A bright-spirited young historical scholar, Iba, disappears while on a lone expedition to study the ancient Silk Road. A year later his girlfriend, Kyoko, sets out for the Silk Road in order to find clues that will help to unravel the mystery of Iba's disappearance. When she arrives, she finds the charm she gave Iba for protection and moments later she is sucked into a black vortex and loses consciousness. Kyoko awakes to find herself in a very different place and discovers that that Iba is not only alive but is a warrior-slave under the reign of Genghis Khan in 13th century Mongolia! At last, when Iba and Kyoko reunite, they find that there are a series of fates, crueler than the ones they have already endured, awaiting them...
"King of Wolves", also known as "Ourou" in japanese, is a manga by Buronson (of Hokuto no Ken fame) and Kentaro Miura (of Berserk fame). As a fan of both authors, I had to read this manga and felt like writing a short review. Bear in mind that this review comes from the perspective of a fan of both Buronson and Miura.
Story - 7/10
First off, since this manga is really short, you cannot really expect much from the story. The story follows Iba, who is the no. 1 kendo (the japanese equivalent of fencing) master in Japan, as he travels back in time into the
13th century. There, he has to use his swordsmanship skills to survive in the Mongol Empire. I have to say that this manga combines history and fiction in a nice way. The action scenes are also very good (as you'd expect from two authors who specialize in action manga). There are also a couple of small twists along the way, so the manga doesn't feel dull.
Art - 8/10
Since this manga is drawn by Kentaro Miura, the art obviously resembles that of the early Berserk chapters. The details are good, especially in the action scenes.
Character - 6/10
Since the manga is quite short, you cannot expect much character development from it. The characters are pretty standard, and, even though the development is minimal, it is handled well by the authors.
Enjoyment - 7/10
Overall, this was an enjoyable manga. Even though the story was short, it was an enjoyable one, although inferior to some of the other more famous works of the two authors. I would advise not having very high expectations from it though.
If your any fan of Kentarou Miura (of Berserk fame) or Buronson (Fist of the North Star) or, like me, both of them. You'll undoubtedly be so utterly excited to read this that you can barely contain yourself. Like me >_>
Putting them together on a story/art collaboration is just a set up to have a manga full of huuuuge muscled manly men beat each other to death. It was. Every male character in this manga is big, well built, and even sometimes a little ugly as real men are.
Since it was so short, you can't expect much complexity from the story, and you won't
get much either. But there are a few plot twists that go on near the end that are fairly interesting. If your into history, at least.