Technology has advanced due to the discovery of an alternative source of fuel called "Thunder-Cores." This has changed civilization for the better due to the creation of longer lasting trains and cars, and a new form of transportation called Air-Ships!
The story follows Tatsu Frampt, a young boy who lives in an orphanage nowhere near the city, who dreams that one day he will be the captain of his own air-ship and travel around the world alongside his friends. He is told that he and his friends are being isolated from civilization due to a disease that makes iron grow in their bodies. However, the orphanage is attacked, and Tatsu is the sole survivor, and learns the dark truth of his "disease." Six years later, he embarks on a mission to save his friends, and kill those who stand in his way...
As a part of the JUMP START initiative, the first three chapters of Red Sprite were published in English in VIZ Media's digital Weekly Shonen Jump on the same day as the Japanese release. After, the series was added to VIZ Media's Weekly Shonen Jump lineup.
This is more of a first reaction, rather than a full review. I will update it as the story progresses.
Red Sprite is a manga that started in SJ right after Bleach ended, yet it received close to zero hype, thus not many people have heard of it. The author, Yagi Tomohiro, is also relatively new to the manga industry, having only drawn one more series for SJ, which never took off and ended after 20 chapters. It's safe to assume that the expectations for this series are not set too high.
STORY: I was pleasantly surprised by the story. The mangaka has managed to create
a unique setting, which is a huge plus in today's saturated shounen industry. In only 11 chapters he has managed to create a solid world and has given the reader enough information, so as to prevent confusion, while also not giving out too much. The ordeals thundercore humans face are also very realistic, hence the main cast's troubles stick with the reader.
The progression of the plot is also a potential selling point for this series: this series is quite fast paced. For example, the main character doesn't start off as a total weakling as in other popular shounen. Instead, the first arc begins after a time skip, during which the MC has acquired enough strength to be able to protect himself and his crewmates.
The first arc is both unique and standard. That sounds contradictory at first, but while the premise of the arc is the search for the protagonist's childhood friends, the way the mangaka goes about developing it is different to what we've seen in most other manga so far.
As for complaints I have with the story, I guess I'm not entirely sure where exactly it is headed at this point. Sure, the protagonist has set a goal for himself, but since it's different to the goals of other shounen protagonists, I can't see where this is going. That might be a huge advantage to this series, but the mangaka is treading on new ground, which means that there isn't a set recipe he can follow. Instead, everything depends on his skills as a writer, something which he hasn't proved yet.
CHARACTERS: There is not much to say about the characters at this point, since it's too early. The main character is a classic shounen protagonist, somewhat similar to Luffy in my opinion, since he is quite strong, confident and immature, yet has those few moments where he exhibits unexpected maturity. There is a relatively large cast of characters, but most of them haven't got enough time yet, so I can't comment on them. Two people that stand out are his two childhood friends. They have been fleshed out quite well for the time being.
ART: In the beginning the art was average. It wasn't bad, but it left no impression on me. I'm happy to say that lately I have seen steady improvement and certain panels, where the mangaka "flexes his muscles", were very impressive. I can see this turning in a very good looking manga in the future.
(I'm not in the position to write a paragraph about enjoyment yet. This is too early to judge)
OVERALL: I think this series shows a lot of promise and I hope it turns into something great. However, I can't be sure about it for two reasons: First of all, it hasn't got much attention. That's very scary, since this could indicate a premature cancelling of this series, which would be a huge shame. Secondly, I feel that, while it has the potential to become a relatively popular series in SJ, there is also a high chance of the author making a mistake developing the story, due to not following any paved path. This means that there is a high risk of it crashing and burning.
Ultimately, I feel this deserves more attention and would definitely recommend that you check it out.
Red Sprite. The manga that replaced Bleach's slot in Shonen Jump magazine after it was finished. I had high hopes for this series, and had hoped that Red Sprite would become a regular in the magazine. Sadly that didn't happen, and it was axed after 14 chapters. Instead what we have is a series that was desperate for the spotlight, but did not realize its full potential
Story - 5
The beginning of this series plays out like the beginning of One Piece, and that was promising. Tatsu was meant to embark on an adventure to save every one of his friends while meeting other enemies and
allies along the way. There is a lack of new adventure shonen out there, so I was hoping this would fill the void. Sadly this series seemed like it really wanted to catch the attention of the readers by adding fight scenes early on in the series without any sort of character development. You can tell that the Mangaka was worried that this series was going to get axed like his previous work, so he really wanted to excite his readers in the beginning, but he failed to do so.
Art - 7
The art was good, although there isn't anything special about it. It's not extremely detailed but its pleasant to look at. I don't have a lot to say about the art of the manga other than its good.
Character - 6
Because this series got axed, hardly any characters were developed and memorable. Tatsu seemed like the average shonen protagonist but because of the premise of the manga, he seemed a lot edgier than the most shonen characters, which is fine with me.
Enjoyment - 6
This series was axed, so I can't really say I enjoyed it since this story did not get any sort of conclusion.
Overall - 6
This review was just as short as the entire run of Red Sprite. If the author was willing to wait and develop his characters and not rush his story, I felt like the beginning could've been better, and it would have not gotten axed. You can feel the pressure the author had to face while reading this manga. I can tell that the author did not have fun creating this manga, as it felt forced in many issues. I wish that the author gets another chance to create another series, and I hope he learns from this experience to make the next big thing!
Well instead of giving my two cents worth about a series such as Tokyo Ghoul or One Punch Man, I’m going to talk about one a lot less known.
Red Sprite is a manga that ran in Shonen Jump for three months late last year. Unfortunately, for creator Tomohiro Yagi, this was his second serialisation to be cancelled without given the appropriate time needed for complete story fruition.
Before I dive into this review, there is one thing I believe we need to take a minute to think about, and this factor is the only background information I’ll take up your time with providing.
of us know, the famous manga Bleach had been on a serious level of decline in the Jump rankings for the last few years. Due to this, creator Tite Kubo was forced to wrap up the final fight and conclusion of the series in only three or four chapters.
What resulted from this was a cringeworthy final battle, and an ending that left out a lot of closure. Oh and of course a tonne of pissed off Bleach fans.
Shonen Jump as of lately has been set on bringing in as many new series’ as possible with Toriko having recently received the Bleach treatment too.
Where does this all tie in? Well Red Sprite was the manga to replace Bleach. The manga that Jump were so quick to shove Bleach out of the equation for its’ arrival.
There is a lesson here and I believe that as much as business is obviously an important factor for Jump, I believe there should be a bit more respect for a mangaka who has shown Jump mostly success for the last 15 years. Come on Jump, at least try not be such dicks in your desperate quest to find the next One Piece.
However, moving on.
Red Sprite was essentially a battle manga.
It based on the concept of the advancement of technology but at a sinister cost. I won’t dive further into the story as I feel that is not what a review is written to provide.
This concept set up for a classic morally right vs morally wrong in fine print, which I will further examine later on.
After reading the first chapter of Red Sprite, I immediately found a few problems.
Don’t get it twisted, it wasn’t a horrible piece of story telling, but the flaws were easily evident.
The debut chapter decided to go via the route of; MC and said side characters share their lives a little differently to the rest of the world but all is okay and manageable. MC and side characters learn that everything they have ever known is wrong and is immensely fucked up. Oh the horror of it all. Ignorance is bliss, right?
New Shonen Jump series, The Promised Neverland delivered a similar first chapter, however with the latter being much more attention grabbing, I found.
The first initial problem that came to mind with Red Sprite was… well, after reading chapter ichi, I probably could have dropped the series and never really reflected back to it.
Unfortunately, shonen battle manga is becoming more and more repetitive with typical clichés, character traits and plot devices.
The series Black Clover, for example, immediately screams Naruto x Fairy Tail.
Red Sprite didn’t so much remind me of another series so bluntly, but it’s set up felt somewhat flat.
Nevertheless, I decided to continue reading.
After fourteen chapters, Red Sprite was removed from Shonen Jump.
I’m going to present some points which I believed caused this cancellation.
By the end of the manga, I had realised two things.
Realisation #1 The MC couldn’t be anymore MC.
To further explain my point: Kentaro Miura’s Berserk is the perfect example of a unique MC because Guts isn’t so self-righteous. The dude has killed an innocent little kid, somewhat accidentally, be that as it may.
And I realise I am comparing a shonen to one of the darkest seinen manga to ever exist. But what I am trying to demonstrate is that with a main character that defies the cliché traits, uniqueness and interest can often immediately be noticed in a refreshing light.
Realisation #2 This is straight up good vs evil.
If there is one thing that mangaka Yoshihiro Tagashi is great at (besides playing Dragon Quest) is his portrayal of villains in his two-well-known series’ Yu Yu Hakusho and Hunter x Hunter. (the ‘x’ is silent, n00bs.)
Villains that cause readers to contemplate if the villains are really even villians, or simply share conflicting interests with the protagonists, creates intellectual rich story telling.
In terms of the side characters, 14 chapters is certainly not enough time to expect any kind of development so I feel it is only fair to leave them unjudged at this point in time.
At times it felt like the story wasn’t really going anywhere in particular, and due to this, cancellation or not, I cannot imagine how the story would have progressed past 20-30 chapters.
A lot more depth would have definitely been necessary for the story to flourish. Interesting world building could have helped dramatically, though again, fourteen chapters simply could not provide this, respectfully.
The conclusion was predictable, but not horrible for a forced ending. I mean, good won over bad, what more can I say.
And that’s just exactly where this manga fell flat. No one will remember it in a year’s time.
The art was itself a metaphor for this manga. Not bad, but nothing to write home about.
At this point, I feel like I’m starting to become repetitive (though not as repetitive as Hiro Mashima’s trolls) so I’ll wrap this up.
If you’ve read this far, I appreciate it. It’s been fun.
Feel free to comment on my profile, we can talk about Red Sprite.
In conclusion, it’s unfortunate to see that mangaka Tomohiro Yagi, can’t quite get it right just yet. With Red Sprite failing for different but still similar reasons to Iron Knight.
I’ll still be looking out for his next try and honestly, I hope his next series passes the yearly mark. Ganbatte, Tomohiro Yagi!
Red Sprite. The manga that replaced Bleach's slot in Shonen Jump magazine after it was finished. Be honest with everyone, I had extremely high hopes for this series, as I felt that Red Sprite would become regular series for Shonen Jump. Sadly, Red Sprite had gotten axed after only 14 chapters.
Despite the manga being axed by Shonen Jump, I felt that overall story of Red Sprite had a potential, as the main character, Tatsu had embarked on an adventure to save all his friends whilst meeting up with other enemies and allies along the way. However, I felt the author wanted to excite the
reader with great fight scene from the beginning without things about the development of the characters.
The art style through the manga was pretty good and it was pleasant to look at.
I felt that the characters had hardly any development across the 14 chapters. Also, I felt that Tatsu was the only characters was well developed compared to the others.
I will be honest, I did enjoy the manga. As I said previously Red Sprite had a lot of potentials to become a great Shonen Jump manga. Unfortunately, it did live up to it.