So I finally managed to read this to the end, and I have to say ... WOW
From the start one of the biggest achievments of this manga is the characters. Without them, Dragon Head would loose many points.
They are REALISTIC! And that is saying a lot. You can actually feel from them. Their fear, their hope, their surprise, their disappointment, their saddeness. It's all there for you to experience as the story unveils.
And the story ... It's amazing!
After a while you start thinking, there's has to be somthing supernatural about this, but at the same time you have that immenent feeling of natural catastrophe.
In the end, you still aren't very sure, but most questions are answered, in a way that leave you satisfied.
All in all, Dragon Head is one of those rare mangas that make your heart jump with every turn. It's truly a masterpiece.
I have to say the ending left me a bit empty inside, maybe hoping for a sequel, but truth is a sequel would probably only ruin it.
It ties up the loose knots, even though (like me) you might've wished for a different ending.
I believe that few people can deny this is an amazing manga.
I read all 10 volumes of Dragon Head in the span of one week. And I would have completed it even sooner if it wasn't for Christmas and finals. Interesting right? Now onto the review.
If I had to sum it up in one word I would say "Thrilling". It's palm sweating, mind numbing, edge-of-your-seat excitement. Teru (the main character) finds himself trapped in a dark tunnel along with all his dead classmates. Dazed and confused, he lives on. Why is it so hot in the tunnel? Whats with all the earthquakes? Why have people gone crazy? Teru is faced with all of these questions
and more as he slowly begins to realize what has become of the peaceful world he once knew. The world has become hellish for reasons unknown to everyone, including yourself. The mangaka doesn't hold your hand and spoon feed you answers. You have to piece together the information along side Teru.
The story is nearly perfect except for a couple of chapters leading up to the finale. It tries a bit too hard to be emotionally deep, and you get a ridiculously long speech about fear. If that tiny boring part didn't happen I would give the story a nine, but it did happen so the story gets an 8. And thats a darn good 8. Like 8.9 or something close like that.
I don't round.
OH MY GAWD. The deatil put into the backgrounds is almost too detailed. It's hard to descibe how vivid every thing is. From the subway system, to the ghost towns, to the trash-littered buildings, they all come together perfectly to create the apocalyptic world that is Dragon Head. For fear that the druel pouring from my mouth will short circuit my computer I will stop talking about the art. Simply amazing.
No shounen heroes here. Every character is constantly overwhelmed with fear. Sometimes they feed on that fear and are able to do miraculous things. They will somehow figure a way out of their situation and live to see another day. But more often than not they snap. Teru might stab somebody if he's too scared. Or maybe he'll set an inocent person's arm on fire. Ako will faint at the drop of a hat. Nobu hasn't un-snapped since the train crashed. One word to describe the characters? "Flawed".
If it hadn't been Christmas and if I didn't have finals I might have finished this in 1-2 days. I was hooked. I wanted to find out what became of the world along with Teru. I was on edge every page. It was seriously hard to put down from start to finish.
Okay, if you are a fan of goofy shoujo manga, think twice b4 watching this. It's not something for the faint hearted. -- a night mare coming to life.
Ever heard of 2012? yes? well this manga is a naturalistic creation of the world ending tragedy. The artwork is horror itself- as i read the first three chapters, I was too shocked to move! It was like the images attacking my brain over and over, sending me to insanity. Eventually, the gore, the blood, the darkness, sweat, patience and hallucinations: all epic elements for a horrifying tragedy is in there.
Well, I finished the manga yesterday and I need to say I'm a bit disappointed.
The beginning was awesome. I really couldn't stop from reading. It felt to me like some Horror survival games I used to play. When you go around some dark mystery place and search for things. Really similar atmosphere. but then its just got ruined. There was so many potential, really sad.
From something about vol 3 the story begins to drag and drag and there isn't such much of a development except for the characters.
There is also this feeling like the mangaka killed every character when he finished using them.
I Kinda made
myself to finish reading it. very predictable.
One thing that was good is the character. I didn't really liked any of them but they felt real enough to feel the story and not only to read it.
The art was so beautiful and detailed. especially the backgrounds. I don't remember when was the last time I have seen in a manga such realistic beautiful art.
The ending was a real disaster. I was like wtf where is the sequel? this cant be the end.
And i think there should be more romance in this because it seems Ako and Teru really liked each other. what a shame nothing developed of this.
It wasn't really a waste of time, and i kinda enjoyed some parts of this. A very unique work. You won't really find something like this, But still there are better Mangas out there.
Read and completed this in a couple of hours basically, it was quite a ride.
I would say this was definitely worth the read if you enjoy horror/seinen but if you abhor bad endings then this will fuck your emotions up because you'll just say "damn I read 89 chapters just for this garbage ending?" Either way, I'm still glad I read it but yeah wish that ending was adjusted.
I enjoy post-apocalyptic stories/settings because it delves into the topic of morality when it comes to humans being in life or death situations and how would they react in certain ways. Overall, the plot didn't
really have any flaws except near the end when it reaches the Tokyo arc because it develops into quite a mind-fuck.
The art was very, very good - no complaints, no adjustments etc etc.
The two main characters, Teru and Ako, were amazing and you could feel their relationship developing and how much they depending on each other as the story progresses. Other characters weren't really much of a hinderance to me, a lot of them were underaged either way, but I wouldn't say the characters were the biggest letdown of this series because the ending is just what ruined everything for me.
Like I said before, the story's post-apocalyptic setting accommodated my tastes and interests so I enjoyed this very much despite me wanting to get it over with once the last arc came along since there were some things that were just repeated (the theme of fear) which sort of made me jaded with the story as it concluded.
This would've been a 10 if only the ending was proper and wasn't ambiguous. In all honesty, I read a review prior to finishing the manga and said that the ending was terrible (which I agree with). Once you get to like the last two arcs is when you start to realize some things are just constantly repeated and the concept of incorporating those self-mutilated people didn't really serve as a purpose for me - I guess it was just to still reiterate the theme of fear but at the same time it was redundant and I just wanted the story to just shut up about it. Anyway, the ending is pretty bittersweet and I wish it would've ended more better as in everything resolving itself but at least only one good thing happened even though that wasn't even progressed either since it literally ended with Teru just saying some words.
Purposeful and eerie post-apocalyptic manga with some insightful musing on fear and the human condition. The pacing for the ending could have been less abrupt. I don't mind that we only learn as much as the protagonists do and many plotlines are not tied up- it fits the setting and the author's attempt to genuinely depict the human condition, and I feel that hinting at many different aspects of what is going on is more effective than simply answering every question the reader might have. The abrupt ending, without resolution and somewhat without fanfare (if you've seen one gigantic pillar of fire in the sky,
you've seen them all, and so the volcanic eruption is not necessarily notable) could be argued to also be true to life, but it still felt weirdly sudden. A compelling and artistically impressive read if you want to delve into something dark and sticky but ultimately hopeful.