Requiem Street, where evil spirits are attracted to in order to destroy them. A place where spirits and humans co-exist, not all humans can enter Requiem Street. Only those rare-soul users with guardian spirits can enter. Xia Ling was just a normal university intern, but a meeting by chance changes her ordinary life... In this world full of evil spirits, can you cooperate with your guardian spirit in order to survive?
Rakshasa Street takes place in a dimension that souls end up in after a person dies due to the fact that their hearts aren't 'pure' enough to go to the spirit world (so, what's the point of having a 'spirit world'?). Anyhow, where does the main protagonist come in? Well, Xia Ling is an art student who is probably going to start her final year in university and crosses dimensions by accident.
Things start heating up super-fast as zombie/ghoul spirits try to kill her; woe is me, who will save her? Where is her knight in shining armour? Nope, forget that, it's the takeaway guy she bumped into on her way to work, who turns out to be a super powerful dude that kicks major bad guy spirit ass with a flaming hammer (that is some serious 'don't judge a book by its cover'). The rest, dear reader, is history.
The storyline started out awesome, there was suspense (you didn't know who would be butchered next), surprises (the takeaway guy?!) and some creativity (a non-'spirit-world' spirit world); it was as if the spirit of Originality grabbed my shoulders and pointed a gnarled finger at this story and whispered:
It was enough. I liked it, it was awesome, there were fights and a female protagonist that wasn't only there to fall in love with the male lead. So, what went wrong?
The second volume was WHAT WENT WRONG!
It was as if the author didn't know how to smoothly segue the first volume with the second and thought, 'oh well, the readers won't notice... probably', except we did, darn it. Firstly, the male main character looks nothing like he did in the first chapter by volume two; for one thing, his nerd glasses are gone! What, were they only there until it was time to change his persona from takeaway dude to hero? Is it like Superman? Where did the rather entertaining and original take on 'hero' go? Does the main lead have to look muscular and 'hot' for him to be a leader? Way to go, Author. Secondly, the lack of historical accuracy was killing me, ***SPOILER ALERT*** Xia Ling's spirit armour was designed by a Chinese servant who lived 500 flipping years ago and when he fell in 'deep love' with someone, the most they did was HOLD HANDS (so I'm obviously thinking this guy isn't a pervert) but would you look at the 'armour'. Long socks and a shirt with huge bells tied to the main character's ass.
No, that's totally appropriate; the spirit had 500 years to think up what a highschool girl costume-turned-armour should look like.
Lastly, the huge plot holes were distracting and totally detracted from the entire experience of the story. ***SPOILER ALERT*** In the beginning of the story, the male lead tells his younger brother that he works because they need the money, except that, he stops going to work after chapter six without informing his boss and throughout the story, we don't see money being traded at all. Another thing, Xia Ling goes to uni and the semester is about to start in chapter two, but that's all forgotten as the chapters go by; does she have any family, she's been missing for weeks, who pays for the rent, WTH? There are tons of things that are introduced and then forgotten; this is some definite bad technique and adds inconsistency to the story.
The art was the major saving grace for Rakshasa Street because it's detailed and somewhat proportional. There's plenty of shading, all the characters (up to where I stopped) can be, at least visually, differentiated and although there wasn't much uniqueness in the style of illustrations; it was pretty good and above the mainstream average of crappiness and eye-puke pictures.
In conclusion, the plot sucked. It sucked real bad. If you're just in it to see the pictures, then okay, you've got the green light to start reading. But, if you're interested in the Manhua story-wise: it's a deal-breaker. The lack of consistency, thoroughly thought out plot developments and the lack of historical accuracy was terrible and regrettable, because it could have gone somewhere (better).
A definite thumb's down because it wasn't fun to read due to the fact that I was consistently reminded that the plot was stupid by regular shallow plot developments.read more