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 In this day and age, the term "prophet" is outdated.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, 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.
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.
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.