Published: Oct 2002 to Apr 6, 2006
Score: 8.361 (scored by 7195 users)
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action politics seinen
SynopsisNagasawa Shiina was just your average 3rd year high schooler when her father's company went bankrupt. To ease the strain on her family, she secretly begins prostituting herself. At her first job, a mysterious masked man crashes the party... and it's someone she knows...
Akumetsu is the story of Hazama Shou, who defends his own view of justice in a vigilante manner while wearing a mask and calling himself Akumetsu.
To me. Akumetsu is everything Death Note should have been (in terms of Death Note's story). I hope I haven't angered anyone by saying that. I consider Akumetsu's story-telling to be wonderful.
The entire philosophy of "What is good? What is evil?" is something that alot of series integrate into their plot.
And so Akumetsu might seem to follow that, it takes a contemporary approach. Featuring science-fiction as opposed to magic.
Story: The details keeps you intrigued. They can be essentially divided into three parts that are all developed as the story progresses.
1. Akumetsu actions and political background of Japan
2. The people trying to understand Akumetsu and/or stop him
3. The revelation of who/what is Akumetsu and how he came to exist.
The first part makes up the most of the story. The 2nd part humanizes the story, and the third part keeps you interested.
I give the story a 9/10. I personally never tired of it. But I can imagine that some people will find the repetitive nature alittle annoying
The art is very cool. It reminds me of a a more artistic sin-city. You shouldn't try to find "moe" in this series, but the female characters are still quite beautiful. (10/10)
Characters get 10/10 from me because for the most part they were all hunanized, made sympathetic, and thus had "depth".
-Shou's anger at the system yet his realization that what "he" is doing is evil
-Shiina's sadness that Shou has put himself up to this task
-A police officer who's sense of justice puts him at odds with Akumetsu, but also puts him against his administration.
Enjoyment. I give enjoyment an 8/10 because the mid part of the story is alittle hard to get into. However overall Akumetsu is a manga that will remain with me as one of the peaks of seinen manga.
One way to make sure crime doesn't pay would be to let the government run it.” (Ronald Reagan)
It is easier to commit murder than to justify it. (Aemilius Papinianus)
Akumetsu takes us in post 9/11 Japan, where extreme corruption and hearsay lead the country to a massive economic downfall, increasing the public deficit to an enormous seven hundred trillion Yen. Politicians and businessmen simply enrich themselves amid growing unrest.
What would if you do if you the power to eradicate evil? Do you think crime can simply be destroyed by getting rid of all the criminals? In which cases, a murder can be justified?
Akumetsu makes us ponder on these questions while bringing the real life examples in front of us. This is not some fantasy shounen series where the hero just woke up one day and decided to change the world. Akumetsu is a long and hard fight against corrupt bureaucrats, politicians, businessmen, higher ups and most importantly it is a fight against the evil that resides at the core of our hearts.
Akmuetsu is a perfect reply to those who think that manga is just a leisure time activity. If we read this series attentively and try to grab the message, it can have a big positive effect on our lives.
The characters in Akumetsu are realistic and can be very easily found in every society.
The main character Shou appears to be a cheesy and goofy teenager at first glance but he has much more to his personality. His idea of destroying evil might appear as delusional but that’s not the case. He knows that evil can’t be completely destroyed but he believes that this fact should not stop us from trying to fight against the evil. With his powers, it is not difficult for him to just simply eliminate his targets without causing any ruckus. But the manner of his public trails and his philosophy of ‘one person, one kill’ clearly shows that he’s not doing this for the sake of personal glory and pleasure. Rather he’s a real hero who wants the citizens of his country to step up for their rights and fight the white collars who are eating his country like a cancer.
The overall cast is planned out well and every character plays a good role to make this series better.
This manga has a dark and realistic art. Comedy, Suspense, Thrill and above all the ‘graphic violence’ have been drawn magnificently. Yugo Sensei has used famous Japanese celebs and personalities as the reference for characters and hence giving them a realistic look.
This manga provides us with facts, figures and explanations about the major types of white collar crimes and frauds committed in Japan. These facts and figures grab the attention of the readers and keep the interest going on.
The dialogues, quotes and statements are nothing short of master class. Yoshiaki Sensei really knows how to create an atmosphere with words and there are countless examples of that in this series.
TARGET AUDIENCE: -
People who love dark and action packed Seinen series will love this manga. Akumetsu is also a perfect manga for Asian (Especially sub-continent) Students and Graduates. This manga will give them a feeling that the story is not set in Japan but in their own countries.
* 1. This manga contains sci-fi stuff in it. Even if you don’t like that part, don’t get disappointed, this manga has much more in it to make it a great read.
* 2. While reading this series, don’t get the impression that the writer is some depressed middle aged Japanese who is fed up with his country. The setting of this story is indeed a messed up country but that’s how it has been with many Asian countries after 9/11. read more
A prevailing theme in both series is the notion of moral justice: Is it right to kill those who are unhealthy to society? It is a rather conflicting statement as often the answer lies in the subjective. This is profoundly highlighted in both series through the characters, views of the general public, and moral consequences and decisions the protagonists have to face.
Both deal with school students (Yagami Light / Azama Shou), who after gaining a special power, decide to take justice into their own hands to create a better world. Though the personalities and methods of the protagonists are different (Death Note has intense 'battle of the minds' dialogue and Kira who kills all the criminals whilst Akumetsu has gorey action and Akumetsu - a 'terrorist group' publicly killing corrupt beaurocrats) it's enjoyable to compare one after reading the other to see different peoples' approach to the same subject.
Both are about a high school boy with a unlikely, supernatural power they will use to "improve" the country by killing everyone that is evil according to their judgement.
Death Note's kills have their focus on your every day murderer, rapist etc while Akumetsu has it's focus on politicians, CEO's: what's wrong with trias politica, economics, the pharmaceutical industry etc.
Death Note is more of a psychological blockbuster and a thriller focussing on mind-games while Akumetsu is a good action.
Akumetsu is especially cool to read if you are into politics and know a little bit about the economic crisis we have, or have seen Michael Moore's Sicko. It makes you want to go "whoohoo, you go Akumetsu!"
Like Death Note, Akumetsu is a story about a high school student who has the methods to fight evil, and he does so by killing off corrupt politicians and government officials.
Themes such as justice, morals, evil, good.
One kid manages to shake Japan to it's very core.
Death death death!
Smart smart smart!
Both are revolutionary stories against government, one-man-wars. Main purpose to make world a better place, methods used are also similar.
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