Ken, a young Japanese guy, is in love with a young Korean girl Yumin. He followed her in Korea and wants to become a policeman just like her. But then, he finds himself at the head of a local gang. What will happen to Ken?
Volume 12: Trigun: The Lost Plant
May contain minor spoilers for initial 2-3 chapters.
On a side-note, my first review on MAL.
STORY: Kitano Ken's crush Yoshizawa Yumin, moves to Korea to become a police officer. Following her, Ken moves to Korea as well. However, he is a failure. He meets Park Tae-Soo, leader of a local gang. Tae-Soo tries to convince Ken to become their boss. Ken agrees on something really ridiculous. (Salary what?). So basically, a failure rises from the bottom of scum to the top of the country. So, in my opinion, story is a 9/10.
ART: Each strip of the manga perfectly switches from sadism to beauty to fanservice as per the requirement. I don't have any more words. 10/10.
CHARACTERS: Character development, again is a strong point of Sun-Ken Rock!. The euphoria of reading how everyone comes to respect Boss Ken is just something you cannot forget. 9/10.
ENJOYMENT: I started reading Akumetsu. I started reading Berserk. I started reading Vagabond. All of them had one thing in similar. I felt sleepy after one or two chapters. However, for Sun-Ken Rock!, I even forgot to have any food for an entire day. It's got action, it's got badassery, it's got comedy, it's got Japanese/Korean Cooking Tutorials and it's got Kitano Ken. Ken is one of the best characters I ever came across. Badass when required, normie when not. 10/10.
OVERALL: Favorite manga. Never read something as good as this. Just love it. Read it already if you haven't already. Sun-Ken Rock! is gonna give you thousands of goosebumps, so consider warned. 9.5/10.
A memorable quote:
"Yes, the King is back.. On his throne.. And ruling over the lowlands of this country once more!" ~Kim Kae-Lyn, Sun-Ken Rock!.read more
This looks like even after only two chapters its going to be something really really great.
Basically, this Korean girl attends a Japanese school , where one of the locals fall for her.Problem is she wants to be a cop in Korea and hes a hoodlum .
Following her dread she actually leaves and becomes a cop.
Deciding to follow her to Korea , with the view of becoming a cop , he ends up by default becoming the head of the local gang! classic!
The comedy will have you laughing and the action parts are quite well done as well.This one is a keeper for sure!read more
I have to say this is potentially one of the best I have read.
It blends comedy and mature seinen into one. On one hand it is a comedy but on the other it begins to deal with the mature and realistic side of korean gangs. This is by far a classic and will not onlymake you laugh but have your blood pumping for the next chapter,
Do not read if you hate awesome stories/
Sun Ken Rock is about a Japanese man named Ken. Ken's love interest Yumin moves to Korea to become a police officer, and Ken follows her to impress her with success. In a ridiculously short time he becomes the leader of one of the largest criminal organizations in the world, with a shitload of some of the most insane plot twists and over the top martial art fights I have ever seen in a manga in between. Make no mistake that this is predominantly an action manga, but by no means does that mean the characters were left out of the loop. Ken is like a magnet, he has an almost supernatural aura of main character righteousness that he seemingly indoctrinates people into good morale by beating the shit out of them. Rather than this being deus ex however, its a plot device that is observed by other characters in the story. It also doesn't hurt that Ken is an extremely likeable character. He does not always win, and he does not always lose, he is not arrogant, but he respects himself and his gang and will beat the shit out of other gangs that challenge its pride of the street. As time goes on and his gang becomes more and more of an influence in Korea, Ken's character starts to change rather drastically as well. It's cool to read is the bottom line here.
Plot is good. Plot is bretty very good. I liked the plot, which is basically divided into "arcs," that involve a specific plot device or character or event with Ken and the others. There aren't very many of these arcs, maybe like 4, but the length is perfectly sufficient to tell the story at hand and the overall tale of the Sun Ken Rock team. No arc is irrelevant etc. and none drags on for longer than it needs too. Theres depth to the story which has alot to do with the background of Korea, which the manga presents to you both directly and indirectly. Very frequently the manga will show the long term influences of the Vietnam and Korean Wars, as well as the slow collapse of morale in the populace of Korea. It's definitely not paper thin and will make you think which is ALWAYS GOOD IN A MANGA or any media for that matter. It's a deconstruction of society and this theme is heavily present through the entire manga, not thrown in one chapter for sillyness.
Action is CRAZY insane. If their was a 1-5 scale of how realistic fights were in manga, with 1 being Hajimme no Ippo and 5 being some energy technique battle stuff, Sun Ken Rock would be 2. But that does not stop the fights from being brutal and over the top, in fact it exemplifies it because there is no blatant superhumaning (save for one scene with the Vietnam Satan but it was so cool it doesn't matter.) Ken and his gang use an unidentified mix of martial arts to kick everyones ass to varying degrees of success, but its always awesome to read. NEVER BORING. Art is fantastic of course as well, make no mistake that although the mangaka is not particularly famous, he can really fucking draw (don't judge the art by the picture I show you, judge his art as you read it all) it also improves throughout the manga. So basically the action scenes are very dramatic, awesome great super cool, there is a very high chnace you will think so too.
There is comedy in the manga as well, its used frequently in the beginning as well as in between main arcs. It will usually come in the form of one panel of some sillyness or fanservice (which is also over the top but by no means does it dominate the whole manga), or an entire chapter about Don Huang's Sushi Adventure. Never really got on my nerves in the slightest which may be an indicator that it flows well with the dramatic moments. Not out of place and random basically.
In conclusion I feel as if I have barely said anything about this manga that makes it stand out, an action with plot ok theres half of manga right there. But make no mistake that this entire manga is standing out, its so ridiculous and so awesome its an unbelivable that it isn't top of the charts, you will certainly see what I mean.
This is NOT a manga where you have to read 15 chapters for things to start moving. Read one chapter and I am sure you will be sold, specifically 25 pages in or so to said chapter. It's super cool shit, fantastic super awesome, great good.read more