Hayate Sakura, a normal high school student. Everything about him is normal except one thing: ghosts are attracted to him.
One day, someone saved him from all the ghosts he had attracted. His so-called hero introduced himself as Undertaker Riddle who sends spirits to peace. Sakura then asked him a favor if he could help him get rid of the ghosts, and in exchange he'll do anything. Undertaker Riddle then offered Sakura to work for him as an Undertaker too. Will he take the job and get rid of the ghosts, or decline the job and have the ghosts in his tail for the rest of his life??
I like the art the most.it's not perfect,but nice.
i like the character Riddle.lovely personality.
i don't like that kiddo which Riddle is trying to rape or something. it's a boring character.
the woman,which pretends to be manly is a very stereotypical character and we can find such characters in real life. i think mangas should get rid of those sterotypical craps.
and there's this red haired pervert.he's interesting,and he's story is weird.but whatever,i like it.
i don't like that cry baby that's around the red haired pervert. reminds of gilbert from pandora hearts.
i like Faust.lovely lady.
and there's this weird eyed character roen or whatever.strange hairstyle.reminds of a homo,but
whatever,i am not homophobic.
eh,should write more about this,but i'll do it later.
Sougiya Riddle commonly know as Undertaker Riddle is a good to read. I got interest in the story because of the graphic. Its was well drawn and the character development is quite good as well.
If you're not really into H scenes or yaois then this one is right for you. Its just characters with a lot of bishies, with just boy to boy pairing but not in a romantic way and I love Riddle and Hayato's relationship with each other the most.
I just wish there's more of it though the author seemed to rush it. It was already done but the translation
aint finish yet. Not sure if they will still do.
"I will play the funeral march that's just for you."
For my first review I decided to do one for a manga that I recently finished reading, one that I absolutely love and that I believe is completely underrated in this site and everywhere in general. I'm talking about Undertaker Riddle, a manga created by Akai Higasa that started serialization in May 2009 in Gangan Online and finished in Mar 2013.
Undertaker Riddle tells the story of Hayato Sakura, a normal high school boy with the ability to see and interact with ghosts, who meets a man whose name his Riddle that calls himself an
Undertaker, beings that fight evil spirits, and tells Hayato that those evil spirits are atracted to his soul and that he must become a Undertaker to fight those evil spirits.
To be honest this plot is nothing unusual, there are a lot of other stories with the same premise, boy/girl meets supernatural being and then becomes one of them, and in the beginning I didnt think that it was really that much enjoyable it was funny but nothing to "eyecatching", but then as the story started to unfold I begun getting really interested wanting to see what would happen next, to know more about Riddle, with a plot twist on the end full of feels, and an ending that I completely love.
The art made by Akai Higasa is, in my opinion, really beautiful I've read CucumberxSandwich and I am currently reading Oushitsu Kyoushi Haine and I'm in love with the art, defenitly something well done. My favorite part though is the background for the funerals, they are absolutely breathtaking (my favorite is Riddles) and with much details. Also the characters are also very well drawn, but maybe a little to alike, but not much as to make difficult to know who is talking.
I think this story really shines in its characters. We have the main protagonists, Hayato and Riddle along with a bunch of other characters all with their differents personality traits; from the woman who looks like a man with a siscom to the guy who is like a pupy until he starts fighting and becames a freaking badass, only to get back to being an adorable pupy after the fight ends. Everyone is lovable even the bad guys.
I honestly enjoyed this manga very much even if in the beginning I stoped for at least a month, I really loved it, from the story, to the characters and the art.
Over all I give this manga a score of 9 and a place in my fav manga list. I really think you should give it a try, you wont regret it.
"I shall play the funeral march that's right for you."
The Undertaker, Riddle, is an exorcist, of sorts. The kind that lays to rest evil spirits and discontented souls. After defeating them in battle, he will prepare their funeral rites, and seal them forever in a coffin...along with his deepest condolences.
Hayato had the misfortune of being appointed Riddles's apprentice. It was because he got his soul stolen by a hungry demon, and the Undertaker was kind enough to share some of his soul so that Hayato could continue living. But in exchange for the generosity, Hayato has to work for him.
his new after-school life of fighting and defeating demons (which the Undertaker subsequently lays to rest on their eternal beds of roses). And Hayato all along hopes to retrieve the soul which was stolen from him.
I cannot say this series is original. The setup screams blatant ripoff from Monochrome Factor (heck, the Undertaker even looks like Shirogane, minus the braid). The style is obviously Gothic Victorian (yes, even though the setting is modern-day, the spirit world seems to be decorated with checkered flooring, chains, velvet curtains, and viney roses). I can almost see this being written by a Black Butler fan. (Although Riddle's personality is more like Xerxes Break than the undertaker from BB.) The undertaker overseer looks like a one of BB's megane shinigamis.
And there are some strong winks at shounen-ai. Overall, the gothic style and BL together are so strong, it's almost funny. Of COURSE Hayato's (amazingly handsome) little brother would be kidnapped and tied up with rose stems, and then be fawned over by the bad guy. You could almost see it coming. Of course the enigmatic Undertaker would gently take Hayato by the hand, and confess eternal loyalty to him.
Did I say I dislike this series? No! At times I take it seriously, but when the cliches start coming through strong, I have to laugh. For instance, there's one scene where somebody needs to touch Hayato's chest. So without any warning, Mr. Megane rips Hayato's shirt open, then they tie him up, and then they proceed with their ceremony. Really, all they needed to do was ask him to unbutton his shirt a little. Good grief.
But the scenes I like are the tender ones, like where Hayato takes seriously his role as an older brother. Or there might be a mystery with unexpected twists. And currently in the storyline, there is a promise of a new path opening up for Hayato. It looks like he has some hidden abilities that make him an ideal candidate for an important position in the world of the dead-keepers. It will be interesting to see if the series stays in a cliched rut, or becomes its own unique story.
The plot set-up is not original. So don't look for originality, at least for the first several chapters. You need to like the Gothic Victorian aesthetic to enjoy the art and overall style (Gothic Victorian is also seen in mangas like Black Butler, Pandora Hearts, Are You Alice?, and Number). And a lot of those series have nudges toward shounen-ai.
So if you like that style, and don't mind cliches (or at least can laugh at them) you should enjoy this series.