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From Tokyopop: Kurumi Ayaki is a recently-retired police officer with a record of excellence on the force and the guts and guile to back it up. In order to earn some extra money for her upcoming wedding, she has to return to the force... and is "rewarded" with an assignment to an elite unit who solves crimes that have been classified as unsolvable. Partnered with a mysterious young genius who is unable to feel emotions, or even to leave his room, she acts as his eyes and ears to piece together clues even as her own personal life falls apart around her.
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I saw this series getting a lot of flak due to the poor art. I wanted to give it a chance, since the art didn't seem that bad to me. Sure, some (most) characters look slightly retarded but does it really matter as long as the story is good... right?
Too bad that Remote isn't even remotely sensible series. I can forgive comics a lot. In such an episodic series I am even willing to forgive some clear misses, as long as the batting record overall is tolerable. Unfortunately in this case the most of the time is spent outside of the field.
To put it simply - the comic is stupid. In a crime mystery series that is not a desirable trait. Sure, the main character is not the brightest tool in the shed (or even trained to her position - why the hell do they allow her to carry firearms?), but at least her superior is supposed to be some sort of a genius... which unfortunately does not display in the choices he makes. Remote features idiotic characters in extremely silly situations making moronic choices, yet still somehow ending up in a positive outcome.
I found myself raging at the comic so many times that finishing the 10th volume was truly a gruelling experience. This comic is not meant for grown ups, despite the "mature" themes. If you feel that you have average intellect, steer clear from it. There are tons of better options out there.
Funniest thing ever
An emotionally unstable female lead + caved in genius + random pervert moments = masterpiece LOL Reading this manga just made my day esp the disclaimer: Manga-Sketchbook not so proudly present: Remote, where ugly art and pointless fanservice combine! Yepppp that totally made my day ^^
I think it was interesting...
Ok, it's no Jiriashin like police mystery drama but it was very interesting to read with all the aspects of a good police drama with different cases to solve which got me totally pulled into the manga. Himura, the genius inspector who solves every single case almost single handedly is very mysterious and brings out what makes this manga great, with the help of Kurami of course.
Only real fault I did find in the manga was it was the art at the beginning, that's all. Not the fanservice, the cases, the characters, or the overall feel of the manga. I don't think there is a valuable reason to complain about insignificant negatives that appear because it's the story that matters, but that's my opinion. Good read.
it's not that bad
i was reading some comments about this manga and i have to say i quite disagree with some of what they said. first of all, the art is not that bad. i've seen worst. it might be because my eyes always seem to adjust to every mangakas art so i might be biased but i find it quite interesting. and about the story, i enjoyed it. it might not be like Metantei Conan but still it has its own charm. at first i was a bit skeptical but really i liked it in the end. i especially was interested with the interaction between ayaki and himuro. my only complain is the ending.
overall, i think that every detective/mystery fans out there should try it.
... Last updated on June 9th, 2010, 8:47am
Actually, very enjoyable.
People have definitely been too hard on this series. The art is bad? Only so in the beginning. The hardly imaginable plotlines? Come on, this is manga we're talking about. The medium that produced Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro - one of the most over-the-top, unrealistic and delicious detective series ever. Fer chrissake. The fanservice? If you're grumbling about that in manga, you're probably left with Worst and Gon.
The art is decent: simplistic, true, but it conveys the moods and character expressions nicely. It reminds a bit of Baka & Gogh, and is certainly better than The Hating Girl (which is a nice series, despite the abysmal drawings). The plotlines hold their own well against the genre standards. The story writer does run through the crime fiction cliches, but the whole genre is based on cliches anyway, and what matters is that the intrigue is present and the perpetrators aren't obvious enough to be guessed beforehand, at least during a casual read (you aren't going to meditate on this series, are you?).
Besides, there's a little ace in the sleeve here: the characters' behaviour is surprisingly realistic, especially in case of the heroine. The story is built around and propelled by typical plot devices, but the heroes react to the environment like real persons, not like stock characters of shounen mangas, whose actions are like a true hobbit's opinion: you needen't bother to check it out to know it. No profound psychological depth, but it's a nice selling point for those who like to read about people, not cardboard cutouts.
All in all, this is a typical manga, of course; nothing groundbreaking. But if you don't go in expecting Urasawa Naoki, you may be in for a nice little surprise. I know I was.
... Last updated on February 22nd, 2011, 9:16am
A sad day for manga.
"Where ugly art and pointless fanservice combine", that's true, it's almost the best fitting description possible, but it lacks the "utterly retarded plots". It just lacks purpose, and it wasn't enjoyable in the least. I'm giving it a 2, because Jigoku Shoujo's still the worst manga I've ever read. Remote's drawing style nearly make me cry, and it's not due to joy. And the conversations between Ayaki and Himuro made me really sad. "I'm not like you, who can't feel anything! Oh, I'm sorry, Himuro, I didn't mean that." Why does that make me sad? Because Ayaki didn't say it only once. Oh, the drama! At best, this is a slighly adult version of Scooby-Doo, without the little bit of amusement that show managed to provide. I could go on and on about how poor this manga is, how obvious the culprits are (and I don't mean it through deducting), but I'll just leave it as "possibly the second worst manga ever made" - just a healthy exaggeration, not too far from the truth, imo. I also thought about using the word "silly" to best describe this thing, but that word is too charming for this piece of garbage.
Want a good read? With brains rather than the illusion of intelect? Try Death Note. Or any other real seinen, for that matter.
... Last updated on May 26th, 2009, 5:02pm
Very Good !
Lots of people say that the art work is bad
but i love it !
its great for this manga !
and also this is one of the best manga's i have every read !
Spoiler (highlight to view)
the only thing is , is that Ayaki did confess i think, but he did !!
also he wrote in his computer that he would try to confess agian !
Firstly, I find all the comments slamming the artwork to be a little overdone. The artwork isnt amazing, but it isnt terrible, its pretty middle of the road, workmanlike if you will. Its reminiscent in many ways of "traditional" shoujo artwork. Which is often terrible, yet you never see people complaining about it that much, a fairly visible double standard.
Secondly, most of the mysteries are quite enjoyable and are at the level you see in other mystery manga and detective stories i.e. not very plausible but they make for an enjoyable read. They're certainly no less believeable than anything seen in Detective Conan, etc.
Its an enjoyable read if you're into the genre and if you're not it could probably pass some time. Personally I found the most annoying thing about the series to be Manga-Sketchbook's credit page.
... Last updated on September 29th, 2008, 7:45am
Amusing read, if you can bear the terrible art
As someone mentioned, the development between Himuro and Ayaki is probably the most interesting thing in this manga. It's the reason why I suffered through Fukada Kyoko's atrocious acting in the drama version, and it's why I read all 10 volumes in 2 days.
Some of the cases were pretty weak and the "evidence" is flimsy - it seems we're expected to simply accept what we're told as truth, at times, with the only reason being "Himuro is a genius and therefore he is always right." That said, they have entertainment value, and not all the cases fell flat. Some had pretty interesting twists, and it took a bit of pondering to figure out who actually did it. Others... well, you could see the ending coming a mile away, but it's still somewhat interesting to see how the characters handled it and reacted to it.
As the centre of the series, Himuro wasn't really given too much depth or real screentime. We know he's had a dark past, that it has something to do with his inability to move out of the room, but for the most part, we're barely allowed to know him. Ayaki comes across as surprisingly idiotic for someone who's supposed to be "smart, with guts and guile", but she's bearable, and the author did well to develop her character as the series wore on. She was noticeably smarter and more spontaneous than she was at the beginning, and definitely less reliant on Himuro.
Now, the art. Absolutely terrible. The very first shot of Ayaki in the first chapter shocked me beyond words. The characters are all blocky outlines filled with splotches of grey at a failed attempt at shadowing, proportions are wrong, and at various points, facial features are completely unaligned. If you're anal about art, I suggest you run as far as you can.
Overall, this manga wasn't quite as bad as it sounds. If you can bear with the art (and it gets slightly better, though I still got occasional urges to poke my eyes out), unnecessary fanservice, and read it without being overly critical, it's reasonably entertaining. Fans of the mystery/detective genre might enjoy the cases, if nothing else.
I started reading this back in 2006 and sadly, I haven't the money to finish reading it just yet. I think that, since I was so new to manga at the time, Remote seemed amazing. Even now, I have to admit that I do really enjoy the series. It is true that the drawings aren't pretty. The only well done characters are the two many characters, something that I take to be the artist's choice and purposely done.
No, it's probably not the best mystery around and I probably only rated it a 10 because it was a favorite of mine a few years ago, but I think it's still a good manga, but my opinion might change when I'm done reading it.