Well, its my first time writing a review. I don't usually write any reviews, but since no one has wrote any here, then i guess i'll try. ^_^
Just one thing, this manga is actually the story of the birth of Christ and his life, what he goes through and finally the crucifiction.
Of course, for Christians, and non-christians, i highly recommend this manga. I agree that if you read from the Bible, its not so entertaining. Furthermore, having the manga, with illustrations and all, will certainly be much more fun to read. Just don't get me wrong, reading from the Bible provides clearer details.
Overall, this manga
isn't too bad. The art is not too bad either. And the characters may be a bit too many and leave you confused, but at the end of the manga, there is a character introduction that will make all the characters clearer to the reader.
I guess that's all for here. I hope this review won't sound too bad, after all, i'm not an expert in writing these things. Just my opinion on the manga.
Finally, to all of you, give this manga a try. I'm sure it'll be okay. ^_^
This manga changed my life. I was Christian all my life. But I really didn't care much about Christ or my life. When I picked this manga from the bookstore I never realized how much it would change it. It's truly an inspirational tool Recommended for Christians and Non-Christians alike!. While I would have wished for a more graphical and realistic crucifixion. I can't complain. It's an absolute Master Piece for me and it will always have a soft spot on my heart. Because of this. I finally realized I wish to do Christian Anime and Manga!. LONG LIVE LORD JESUS!
The Holy Bible has been in many formats. Cartoons, Movies, Comics, Audio Tapes and Music is just a few of them. But finally, it has reached Japan's most popular format ever: Manga. The first two books are made after the new testament (Jesus and Paulus) and mostly consists of a light-hearted tone, while the three latter ones are made after the old testament. Rape, murder and torture are just some of the keywords describing these.
The story itself are very interesting and proves that the bible belongs in manga format. There are shocking scenes, heart-breaking scenes and even grotesque happenings. The manga version of
the bible is probably the most interesting way get your fill. Every book features a couple of short-stories, while most of the pages consists of a journey made by the character on the cover of the book.
The first two books looks very amateurish. The drawings are simple and you will often encounter scenes where people's eyes are set too far apart, while some has their mouth set too high on their faces. The coloring is horrible, due to the fact that everything looks like it was colored in paint. However, the three latter books improves this and gives each manga a more watercolor-like color, which is easier on the eyes. The art is highly improved and handsome/cute characters actually look handsome/cute.
Every character has his/her unique behavior pattern, but with a common goal: Spread God's messages. It is, however, hard to distinguish the characters. Most of the characters has the exactly same face, but with a different hair color. Heck, some characters even have the same hair-style, but with a different color. It is also very hard to remember which one is which, as every manga introduces about 20+ new characters, each with a name completely different from another. If there weren't a character's list at the end of the book, it would be nearly impossible to identify them.
The bible is huge and it is hard to adopt everything into a 5-volume manga series, about 300 pages each. Most of the story is told through text-boxes instead of the characters, as a way around this. This may seem lazy, but it is most likely the only way to get every major event told. Because of this, the books are quite text-heavy and there is limited present character involvement. The three latter books improves this and feature more speech bubbles, which also makes each book more interesting to read.
Manga surely makes the bible a lot more interesting to read, and may succeed in getting the teen audience involved and manga-enthusiasts involved in Christianity. The third book (Melech) are probably the most interesting one, as this one features the most shocking events in the bible: The wrath of God, punished by death. However, the many faults makes it far from a perfect manga adaption. It is a good read, but nothing more than that.