Jirou Azuma is descended from of a long line of shinobi, and he also can talk to animals. Although he may appear rough and tumble, his compassionate side emerges when it comes to furry critters. But Jirou's soft spot for animals gets him in major trouble when a suspicious stray cat fuses with him, granting him exceptional power but also dragging him into humanity's hidden battle against powerful, menacing spirits.
Black Torch! A manga I picked up when the first chapter came out because I heard that it strongly resembles Bleach. I loved Bleach but it got really bad afterwards, so if a manga that has Bleach vibes just came out, Why not pick it up? And my decision turned out to be a correct one!
While not something "VERY" original, it's still pretty darn intresting. A boy who can understand animals saves a cat who he later finds out is a legendary Momonoke that has beeen sealed away for a long time. After a couple of events our MC Azuma Jirou acquires the
momonokes power, who's name by the way is Ragou.
The story is about an organisation who decide to have Jirou join them to keep a eye on him and Ragou. Jirou joins a team which consists of a girl and a "four eye", the team's name is Black Torch.
So as you guys can see it's not very original, but the execution is on point which makes following the story intresting and not to predictable, something that alot of new Shounen titles are.
It will probably improve and I will update this review later on but for now it's a solid:
The art is fantastic, Kubo Tite (Bleach author) used to be a brilliant artist but his arts quality declined throughout the years and ended on a low note. But the art in Black Torch so far is magnificent and especially the double pages, which are breathtaking.
Not a 10 because it can be improved slightly with the background in some panels where the background is just white, but it will definitely improve with time.
Again not original but not badly excecuted. Jirou and Rago are cool characters so you will probably enjoy these 2 characters. The glasses guy (can't remember his name) is alot like Uryuu from Bleach or Sasuke from Naruto. That dosen't mean that he is a bad character tho, he is right now a character that is pretty strong and he easily annoyed by the MC, but he has potential but so far nothing speciall. Let's hope that he dosen't turn out like Sasuke or Uryuu later on.
The main girl is called Ichicka, has a bit of a temper but nothing that is to annoying to be honest. She has a nice design if your're into that kinda stuff. But what I like from here is that 6 chapters in she's already eager to do something and tries to do everything in her power to help out. Which is nice cause alot of shounen girls are useless from the start and doesn't realise that until the end of the series (I'm looking at YOU SAKURA).
Now the thing is I know that this isn't super original, but it's very entertaining. It's not a go happy manga but dosen't take itself to seriously all the time and can have a few comedic moments. To put it simply; It's gives of those early Bleach vibes. Which is a positive thing!
I'm positive that this is the next big thing in Shounen Jump SQ and it can be adapted into an anime within 3-4 years if a studio is quick. But if you're looking for a new shounen manga that isn't as shounenish as the most things published in Shounen Jump today, then this is definitely worth a read!
Most of the people will say that Black Torch is Similar to Bleach , Yes it is similar.
some of the characters are exactly same and at first it seems very predictable like bleach fights, but its not like that ,this Manga is full of surprises and I think this is one of the best arts I've seen and it's just keeps getting better.
The manga follows a story about a boy named Jiro in the Universe where exists not only humans but also mononokes. Later you will se how jiro connects to a mononoke , I don't want to spoil you so see the rest yourself
the story is really intresting.
I strongly recommend this manga for people in love with Action, Shonen manga.
Mangwha such as Black Torch have always attracted me for its blend of warrior action, culture, and mythology. Recently I finished reading the first issue of Black Torch and found it to be a perfectly well established mangwha that has the potential to outclass Bleach and Naruto. The story has been superb and the writer delivers readers with a consistency in novelty and creative ingenuity. The art is unique on its own and complements the story very well, each panel and shot of the comic flows well with each setting to deliver to readers an articulate concept of the situation and mood. The author goes
beyond expectation to deliver to the story with strong historical and cultural ties connected to modern times. Overall the story of this Mangwha was excellently assembled with its eloquent story and aesthetic artwork.
Here is my first review.
After seeing the premise and giving it a go, I find it very enjoyable.
The plot of the story is fairly simple, with a seemingly powerful main protagonist and a good strong starting point. But it still fall short in consistency and will feel at times weak and predictable. Yet this isn't problematic but should be noted that it's not a ground breaking manga with a superb story. I would qualify it as being on the upper tier of generic cliché story, meaning it keeps you going although you've seen many stories like that.
The art is very well executed for this story,
fitting would be the word. A bit messy at times and more exaggerated for battles. With dynamic panels and nice framing. Proportions are not going crazy for no reason and background isn't a problem as whether there is one or not doesn't feel out of place.Facial expression is well done, and we feel the intensity of the emotions of the character, they make sense and feel right.
Character is a weak point. The author has introduced a lot of characters in a short amount of time, and although he tries to give them a backstory. We understand them but we honestly couldn't care yet. They feel generic and cliché, not the bad one; but also not the most interesting one either. The main character Jiro feels too weak with the first chapter. A lot of development will be needed from the author to make sure he isn't overshadowed by the side characters. Especially facing Ichika, he got beaten too easily and afterwards doesn't show any real grudge. Thus feeling that the author is forcing the character into one specific male protagonist image with no depth.
Having said all that, this won't penalized your enjoyment as it is fun to read. Just relax and treat it as any action shounen manga. Don't overthink to much. People who love overpowered character should not expect much from this yet. As hopefully the growths and focus will not go too much on side characters.
I rate it a 7.5/10, as it isn't boring or too predictable yet not ground breaking amazing plot. The cliché isn't too strong and has a lot of potential. A recommended manga to relax with.