Ok so I've just finished reading Scumbag Loser and man, what a shit ending
. It still had some pretty decent things going on in it, but in general the final chapter and like the entire last volume felt not only rushed, but also incoherent/inconsistent with what came before it. Anyway, it was kinda sad at times, and I guess it worked with what the author decided to do for the ending
I read it in practically one day. Before the bullshit at the end
, the most intense feeling it was making me feel was morbid fascination mixed with disgust at the worst parts of Japanese society. So far it was excellent; I was also enjoying the mystery, horror and suspense of the first two volumes, and I'm not really a fan of horror nor did I feel genuinely scared (lol typical Japanese idea of "horror" being those big round grins and the creepy black eyes, so predictable that I've just become desensitized to it over the years) but I was very invested in the plot. I really wish the story had gone in a different direction.
Rant about the art: The art is shit. At least most of the time. I don't think its ugliness is completely intentional, the author is just not very good at drawing either anime style or a less stylized/more realistic style. What annoyed me to no end since the beginning (and it's just something I hate about most manga/anime, really) is that girls are generally drawn "anime" with big cartoon eyes and tiny paper-thin triangle noses, while the men all look like crap as if they belonged to a different species that has big, ugly, almost human noses. So the style isn't ugly in a intentional creepy way, but more in a sucky way (at least to me).
I think it had some interesting things to say about society and I'd even say it's kind of hopepilled, but reading some of the comments online it seems that either children or retards failed to grasp the apparent messages the author was trying to convey, since they took everything that was said throughout the manga at face value even though the protagonist quickly begins to change that mindset and actively fights against it later on
(or maybe I'm just projecting my own interpretation onto the author's work here). This reminds me of the situation with Emergence where dumbasses fully blame the protagonist for her own misfortune and misery and even loathe her for "being a slut".
It definitely didn't make me suicidal or worsen my mental health (so far) but I think I'll remember this manga for a long time. Especially since I don't usually read manga. So yeah, I recommend it.