The story is set in 1949 and follows Japanese-American comic book artist Kevin Yamagata as he draws the popular detective series "Billy Bat" for "Marble Comics." When he learns he may have unconsciously copied the character from an image he saw while serving in occupied Japan, he returns to Japan to get permission to use Billy Bat from its original creator. Upon arriving there, however, he becomes embroiled in a web of murder, cover-ups, and prophecy that all leads back to Billy Bat.
It is soon evident, however, that the truth of Billy Bat's nature is far larger than Kevin could ever guess, spanning millennia and across the world.
The Manga started pretty weird but we all know Naoki Urasawa. He is not just drawing Manga, his works are simply art with a way deeper meaning than it might appear at first glance.
Billy Bat is using historical information, known conspiracy theories and different aspects of life in a way.. it just simply blows your goddamn mind. I read his other works and many other seinen or just manga with deeper meaning but Billy Bat is just something else. And don't lemme start with the ending.
Give it a shot.
You might think it's weird or boring
at time. Maybe you dislike history. But if you understand the deeper context. This is probably the most brilliant piece of "Manga-Art" you can find on this planet. Trust me.
You won't regret reading this Manga and it might inspire you.
This manga was very suspenseful with a large host of interesting characters. It has a multitude of main characters, who may all begin their stories in different places or in different ways, but that have paths that come to intersect, even across generations. That's part of what makes this story so interesting, that it's being told at such a massive scale, but that it still seems to flow well and seem consistent, with characters coming up again and again in unexpected ways or places. The characters are also interesting, especially as it shows them in all sorts of circumstances as well as a at various points in their life, so it
manages to develop them a great deal. It also shows a large slice of history, primarily from 1950 to about 2015, though it has events outside that as well. Within this period, it manages to tie a number of major world events into the plot, which makes the plot feel even more massive scaled. However, despite all this, there is the major issue that after that crazy ride, the payoff at the end is kind of weak. While at the beginning it starts focusing on smaller stories that slowly connect themselves to a bigger plot, which are interesting stories in their own right, as it goes on the focus on the larger plot becomes more and more important with the smaller stories ultimately never really having much of a conclusion at all. Hence, at this point it feels that all that matters are the main plot, solving the final mystery and reaching the end. How this ultimately happens though felt quite weak for the massive build up to it, and in the end, I was left somewhat dissatisfied. If there was more care given to showing how the main characters ended up and gave them some sort of meaningful conclusion, than it may have been fine. But it goes full speed towards the conclusion for quite a bit, but then just sort of sputters off when it gets there. Still, the journey there was quite an interesting ride. The art isn't a style I'm particularly fond of, and it started out a bit rough, but overall quality wise it was definitely pretty good.
tl;dr: A manga that has a story at a tremendous scale but doesn't really have an ending that does that justice.
When I heard Naoki Urasawa was making a new manga I was extremely excited. I am a massive fan of his works, so it was amazing when I first found out about Billy Bat.
The first couple of chapters I was a little confused by the comic in a manga idea and how we were introduced to the comic bofore the characters in the manga. Also when I first read it I was a little unsure whether it was actually a manga by Urasawa, because of the style the manga had begun. But all my doubts where removed when I we were finally introduced to the
main character Kevin Yamagata.
Like all of Naoki Urasawa's mangas Billy Bat is no doubt a cativating thriller that makes me want even more every time I read the resent update. The idea of being haunted by your own creation interests me too. The story so is brilliant and well planned.
Urasawa's art may not be the prettiest or best looking, but his art is easy to follow, not like some commen shoujou manga. Personally I love his art, and he will always be my favourite mangaka not just because of the captivating plots he comes up with but his raw talent he has with drawing.
The characters in Billy Bat are strong and well made. No two characters look the same, and due to Urasawa's art style it is easy to see his characters in real life. All character backgrounds are realatiable and realistic, therefore making it even easier to simpisize with the charaters.
I am really enjoying this manga, I can't wait for the next update! I highly recomend Billy Bat to anyone who enjoys any other manga by Naoki Urasawa