Utsuho's truthfulness as a child resulted in an enormous catastrophe, and he decided to lie from that day forward. Raised in a village of orphans by a monk, Utsuho is an unrepentant troublemaker. The monk eventually inspires him to help people, but there's no way Utsuho's going to lead an honest life! Instead, he's going to use his talents for mischief and deception for good!
This is an absolute must-read manga. If you read Naruto, you will love this. The story is set in the early years of Japan stemming from a small mountain village. There we find the hero of the story, a teenage orphan named Utsuho Azako. He is a self proclaimed itsuwaribito (one who masters the art of theft) whose philosophy in life is that lying is the ultimate weapon and at the same time, the ultimate savior. Now this is one of his most likable traits. Not only does he use it so often, he lies about lying, and
very often tricks people just for lols.
THIS MANGA IS FUNNY AS HELL BECAUSE OF HOW OFTEN HE LIES AND TRICKS PEOPLE.
As far as he's concerned, lying is the only way he knows how to help people. He's laid back, lazy (of course), but friggin ninja bad a**. Rockin' the bandana with his signature design, he moves like ninjas do, only cooler with more intricacy and finesse like you've never seen before. He has never lost his cool in a fight nor has he lost a fight at all; its as if the fight is always going his way and according to his plans (which in the first 3 friggn volumes...it does!)
So when he sets off on his inevitable adventures away from the orphanage to travel the world and lie to everyone he meets (to help them, of course) he inevitably meets up with people and gets a little group together. Pochi the cute Tanuki, Yakuma the truthful, trustworthy surgeon and Neya ("ne-chan" as Utsuho calls her cuz she's a girl) all have their own dreams and aspirations, but have similar interests in helping people in their own way. Yakuma heals people and tells truths, Neya helps people materially/physically (as spurred by her maternal instinct) and Utsuho just does whatever he likes however he likes, whenever he likes...just awesomer.
Did I mention that all of them conveniently have ninja skills? No? Well, they do. Yakuma has his knife. Utsuho has his bombs, potions, and tools. Neya has her kunai and shuriken and an occasional bow & arrow.
Overall, the art is drawn flawlessly with scene-appropriate chibis. Crisp, clean and fluent and appealing and unique. Utsuho kinda reminds me of Gin Ichimaru from BLEACH cuz of the white hair and eyes. Other than that, EVERYONE has an original look. Neya looks especially cute. i can see why Utsuho....er...um...*cough* spoiler *cough*
P.S. If anything, just remember that after reading volume 1, YOU WILL NOT WANT TO STOP.
This isn't a review this is just a guide. No just kidding it's a review.
This manga has multiple scenarios like this and each one is absolutely amazing. It plays with my mind and has battle scenes. Not the intense ones you would see in other mangas but you see psychological battles going inside the mind. It makes me really question what's a lie and what isn't. But enough of that. Let's get technical.
The story is about a liar who uses lies to help people. Which is odd. I'm sure we have ALL been through the experience of like, "My dog ate my homework"
i'm sure almost none of you actually said that, but we all told a lie at one point. Also, It probably wasn't a "good" lie.
Liars lie but once it goes in you can't tell what's a lie and what's not. And this manga plays on that element. Follow the characters and see how almost every character lies in some way or another.
The art could be better but for the overall mood of the manga it works nicely. I'm not an artist so I can't really nag on this. The art was nice but there was no eye catching moment within it.
Character? Oh my this have character. The character's were well drawn out and you have these moments in the manga that only work with these characters each scene can't be done without the characters. I mean I loved every character even the villains. I could relate to many of the characters and it was all very interesting. It was just so...real. The characters were all possible inside our world. Except the battles, but all very doable.
I loved it, if i had the whole collection and if was all done. I could read the entire thing in about 2 days. And that's saying a lot. I am usually one to read a couple chapters and take a break but I actually read every chapter every piece of dialogue and I don't do that often. So yes It's a definite TEN
It's a must read, and I'm sure that you'll like it or even LOVE it. Amazing and compelling I'm surprised that only about 250 people actually included it in their list. I just felt the need to write a review due to the lack of people. If I write a review more people would see it if more people saw it.. More people would read this, and support the author. I'm off to a bookstore now... I needa read more.
At first the series is somewhat episodic--the protagonist, Utsuho, going off on various journeys in which he recruits a few members in to his 'family', which lasts the first handful of volumes. Afterwards, the 'main story' begins, which is his quest for the mysterious Kokonotsu treasure. Now to reviews...
Oh, it's not terribly unique, granted, but it IS interesting. Utsuho is a clever and strong protagonist, and not just a good liar either. He's smart, able to think quickly and calculate good strategies. This helps the manga discard any of the 'I MUST GET STRONGER!' plot lines and focus on the arcs. Each is interesting,
the manga has very few slow moments and it keeps a great pace. Utsuho will help various people out for a long while until he recruits the heroine, soon after he visits a village where an old friend lives and afterwards sets off for the Kokonotsu.
Yuuki Iinuma has a simple art style, but he's good at what he does and it fits the series quite well. His action is well done, his style is consistent, and for the most part his proportions are correct. No complaints there.
Each character is very intriguing in their own way, so I'll park here a bit. All the characters are important, which is a good asset for this type of manga.
Utsuho is ambiguous at times, but he much more than just a liar and that's his strongest point besides his wit. A likable protagonist. The doctor, Yakuma, and the heroine, Neya, form the 'main three' of sorts, and are the closest to Utsuho, after the tanuki, Pochi. Besides them, Hikae, the mischievous former guardian of one of the Kokonotsu treasures, joins the group, and they constantly bump into the antagonists Choza and Uzume, who have their own backstory concerning Kuroha, a villain that appears often. Another woman also joins the group after a while, and I understand that in later volumes Utsuho's family is a force to be reckoned with.
Itsuwaribito Utsuho can handle both serious and comedic moments together quite well, causing the overall enjoyment to be high. It has interesting arcs, a good pace, good characters, and high re-read value.
It isn't that there aren't things to complain about, but all things considered, it is well done and, for a historical action that has both wit and some drama, is a great title well worth reading.