Cicero City, a city infested with immigrants where people of all races scramble to find work and shelter. Infested with destruction and slaughter, it's a chaotic society. Living on the outside of society, the Jackals are professional assassins with no allegiance, available to the highest bidder. This is their story.
Jackals is an pretty good manga. There are a multitude of characters, mini subplots and the highlight of it, in my opinion, was the art.
The story was not particularly sophisticated nor complex, but still enjoyable without being too simple. At first glance, the story involves a city of violence, mafia and a hunter who kills everyone. (Dogs, anyone?) A little deeper, and you find there is a rivalry between the two main characters, each seeking to distill their burning desire for revenge. (Canaan, anyone?) However, a little deeper again and you will find many little subplots interwoven with the main storyline. Giving background to characters, and reasoning behind their principals. It gives a sense of familiarity and sympathy to the characters.
These 'subplots' make the story very interesting. The switching of the character points are well-used and give a spark to the story.
The art was absolutely outstanding. The realism, the gunplay, the fighting, all without match. Even if you aren't into the violent genre, I recommend this solely on the brilliance of the art.
The characters of Jackals are interesting and unique, however, they are not completely original since many fall into the physcopathic stereotype.
Also, if you were looking for character development you are wasting your time because in this manga there are virtually none, it is mainly from fighting scenes you understand them.
Further, the only two characters that are vaguely likeable, are the two main ones, plainly from their sheer awesomeness, but otherwise, the other characters are either disturbing or 'special'.
Jackals is very enjoyable, it has great action, great perspective drawings and constant pace. The plotlines add complexity to the story and the characters are the type you want to know more about.
In general, it is an intruging story, laden with betrayal, blood, and legends spawned from the most bloodthirsty.
Overall, I give it a 9/10 and highly recommend it for the non-faint hearted. read more
Friedrichstown is in the centre of some serious gang warfare between the butt-kicking Chinese Tennouren and the knife-poking Italian Gabriella and the person lucky enough to piss both major gangs off is none other than our heroic main character: Alligator Nichol. Even though Nichol sounds like a pretty sissy name for an assassin (seriously), he is L-E-T-H-A-L. And basically, it’s 56 chapters of carnage, killing and… That’s about it.
The story, and it’d be nice of anyone to consider this a story, was very boring. Because, let’s face it, there was NO story. It was just ‘protagonist is wanted dead by this gang’ and then ‘protagonist is wanted dead by that gang’, et cetera, et cetera. It was so 2D, that there really wasn’t anything to actually digest, even the quotes from the characters were like something out a game: ‘I will let you listen to my sword sing~’. Really, who in their right minds will say some really cheesy line right before killing somebody; that could just ruin the entire killing-bloodlust-I-want-to-shower-in-your-blood mood. It’s worse than if one of the dying victims said: ‘I’ll be back’. At least, that line never gets old.
The one thing I will comment on is, where are all the Irish? I presume this is set in America after WWI. You just can’t make a gangster story about the wild, wild west with just two major ethnic gangs and exclude the Irish, it’s like forgetting to draw a knife illustration when there’s a stabbing. I dunno, I miss those darn Irishman.
The art was really weird, in the sense that the illustrator could really bring out the mood with rather shabby drawings. They weren’t detailed, they definitely weren’t realistic (no one seemed to change their outfits for MONTHS, I mean, don’t they stink?) but I think in a strange concoction of wild west and blood, I’d give it a passing grade. It definitely doesn’t mean that it was good though.
There was hope that the characters would become rather good, and you know, kick-ass but the plot just let them down. There wasn’t much development of personalities, it was more like the characters just followed their roles; the evil demented chick, the respectable skilled dude, the weak son-of-a-gun that won’t die; they didn’t have a feel to them. Again, it felt like they were part of a game rather than a flat version of a living, breathing person. Living in that type of town, I wanted to see some sadness, some element of a bitter bad fate; these people are poor (and possibly never showered [blame the lack of outfits]). I think the author would have done better if they had inputted more background knowledge into the scenes.
Did I enjoy it? It isn’t terrible but I think the entire Manga went a little poo poo when the author forgot that unlike anime, MANGA actually needs a plotline (that’s why it’s called Manga). And yes, there must have been some sort of flow for the story to continue but it was three words: unrealistic, unimaginative, unoriginal. I think this is a really average story, plot-wise, but if you just want to see some cheesy fiction with chapters of really unrealistic killing then don’t let me stop you. But, if you’re trying to read Manga for more than the illustrations because you actually want some ENTERTAINMENT… Then guess what?
This ISN’T for YOU!read more