Somewhere in Vladivostok, Russia, a deal has been successfully completed. Danger looms over the horizon; a deadly virus—capable of killing within three hours of infection—has now fallen into the hands of a mysterious woman named Maya.
Enter Fujimaru Takagi, a seemingly ordinary student at Mishiro Academy in Japan. However, very few know that he was famed for exposing crimes and corruption of high-profile individuals with his brilliant hacking powers—the infamous "Falcon" who had abruptly vanished from the cyberworld. Only the members of Third-I, a top-secret division of the Public Security Intelligence Agency led by Fujimaru's father Ryunosuke Takagi, and his friend Otoya Kujou know of his past.
When a KGB agent is murdered in Japan, the only clue to his death is a memory chip found at the scene of the crime. Fujimaru is recruited by Third-I to decode the chip, which contains a video file of an event called the "Christmas Massacre." Investigating the incident further, Fujimaru's father uncovers more information about the homicide and a mysterious code, "Bloody Monday," before being framed for the murder of his superior. Now, it is up to the hacker Fujimaru to utilize his expertise to help Third-I prevent the spread of terror and destruction in Japan, while attempting to clear his father's name.
There is only one word that describes this manga - tension. If you liked "Death Note" and "Spiral", you will love "Bloody Monday", it exudes the same feeling of mental chess, intrigue, and continuous feeling of tension. Death lurks in every corner, there is no feeling of assurance that we get from other mangas where you are confident that the main characters typically do not die - not an assumption you can make with this one. The story twists, turns, thrills, and surprises.
The art work is very good too, the character expressions are well drawn, but I didn't pay a lot of attention to the art since I was so caught up in the story. The characters are a little cliche, a high school student with genius hacking skills, and his comrades comprising a high school karate champion and an archery champion seems rather convenient, yet they are extremely vulnerable, and even arrogant of their own skills... little do they know what they're dealing with.
The series is ongoing, so perhaps all this praise is a little premature, but from the 13 chapters that have been released, this is shaping up to be quite interesting. I might change my opinion as the series progresses, but for now I recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good old fashioned thriller. You will not be disappointed.read more
If you enjoyed reading works such as Death Note or Liar Game, this manga is right up your alley. With subtle twists and turns every chapter, this fast paced manga will have you off your feet in anticipation for the entire ride.
Story - 7
Extremely fast paced; the majority of the first season takes place in just a few days. The story, while itself is quite unique and captivating, the basis of it is ridiculous and hysterical in many aspects. What I am referring to when I call it ridiculous, is the fact that, the majority, if not the entirety, of the story, would never occur in real life, even though it's depicted from reality in many situations of the manga. However, this should not impede your enjoyment from the series. It is, after all, a fictional work.
Every chapter is a cliffhanger; the suspense never ends, and nothing is what it seems. Similar to Death Note and Liar Game, the mind games exist entirely throughout the story, and each opposing side fights for and towards their ideals. The police, to prevent all hell from breaking loose; the terrorists, mass pandemonium and chaos.
Art - 8 in the beginning, 9-10 later on in the series
The art is a bit inconsistent and choppy in the beginning, but as you progress, it's quite evident the Megumi Kouji improves constantly. Kouji's art style is definitely quite unique, I would say. Gradually, her art moves more in the direction of the typical shounen style, but it's quite easy to discern the subtle differences. She incorporates quite fine detail in each of the characters, and it brings the characters to life almost.
Characters - 7 in the beginning, 10 later on in the series
While I do personally love most of the characters, their actions and sense of duty is by far way too unrealistic. Of course, as you read, this should start becoming negligible, but you'll definitely have a chuckle here and there at what some of the characters are capable of. I mean, a 15 year old student, being able to hack national- no, global security, and toy with the police, as well as government officials? Let's at least try to be somewhat realistic here.
That being said, eventually I found many of the characters growing on me. A lot of their experiences and situations are quite relate-able. You must be wondering, how is it possible to relate to these characters? Simple. Emotions such as love, fear, greed, etc. all guide our thoughts and actions, and this is extremely prevalent in this manga.
Enjoyment - 9
A series I definitely do not regret reading. This thrill ride was full of tension, suspense, anticipation. Each chapter left me craving for more. Story was intriguing, characters are relate-able–both the protagonists and antagonists–the ride was nothing short of satisfactory.
Overall - 9
I didn't actually expect much when beginning this series, and quite honestly, the story is still quite hysterical in some aspects even after finishing all three seasons, but that definitely didn't stop me from loving it nonetheless.
**From this point on is mainly for readers who have completed the manga**
If you enjoyed reading the first season, I'd definitely recommend continuing onto the second and last. The character development was quite limited in the first season due to how fast paced the entire manga was; a lot of this development is transferred over to the second and last seasons, where you'll see the characters at their peaks. Furthermore, many unanswered questions you probably have at the end of season 1 will be answered. Don't think season 1 was the entirety of the thrill ride; it has only just begun. read more
Bloody Monday tried to be a suspense-thriller anime which involves a lot of "black hat hacking". Although they try very hard to use accurate terms, anything involving computer crimes tends to be misunderstood by traditional storytellers, and that is still the case here.
Lots of things are almost accurate, and for that reason, I got sort of annoyed with the series.
Another annoying thing was that the "experts" often make the same novice mistakes, over and over again. This might be accurate if they were run of the mill government workers, but, they're supposed to be elite, highly trained specialists.
On the other hand, they are lots of twists in the plot, and it kept me wanting to know what would happen next.
This story would do well as a anime, especially if it was stretched out more to fill in the minor characters (and even major characters) more, e.g. like how True Blood was adapted from book to tv show form, and minor characters were "fleshed out" more, in the same way, the limits of the manga format mean that a lot of characters don't get much attention here.
It might sound like I hate the series, but, comparing it to others, like, say, Liar Game, Death Note, and Hunter X Hunter, I have to say that it feels a bit rushed and lopsided.
So overall, I give it 7/10... but, due to the suspense aspects, whilst reading it, esp. if you read it one volume or a few chapters at a time, the story is told well enough to keep you interested, which is why I rate it 9/10 for enjoyment.
The Art, I don't know what to say... it seems good, but it's manga, and for black and white drawings, they're all mostly the same to me, I don't pay attention much to the art quality.
The Story, because of the suspense and trying to be accurate, I'd rate it 8/10... but after reading Owning the Box and such, I really think you can't half-do accuracy like how everyone else does, but I realize that only the geekiest of geeks will care or even see the problems.
And so, overall, I'd recommend it, but, as a parallel to a "thriller" movie. If you like plot twists, suspense, and exaggerated heroes, then you'll like this.... but it isn't the great work that it could have been, if more care towards realism had been taken. read more
Well ,its been 5 years since I finished the epic showdown of mind games between l and kira. And I am really bored with those lame tricks that new “deathnote wannabe” mangas are trying to pull off…..speaking truthfully while geas was great but to me it fell short while comparing to deathnote according to those beautifull mind chess between two intellectuals .Keeping aside the adventurous types like one piece and naruto , my expectation from short spanned thriller animes or mangas are actually how much intellectual property is included in the show without being lame on the context and concept .
so far it has done really goodjob providing mind games between 2 intellectuals . long story short , fujimaru aka falcon a teenager uses his hacking skill and sharp intellect to prevent a conspiracy and deadly virus outbreak project called “ bloody Monday “ from an organization or you could say “j” , a mastermind prodigy being a great mentalist . after several chapters the story becomes a roller coster ride of out witting each other ( so far the mangaka tried his best to provide logical explanations behind all plots , meaning less plot holes ) with the appearance of “J”. both sides have their issues based on moral perspectives,ideals of their own all with the dark tone of death lurking behind every corner and trap.also the appearence of Kamishima Simon , the proverbial messiah , and Jack Daemon the sharp-shooter will be able to excite the readers.
The fun part is the exclusion of any kind of supernatural elements , you could say its more realistic type of world they play in, and one of main aspects of the manga is the use of hacking on the plot which may seem a little too much of a skill some times. its enjoyment value is close to whats in deathnote , but still deathnote would defiantly be my 1st choice of this type of genre which simply great and leagues ahead from others.
and i would really really love to see an anime adaptation from a good studio like madhouse's take on it . the already finished j-drama is not enough to convey the scale and scope of all 3 seasons of this good thriller.
Enuf said, give it a try over deathnote ost if you are bored and in a mood of “ watch the world burn “ …..read more