In the not too distant future, mankind battles over O-Parts, relics from an ancient civilization. It takes a special kind of person to unlock the full potential of these remnants from the past, and a unique breed of humans known as O.P.T.s (or O-Parts Tacticians) become a force to be reckoned with. Unfortunately, O-Parts can be used for good or evil purposes.
Jio is a young boy with a tragic past who only trusts one thing in the world: money. Little does he suspect that he is actually a very powerful O.P.T., and inside him sleeps a demon of incredible ferocity. He meets up with a girl named Ruby, and together they decide to embark on a dangerous quest to discover as many O-Parts as they can. Will Jio help Ruby realize her dream of becoming a world famous treasure hunter? More importantly, will Ruby help Jio realize his dream of--world domination?!
666 Satan was published in English as O-Parts Hunter by VIZ Media from December 12, 2006 to December 8, 2009; in Italian by J-POP from June 6, 2008 to July 25, 2010; and in Spanish by EDT/Glénat from July 2009 to June 2012.
666Satan. When you first see that name you probably expect something really gory and R+ rated or something that you think will be totally NOT worth reading. How wrong you are....And let me tell you hat changed my mind :]
Story: Something quite captivating; the whole O-Parts concept,the other path of evolution and the Kabblah really are something different than what you usually read. Not too long and drawn out, the story is just the right size even having enough room for 3 time period looks( which all look awesome on the characters). The only thing that put me off was the clumped together information / battles. Maybe it's just a pet peeve but it slightly bothered me not seeing main characters for 3-4 (50 page long) chapters. Other than that, the plot really carries a deep meaning, sprinkled with those values that make us all go "Awww".The story is a 9.
Art: A lot of arguments can be brought up here as the style is VERY similar to that of Naruto. Yet you cannot call it a copy as in some parts it's actually better than Masashi's (I personaly think Seishi's post time-skip characters in some parts are superior to Masashi's). Anyway, the style fits the story like a glove on a hand. What made me from giving it a 10 was the sometimes corseness of the art, especially at the beginning. Other than that, in my opinion, it's actually a refreshing change compared to pretty-eyed, stylish and deatailed manga. You feel the rawness of power and action through the art and that draws out the full enjoyment. A 9.
Character: The strongest point in the manga, supporting the story 120% and fullfilling the arts expectations. All the characters have different pasts that are very often entertwined with others. All of them hold their own unique personalities and you can get a lot of enjoyment from any of them. This is probably the only manga where I don't have a hated(or deeply disliked) character. All of them show something to the reader and character interactions are simpy superb! The way they develop thoughout the story is also very believable and fitting so I think if you enjoy having a hard time choosing a favourite from a favourite, you should choose these guys. They deserve a 10!
Enjoyment: When sitting down to a chapter, you can feel the impatience bubbling inside of you, waiting to see what will happen next. And that is rightly so! I enjoyed many of the Ruby/Jio interactions (proabably 'cause I'm a romantic at heart), the O-Part battles, the steady unraveling of the plot. All of these factors made me read the story with feverish excitment and raised my enjoyment to one of the higest ones possible. I really got a full 10 out of the manga.
Overall: A manga worth the time and money. A bit of effort might be necessary to get into it (not to mention the english name isn't exactly flattering) but when you finaly get drawn into the story, it'll be very hard to withdraw. Shonen, Action, Supernatural, Spiritual and people can argue but I decide that there is definite Romance, this is a manga you really should pick up if you have the chance. I'm sure you won't be disappointed!
Thank you for reading my review and hope that you will read the manga if you have the chance! I hope it has been helpful!read more
666 Satan, written by Seishi Kishimoto (twin brother of Naruto's author Masashi Kishimoto), inspite of what it's title might make you think, is an tipical shounen series that tells the story of Jio Freed and Ruby Crescent and their quest to find legendary O-Parts ("magical" items left by an ancient civilization).
Even with this simple premise, 666 Satan has in fact a relatively complex plot, in this manga Seishi Kishimoto used various elements from religions all around the world, but most of all from Judaism (so, if you fell you might get offended or something, you shouldn't read this), to create a new world, that lives an constant conflict, derived from it's own history, and to make it more beliavable, it's filled with a great variety of towns, each with it's unique wheater, culture and what not. In fact the story itself deserves an perfect score, however, the way it was told wasn't flawless. The pace wasn't always well conduced by the author, rushing at crucial points, and taking a long time to finish arcs that weren't really that important. Although this new "world" created on 666 Satan is really great, the plot itself is quite predictable and filled with clichés (especially towards the end), borrowing elements from many other classic shounens, so, if you already have some "luggage" on the genre, you will be able to tell where the story is going at some points, which makes the experience of reading this manga much less enjoyable.
Given the fact that the Kishimoto brothers started drawing manga together, it's kind of a given that they would have a similar style. This tells all about the art in 666 Satan, it's exactly like Naruto's: simple and clean most of the times, but detailed in the most exciting moments (it gets specially good when he is drawing demons); with lots of varied landscapes; and girls with unusual faces.
By reading this manga I got the impression that in the author's mind, all girls fall in love extremely fast, ALWAYS. There is not one female character in the show that is not in love with someone (usually someone she meet a few days ago). Also, all the "romance" in the manga seems rushed: in one chapter the characters don't care/hate each other, in the next one they are completly in love, which pass a feeling that there is a missing chapter in there. Inspite of this unusual trait in the female characters, they, overall, have an quite captivating personality, even if sometimes they tend to fall back in the tipical shounen character (the same can be said about the male characters).
One of the highest points in this manga (and what makes up for some of it's defects) is basically the fights: as there are countless types of O-Part's, all fights are different from one another, giving the impression that the stronger O-Part or OPT doens't necessarily will win, it will depend on ability of each one to think of the better strategy to use his O-Part and the battleground in his favor, this dynamic makes most (if not all) the fight very entertaining and exciting.
Summarizing, if Seishi Kishimoto had written this manga with a little more experince (perhaps with one or two manga already published) he could have turned 666 Satan into an great shounen (on the same level of Bleach or Naruto), but nevertheless, he wrote a very good story that, even if it's not an "must read", it's recommended for every fan of the genre. read more
How can I describe '666 Satan'? Probably the first word that comes to my mind would be 'typical'. If anyone is looking for a generic, typical shonen series, than this manga is just what you are looking for. However, I suggest picking another title, because this one is a sad disappointment. The main characters personalities are extremely similar to Bulma and Goku from 'Dragon Ball', with a touch of 'Naruto' - ' I will make my dream come true' philosophy. That being said, we can't expect nothing more of them than dull friendship speeches and fights (which, in my opinion, are just average). As story progresses, the title looses it's comedic nature and becomes more serious, however, the plot is so simple and plain that the 'seriousness' can't save it. The thing that tries to save it, but fails, is 'fan service', that we can see a whole lot from about the tenth issue.
The drawing style resembles Masashi Kishimoto style, however, there is a certain problem with characters anatomy (e.g. the arms are too wide or the face is deformed).
In conclusion, I wouldn't recommend this series to anyone. It is simply dull, and it copies schemes from other popular shonen manga. It's better to read them first and leave '666 Satan' alone.read more
666 Satan at its heart really is the embodiment of shonen I think. It has friendship conquers all moments, enemies becoming friends, enemies you love to hate, super powered attacks that keep getting stronger, and of course that girl the main character might end up with in the end. I really like the art style found here since I read Naruto first (the Mangakas are brothers after all). The story is a little rushed at times and there's a few characters and plot threads that don't get the attention they really needed but the strong cast of characters and interesting overall plot more than make up for it. This manga is more in the vain of Rave Master with how the plot flows and resembles Naruto with it's characterization and battles. Readers will quickly find themselves sympathizing with the large cast of characters plagued by their own fears, vulnerabilities, and uncertainty, and desperate hopes. Jio himself is a pretty dynamic character, constantly battling with the demon inside him while trying to accept others into his heart at the same time plays out into an inner struggle that never lets him lower his guard. As with most characters in the series Jio's personality influences his design, his split personality manifesting in his hair, eyes, and clothes being two separate colors on either side of his body. Other characters that show this off are Jio's best friend Ruby, who's obsessed with treasures to a degree, and secondary best friend Ball, who's obsessed with round objects (including breasts). Overall I suggest anyone that likes a good story with compelling characters in a shonen setting check this out.read more