Cherri Blossoms

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Original review author: Genkigami
Webcomic name: Cherri Blossoms
Author: Scott Lawson
Start Date: May 1st, 2009
End Date: Ongoing Dead
Genre: Animu catgirl crap
Defining Flaw: The biggest one? Wishful thinking. That's all this comic is, one giant clusterfuck of wishful thinking.

Rating Summary

Art: Wiki.png

First the art starts out as bland, unshaded, MSPaint. I have nothing against MSPaint, I've seen artists do beautiful things with it, but this is just shameful. Then it switches to smudgy pencil-drawn sketches until the author's girlfriend inks and colors for him.

Storyline: Wiki.png

What storyline? This is about the main character Scotty and his ambiguous relationship with a jailbait catgirl.

Characters: Wiki.png

The author's name is Scott. And the main character's name is Scotty. If you went "self-insertion" in your head, you are totally right. If you didn't, you obviously can't read social cues.

Miscellaneous Details: Wiki.png

Good lord, kid, learn to fucking INK!

Overall: Wiki.png

This comic is just bad. There's no way around it, it's grade-A rotten. It's not as bad as some of the titans of terrible, but it's just amateur and shallow.



Background

I'm no stranger to the "kemonomimi" genre. Kemonomimi (Literally translated: Animal ear) are people (usually girls) with animal ears and/or tail. I enjoyed Horo from Spice and Wolf, liked the spunky attitude of Tenko Kuugen from Wagaya no Oinarisama, never got into Tokyo Mew Mew, but whatevs. Usually people grow out of catgirls unless you're a furfag or a creepy old Japanese guy picking up hardcore hentai at a 7-11.

Scotty is beyond the age when this is considered cute instead of sketchy. After all, you usually don't have a girlfriend at 12 years of age. Guess how old he is. The answer will be revealed in the author section. No cheating!

Downfall

Oh there never was a bright star in the sky for Cherri Blossoms. It started out making no sense, and continued making no sense unless you read through the copious amounts of hand-written text in the smudgy-ass pages later on. I mean, I have bad handwriting, but Jesus Christ.

Story and Plot

Keep in mind, I only was able the discern the fucking plot because it was written for me on the bio page. Don't try to read the comic for a plot, you won't find it.

Here's the plot: Scotty the self-insertion (I'm sorry, it's just the biggest flaw in this comic. It's so glaring it's hard to ignore. I promise I won't bring it up again) has a magical pencil that brings his drawing of his perfect catgirl to life. Then they go on zany adventures in which Scotty becomes a super hero named Star and saves his patently retarded mistress from the villains who have no motivation other than the fact they want the magic pencil. And that's where the story ends for now.

There isn't an ounce of originality in this comic. It's just pure wish fulfillment. This would be fine if he just drew it, jerked off to it, and then put it under his pillow or something, but on the internet he just takes a number and waits in line with the rest of the Mary Sues.

Art review

One of the only traces left of the comic that is on the artist's DA page that wasn't deleted from the (now gone) site... Just look at it.

It starts off as pixely MSPaint shit that makes full use of the default colors and then in page 3 it takes a turn for the worse. Yes, there is worse than MSPaint.

Smudgy pencil sketches.

Pencil in comics is one of my pet peeves. I've seen it done nicely before, but this is just an abomination. Pencil makes your comic look rushed and unfinished, case in point here.

The style isn't much better. It's cookie-cutter animu complete with shitty anatomy and kawaii animu expressions. The one redeemable thing I found is that they don't do snouts like the really bad anime artists do.

Before I move on, LOOK AT THESE BREASTS. In the fourth panel, it looks like a fucking grapefruit glued to her chest and in the fifth it looks like she has a serious case of ass-chest going on. This is just cementing the fact that this man has never seen breasts before in his life.

Writing review

If we're talking about handwriting, this is the girliest handwriting I've ever seen. And this is coming from a girl who passed notes in class in fourth grade. Oh, you mean the dialogue. Let's tear this bitch up.

First, there's a difference between exposition, infodump, and stupid. Guess which category this falls under? "I'm Nikki. Scotty's best friend." WHAT. And the self-insertion! (FUCK. I'M SORRY.) I mean Scotty couldn't introduce this character WHY?

The writing in this is so cheesy I can use it to make manicotti. And then have enough left to make some lasagna and invite my greasy relatives over for dinner. It's also extremely cluttered, contorted, and squished.

Author biography

This man is 22.

Let that sink in for a bit.

HE IS TWENTY-FUCKING-TWO.

I originally thought he was 15, 16, 17 at the oldest. He has a bad habit of throwing tantrums like one and has disillusioned himself into thinking he's good enough to be hired. I got over that thinking when I was 17.

Manga artists get shit pay in proportion to the hours they work. And success isn't guaranteed.

Conclusion

Scott Lawson is Peter Pan, frozen in time. Not in body, but in mind. His actions and behavior all point to a teenage girl, not a grown man. There was never potential for this comic, and there's no way he'll see this comic to the end. I bet you dollars to donuts he'll throw a bitchfit when he finds this.

And I'll be laughing over here, dunno about you guys though.

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