With a worldwide war raging between humans and monsters, the young delivery men of the Gaya Desert Post Office do not pledge allegiance to any country or king. They are banded together by a pledge to deliver. Fast. Precise. Secure. Banya, the craziest and craftiest of the bunch, will stop at nothing to get a job done. Known as the Explosive Delivery Man for his risk taking, bold resolve, and impeccable record, Banya agrees to complete a wounded soldier's mission to transport a parcel of great importance--not knowing what dangers lie in store for him and his friends! As their arduous journey begins, Banya promises, "There isn't a delivery I can't make. I always deliver." (Source: Dark Horse)
Banya is a fast paced mature shounen manhwa where odd characters and violent action are put together in a stylish way. The author has created a distinct world with its own conflicts, heroes and adventures.
Banya follows a protagonist of the same name who works as a delivery man in the Gaya Desert Post Office. Together with his friends, he goes on various missions and always delivers the package. No matter what challenges lie ahead of him.
The first couple of volumes concentrate on different assignment that Banya undertakes. Beuatiful art, plenty of carnage and interesting monster designs immediately suck the reader into the
narrative. After several story arcs, the main plot finally arrives but sadly, it does not have sufficient time to have a real impact. It would have been much better if the story had more time to develop. As it is, it feels rushed and fades into the background letting action take place at the forefront of our attention. The ending feels a bit rushed but considering the total amount of volumes (5), it should not come off as a big surprise.
Despite the fact that the plot centers around the development of the main protagonist, most of the secondary characters still come off as quite interesting and the stylish visuals really help commiting them to memory.
Overall, this manhwa was enjoyable to read. The reader cant help but think that it would be so much better if only it lasted longer. However, it is still a fun ride and thus, earns the score - 8/10
The author can into art like god, but almost equally sucks at plot-building (ok, a bit less, but still can’t into it too well). The beginning is episodic, the overarching story starts at chapter 19 (and absorbs some of the details of the earlier chapters, so don’t just drop in there), but it stays rather second-rate. The plot is certainly not the strength of this manhwa. Keeping it in mind, you can enjoy this work to a considerable degree thanks to the art and the action. In one of the chapters the author mentions that he knows his manhwa isn’t too good, but he wants
it be addictive, like coffee and cigarettes, and I think he succeeds. Basically it’s all you need to know, but I’ll specify a bit.
So yeah, the art is amazing – the designs of the characters, if not too original, are beautiful. Bit by bit you notice that the world is rather consistent and has its own distinctive atmosphere (it’s desert-centered, by the way). But the best thing is the design of the monsters. They are detailed, complex and imposing – a very viable reason to pick this up, if you like beautiful fictional beasts. Of course, I can point out some hiccups in the art too, and in the later chapters there’re some bits of censorship for gore (can’t imagine why, so counterproductive), but overall it’s very impressive. It’s because of the art that I give this manhwa 1 point above “fine”.
The story feels as if the author made his mind about what to write pretty late in. Some of the earlier chapters seem random (which results in upsettingly short life expectancy among the potentially interesting characters, btw), though in the end the motives that were introduced in the earlier episodes form the story. The bigger plot could’ve benefited from more buildup, but in the end the plot here is more or less just frame for action. As the first reviewer aptly said, it’s a mature shounen – a typical adventure, but with lots of death, albeit, I give it this, it’s not exactly stupid, and the flow of the dialogue is mostly ok.
Oh, and there’s the strong protagonist, I always forget how important it is for many, though he is introduced first as a rogue. The manhwa includes fanservice for both sexes (tits and abs aplenty, though mostly abs, and pls, let the “sexes” slide this time for the sake of simplicity), but it feels like it is done more for drawing pretty than for pandering.
Banya is often overlooked by those seeking action manga, and it’s a pity: this is exactly the badass action with a badass MC that many want. But I think that to avoid disappointment it’s best to approach it with the right mindset – just remember, it’s about art and fun slaughter, not philosophy or character development. Just like a big paper cup of street coffee – maybe it’s not the best coffee you’ve had, maybe it’s not healthy, but it’s just the right thing sometimes, when on the road.