Synonyms: Riki Oh, Violence Hero Riki-Oh
Published: 1988 to 1990
Score: 7.181 (scored by 540 users)
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SynopsisIn the late 1990s, society is descending into ecological collapse and totalitarianism. Saiga Rikioh, 21, finds himself in jail.
Set in the near future, at the privately-owned Tokyo State Prison. Like the chilling wind of the end of a century, a mysterious man with a six-pointed star on his fist entered the pen.
Saiga Riki-Oh--serving a term of three years, due to assault, his first offense. Riki-Oh openly antagonizes The Four Emperors, four powerful prisoners that control the prison and keep the rest of the inmates in line.
Related MangaAdaptation: Riki-Oh: Toukatsu Jigoku, Riki-Oh 2: Horobi no Ko
Saiga Riki-Oh is 21. He is in prison for just his first offense. He received a three year sentence for assault, and was imprisoned the year previous. He possesses a robust body, superior intelligence, and a remarkably violent nature. He is marked as a particularly dangerous criminal requiring special attention.
He has five bullets stuck in his chest.
One time, Riki-Oh punches a dude so hard his arm goes elbow deep into flesh till his fist tears out the other side. Minutes later he punches another dude so hard the man's ribs burst out of his side from the impact.
He has a six-pointed star mark on his hand.
Another time, Riki-Oh punches the air inches in front of a dude whose face recoils as if hit by gale force winds distorting his face with airflow. Afterwards blood spurts out of the man's face anyway, such was the tremendous air pressure caused by Riki-Oh's fist.
He can reattach his own severed tendons in the middle of a fight.
Later in life, Riki-Oh karate-chops a guy in the back of the neck so hard the man's eye pops out.
He likes long walks, sentimentalism and leaf-whistling.
One day Riki-Oh uppercuts a dude so hard his fist punches through the man's chin and out of his mouth. Later to make up for it he 'touch fists' with his homie but disintegrates the dude's arm and punches through it.
This only scratches the surface of Riki-Oh the manga. Underneath the surface are concepts of prison privatisation, a controversial labour source for nations run like ruthless corporations unwilling to accept loss of prisoners due to their collective-self amounting to profit for the Japan Prison Industry and its sociopolit-
You just want to see Riki-Oh decimate another human being into a bloody pulp like a depraved chef decimates ingredients in preparation of a three course meal for a banquet of serial killers.
You want to see Riki-Oh punch cars as they speed at him. Punch hearts out of chests. Punch elephants off their feet.
You want manly art with muscles the size of truck tires, a cast of ugly misfits waiting to be mutilated and debilitated, gaping bloody wounds repaired with barbed wire ripped from chain-link fences.
This is even before whatever semblance of reality the manga had a shred of is completely taken over by telekinetic super-powered brawls, because destroying the human body in physically possible ways gets too boring for author Masahiko Takajo and artist Tetsuya Saruwatari.
Riki-Oh's story eventually, and quite successfully, moves from the prison setup to the apocalyptic cyberpunk dregs of Japanese society run amok by mega-corporations and pollution, while inexplicably weaving religion, or in one bizarre turn of events, an atheistic/theist communist/liberal sibling/Christ conflict, and Armageddon itself into its blood-drenched pages, culminating in Katsuhiro Otomo levels of post-apocalyptic vistas and destruction.
It is in this dystopic futurescape that this violent saga throws hysterically crazy twists and revelations at you, the ones in volume 8 in particular, that are so outrageous you have to save Riki-Oh the trouble and punch yourself. Punch yourself to stop your own laughter from killing you, tears streaming down your bruised face; a face content with the barely believable knowledge that this manga was written, drawn and published by grown adult men.
Riki-Oh might mistake your laughter to be out of spite and not joy, so your punch will be punched and decimated by him. That's what he does.
Riki-Oh the manga will punch pretty much anything, man; animal, inanimate object, your face, your friend's face, your friend's pet's face, and it'll put hairs on your chest. read more
Honestly I started reading it without too much expectations. I've discovered it from a bottom of a very very long line of recommendations for Berserk.
I've read Beatnik's review and decided to give it a shot, but after reading 2 chapters I put that manga down.
But for some reason I kept reading it.
And that's what I think:
In one word E-P-I-C!
The story lacks a little bit, it is quite stupid at start and honestly? Untill the very end it doesn't really change. The twists are childish and idiotic, the battles are very short and gruesome but have no freakin' logic behind them. But that's the magic of Riki-Oh, which I gave the rare score of 10 in enjoyment.
As soon as I've finished reading the 4th chapter I've said - okay, usually you looking for logic in manga's, at least a little bit of it, but this time just ignore the irrational stuff.
I mean... Punching a man in the face and making a hole in the face. Kicking a man in the toso and with bare hands (or legs) to cut him in two?!
Seriously - No logic!
But it's amazing!!
The fights are the main part, as I like, and unlike many other mangas there tons of them and they are quick, even those who are expected to last a volume or two, usually ends in a chapter or two. A good thing because you never grow tired from a fight, and there are tons of them, usually unique.
Riki-Oh seemed at the beggining as a overpowered bastered who going to do God Moding untill the end, and for my surprise once again - Riki-Oh is far frm being like that. Riki gets hurt a lot, vital or no vitals and finds himself many times in the floor getting his ass kicked. Which is fun.
Also, Riki's a genious, or at least was made that way. He seems to know everything and it's somewhat annoying.
In the wierdness sector we have a few moments that I just have to mention:
Kamehameha. Seriously?! Riki does a fucking Kamehameha in a middle of the battle, witout any reason... Just copies Goku.
Gut-o-Caravan. There is this time our hero gets his ass kicked so hard he drowns in a quicksand. No before he kills the guy who beat the shit outta him a second ago. Then... He digs in his stomach, kill me if I know how, and stays there untill the body is lured out, breaks free from the stomach(alienn vs peredator style)
One of my favourite moments is when Riki finds out he's a jew. As a jew myself I LOL'ed so hard I've almost got a heart attack. I'm sure that it's un-intentional but the mix of he's shocked face from a second earlier(not connected to the jew stuff), the bubble of speech and the enviroment just made me lose it.
In the bottom line - Riki-Oh is great. It's more then great, but awesome.
If you are into gruesome stuff, easy reading manga it's a must! read more
Brtual martial arts, Limbs flying, Hapless secondary characters never having a happy ending, Invincible super badass for a protagonist. These are just a few things that Riki-oh and FoNS share. Although I preferred Riki's art style more both were amazing series.
An invincible, Chinese kenpo using protagonist wanders a post-apocalyptic world filled with scum in need of gruesome punishment. Saving the weak isn't really his goal, but he always ends up doing it anyway. The weak end up dying a moment later anyway, and then the violence ramps up, if that's even possible. His brother is an important character and plot element. He has a catchphrase he utters before sending named villains bursting into pieces. They're usually humanized a moment later, when through their dying breath they admit their admiration for him or reveal how they too have been victimized, usually by the next named villain to spectacularly die.
Riki-Oh is a (blood and guts) loving tribute to Hokuto no ken. It began serialization when Hokuto ended, and its organ-punching, bone-cracking, eye-popping and head-squishing will entertain you if you crave more splatter.
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