Jun 10, 2011
Wow. I didn't really check all the side stories for Hokuto no Ken but this is one of the few side stories that is it's own manga and IMO it even succeeds over the original in many ways.
For those who've never read Hokuto no Ken...actually scratch that.
If you've read Hokuto no Ken, it's safe to say that the series is pretty complete as it is and many of the characters just aren't that interesting unless you are a completionist of canon.
Among all the side stories I skimmed though, Jagi was always the one guy that stood out.
Now for those who hasn't read Hokuto no
Ken, what makes Jagi stand out is that he's such a minor character with arguably the coolest costume among all the antagonists that the protagonist faces.
If he were a videogame character, he would basically be the forgettable first boss and forget about him making a recurring return. He simply was an overpowered thug if not for his blood relations with the main character (which in Fist of the North Star is pretty much everyone so it's not that special)
There really isn't much you can add. Maybe a love interest...some bio...you know the drill for expanding a character.
Forget all that. Just read the manga.
While at first this actually seems far far worse than the original manga mainly because of the artwork and the parodic interactions, it soon becomes clear this is the type of manga that totally changes your perception of the character.
While overall the character remains pretty much the same old stupid character he was in the original series, the side characters basically changed everything about not only the character himself in relation to the canon, it ****ing changed the whole premise behind the original manga.
One of the few rare manga that aren't that good but becomes that good because it requires expletives just to describe it as an overall package.
Buckle your seats folks, Jagi Gaiden might not seem like it's worth it as a serious violent manga on first glance but it more than delivers in it's overall package. (Although the ending could be considered anti-climactic for those who haven't read the original series)
It doesn't matter if you're a fan of romance, tragedy, action, coming of age...Jagi Gaiden simply delivers in everything but artwork and yet in there too as soon as you discover the climactic revelation - the artwork suddenly seems to be suited for the story. One of the greatest underrated short story manga because it had been delegated as a side story.
If this review sounds excessively over-excited. Here's the thing, it's been a while since I read the manga and I still can't believe all I can think of is HOLY... it's really that good.
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