English: Crazy for Death
Synonyms: Death Frenzy
Published: 2004 to Jul 17, 2010
Serialization: Champion RED
Score: 8.321 (scored by 1282 users)
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Popular Tagshistorical samurai
Jun 21, 2013
There is almost no male character we can describe as good: as much as we identify with the "heroic" protagonist, we have to remember he is a blood-daubed murderer who repeatedly murders for trivial reasons such as anger or being ordered by his master and our nose is rubbed in this by the time we reach the end. We might identify with Seigen due to his egalitarianism and how we spend most of the time watching him be persecuted and take his revenge - except he is introduced with cruelty, is ultimately undone by his own hubris, manipulates and lies beatifically, and kills his first master. (I say male characters, because the women are disempowered chess pieces who are subjected rather than subjects.) The beauty of the martial arts displayed is outweighed by the horror of what they are *for*, and it is all wrapped in a trenchant critique of the politics which allow and encourage all of this to happen. This is not a romantic depiction of bushido or what unswerving loyalty means; it is a depiction of the intrinsic failure modes, and the inevitable lord who is unworthy of loyalty of any kind but cannot be quietly executed or tortured to death as he deserves.
The sustained effect is depressing. There are no meaningful ideals. Attempts to teach martial arts merely produce living weapons. Everyone uses each other. All men die, and if they defeat their foes, they are defeated by old age and descend into their dotage. Men themselves are a fragile conglomeration of muscles and guts, which when spilled all look alike. The strongest warrior can be undone by an accidental trip or one stroke of a blade, and all their achievements negated. I read it over 3 days and felt unusually nihilistic and materialistic by the end.
The art is uniformly excellent, almost lavish, with commendable shading and detail: towards the end, I found myself just pausing and admiring the depiction of wood grain and the castle.
Some narrative tricks work well in a manga setting, like showing (without any comment or visual distinction) possible scenarios or outcomes and abruptly snapping back to the present - one sees characters die a dozen deaths before they actually die ("The Way of the Samurai is found in death. Meditation on inevitable death should be performed daily.")
Manga abruptly ends, with zero resolution of the toad-man and futanari arc, and the pacifist _Rurouni Kenshin_-style swordsman character unexplored despite repeatedly showing up in minor roles. It ends within a few pages: Seigen is killed, he stumbles back to his corner victorious and rewarded with a position, and finds the maiden Mei dead. Then we flip to a scene of them walking together in civvies. The End. I'm still not sure what this is supposed to mean: logically, he'd then commit suicide since he has nothing left to live for and has carried out the vengeance order on Seigen, but nothing we're shown confirms this theory and I'm not sure the first volume's foreshadowing established that either. Oh well. read more
Dec 11, 2008
Shigurui is a story with amazing presentation. The story is both linear and not-linear at the same time.
The story is of two men and their respective paths toward each other. It relies heavilly on narration with description.
What inspired me to write this review is that the manga has continually been able to keep me wanting to get to the next chapter. The story never reaches a moment of stagnation. Things keep happening.
The art is very very detailed. I don't usually prefer art like this. But Shigurui is a story deserving of such art.
However the detailed art may also disturb some. As violent and sexual images are abound.
But best of all is the the drawings that depict the movement of the characters, it is juts remarkable to see it done.
The fighting scenes are very easy to follow. And therefore
Shigurui features some of the most unsympathetic characters in all of manga.
But their hinted emotions are what make the story great.
The main characters are driven by one thing, and it is not love. It is the maintenance of their honor.
I find it enjoyable.
It's a deep story with remarkable art. read more
Apr 25, 2013
I love the mature portrayal of nudity, especially loved the display of naked women every now and than though out the story, I must admit it was titillating. I absolutely loved it and even jerked off a few times. I must say I am getting a boner just thinking about it. It was just so much better than all the stupid hentai doujins I had read.
The extreme gore and blood indeed made me nauseating but that was part of the roller coaster ride, that Shigurui was. read more
Jan 2, 2013
Shigurui put's on a time machine to were honor tradition is all that's matter, nothing is spared from the reader as the characters fight, laugh and f***.
it's not long and very addicting, please stay with it longer that the first 2 chapters, after that you would find yourself submerged deep in the plot.