"Fight for what you believe in and never falter!"
Break Hands is a short manga set in a world where powers come from mysterious crystals embedded in the person's body, a world where a single mass of land contains all life divided by countries at war.
The story starts with our hero joining his country's military to follow his family's steps to continue their legacy in the military ranks. His first mission is to find the princess who has gone missing inside the city, and he's the only person who knows how to find her, but as soon as she's found, an invasion from a strange ship
brakes through the kingdom's defences and manages to kidnap the princess. He must now pursue the ship and captors in order to rescue her before it's too late.
I might have sugar coated the story in a few ways since it felt bland and unoriginal. The first few chapters are confusing. If you wanted an explanation as to why they have powers? How do they work? what world is this? or why does he know the princess so well? then you won't get any until much later or maybe none at all. Still, it's a fast paced story with a one-directional plot.
The quirkyness of the characters is their only positive. It's hard to relate to any of them considering how uninteresting and monotonous they are. There's no real character development that I could notice, and the backstory to the main character is quite cliched.
The art is good, the standard to be expected in most shounen mangas. The fight scenes and character expressions maintain their quality throughout the story. Nothing special though.
I had a few Full Metal Alchemist deja vus whilst reading this. The powers, the setting, and even a few characters seemed like bad copies of it. I have to say the ending was also disappointing. The hints and clues it leaves here and there are simple enough to pick up which makes it easy to presume what's going to happen in the end. It's a poor plot twist that makes you wonder if maybe the mangaka was rushed in his last volume or the manga was cancelled.
Nevertheless, it won't take much time to read and a few people might find the fights, drama, and character interactions more enjoyable than me.