Ten years ago, a child wished for the destruction of the world. Now, a group of people has the ability to grant their wishes depending on their power. They are called "Order User."
Before these great people who have the power of "Order," one person excels the most with the ability to rule and conquer the world and turn people into puppets when it is in his jurisdiction. This power belongs to Hoshimiya Eiji, who is also responsible for the destructive phenomena that happened exactly ten years ago.
Big Order is a manga by the same author as Mirai Nikki, and it's very easy to see the resemblances not only in the art style, but in the characters and story as well. It's kind of like a combination of Mirai Nikki, Code Geass, and Devil Survivor 2. This review contains several references to those shows, but there are no spoilers for them either. Currently only 11 chapters are translated.
Story - 8/10
I found the plot to be a little confusing at times, but I can still explain it pretty well.
The world has many people called "Orders" who each have a different power based on
whatever wish they initially made to a mysterious being called "Daisy." These orders started appearing many years ago, but the most famous and infamous of them all is the protagonist, Hoshimiya Eiji, who is known for the "Destruction of the world." Ten years ago, Eiji made a wish which led to the world beginning to kind of fall apart. Countless people lost their lives, and he has since become hated and feared worldwide. But all Eiji really wants to do is protect his step-sister, Sena.
For a while, Eiji was just acting like a normal high school boy who skipped class often. One day a new girl named Kurenai Rin transfers into Eiji's class. For the first time in his life, Eiji thinks he is falling in love with someone. But, if you've read Mirai Nikki, you know there's no way the female lead of this manga that resembles it so much could be normal. But don't think Rin is a complete clone of Gasai Yuno either, she's actually quite different. Anyway, later that day, Rin shows up outside of Eiji apartment saying that she just moved in above him, but she lost her key. When he lets his guard down, Rin tries to kill Eiji. It turns out ten years ago, Eiji's wish kill both of Rin's parents. She has been searching for him for years, has finally found him, and now wants to kill him.
Rin attempts to kill Eiji, but he escapes. In the process, he also finds out that Rin is an Order with a power that allows her to regenerate her body making her invincible. Rin goes to the hospital Eiji's sister, Sena, is at and kidnaps her in order to draw Eiji out. She also has troops and a helicopter with a machine gun waiting at the hospital to kill him. In order to save Sena, Eiji finally uses his Order power which he has not used in ten years.
That's the one thing I really love about this manga. Eiji's power is one the most creative and unique powers I have seen in a long time. He has a power that marks his territory anywhere he goes, and only other Orders like Rin can see it. Anyone or anything that is inside his territory can be controlled by him through this strange creature that appears every time he uses his power. By using his power, he forces Rin to do several things: Not kill him or Sena and to stay within his territory at all times. As much as Rin hates this, it has now become physically impossible for her to kill him.
After this, the organization that Rin works for called Dazaifu led by Hiiragi and nine other Orders are revealed. Their plan is to help Eiji gain world domination, which ties in with his wish that he made to Daisy ten years ago. But that doesn't mean the organization, and Hiiragi specfically, is really on his side.
Character - 7/10
Now it's time for a Big Order/Mirai Nikki comparison
- Hoshimiya Eiji = Amano Yukiteru + balls
- Kurenai Rin = Gasai Yuno - the love + revenge against protagonist
- Daisy = Murmur + Deus ex Machina (there's not much explained yet about her and some mysterious other person/being though)
- Dazaifu + Eiji + Rin = 12 diary holders
- Hiiragi (this may be a little bit of a stretch) = Akise Aru
- Heavy Rockstar = Uryuu Minene
The character designs, especially for Eiji and Rin, are fairly similar to those from Mirai Nikki as well. Eiji really has a bit of Lelouch Lamperouge mixed into him as well. His desire to save Sena resembles Lelouch's desire to save Nunally, but Eiji is far less flamboyant and charismatic. Rin, unlike Yuno to Yuki, does not love Eiji. She only goes along with him because she cannot kill him due to his power, but that does not stop her from trying. She only protects him so because she will not let anyone other than her kill Eiji. Hiiragi is really a bit of a mix between Akise Aru and Yamato from Devil Survivor 2. His motives are unclear for keeping Sena hostage and helping to preserve her life from her life-threatening disease. Eiji does not trust him, and I can't blame him. Daisy is the mysterious being who resembles a girl kind of like C.C. (another Code Geass reference). not much is known about her of the other being with her except that she goes around the world granting people's wishes and turning them into Orders with special powers.
Art - 7/10
Being by the same mangaka as Mirai Nikki, the art obviously is extremely similar. Some fighting scenes are a little hard to follow, but the emotions portrayed by the characters in this dark manga are wonderfully portrayed. Not much to really say, if you like Mirai Nikki's art style, you'll like this and vice verse if you don't.
Enjyoment - 7/10
The story is a little confusing at times and the large character cast of the Dazaifu is somewhat confusing. Only around 5 or 6 of the ten Dazaifu Orders have even been showed so far aside from just giving their name and showing them alongside everyone else.
- Eiji's power is awesome and he's not a wimp (personally I like Yukiteru despite that fact, but just saying)
- Rin is not quite as good as Yuno so far, but is still a great female lead
- The art is good in darker scenes
- Character designs are good despite some not being that original
- While it has elements of Mirai Nikki and Code Geass in the story, it has Devil Survivor 2's confusing plot elements mixed in
- Fighting scenes are sometimes confusing
- Large character cast for only 11 chapters that has not been fleshed out yet
If you like any of the three anime/manga that I have compared Big Order to, then I suggest reading this. It may be a little confusing, but hopefully that will change as the story progresses.
Everything in this series puts an fowl taste in my mouth, literally making me cringe and deform my face every time it did anything.
Before anything, I want to talk about the super powers in this series known as "Orders."
"Orders" are just "Stands" from Jojo's Bizarre Adventure
If you read ANY review or comment section of Big Order, people are going to compare this series to Jojo. However, I want to get into why this bother me so much.
Stands, in Jojo, are defined as "Life energy" that are given a visual form and "stand" next to it's user, or is a "physical manifestation" of
their "fighting spirit." That is kind of vague, but it gives you a general idea of what it is.
In Big Order, Orders are defined as "a supernatural power that's granted by a fairy," as a result of a "wish."
... That's it. That's the only explanation we get. It never explains how they really work, or why they appear as skeletons, or anything, really. Orders are just super vague reasons why these characters have super vague powers that stem from super vague wishes.
The problem with Orders, compared to Stands, is that the series just kind of expects you to know that it's a rip-off. The writer felt that, since people will know what Stands are, that they don't have to explain what they are. You just GET IT.
But, this backfires. The writer tries to also make Order seems different from Stands, as they seem to follow a different set of rule. The rules are NEVER explained, but they don't seem to act like Stands. If you want to know the "rules" of Stands, please just look them up, this is long enough as it is.
Basically, it tries to have it's cake and eat it too.
Now, onto the characters...
The character are boring. They look bland, they act bland, their wishes and powers are bland.
The main character, Hoshimiya Eiji, is such whiny bitch throughout the 4 chapters I've read. He is constantly talking about how the world is shit and it's "All my fault" (albeit the world seems just fine). This can work, but the way this series goes about doing it comes off a VERY melodramatic and annoying. He also has the power to "control everything in his zone" because he wanted to "conquer the world," but never explains how this works. It's just a weird square below him with a mummy in it and things happen.
The main girl, Yuno from Mirai Nikki, is just that, YUNO FROM MIRAI NIKKI! She's just some bland Yandere girl with no personality, other than that she's a Yandere. Her power is the "heal really fast," so fast that she is immortal. Also, she has a skeleton for a Stand.
Neo from the Matrix is in it, and bunch of other generic characters that don't "stand" out at all.
Future Diary was a very entertaining anime and manga series from a few years back but it was hardly Shakespeare. It wasn't until the author's new series, Big Order, was adapted into anime, did we appreciate all the things Future Diary did right. If only because Big Order does them all so wrong.
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