Kore ga! Kore ga! Kore ga Baoh da!
Getting that out of the way, well...Baoh. It reads older than dust, and for a good reason, it was created in the middle of the 80s.
Baoh is a shonen manga about a young man, who is kidnapped by an evil organization, in order to infect a incredibly powerful parasite in his body. The plot is nothing too original, luckily enough, it's not the selling point.
The art is remiscent of Tetsuo Hara's works like Hokuto no Ken and Riki-Oh, but also displaying some of Hirohiko Araki's own style. Overall, it's consistent with the context (80s post Hokuto no Ken boom), and just like HnK, it packs buckets of blood.
The characters are likeable, but not really developed. Mostly forgettable.
But, if the manga is so mediocre, why do I rate it seven in enjoyement? Because it's a Hirohiko Araki manga, of course! That means that bizarre stuff is bound to happen, and in amusing ways.
Overall, I would rate it five, but I really enjoyed it. A manga with a nostalgic feel about it, outdated yet not forgotten, Baoh is a nice little window to the past, which will please those who seek a short, simple action story. Just don't expect something else, or you will be let down. read more