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Black Magic

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Synonyms: Shirou Masamune Kojinshuu "Black Magic", Shirou Masamune Shoki Sakuhinshuu: Black Magic
Japanese: ブラックマジック
English: Black Magic
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 1
Chapters: 6
Status: Finished
Published: Feb 25, 1983
Genres: Action Action, Sci-Fi Sci-Fi
Serialization: None
Authors: Shirow, Masamune (Story & Art)


Score: 6.041 (scored by 567567 users)
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Ranked: #179022
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Popularity: #10503
Members: 1,559
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Black Magic is the exciting futuristic adventure of Sybel, a freelance video journalist who becomes involved in a dangerous military fiasco when two top-secret military android assassins, know as M-66 units, are lost. One of the deadly M-66 units escapes with a mission to eliminate Ferris, the granddaughter of its creator. Time is running out as Sybel faces the deadly M-66 android in an epic battle to save Ferris.

There is a power struggle between the various synthetic life-forms and the humans could mean the end of all life. But there is one, named Typhon, who may be able to prevent that.


Black Magic was published in English by Dark Horse on April 23, 2008.

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I'd heard that the story was damn near incomprehensible, and whoever wrote that was right. It jumps all over the place, and it’s pretty hard to follow. It's not that the writing is difficult to understand, the story just literally doesn't make sense. If you consider it to be more of a collection of random short stories set in the same universe, it seems to make it more understandable. Since it was his first work, though, I'll cut him some slack.

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This is Masamune Shirow's first work, and as you might expect, it's far from his best. It's a series of semi-connected short stories that are supposed to take place within the same universe, with a set of shared characters that pop up from time to time. The setting is a weird mix of semi-hard and really soft science fiction, with some very badly defined magic/ESP thrown in to confuse things.

The overall plot is basically incomprehensible. There is a prelude and and epilogue that try to bookend the series, but they have no obvious connection to the rest of the story. And the epilogue really ...

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