Berserk - Berserk is one of those things I desperately try to like, but cannot really bring myself to do so, except when I'm in the right kind of mood. Simply put, I think this one would really benefit more from a re-read. The art is beautifully ugly, and the story is quite unique and delightfully misanthropic. The view of God as a being created out of the unfulfilled desires of man amuses me quite a lot, and I'm sure there are a hell of a lot more good things about Berserk. But as it stands, I'm either not in the right mood for it, or I'm not ready yet for something like this. As for the antinatalist take on things, there is really so much there. Gone are those ignorant 'good will always prevail', 'things will work out in the end' tropes, replaced by crazed continuous evil.
Claymore - Claymore is generally said to be a manga very like Berserk - in that it is probably one of the only so-called 'Dark Fantasy' type manga available. I'm not sure I really agree with that. While the visuals in both are stunning, and terrifying at the same time, Claymore isn't really much of a critique on anything at all, or at least, if it is, it's too deep for me to get. Not that there's anything wrong with Claymore for being this way, au contraire, it stands on its own two feet as a great manga without doing that. A warning however - it does really take a while to get into. It gets so much better, but you really do have to wait until it does.
Hunter x Hunter - I began into this knowing of a few good reviews, somewhat hoping they were wrong, due to the sheer absurdity and vagueness of the premise. People who find rare things? Who cares, right? But as it turned out, a couple of chapters in, I was pretty damn captivated to say the least. It's one of those unique feelings that are quite unexplainable to onlookers - the bare bones of the manga is typical shounen fare. There are a lot of entertaining deviations from this, enough I'd say to place it as a quite a good manga, but there isn't actually enough bulk there to back it up. Of course, that's what it seems like from a rather harsh, critical viewpoint. The minimalism present, however, I find adds quite well to the setting, and even though the backstory isn't as adequately fleshed out as one would like, it doesn't have to be. It certainly goes towards proving that. Every shounen anime or manga I have fixed my eyes upon has had some sort of gimmick to both draw you in in the short term, and to addict you to in the long term. Hunter x Hunter, for me, as far as I have read, doesn't actually seem to have that. I really cannot pinpoint anything in it that I find particularly addicting, but still, the whole thing as it stands, is. This is in contrast to Berserk, which has many things within it that I adore, but that I do not, at the moment, like.
Speaker for the Dead - Ender's Game was by far the best science fiction novel I have ever read. Now it isn't like I'm exactly the go-to guy for that kind of thing, considering my relative inexperience with, uh, everything. But keeping that first statement in mind, I had really high hopes for this book. Now I wouldn't say they were dashed to the ground or anything, but I was a little, just a little, bit disappointed. I just think that the setting overall was a bad idea. Small catholic colony? Kind of boring, sorry. It took me such a long time to actually give a crap about anything going on that the first part of the book was just a blur for me. But now that I'm in the middle, I can judge this properly, and I can say that it's a good book, definitely, it's a well-thought out book, but it's not one of the best books.