Five years ago, a group of friends murdered a man. Every year since then, Shintarou Nakamura, Akira Kanzaki, Ryuu Nimaidou, Haruka Nagase, and Tsubaki Toyoshima visit the dead man's rotting bones and reaffirm their blood oath to take the secret to their graves.
Soon after one of their yearly visits, the friends hear that a golf course will be built in the area and decide to go back and move the body. Instead of bones, however, they find a cell phone that begins to ring. The group answers it with trepidation, and the stranger on the other end confirms what they already suspect: the bones are indeed missing, and their crime has been discovered. In order to stay out of jail, they agree to do the thief a "favor," and in the process uncover a plot that will test the bonds of their friendship.
This Manga is extremely enjoyable and I would implore anyone who agrees to assist in raising the score. Till Your Bones Rot is deep philosophical manga about the consequences of murdering someone. These consequences are experienced and conveyed through a group of young teenagers, who all had their own motives and deal with it in their own way. In the way that it's emotional, it's also a mystery roller-coaster. There are many scenes in this that will leave you guessing at what happens next, or took place that we don't know about yet.
It's drawn pretty well, and I rarely ever had a moment where the
art didn't convey what the author intended. Beyond this, all the names should be easy to remember if you've got some familiarity with Japanese names. These generally lend themselves to the high rating I gave it.
Overall, this manga is an experience that will keep you reading without overstaying its welcome. Please read it and share your thoughts, if you can. I rate it an 8.5/10, rounded up to a pleasent 9/10 for MAL.
This manga, in my opinion, is unfortunately not that popular and I think it deserves more praise than it already has. Minor spoilers (I think) below.
What I liked about this manga is its good mystery plot and character relationships since it shows how the characters what they feel about what they did 5 years ago and the consequences this incident would have on their lives when somebody finds out about it. It is really a compelling read because the suspense it keeps up in the earlier chapters until the climax is enough to get me to turn to the next page. The art is also
one of its good points since it is able to portray emotions and atmosphere really well. For the characters, in my opinion, aside from Tsubaki and Shin, the other characters could have been more fleshed out and I would have liked to know what they were thinking in certain parts. As for Shin, he's a special case since you can't really tell what he's thinking, but one thing is certain: he just wants his friends to live a normal life after what had happened 5 years ago and move on.
On the other hand, I would think that one of the reasons this manga was not that good is because of the lack of backstory in their elementary school days (if I remember correctly) since a mystery-like plot would need something of a backstory since a culprit needs to be someone that was already mentioned beforehand according to Knox's Decalogue. I think it lacked that backstory since the target audience wouldn't be able to figure it out unless the story tackles it midway. This wasn't really a problem for me since I kind of figured it out on the way, but I think it would've been better if there was a backstory to understand the events more clearly.
All in all, this was a great experience for me and I would recommend this if you want to read thriller-mystery dramas. Overall, I'll give it an 8/10. (^^)
This manga truly tests the "bonds" of friendship. It makes the reader think about right and wrong, and the character development throughout the manga is really great. The artistic style is beautiful. This manga is almost as good as all the other psychological manga about teens murders and friendships. I don't know why I didn't come across it until now, but it was so worth the 98 chapters.
It's not as gory as other manga popular about killing, but it does have its gruesome scenes. The way the mangaka portrays the killings makes it eerie in itself. Even though the story is about teenagers committing murder,
it shows the twisted world of adults that forced these children to become this way.
This manga is really not well known at all, and that's a shame. It doesn't even have any reviews, so I'll be writing one.
At first when I started reading Hone ga Kusaru I didn't really have any high hopes, since there must be a reason why people don't read it right? But the beautiful and interesting cover art pulled me in, anyway. I expected this to manga to really blow and have some sort of misunderstanding about the person the group killed.
To my pleasant surprise, it really doesn't pull back it's punches. The art is phenomenal, the characters feel real, and it has
it's generic dramatic love triangle (with 2 cute girls ;) ).
The plot is intriguing, and there are some great twists in the story.
So I at least suggest you to try out the first volume, it's very interesting.
As of now, there are only 5 volumes. Volume 6 is coming out later this month. (April 27) And the latest volume is most likely coming in May, or the month after that.