Seigi, a martial arts trained middle-schooler, often feels driven to protect the weaker people around him. One day, he defends a homeless man against some punks, and the man gives him a strange tattoo on his palm in return. The tattoo is a secret weapon produced in the arms race between America and the Serinistan Kingdom.
Seigi finds himself in over his head when a powerful girl, using the same secret weapon, violently pursues him in order to retrieve it. His skill at martial arts may not be enough to keep him alive, but will he be able to learn how to trigger the power of his tattoo in time?
Minor spoilers ahead. Just skip to enjoyment if you want it completely spoiler free, although the amount isn't really that much to begin with.
Ecchi and action: a match made in heaven. Unfortunately, that's only the case if the proper set up and balance are created, which Taboo Tattoo does not accomplish. What it does do is it creates a visually sound action adventure of pervs, sadists, heroes and homosexuals.
Story: Right off the bat, the classic set up of "boy gets dragged into secret war between two sides" comes into play. Battles are not in short supply but are instead brief albeit brutal affairs with lots
of blood and guts, which was somewhat surprising considering the manga can sometimes come across as juvenile with its copious amounts of fan service done is ways that disrupt the flow of the scenes and plot. That's not to say the use of sexual imagery is completely for fan-boners. Rape, suggested and not so, is used a source of shock value, as if the series is trying to prove its grittiness.
As for the series' pacing and tone, the first parts seem inconsistent, as breast fondles and sexual comedy happen while hearing exposition dumps and sometimes the manga goes out of its way to give more fanservice, changing entire characters just to pander to the readers.
Characters: On the subject of characters, almost everyone, from the protagonist, to the antagonist, fits into some sort of archetype, albeit some more snugly than other. That being said, some characters, like B.B, do a great job at fulfilling their roles, making the audience care about their struggles and pasts, while others, like the enemy Princess (who seems to be a kind of hyper-genius girl with OP powers), fail by letting the fanservice affect them. The antagonist especially actually has a decent reason for her objectives, but she loses credibility when she surrounds herself with a same-sex harem just for kicks and playfully molests the childhood friend of the protagonist after the later loses to her in a game of table tennis... As a whole, the characters are unremarkable except for a select few like B.B and Lurker.
Art: Art is meant to supplement the story and for the most part the artwork of the manga succeeds in this respect. Illustrations can have a sketch like quality on a few occasions, but the well-paced battles exhibit the artistic chops of the illustrator. The character designs and backgrounds are a tad on the generic and unremarkable side, made painfully obvious by the characters themselves.
Enjoyment: If the fanservice was dialed down or at least integrated more naturally, I probably would have enjoyed the series a lot more. Fanservice is not a pet peeve of mine, but if it interrupts the tone and pacing of the story completely, then it can turn a decent series into a lacking one. Characters are defined by their actions, not just their motivations, and this is where characters like the antagonist and other characters fall victim to the manga's immaturity. Those who like typical action manga's with guns and superpowers may find something to enjoy, but beware of the awkward tone and sluggish pacing of the first part. The series has some highs and I intend to finish it, but so far, it's below average.
Let's hope that the next few chapters fix the sins of its predecessors.
Im re-doing this review because of how much i regret what i said the last time and im going to make this short and as least painful as possible.
The plot is about your average high school kid in japan (not very popular in school, female childhood friend, you know the type) named seigi, who saves an old man from some thugs. After saving him, this mysterious old man then gives seigi a crest, which burns a tattoo onto his hand, giving him special powers.
After this happens, the government gets involved. Seigi begins to learn to control his powers, fights random thugs/villains (there are
some really awesome ones by the way) and gets deeper and deeper into this government world.
If you like the shounen genre, good battles, and the "main character gets powers and conquers his problems" types, then you will get an enjoyably good read out of this
Story 7, Art 8, Character 7, Enjoyment 9, Overall 8
Taboo Tattoois a manga that basically built itself by recycling elements from previous similar adaptations plus the extra fan-service to appease the thirsty readers.
Akatsuka Seigi is your average Japanese High School boy who got a tattoo from a mysterious guy which resulted him being dragged in a secret warfor those tattoos. If i had a shot of whisky each time i saw this kind of plot, i would die from alcohol poisoning.
The only good thing in this manga. The characters are well drawn, the character design is nice, the details, emotions, etc...The artist did a good job in that.
Here is the worst part of the
manga. The characters are painfully generic, the spineless hero who suddenly becomes ultra strong when he gets angry, the big titted childhood friend, the badass warrior girl, and other plethora of generic characters that make you question which year did this manga start.
The fighting is good for a while, but the shitty fan-service that is always there at the wrong moment break the pace. The events are so predictable that i get the feeling of Deja Vu whenever i read a new chapter.
Generic. That is the best way to decribe it. If you like fanservice, girl fighting and serious/violent atmosphere, then this manga is for you. Personally, the sheer lack of originality in this manga kills it for me.