Tokyo Akazukin is about an 11-year-old girl who usually just goes by the name of Akazukin (Little Red Riding Hood). She has a sick obsession with a being known only as Mr. Wolf and wants nothing more then to be eaten by him to end her "immortal" life. Akazukin has lost all of her memories and doesn't even know who she really is. Her reason to want to be eaten by Mr. Wolf is not even know to her, instead it's a desire that is locked deep within her consciousness.
Tokyo Akazukin (Tokyo Red Riding Hood) is, in one word, bizarre. Tamaoka Benkyo has essentially created a gruesome, unique world by colliding Red Riding Hood with Hellsing and adding a dash of Waita Uziga. While the manga first appears to be that of a loli-guro doujinshi, readers will be more than pleasantly surprised at the development of the story through all four volumes. That is, if they can get past the graphic violence and sex that is frequently depicted.
The story of Tokyo Akazukin is a unique one. Following a young, immortal girl through the dirtiest parts of Tokyo, it provides a dark and eerie
atmosphere for it's readers. An interesting part of the story is that quite a few primary elements are left to question as the characters seek to find the answers themselves. By doing so, the artist enables the reader to become engrossed in the story and entangled with the characters themselves.
The artwork is rough, dirty, with an almost American touch to it. It is, however, these elements that suit the story best. The backgrounds are simple when displayed, but many panels are left to simple black-out tones. The characters themselves are highly detailed, yet sometimes have an almost anorexic feel. Their facial expressions are well depicted and do well to give the reader a good feel of not only what the character is saying, but feeling as well. The sexual encounters are that of a typical hentai doujin, but by avoiding attempted depictions of genitalia, the artist was able to avoid annoying censorships. Perhaps the most interesting part of the artwork is the prominence of gore. Blood, sweat, and guts are all delivered by the barrel with every violent encounter. From simple cuts to complete dismemberment, Benkyo spared no expense on gore.
The characters, both primary and secondary, are all unique in their design. Whether by identifiable physical features or attitude, every character comes off as providing some sort of "wow" factor for a reader. The way that the characters come to interact with each other sometimes feels a bit up to chance but, in the end, it's good enough to move the story along and will keep readers satisfied until the end. The attitudes and demeanors of these character is perhaps one of the most interesting points of mention. Most seem self-centered and out for their own means, but also seem to provide some form of compassion for others inside. It may have been the artist's intention to show that glimpse of human compassion in even the toughest of characters. That, however, is pure speculation.
The manga, overall, is a strange yet exciting experience for fans of the super-natural. While bewildering and nauseous at times, it is also intriguing and captivating at others. Like a violent detective novel, readers will find themselves going from volume to volume looking for answers to the questions that are given. If there was anything to keep readers from getting into the series, it would either be the gore or pornography (or both). Still, even wiith or without the sexual elements, Tokyo Akazukin is probably best defined as a thrill ride through a modern day, wonderland hell.
I'm thinking to myself: "what would happen if Tokyo Akazukin should be made into a anime?" Well the US would probably ban it for sexual exploit of underage ecchi. But Tokyo Red Hood shouldn't JUST be blamed\credited for that; it also has an healthy dose of gore and visual horror.
Tokyo Akazukin can be described as 'dementedly weird' or 'twisted wonderful'. You really only have to read the first chapter to see if its up to your speed or not. To me it clearly was.
Meet the lusty Red Hood, a small girl who has no memory of her past or who she really is. She's a
strange delight, you could say, combined with terribly unique kind of abilities. Don't be fooled if at first glance she or the manga seems to be ground leveled. After the brief introduction your going to start seeing that something isn't quite right here. Maybe because you notice the side of Red Hood's head being blown off and her, still alive, begging for a bit more.
This lolicon is one of a kind. 'The Little Red Riding Hood' theme plays on through the story; if to say you look over the incubusus cats, angle shemales and four armed assasins that is. The sex scenes are not as visual as the gore but it's there with all its loli glory none the less. There are some brief touching moments but not many as the 'feel' of the characters and story have a hardcore cruel & sarcastic grip.
But after you've begin looking pass the violence and sex (what?!) there's a story of demonic and angelic action and above what a mother wouldn't do for her son. Confused or more curious? Does it really matter. The tale revolves around Akazukin, Little Red Hood and her one desire:
To be Eaten by Mr. Wolf
i loved this story it was great and the art was very graphic but it was just OUTSTANDING AMAZING WONDERFUL GREAT SWEET YUMMY GOOD EXALLENT when the story ends you are dieing for more...well i am it was the greatest manga i've ever saw it is amazing but not for kiddies like me :)
I do not actually know where to begin with this one, but I will try. I felt that I had to write about this manga after finishing it a moment ago.
Due to reading a rather rough translation, most of the story content was a bit hard to pick up, but the central focus is on the titular Akazukin. A "little girl" who is trying to, well, you know the rest if you already read the synopsis. Along the way, she meets other demons and befriends them as they help her to reach her goal of being devoured by Mr. Wolf. There are humans that attempt
to stop her from achieving her goal, followed by other supernatural beings later on.
Yeah, you're reading this correctly. Still based off of Little Red Riding Hood. The story is unarguably the most far-fetched interpretation of the common fairy tale that I have ever seen in my entire life. And this is coming from someone that had assumed Hoodwinked would be the most unique take on the story. Oh, how I was proven wrong.
As far as other elements go, that is just the icing on the cake. There is tons of sex, brutal gore, story, rinse and repeat. Though this was all actually composed very well as I do think highly of it. I enjoyed the unique writing as the story flowed very well from start to finish. And, yes, I actually recommend you read it. Provided, you are an adult and have already seen most of your memories ruined by this point. However, if you do not regularly visit the internet and still have a lot of your innocence left, then I want to say you should hold off on this one, especially if you enjoyed fairy tales as a kid.
Never expected this to be the first manga I would read.