Listen, this is probably my favorite manga of all time. You can't just read a chapter and expect it to make sense so that your lazy butt brain can chill while Eiji Otsuka works his ass off to make such an intricate, DEEP, and detailed story. This story questions our humanity, it questions our social structure, it questions our mentality. If you enjoy reading manga for shits and giggles, this is not for you. If you'd like to go on a wild ride on the feels train, hop on, it's time to get your noggins working.
I rated it realistically since I know most people
don't like psychological/philosophical manga but seriously, y'all gotta stop being so weak here on MAL.
Nothing is perfect. We have a trans woman, a dwarf, a prostitute, a blind and crippled woman, an abused intern, a deformed detective, and a dog in the crew. Now imagine them working together. Now imagine them dying because how could you ever write a good story without people dying?
1999 art, I'm not complaining much. Though the details are great and realistic. Everyone doesn't look perfect and I can thank Yuu Kinutani for that.
The fact that the characters aren't perfect and have obvious flaws is great. The main character's flaw isn't something weak like "oh no my flaw is me being an emotional wreck-" NO. WE DON'T GO EASY HERE IN LEVIATHAN. Gotta have that embarrassingly shameful flaw that would make the reader cringe. Now, that's real. Also thank god there are no high school kids in this story, I would have lost my mind.
I personally enjoyed reading this 100% but I gave it a 7 for making me cry. I am weak but I accept it.