Dec 7, 2013
In the first few chapters of Necromancer, one would feel like that he is reading a bunch of one-shots, with the only connection being related to the charming, mysterious, and powerful necromancer, Asutsuo. The set-up in each chapter feels programmed. It always start with a helpless victim who just lost his beloved person finding the devil-like Asutsuo. Then, a deal is made, in which the dead person was revived in exchange for something vital to the contractor. By the end, the same results would occur (I am not going to spoil here), and Asutsuo would say some wise words as a monologue and the chapter
would end there. For the first part of the manga, the story feels impersonal. It is a little bit interesting, but not enough to ignite a spark.
If this is indeed all Necromancer has to offer, I would stop with a 5/10 right here without anything further to say.
Fortunately, this is not all Necromancer is. In fact, a major plot twist happens, and MC's motives are explained, and events are logically linked together. Drama ensures, and a satisfactory ending comes as the result. Overall, despite the lackluster story progression in the first half of the story, if one is able to sit through those, a rewarding conclusion is given to all those who persevere.
The art is actually pretty good. Character design is anywhere from satisfactory to excellent, depending on personal preference. This kind of art quality stays consistent throughout the manga. The only drawback in art is the simple background, though it can also be argued that not elaborate background help readers to focus on the characters.
Surprisingly well-done, for the MCs anyways. In the manga, Atsutsuo is at first portrayed as an apathetic, mysterious, partial practitioner of dark magic. It comes as a huge shock when he undergoes a huge metamorphosis into almost another kind of person, but with no character inconsistency what-so-ever. Furthermore, a few characters who seem unrelated or even irrelevant is actually central to the plot, a fact that is apparent in the end. In general, the mangaka uses the "surprise" factor really well.
On the other hand, most supporting characters seem stereotypical, flat, and uninteresting.
Honestly, the only reason I read the first part of the manga is because I was bored, and feel like reading a short manga. It only just has reaches the minimum requirement for me to not drop it. However, it turns out to be really interesting in the second part, and a lot of repetitiveness before is well-explained. Finally, a good conclusion, though somewhat cliched and typical, is given to the readers.
Would recommend this to readers who are interesting in anything related to myths, melodrama, supernatural, and/or necromancers!
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