Zero-One is a Seinen, Sci-fi, Action manga about a virtual reality game called MBZ; where players are pit against each other, in superhuman bouts. The overall plot is very interesting and somewhat engaging but this is ruined by the story. The story follows a particular young teenage boy (Nero Isurugi) who lives a meagre life but all things change when he encounters a MBZ champion (Yagami).
With the protagonist and the antagonist set, pretty early on, all that’s left is to see how the story unfolds. The flow of the story is pretty typical for this kind of manga but it’s not a bad thing to see the protagonist develop, through tougher and tougher challenges. Nevertheless it is a problem when random elements are added to the story; just to make it exciting because at times it fails to make any sense (like “01”) . At least the manga did a good job in introducing some interesting characters later on, but soon after that the story ends.
The characters have quite realistic personalities, making it easy to appreciate them however none of them are developed well enough, apart from Nero and maybe one other. So in the end this manga lacks any memorable characters that will remain in your thoughts, after the abrupt end.
The artwork of this manga is both amazing and odd at the same time. For those who are familiar with this mangaka’s best work (Gantz) would see the noticeable similarities in the art style; incredibly detailed panels that are easy to follow and bits of CG. However some of the character designs are pretty crude and this mangaka’s obsession with big breast is clearly evident.
Overall Zero-One proved to be a fairly enjoyable manga, while it lasted, and people who are used playing online multiplayer games would be able get into this manga and its familiar concept. Nonetheless this doesn’t change the fact that this manga was left unfinished, so reading it will leave you feeling incredibly let down and dissatisfied.
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