Nov 29, 2013
First of all, I would like to pity this series for being obviously axed. It is very similar to the way my favourite underrated manga ended, Double Arts. Also, Mx0 was a good series that was axed as well.
Consistency is there, although there were some points which I didn't really understand who some characters were referring to when they say "he". Well the story is simple, short and sweet. But the last chapter was obviously cut short. Still, the ending is pretty nice since it does not seem that terribly rushed. Yes, some things were a bit unclear due to the rushed ending, but even
after factoring that in, I would give it a 8/10. This manga has potential for 9/10 and 10/10, before the last chapter.
I'm not a martial arts expert so it is hard to pinpoint the accuracy of the moves shown and explained in the manga but it was interesting. If I remember correctly, Karate Shoukoushi Kohinata Minoru has similar "martial art info pages" as well.
Mostly clean, clear and detailed. Characters are clear so I could determine who is who in a glance. The action scenes were well drawn, and one could easily feel the intensity of the fights.
Character-wise, I do think it is a bit lacking. For one, the main character seems a bit too strong (especially recovery), I know there are ridiculous examples such as the Insane Hounds in King of Hell, or a ton of other shounen manga characters been "invulnerable-like", but honestly, I think that it was not explained clearly how he really recovered or got stronger properly.
Other characters at times were missing focus here and there.
Nice character development overall, but could be more focused on the main few characters, especially the past and training.
Excellent work, too short to be very satisfied, and somehow I don't like blood showers. I felt that sometimes the manga features unnecessary blood (cos it's just a high school tournament... the mangaka made some fights seem serious but they all recover easily somehow==).
In light of being axed, this deserves a 8. But in terms of potential and coherency I'd say this manga deserves a 9 or 10. It's a really good fighting manga.
On a side note, these are the mangas and a webtoon I would like to recommend if you like this series:
- God of Highschool (Very obviously similar for the tournament part, focuses on martial arts, although it is exaggerated and supernatural)
- Double Arts
- Karate Shoukoushi Kohinata Minoru
Reviewer’s Rating: 8
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