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 In this day and age, the term "prophet" is outdated.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.
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, and really brings 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.
When I was scrolling one manga.com one cold evening when I should have been sleeping, I noticed that Until Death Do Us Part had updated. I'd been looking for something to read, and there really wasn't anything that caught my eye, other than that.
But I told myself, look at the title, it's a horrible shoujo and you know it You've skipped reading it for that reason. Well, I reasoned to myself, that just might be, but what does it hurt to check out the first chapter? If I don't like it, I don't have to continue reading.
So I clicked
the link and boom! There I was, reading about a precognitive girl. Not that the supernatural element is completely unknown to shoujo manga, after all. By the time I realized it, I was ten to eleven chapters in and craving for more.
A blind swordsman was something completely unexpected.
But more, the action, art, and story left me speechless. I couldn't get enough of it and was instantly obsessed. It was like the main character, Mamoru had cast a spell over me and hasn't let me go.
Picked this one up at the start of the week, looks pretty good.
"Until death do us part" is about a blind assassin (who can only see shapes of objects thanks to supersonic technology) kicking badass with a walking cane/katana. He is accompanied by a tech support guy and a small girl who can "predict the near future" (not quite sure how to word it, so i'll just go with the Bakafish translation). With the assitance of the tech and the girl, the blind guy goes around protecting the streets, saving people and doing the odd jobs that police can't do...
Okay, to put
it simply, it's about a blind GAR kicking some badass with a sword. Too bad such storyline lacks originality.
Considering the high amount of action in the manga, the artist didn't do too bad drawing the actions. The drawing style is pretty serious, not much funny faces and clumsy situations ( like your shounen and stuff, think Angel Heart or City Hunter). The only critisism is that the faces are drawn a bit too simply
cold, insensitive GAR: 10
damsel in distress: 10
tech support with lazt attitude and smart-ass comments: 10
These characters are pretty much essentail to the plotline of "GAR protecting the streets in his own way". It might be a bit repetitive, but that's what we like XD.
Personally, I enjoy GAR manga with lots of fight scenes.
Until Death Do Us Part pretty much staisfy all my needs.
With such a classic storyline, cast and it's pretty good battle scenes. I really wwanted to give this a 10. But it's lack of facial detail and lack of originality really hit the weak spot.
Until Death Do Us Part = not crappy Shoujo. Who woulda thunk?
Basically a middle school girl who can sort of predict the future "hires" a swordsman who can sort of see to protect her from bad guys. The guy who can sort of see's name is Mamoru. He's technically blind, but he has super speical high tech sun glasses which let him see the world in an extremely basic state. They react with the vibrations from his cane sword to send an image directly into his head. Also they let him dodge bullets...yea. This is one of "those" manga. There is also a lot
of technilogical mumbo jumbo in this manga. Basically all the weapons and fighting are deeply technological from Mamoru's super special awesome molecule cutting sword, to assassin kill-bots. This is a sci-fi manga through and through. The actual plot is sort of...blah. A bad guy targets the school girl/ Mamoru himself, Mamoru beats him, etc, etc. Seen it a thousand times.
I actually like the art quite a bit. Every character has a unique (and cool) look and I haven't mixed up any of them yet. The backgrounds and scenery are all very well drawn, and there is almost a manwha feel to this manga. As in the females have nicely sized breasts, all the males are drawn maturely and all the lines are very clean. It's nice to look at, and can really get you into the story at times.
Well we have the school girl, Mamoru, and his white gangster friend who's a techno genius. Techno genius hasn't show too much personality as of chapter 45, mostly saying that he doesn't want anyone do die *yawn* he's pretty boring. Then the school girl is just a little girl, and her role is fairly small. Mamoru is the real main character in charge of all the fighting and "badassery". But I use that term very lightly. There is so much effort put into making Mamoru look like a badass its actually laughable at times. From his sunglasses, to his leather jacket, to his little phrases, it almost seems like he's a parody of Arnold Schwarzenegger. If only for the joy I have making fun of Mamoru's over-badassery 'character' get a 6.
When I tried taking this manga seriously I ended up hating it. But when I just sat back and made fun of it quietly to myself I ended up having a pretty good time. If I was to grade "Until Death Do Us Part" seriously, how its intended to be read, then I would maybe give a 5. BUT, when I treat it as a parody I can sometimes get level 7 giggles. That's only sometimes though. Most of the time its barely entertaining enough to keep me moving on to the next chapter.
If I read this as a parody its not terrible, but its not a parody. It's a mediocre seinen with one dimensional characters that tries too hard. And for that, Until Death Do Us Part gets a 5.