Here's my take after reading the initial chapter of the raw Grashros by Muneyuki Kaneshiro (Story) and Akeji Fujimura, (Art).
At the moment that I saw the cover page of this manga it caught my attention, it is resonating a feel of Takehiko Inoue's Vagabond but with a primal feel being set during the period of cro-magnons 30,000 years ago.
The story mainly focuses on the birth of the child that will go against destiny: Akuu. It may sound cliche but it is totally works for me
Immediately, the story brings us to it's primitive universe where everything is stripped to its bare basics. Everything is well drawn
and the art does not separate from the narrative of the story and it feels cohesive.
The characters are easy to identify and differentiate from each other which is a great thing since it shows us a that each of the characters are well thought and researched for this story.
It was after reading the initial chapter of this story that I realized that it was created by a combo mangaka. I love combos!
With that being said I will give Grashros initial chapter 9 volga horns out 10.
******The following review may feature a few spoilers******
Ok so I drifted to this manga because I saw a picture of a guy banging a chick not ashamed. But what I didn't expect was that they'd actually give me such an amazing story right off the bat.
The characters clicked, I was starting to grow attached, the story was progressing at an amazing rate and the art was absolutely gorgeous... That is before the huge fuck up
ok so Jesus man, kid literally shouts moves like kamehameha and such from different anime/manga while ripping apart his enemies. How stupid is that. From that point onwards, it was only
a downwards slope for the manga. The story deteriorates, way too many characters enter the story (and die off mostly) along with the new characters themselves being extremely unmemorable.
I mean the story had so much potential, but what does it give us. A serious story turned into something even I don't know. One minute it's about vengeance and hatred and killing... and the next thing you know you have a guy NTRing someone while the NTR victim makes what is possibly the world's first onahole. Hell I don't even know what's going on anymore.
However, I'll give props to the artist for keeping the art pretty good
I finished this in a single day, because I don't think I would have been able to get back to it if I had left it for later. This was yet another manga I started due to good art, which it turns out is the only good thing to come out of it. As a child, the protagonist, Akuu, saw his own tribe get wiped out by a huge mammoth known as Grash, and decided to exact revenge on it when he becomes stronger. Shortly after, he finds two other kids - siblings called Shurava and Shuri (this will be relevant later,
somewhat) and travels with them to another tribe where the people were crazy and tried to kill them. Akuu went bat-shit insane and murdered all of them, his "curse" giving him strange powers or whatever. In the frenzy, he had also hit Shuri, as a result of which she became mute (lol) and Shurava deciding to take revenge on Akuu, who fled to the jungle. Time skip! The protagonist is now an absolute stud who doesn't care about anyone else, is very strong, kills gigantic beasts in a matter of seconds, has lots of sex with girls after each kill, and is only 17 years old. How epic. Character development is non-existent, blood-thirsty enemies become life-saving friends on a whim (like Shurava), there is no real drive behind the actions of literally anyone. The last 20 chapters or so were so fucking stupid that I had to skim through the pages without reading any of the dialogue, because frankly, I doubt they had any substance at all. Akuu eventually does what he set out to do and then decides that he loves Shuri (with whom he had absolutely no interaction with for like, the past 6 or 7 years), has sex with her, she miraculously gets her voice back, gets pregnant and everything is all good and happy again with a new family and tribe, until at the very last panel, the offspring of the Grash is shown with the text "History is cursed to repeat itself." Okay, fuck you too bitch.
I am angry and I am sad. Angry because this is such a shitty manga, and sad because the talent of the artist has been misused to such an extent. This is more of a rant than a review, I suppose, but fuck it. I'm not much of a writer, and this is my first review, which I wrote out of sheer anger and disappointment so forgive me if it feels flimsy or dull.
ohh boy what am i going to write about this manga... First i want warn you guys about this review, becuz' i am an amateur 'bout these kind of things, anyway lets get start.
First The STORY
The plot is too simple and too predictable, but it makes me laugh and think about the situation that we are going through today. There are many references to our Present day. Like there are vegans, feminists, rebels and religions. And it shows us that they can't live together and when they split the clan to four other clans, they just killed them selves, anyway the message that
the manga wants to give is DO NOT SPLIT OR FIGHT WITH YOUR OWN PEOPLE. You have to accept the other people even he or she is thinking the opposite way of you are thinking, you have to respect OTHER people or otherwise the enemy is going to kill all of you bla bla bla.
Characters are not too deep(actually thats a gud thing 'cuz i don't want to dig a backstory of an character. I am an simple man, I see manga I reading it) . The main character wants revenge, the Other character wants to be stronger than any other creature, Vegans are secretly barbarian- ehm anyway and Some characters wants to sleep with a woman who got big oppai.
Thats all am i going to share with you guys. I hope you liked my review kind a thing.