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|Comic: Bittersweet Candy Bowl
|Bittersweet Candy Bowl is my guilty pleasure.
I have always generally disliked manga and the whole cutsey-wootsie aspect that comes with it. I find it to be terribly annoying, honestly, and the fact that it is constantly mimicked bothers me to no end. I also generally don\'t seem to get along with furries, and I almost always loathe furry webcomics, as they mimic the \"cute\" mangas, while injecting their own bizarre sexual fetishes into the mix. In fact, I find in general, the majority of story-based webcomics are completely devoid of any artistic thought and seem to be carbon copies of each other; they have boring stereotypical characters that have no depth to their personality whatsoever.
All that said, Bittersweet Candy Bowl, on the outside, is essentially a very cute comic about a bunch of furries who go to a highschool and fall in love and have wacky adventures.
But, it is more then that.
I came across Bittersweet by accident, and had every intention of having a laugh at another generic furry comic, (Yes, I’m a complete dick, I know) but I quickly realized it was much more then that. The characters are much more dynamic then expected, with lots of growth obvious as the comic goes on. They all seem to have multiple sides to their personality and interact with each other realistically. Everything in the plot seems to work and the majority of chapters each seem to reveal something new about the characters in it. You will bond with the characters and feel their ups and downs and relate to them as if they were real people. The story always remains silly and cute, without ever really entering foot into the dreaded “animu/ kawaii~~” trap most artists drawing manga fall in. The story is (with the exception of a few of the earlier chapters) interesting and the writing is very good, and that’s all I ever want from a comic.
Art-wise, the comic is quite professional looking. Many of the new pages feature lots of interesting shots and are planned quite nicely. Once you get past the fact that every character is anthro, the art is cute and many of the facial expressions I find quite funny. The coloring on the newer comics is also quite exceptional, creating effective atmospheres and making otherwise boring backgrounds interesting. There is also great timing between characters movements, making the few action scenes real treats.
However, the comic is not without its faults. Some of the early comics seem useless and like filler, and the art seems rushed. However most of the problems in the earlier comics have been corrected with the newer ones which feature colored art with more interesting panels. The art is generally quite good in the newer ones, however sometimes has some minor flaws, which the creator will be more then happy to tell you all about (“SHIT I MADE THAT GUYS LEG TOO LONG I AM SCUM/ AGGHHHHH THAT PANEL IS SO EMPTY AND BORING NO NO NO.”) But the great writing more then makes up for that, to the point where you would need to be looking for it to see it.
All in all, it’s a cute and sweet comic that you should defiantly check out. It sure as shit makes Mondays a lot nicer and you will begin to wish the updates came faster.
Ps. Taeshi, if you’re reading this, I believe I am your only reader who hates David.