Synonyms: Legend of the Strongest Man Kurosawa, The Legend of a Strongest Man
Published: Jan 2003 to Sep 2006
Authors: Fukumoto, Nobuyuki (Story & Art)
Serialization: Big Comic Original
Score: 8.511 (scored by 1262 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top manga page.
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Oct 27, 2010
And now it’s time for another amazing (half ass) review from the world renowned and now famous (in his head) Daimyo. In our last segment we reviewed blank. Indeed blank and blank’s characters will always hold a pace in my heart. This time around we’ll be reviewing a personal favorite of mine Fukumoto Nobuyuki’s Saikyou Densetsu Kurosawa (Legend of the strongest Man, Kurosawa). And now I know they’ll be those among you who will ask what’s the occasion? Why is the elusive and super rare Pokémon Daimyo making such an appearance? A review even!? Well I can calmly say that it is for absolutely no good reason. (That and I saw that nobody else did a review so I might as well steal some spotlight) And without further ado let’s start this catastrophe!
Miserable, alone and overall just plain pathetic Kurosawa seeks purpose in his life. He constantly tries to fit into society but is equally rejected. His colleagues don’t respect him and his best friend is a traffic robot. Yes, Kurosawa is just like you, the unlucky reader who happens to be reading this review (just substitute traffic robot with your collection of anime and/or gaming material). And that’s just what makes the story of Kurosawa so great, it’s so believable so realistic. The story places us in the shoes of a middle-aged loser. Fukumoto’s amazing storytelling ability greatly executed. Through out the story there are many twists, unexpected events and hardships that those of you accustomed to his other works such as Kaiji and Akagi will recognize and appreciate. This story will definitely take you on an emotional rollercoaster with many ups and downs before it comes to a dramatic stop.
As mentioned earlier the strength of Fukumoto’s writing is what truly makes the story unique. In the character of Kurosawa we see him progress from a loser with no ambition and no goals, to a man who knows that while he may not have won at life will not stop to protect the values he believes in. Kurosawa is definitely manri. A modern samurai if you will, even when crying in tears like a small child Kurosawa’s manriness will make you shit in your pants. The side characters while definitely not as amazing as kurosawa do a good job as Kurosawa’s support. First and foremost we have super tall and hormonally abused middle schooler Nakane (people are this big in japan?). The first important person Kurosawa goes apeshit on and also the first person to call Kurosawa his bro. Next we have Ono former delinquent and hater of Kurosawa who comes to respect Kurosawa as a manri man and pretty much turns him into the banchou of the workplace. Finally the last side character that deserves a name in my review is that pathetic kid weird kid ugh what’s his name again… oh yea Asai was his name. He’s kind of out of place in the theme of this manga but somehow he fits well. Or maybe it’s the fact he did almost absolutely nothing the entire manga I have nothing negative or positive to write about him. Throw in a trail mix of side characters and enemies and this manga really has a solid cast to it. We’re not going to see much evolution in terms of the other characters, but who cares we’re here for Kurosawa.
Boy did I have fun with this one. Kurosawa’s crazy and over the top tactics for defeating his opponents had me either standing in awe with my mouth dropped like a scream replica or laughing my ass off. Honorable mention goes to the chapter titled Biological Warfare… it was definitely biological. There was just the right amount of despair and satisfaction between each arc and problem Kurosawa had to face. Thankfully this is Fukumoto we’re dealing with so he was successful in keeping this feeling all the way to the end of the manga. That being said I have seen some people complain about the story’s pacing, especially in the beginning. They claim it was either too depressing or slow and they would be correct. Indeed it takes about 20/25 or so chapters in before this one really takes off. I do however feel the intro did a great job of getting us into the mind of Kurosawa.
Great series. What more can be said?(And I am sure by now you want me to stop talking). If you are a fan of Fukumoto’s work or are just a fan of psychological thrillers with just the right amount of action you’ll love this one. And to finish this long review I shall leave you all with a thought provoking quote from the manga. (Wearing my fancy hat) « Panties are the best! »
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Jul 19, 2011
Do not let the art scare you away if it isn't your style.
I wont necessarily call this a review.
I don't want to summarize it because I couldn't do the story justice.
But I will say that this story takes an unlikely character and turns them into a hero. An awkward, dirty, old, fat, ugly hero in need of anger management and alcoholics anonymous.
Please read this entire (11 volume) series. Even if you dislike the artwork, the sheer quality of this story deserves every reader and supporter it can get.
my lowest score was for art because i really disliked the style. But truthfully, the style really helped convey the character's fear, excitement, joy as well as every other emotion which is key for the appreciation of the story.
story: 10, art: 7, character: 9, enjoyment: 10, overall: 10.