The future is a great unknown. Throughout history, those who have been graced with the power to read it have been sought by many. In this day and age, the term "prophet" is outdated. "Precog," as in precognition, is the modern term. Yet when the powers of precognition are graced upon a young girl named Tohyama Haruka, she is sought after by a powerful organization. Utilizing her powers, Haruka makes contact with Hijikata Mamoru, a blind swordsman. When cornered by her captors, Haruka proposes an outrageous condition to Mamoru. Haruka wants Mamoru to protect her until death do them part.
I enjoyed the concept and the first 30-50 or so chapters, however it quickly got repetitive and ultimately ended quite poorly. I also think this manga is miscategorized. This is not a Seinen, it's a shounen with blood and a mild acknowledgement of reality. It has a childish 'no killing' rule, as if this guy is a blind Batman with the morality of a 5 year old. They do end up having very minor character death in the end but it's hardly relevant after 170 chapters of 'You can't kill bad guys because killing is wrong'.
Anyways, the concept of the manga isn't bad. Precog
loli because hey, everyone loves a blonde loli, and it'd kinda be weird if it was a shota. The abilities and technology are often poorly explained. Like how can he see shit with those glasses when he's blind. The echolocation creating an image is somewhat believable, but those glasses creating an image a blindman can see is pushing it. There is no way those glasses push an image he can perceive through his eyes. It'd have to be directly transmitted to his brain, something which a pair of glasses can do seems highly unlikely. Putting aside that gripe and ignoring all the other ones, because we'd be here all damn day if I didn't, the story frequently pushes that typical shounen attitude of "I'm so strong." *SUPER BADASS x3 STRONGER THAN MC APPEARS* *MC LOSES* *MOMENTARY POWER UP, BEATS UP BAD GUY*, etc etc. Many characters appear, disappear and reappear haphazardly and have little value. The finale though 'happy' was pathetic, leaving alive this, by human standards, literal superman is completely illogical and more 'no killing' bullshit. I think through the entirety of the story ZERO major characters died, and one named side character died. Though this could be incorrect as it's off of memory. Then Mamoru leaves her for 7 years where she lives unhindered is complete bullshit. There is zero chance her ability didn't leek. Just a poor excuse to push in a timeskip. Anyways, to summarize the story. Nice concept, poor execution, poor explanation to technology and abilities, myriads of plot convenience, childish attitude and constant shounen cliches.
The art starts off not to good, but gets better as it ages, but otherwise isn't of much note. Art is scarcely perfect and this one is no exception and has plenty of "what the fuck is that shit" moments, but is otherwise passable.
The characters are piss poor. Precog loli is exactly what you'd expect of a child. Childish and fucked up due the effects of her ability on her life. Other than that, she doesn't change at an significant value through the length of the series, the same of which goes for Mamoru. He experiences little change is interesting in the dedication to his art, but otherwise completely boring and quite often contradictory. The author also tries way to hard to pass him off as a badass, especially when in each new arc he often gets beaten to hell by some new big bad. Igawa goes through zero change, and is pretty boring, the only character in him is the contrast between his abilities and appearance. Side characters are extremely boring, and, as previously mentioned, appear, disappear and reappear at random. The majority of them leave little impact on the story as a whole as well.
I could not enjoy the entirety of this series, it just started where it started and slowly got worse over time and not once did it regain any footing it lost. Most of the time I was just facepalming at how this is labeled a seinen, when it screams shounen. Or wondering how the fuck either this technology works or how we get this random ability contradictions.
Overall this series was pretty fucking bad. It could be stomachable for a child, or for someone with the morality of a child. It was pretty much blind batman protects a loli for the entirety of the series.
You know the saying "bringing a knife to a gunfight"? That's exactly what Mamoru Hijikata does. And boy does he do it well. He's a swordsman fighting for justice in modern day Tokyo with his team of other uniquely strong characters.
STORY: It's a story about a girl who can predict the near future, who befriends a lone swordsman. Although the MC is blind, he uses specialized glasses to help him "see"; kind of like a bat's echolocation (through vibrations). I found a quite refreshing story, probably because it was completely different to what I've read before. There's some sci-fi information which may throw off a
few people, it was at times hard to digest the concepts in the manga, but it didn't really deter me from reading on. Also, the badassery and unpredictability of Mamoru really made me want to see what he will do next.
CHARACTERS: The characters are well though out and the designs of the characters themselves are very diverse which I enjoyed very much. There isn't much character development, probably for two reasons;
a) most of the characters are already at the top of their game, and those that do need to train, do it on the side (outside the main story plot).
b) it makes for better reading. You don't have characters going off for 4 or 5 chapters and all you see is them learning a new technique or mastering a skill further.
With such a diverse array of characters and individual stories for each one, you become really invested most of them, of course, the two main protagonists develop their relationship, which at first you think it's weird, but as you go on reading further, you realise it becomes more than just a mutual understanding and they truly do wish to help each other grow.
ART: The artwork is wonderful, I especially love the color pages. The artist took their time to develop and get the scenery right. The diverse locations, also help with the artwork and reason why it took so long to complete was probably because the artist really wanted to capture the essence of each scene. The action bits are also not to laughed at, the artist really brings intensity and energy into what is essentially black on white.
Overall, I give it a 9/10, for me, it’s a good story and the characters, visuals and setting work together wonderfully.
Okay, so I finished this manga and wanted to write a review for it. I don’t usually write one so I’m not really used to this but here goes.
The manga started off great. Most of the action scenes are really well done and very engaging at parts. Hijikata as a character is really well fleshed out and explored. Same can be said with quite a lot of the characters individually though not all. However, they aren’t really developed that well as a group.
The plot starts out well with good pacing but along the way, at some point near the end, it just escalates way too
quickly involving way too many organisations. I am well aware of the other manga that is connected to this one and has yet to read them, so that may also be a reason for it. The ending still felt rushed and a bit forced.
One of the major themes of this manga seems to be romance, as suggested by the name but there is hardly any development on that aspect. I mean it gets brought up here and there a few times but is never really developed properly. It just sorts of works out in the end. I don’t really mind but it would have been nice to see some of the interactions between Hijikata and Haruka on those aspects.
The other thing is that Haruka gets used the whole commander mindset a little too quickly for a little girl her age but her growth was quite solid.
The ending felt quite rushed as I mentioned. The defeat of the final main villain was a little disappointing. This is because I believe, that they made him out to be almost omnipotent being that no matter what way they would have defeated him it would have felt disappointing.
Overall I would give it a 7 because I quite enjoyed the consistently strong and well-developed battle and the character development of the characters at an individual level.
This is a manga that has really good action that is incredibly cool a lot of the time. Mamoru as a swordsman is amazing, and seeing him deal with conventional weapons far beyond the scope of being dealt with a blade is amazing. As that begins to get old, a number of unique enemies are brought out that use strange weapons that have to be dealt with in special ways, which keeps things interesting. That holds up the core of the manga quite well. The plot overall, was a bit strange. It starts out pretty good, being well paced and at a scale that felt it
fit the story. However, at some point, the pacing seemed to get inconsistent, where things began to escalate tremendously in terms of organizations and characters involved as well as in terms of scale, to the point it felt like a lot was being left out. I think that this may have had to do with the other mangas that are connected to this one, and hence I suppose it was a conscious choice that makes sense, however while this does work with comics, I feel it doesn't work as well with stories like this. Still, the plot was pretty fast moving and intense for the most part, though it felt like there were moments where it seemed to simply be messing around for no reason as well as a couple cheap moments, such as a deaths that felt forced, especially towards the end which felt kind of rushed. On that note, I would like to note that while the romance is apparently a pretty important aspect of the manga based on its self-description, and it certainly felt that way from the ending, it was not developed at all. By that I mean absolutely not at all. There was nothing. Zero. Nada. It seemed to pop up from time to time, but never in a way that was actually developed, so even though I'm fine with it and think it is the right way to take the story, how it just worked out in the end felt weak. Other than that, Mamoru is a really cool character that got developed really well, especially in regards to back story. Haruka seemed to develop as a commander too quickly, but the growth was still solid so it was nice to see. Other than that the characters were developed okay. I felt for many their characters that had a lot more to them, but that seemed to have been not really shown as much here in favor of focusing on them in the other manga, which is a bit of a bummer. I did find it somewhat strange though how Mamoru was able to become comrades with people that were previously villains so easily. Working with them towards a common goal makes sense, but he seemed to actually become their comrade and him theirs, along with them not being as menacing as originally portrayed, which felt somewhat inconsistent. The art and designs beyond the really well drawn action were just okay.
tl;dr: A manga that consistently has really strong action and battles, though with a plot that has scaling issues and main characters that while well developed on their own, don't seem to get developed together at all.