chapter they left off on, then there is no way
that they can do that when necessary.

Yes, readers can use bookmarks if they read a book in print
and many digital reading devices and apps would automatically save where the
person left off, but being able to remember exactly what had occurred is also
important, because of all the things that can happen, regardless of how one
reads, and if they cannot find out where a chapters begins or ends, aside from
things that notify the reader that they are in a new chapter, they would have
to start over, not to mention it would be difficult for the reader to determine
if they got what they were promised.

Unfortunately, there was no ending like that until the very
last page of chapter 8, and it ends up making the reader feelings disappointed
about how quickly it ended, instead of excited to read more, and it really
brings the volume down to a new low.

Thankfully, that was all that bothered me, so I can stop
berating the people involved for the terrible job job they did.

Because there was quite a bit to hate, such as nothing to
pull the reader into the world of the book, new characters were introduced too
soon, and the fact that the chapters were so uneventful that it felt like there
was only one chapter, instead of 8, this was one of the worst books I have ever
read.

Considering that there was quite a bit to hate about this
book, and not enough to like, this book ended up being a complete waste of
time.

I recommend everyone avoid this like the plague, because
there is nothing to be found that could really redeem it, no matter what kind
of stories you like, though you are free to check it out if you wish.

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