Mar 19, 2020
Firstly, for anyone interested in reading this it was published about halfway through the publication of Kengan Ashura, so it will be much more enjoyable if youve at least read the first 50% of KA. For the most part, this is an enjoyable if not particularly necessary preuqel.
Story: Most of the chapters are just looks into the stories of some of the main KA characters prior to the beginning of the series. These are fine on their own, but they dont feature much in the way of the series best strength, namely its fight scenes. The lack of action causes some of these chapters to
drag. The standout chapter is "The Conqueror", which focuses on one of the most enigmatic KA characters, whom did not have his origin explored in the main series.
TLDR: The Conqueror is a 9, everything else is a 6
Art: Consistently great, just like the regular series. Doesnt have any great drawings of fight scenes, but still well done
Character: This will ultimately come down to which characters you personnally enjoyed from the main series, but I thought it was weird how this gaiden focused on some of the least interesting KA characters who already had been explored alot in the main series. There were some fighters with pretty limited screentime who could have benifited from getting space in this volume, but its still basically an enjoyable read.
Overall: 7. This volume doesnt really deserve to be its own entry, since it functions much better as volume 13.5 of Kengan Ashura than it does as an actual independant prequel, but if you enjoyed the main series you should enjoy this as well.
Reviewer’s Rating: 7
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