After a long absence, the young shaman Samizo Kohei returns from the dead with a prophecy of the apocalypse. Or part of him returns, at least - most of his body has been replaced with the transplanted body parts of his former friends, all retaining their distinctive personalities. He returns to his home in Shinjuku, where he works as a psychic surgeon in an unlicensed clinic. Here he serves as the unofficial guardian of the Shinjuku underground, solving paranormal murder mysteries, with the assistance of an assortment of other bizarre mystics and semi-human allies. Meanwhile, the others wonder exactly what Kohei has become, and whether he has returned to prevent the apocalypse, or to initiate it.
Listen if you're here for the plot and are expecting something 'deep' out of this, you don't really have to bother yourself. But if you just wanna have fun, chuckle and look at good art at a comfortable pace, then this might be for you. I loved the series. The art was great, the characters were likeable, the subtle humor was just right up my alley, and the overall vibe felt very unique.
However, at the end of chapter 70, I find myself riddled with questions. Not necessarily a good thing I would say- it was more of a "Wait, what the f*** just
happened?" kind of thing. Was it all a dream? A dream within a dream? Time travel? Parallel world? I don't know what was real anymore lol, and since there wasn't much discussion about this series I gave up trying to decipher the meaning behind the conclusion. The right word would be 'scammed'- yes, I felt scammed. But damn it was one hell of a nice scam going on. I did enjoyed it.
Sadly though I'm only gonna have to give it a 5, no more and no less. This however made me wanna check out Otsuka Eiji's other works, and I can't wait to start on another one. But like I said, don't expect anything complicated out of this series and take everything with a pinch of salt. Enjoy!
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.