This manga is a story based on a thriller story written by Keigo Higashino. The main protagonist, the shy Jun Naruse, is a rather average guy who works for a electronic company and loves to draw. He falls in love with Megumi, whom he met at a shop selling drawing materials, and an intimate relationship develops. A few days later, the office gets attacked, and when the criminal tries to shoot a little girl, Jun saves her by jumping in front of her.
A month passes until he wakes up again and is told that half his brain was destroyed, and he only survived because someone donated half a brain. Everything seems to be fine. He quickly recovers and is happy, however, he begins to change... Is the donated brain the reason for this change? Or, is it just a side effect of the medicine?
Heads is the first manga that I have read from Keigo Higashino. Without putting too much spoilers, here goes my review.
Story (8/10): What I like about the manga is the plot. It is about a guy who underwent a brain transplant that changed his life. The way it was written was good. Although in real life, the possibility of a successful brain transplant is very low to impossible because of incompatibility and rejection. But here, putting reality aside, a story was made out of it that turned into something interesting. It is also showed the effects and consequences of fusing one brain from another
for was they say, each brain is unique. However, what I disliked about it is the pace of the story and it was a bit anti-climatic. It was a bit predictable so the hype of any plot twists was borderline low. Also in the summary, it was stated that the effects felt and experienced by the main character was either due to the transplant or medication. But, the emphasis was more on the former and there was no focus on the latter or explanation. Nonetheless, I still enjoyed it.
Art (8/10): The art is great. It was well-drawn -- shadows, lines as well as the emphasis of the characters' facial reactions.
Character (8/10): I particularly liked the main character.
Overall (8/10): It's good for a thriller and psychological series. I would definitely recommend this to anyone.
My apologies for I am still new at writing reviews about manga/anime.
This is one of the most underpopular manga out there. It deserves more recognition. Hence I am writing this review.
The story is about a hypothetical situation that deals with what would happen if part of a person's brain is replaced by another's brain. What makes it interesting is that the replaced part is from someone with a completely different personality. We see how it affects the protagonist
and how he changes, and what he goes through during this change.
The art is clear, looks good and is a bit towards realistic style. It suits the mood for the story very well.
There are around six recurring characters in the story. The characters are not very deep, but believable. The interactions between characters is believable and is not exaggerated.
If you like seinen genre and psychological themes, you will love this manga like I did. It has only 36 chapters - so you can pick it up and finish reading it in a day. It is well worth the time spent. I hope we can get an anime adaptation for it sometime.