Mar 7, 2021
As someone who dislikes ecchi, I wasn't sure if I was gonna stick with UU or not. However, I was pleasantly surprised. After 50+ chapters, I’m here to say Undead Unluck has consistently been one of the best JUMP manga I’ve read in a while. DO NOT drop this manga if you’ve just read the first few chapters. While the first handful of chapters are rough, UU quickly drops the vast majority of the ecchi nonsense. After about 8-10 ch in, you get the start of a manga that has an incredibly well done power system, some actual good romance in a shonen, a very
unique, unpredictable story with plenty of foreshadowing, extremely well done worldbuilding, good art that makes use well of double page spreads, and great character development.
I’m not gonna give a synopsis for the story since other reviews here have done that, but what I will say is that I can only describe it as a crossover of SCP, HxH, and maybe a bit of DBZ even character design wise. UU’s story is one that will take you through all sorts of unexpected arcs. While it might seem like a generic “kill God” story, it’s so much more than that. The way the mangaka uses the concepts of “Uma’s & Negators” is just brilliant, and heavily ties into the characters and how they act. UU can actually be a rather tragic tale at time, and characters you maybe didn’t care about at first could end up as faves.
The world itself basically runs on its own set of rules. Concepts like there being more than 1 language, stars in the sky, a way to tell time, even death itself may be absent at certain points in the story. The foreshadowing and worldbuilding is genuinely so amazingly done, rereading the manga can be surreal just seeing how events in the first ch can relate back to current events in the manga. I don’t want to spoil too much of the story, but I will say it is very good so far.
I was actually quite surprised at how UU handles its characters. It may take some time but most characters get some great character development at some point in the story with both characters on the protag and antag side getting it. The main duo of Fuuko and Andy in particular are just so well done. What starts off as a rather unorthodox pair turns into a surprisingly natural romance story. Fuuko is a great female protag, and her development from a timid, suicidal girl to a strong, passionate young lady in love wanting to save the world and others has been great so far. Andy too has had great development, tho it’s a bit more subtle and spoilerly. I will say he becomes a lot more considerate of both Fuuko and other people’s feelings over time. Both him and Fuuko have a very natural romance, and while it starts off kinda grossly as your usual ecchi gag, I assure you it becomes a heartwarming story of romance.
As for the side cast, well a lot of them have well-done backstory and development as well. There would be too many to list here, but some faves so far are Rip, “Anno Un”, and Juiz. Not ALL of them oc have development mind you, but I figure there’s def the possibility for those who don’t to get development in the future.
UU is one of those rare manga that really makes use of double page spreads well. The battles in UU are very creative, and unique to look at. Using the excellent power system, the art is able to show some just amazing action moments. Character expressions are also on point too whether it’s for comedy or serious moments. Backgrounds look good for the most part, there’s a lot of variety in the areas travelled to as well. The character and creature designs are on point, and they usually relate back to each character’s power as well. There are better drawn weekly JUMP manga certainly, but it works very well here.
UU is one of those manga I actually look forward to weekly. I never know where I’m going to go with this manga, but it’s consistently been very smart, interesting, and above else just pure fun. I’m not sure what else to say here other than I guess I hope you enjoy it. It’s not for everyone sure, but I’d say give it a try. I will say though if you’re about 10-12 ch. in and still don’t like it, it’s probs not for you.
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