Nov 26, 2022
The first chapter of Versus is everything a first chapter of a manga shouldn't be. It's boring, stupid, convoluted, full of generic characters and constant plot twists that don't work. If you are expecting this to be as good as One Punch Man or Mob Psycho 100, you'll be disappointed. So let's give a quick run-down on why Versus is most likely set up for failure.
The synopsis itself already presents the series as typical and generic which would be fine if it took it's time fleshing out the characters but it doesn't. The first chapter introduces us with way too many characters who only exist
to die, as a result creating deaths that the characters care about but not deaths the readers care about. Not much thought is put in to the characters that do stick around who only come off as the character archetypes they were based on and nothing more. An example of this is the protagonist who is basically the hero archetype and nothing more which is as 1 dimensional and boring you can get. There's also that ugly pig mascot who exists to be an ugly pig mascot and to make dumb jokes that have been used in many other manga. That's about all the effort ONE puts into characters writing for the first 80 page chapter. None of these characters are memorable in the way Saitama and Mob are and will never be.
The generic premise is constantly convoluted by random subversions of expectations that just don't work. After a while the unpredictable-ness becomes predictable. The pacing is terrible as ONE tries fitting way too much stuff in the first chapter instead of developing the setting and building the world which are crucial steps in creating a good fantasy manga. The powers in Versus are really generic and typical for a fantasy manga with magic being magic and swords being swords. How boring.
The art is average for a monthly manga. It's not unique or memorable and is no where as good as Yusuke Murata's art in One Punch Man. The character designs are generic fantasy character designs without much thought into making characters stand out. Unfortunately, the art can't carry this series.
That's chapter 1. A rushed, convoluted mess of a plot with a generic "heart of a hero" protagonist, too many side characters who only exist to die and a generic premise made worse with subversions of expectations. The series could get better but by comparing how much better the first 80 pages of ONE's other works are, it's not looking so good.
Story: 2/10 (It's a mess. "Potential" doesn't matter)
Characters: 1/10 (Generic)
Art: 6/10 (It's fine but it doesn't stand out)
Enjoyment: 3/10 (Boring and bland)
Overall: 3/10 (Very Bad)
Reviewer’s Rating: 3
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