Published: Dec 2, 2005 to Sep 5, 2008
Score: 7.721 (scored by 1806 users)
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SynopsisCicero City, a city infested with immigrants where people of all races scramble to find work and shelter. Infested with destruction and slaughter, it's a chaotic society. Living on the outside of society, the Jackals are professional assassins with no allegiance, available to the highest bidder. This is their story.
Jackals is an pretty good manga. There are a multitude of characters, mini subplots and the highlight of it, in my opinion, was the art.
The story was not particularly sophisticated nor complex, but still enjoyable without being too simple. At first glance, the story involves a city of violence, mafia and a hunter who kills everyone. (Dogs, anyone?) A little deeper, and you find there is a rivalry between the two main characters, each seeking to distill their burning desire for revenge. (Canaan, anyone?) However, a little deeper again and you will find many little subplots interwoven with the main storyline. Giving background to characters, and reasoning behind their principals. It gives a sense of familiarity and sympathy to the characters.
These 'subplots' make the story very interesting. The switching of the character points are well-used and give a spark to the story.
The art was absolutely outstanding. The realism, the gunplay, the fighting, all without match. Even if you aren't into the violent genre, I recommend this solely on the brilliance of the art.
The characters of Jackals are interesting and unique, however, they are not completely original since many fall into the physcopathic stereotype.
Also, if you were looking for character development you are wasting your time because in this manga there are virtually none, it is mainly from fighting scenes you understand them.
Further, the only two characters that are vaguely likeable, are the two main ones, plainly from their sheer awesomeness, but otherwise, the other characters are either disturbing or 'special'.
Jackals is very enjoyable, it has great action, great perspective drawings and constant pace. The plotlines add complexity to the story and the characters are the type you want to know more about.
In general, it is an intruging story, laden with betrayal, blood, and legends spawned from the most bloodthirsty.
Overall, I give it a 9/10 and highly recommend it for the non-faint hearted. read more
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