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Freesia

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Japanese: フリージア

Information

Type: Manga
Volumes: 12
Chapters: 84
Status: Finished
Published: Sep 29, 2001 to Aug 25, 2009
Genres: ActionAction, DramaDrama, PsychologicalPsychological, SeinenSeinen
Authors: Matsumoto, Jiro (Story & Art)
Serialization: Ikki

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Score: 7.601 (scored by 32673,267 users)
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Ranked: #20202
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Popularity: #884
Members: 11,360
Favorites: 255

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Preliminary
May 4, 2014
Veronin (All reviews)
Criminals do not always receive justice. If a murderer serves several years in prison and yet shows little change or remorse by the end of their sentence, should they be free to roam the streets and move on with their life? Written and drawn by the deranged Jiro Matsumoto, Freesia depicts a world where these criminals can be legally executed by a group of trained killers, formally known as 'enforcers'.

Rather than meeting a swift and painless end, targeted criminals are legally able to defend their lives by hiring a small group of bodyguards. If they cannot afford one (which is likely- a single bodyguard read more
Jan 5, 2009
Beatnik (All reviews)
Preliminary
In a modern Japan inexplicably at war with vague foreigners, its prisons emptied to fill the military with soldiers, its population constantly reminded via loud speakers in public streets, we begin the tale with a delusional young man, Hiroshi, who talks to an imaginary friend while killing people with remarkable ease thanks to an interesting suppressed past.

This initially unflappable man gets a job working as a proxy for vengeance-seekers via a newly instated vengeance act. The act is so outrageous that even author Jiro Matsumoto is laughing while he writes this brilliant manga. We are looking at a Japan where courts receive read more
Oct 30, 2007
Master10K (All reviews)
Preliminary
Freesia is a fairly simple-minded Psychological, Action, Drama and is the sort of manga you'll either enjoy reading or a get bored of it quickly.

This is about criminals who've been let out early because of overcrowding, so the government allowed a new "Vengeance Law" allowing people to hire Enforcers to kill ex-cons who have affected you or your family. This kind of story should be easy to follow but for some reason the author felt the need to add some complex psychological stuff. The plot is pretty interesting and has the potential to do well however the story does become very inconsistent, at times, where read more
Aug 20, 2014
deadoptimist (All reviews)
As someone said elsewhere, Freesia is a great manga for traumatized people. The level of enjoyment that you will get from this manga depends on your ability (and willingness) to relate to a cast comprised exclusively of various kinds of broken people, maniacs and madmen. If it’s not your cup of tea, then you will, probably, see it as a weak political satire on modern society, full of forced gibberish dialogues and illogical actions. If you can get in sync with the characters’ idiosyncrasies, than you’ll read it as a witty essay on the two most important searches, that any person conducts throughout its life read more
Sep 28, 2014
CrashRHCP (All reviews)
Have I ever told you the definition of insanity?

Freesia is written by Matsumoto Jiro, a man that makes manga that are pretty hard to figure out if they are art or simply ramblings by the mind of an insane person. Freesia, his longest work as of date, is the manga that made me realize that its simply both. Honestly, all the other manga that I read from him, Wendy, Netsutai no Citron and Benchin no Madala, were all manga that, even though I enjoyed, I wasn't that big of a fan, but I continued to read mostly out of curiosity, because it was so read more
Nov 24, 2015
Nervin (All reviews)
Did you ever think that criminals deserve a much harsher punishment than being sent to jail to serve time? Ever thought that the famous law of Talion should be in vigour? Freesia portrays such juridical system in which the victim's family may issue a warrant to have the aggressor executed legally.

The story of Freesia is narrated in a society plagued with war, in which killings are legalized and are carried out by enforcers, who are trained killers or ex-soldiers. The protagonist Kano is recruited by Higuchi to such an agency, in which he cooperates with the newbie Yamada and the senior Mizoguchi. There is more read more
Sep 10, 2015
benriya (All reviews)
Dystopia world with dysfunctional ruler and member of Humanity, ravages by the unknown war, leading toward a Psychotic MC. An unusual young man with mental illness coming back from the war is the premise of the story, or something that we will found later are the background of this MC. Unable to get a proper job, let alone a proper mind, get a job to hunting the sinner and guilty as the blade or revenge. Mix them with dementia and unexpected twist, is exactly the plot that quite intriguing to read.

The story is quite mind boogling, with the pace and read more
Aug 4, 2016
sadclown (All reviews)
This is a manga that gets better and better as it goes on. It's certainly not for everyone, but give it a try or two--I gave it a second chance (hated it on my first attempt, but it somehow stayed at the back of my mind) and to date, I can say this is one of the best manga I have ever read.

A couple of things:-

(1) The art doesn't have a consistent quality. The covers and the first few pages are good and neat, but the rest are pretty raw and untidy and looks as if the artist didn't put a lot of read more
Mar 24, 2020
a-k-killer (All reviews)
this is one of the most gruesome Mangas youll ever read , very disturbing on a psychological side of things to the point that youll jaw will drop at times .

youll follow a disturbed guy who works in crime .. so to speak , but the thing is .. this guy ( our hero ) is insane !

he have some mental issues and a large number of those , hell hallucinate and see things all the damn time .

this is such a heavy read if you want to follow a " good " character because the main guy here is a read more
Dec 1, 2018
hexashadow13 (All reviews)
This manga was incredibly bizarre. It had a decent plot overall. The concept of enforcers, the politics, corruption, and the entire system is pretty interesting. That combined with some decent action during enforcement and the stories of those that were being targeted but wanted to live also made each episode interesting. However, there were major issues with the main characters, in that they were all crazy, which makes sense considering their job. Kano, the main character especially, was really crazy. That can be made to work sometimes, but here it was just ridiculous, with him never making any sense and a good amount of what's going on being hallucinations. It was interesting at first, but the novelty wore read more
Oct 9, 2017
Somali_Strawhat (All reviews)
I'm gonna tell you right now prospective reader of this manga...there is a metric shit ton of sexual violence and overall brutal acts perpetrated by the characters in this series. If that is a turn off for you then just turn away now as the rest of this review is rather irrelevant.

Freesia is a story in alternative Japan where due to the overcrowded jails, the government has decided it would be a great idea to lessen sentences for convicted criminals in order for the victims of their crimes to be given an opportunity to legally kill them out of revenge. Since most victims aren't read more
Mar 28, 2020
mugwump (All reviews)
I absolutely love this manga and mangaka. His work reminds me of the films by Takashi Miike, or the novels of Ryu Murakami (particularly Coin Locker Babies). If you enjoy surreal, ultra-violent, atmospheric seinen, then this should be in your wheelhouse. It also happens to be hilarious (in a very dark way).

Upon first blush, the art may appear unimpressive, with its unpolished, sketchy style. However, I feel that this is what gives the manga it's unique feel. Within a few pages, you can see that the artist has a distinct artistic sensibility, and is an intensely talented storyteller, with the movement flowing seamlessly from panel read more
Feb 4, 2018
Zentoyo (All reviews)
This manga is a story about an ex soldier that is nuts, and gets a job as a proxy enforcer in legal assasinations of criminals. But what this story is truly about is the effects of war, bureaucracy, and propaganda on both the collective consciousess and individuals, and how people delude themselves in order to deal with that.

It does so by following three stories at all times, the criminal's, the proxy enforcers, and the bits about the current state ofpolitical affairs, the latter not being directly explored, but being mentioned in such a way that if you are paying the minimun attention should notice.

It read more