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.
I have read 6 manga chapters and really liked it, I'll be letting down what I am thinking of the first impressions of this manga that if you continue the way it is, will have a great future ahead
A great story with a Shounen main character, but this mc has an skill and charisma higher than expected, a manga with great potential, let's wait and see. do not have a pre-conception, you will enjoy this.
I'll keep reading and i hope that the story is still as good or better than it is, and i will be hoping that this manga will have a successful anime.
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.
Edit: Well, it got axed. Sad, but expected. read more
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!read more
I had picked up red sprite randomly. Like, really randomly. I scanned for a new manga. ANY new manga. Red sprite was the only manga with 1 chapter out. So I just went in and read it. For a one-shot, it seemed to be very interesting.
After reading 8 chapters, I note a high semblance to the plot and the setting of FMAB in a slightly different pretense.
I believe that this will be a series with great potential. I would follow it closely. The plot really escalated in the last two chapters. I'm sure that the anime would be fabulous.
For what I have seen till now, there are many action scenes and some decent quality drawings. I don't think any more can be said this early.
All in all a great shounen manga with an interesting plot and a prospective storyline. read more