The end of the civil war signaled the start of the industrial revolution in the United States and immigrants from all over the world traveled to find their American dream. But what awaited the majority of them was poverty, discrimination and hopelessness. Manhattan, New York was full of immigrants flooding through the ports and the 6th district, Five Points, was considered at the time, the world's worst slum. The mobsters corrupted the entire area, including the police by paying them off; Five Points was the mob's territory and they were the law.
But even in Five Points, where there seemed to be nothing but robbery, prostitution and murder, showed some signs of hope. Luke Burns was a honest and righteous teenager who realized that the mob was the cause of the harsh lifestyle and that joining the mobsters would not bring him the American dream. But his older brother, Brad Burns, had become the assassin to the biggest mob group of Five Points, the Grave Diggers, a secret he kept from Luke for his own protection. Brad was known as the Grim Reaper and his reputation preceded him as a ruthless and skilled killer.
This is simply a very solid piece of work and it's worth reading. Here's what you'll get:
1) a rather unique "Old West" setting with a strong focus on portraying the harsh reality of trying to make a living in the young United States
2) a story of brotherhood, revenge and the pursuit of happiness, which is not exactly new or unique, but very well exercised here.
3) fantastic art that manages to illustrate the atmosphere of the story perfectly
4) a concise story that proceeds from start to finish without any major filler episodes. Instead, the plot moves forward rather swiftly and you'll find yourself at the end of the 5th volume in no time. Still, the story doesn't feel rushed either and, thanks to different settings and a few sensible timeskips, the manga actually manages to paint a broad picture of the Old West in this limited amount of chapters.
5) the author also uses a few pages here and there to introduce a couple of historic facts about the Old West that become relevant in the following chapters, thus offering a little history lesson which blends in well and really adds value, I felt.
Reading this manga felt like watching a good old Western. You quickly grasp the premise, you have one major plot that will be resolved in a somewhat foreseeable way, you get a couple of great action scenes along the way and the whole thing doesn't take up much time to consume. What's not to like?read more
Is like another one of your average classic Old West movies. Big brute who runs around slaughtering people in order to that kill one dude to exact his vengence but has no idea where he is. Younger brother who thinks his older brother (the big brute) is a good-for-nothing jackass. Shit goes down and suddenly the bad guy comes in. Bad guy f*cks the peace of the town and suddenly there is a gunfight. Bad guy runs away, some random dude gets executed for the gunfight and the brothers unite and chase after the bad guy into the sunset. *sigh* is it not cliché?
But...its good. Its actually good. The story might be another one of those revenge stories but it is actually pretty impressive. It is well thought out and it brings out the greed, lust and violence that is the Old West.
Characters are pretty cliché though. Two good guys, one bad guy. Other greedy, horny and\or violent assholes in between. Yeah, classic Old West.
The artwork is good and it compliments the story and truly brings out the scerenity of the surrounding (even a decapitated head can be beautiful if you look at it in the right angle).
Its a good read if you are into seinin mangas. Its not too gory (unlike Zetman) and not too sexually explicit (also unlike Zetman).
In short, Green Blood might seem a little cliché (ok, maybe a little too cliché) but its still fun to read and you'll enjoy it if you are a seinin fan (or a sick bastard). 9/10.
The story begins with our dear friend Assassin-kun, you know, killing people like he always does and the thing is, he is a brooder.
So what is our brooding hero brooding over?
Whether he's doing the 'right' thing [by killing people mercilessly] and if he is in a 'good' field of work (didn't he know that the assassin-field is highly regarded by the nation's children?). So anyway, between the entirely cliché and sappy inner workings of the protagonist, you see some blood-spatter, knifings and guts being punctured.
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The story wasn't all that bad.
The plot is reader-friendly and a wider audience (of less bloodthirsty people) might like it but, it is rather too straightforward for my liking. I mean bloodthirsty fans of the action/adventure genre (aka. my amigos) might find this cliché enough that it isn't worth reading the entire series for the short slice-and-dice scenes.
But you'd think that was bad enough, right? Being boring is a severe crime in Mangaland but NO, the Author includes a stereotypical, evil-looking clown-villain.
It may have been an attempt to insinuate that said villain's environment and his father's role in society had a big part in his (lack of) sanity but seriously, don't make him look like the Joker (I'm not kidding, he looks EXACTLY like the Joker).
The art was detailed but unrealistic and at times down-right scary (nearly all the characters had slits for eyes).
And while this was at worst eye-twitching, the worse crime that was committed was that the characters’ faces never seemed to change. They literally had the same facial expression expressing nearly all their emotions (give or take a couple of wrinkles). It really takes away from the plot, you know?
Audience: But what does all this mean? Are you dissing the story, or not? Spit it out already!
I'd say it’s an okay read; I’d say if you’re bored, feeling a little bloodthirsty and you have nothing left to read: go for it, even if it means you have to suffer the main character's perpetual whininess.read more
I've seen debates about the naming of this manga. I feel its worth mentioning that Green refers to Irish and Blood to gangs (I'd assume).
Now onto the relatively short tale of revenge.
The story takes place in the USA, during the industrial revolution. Immigrants are flooding into the country which has led to the 6th District of New York, known as the Five Points being considered the worlds worst slum and is an area which is completely under the control and the law of various Irish gangs.
There isn't much room for development with it being short, add 40-50 more chapters and I'd probably be giving it an 8.
Only two characters get real development. I'm pretty sure the author planned on making it longer but reasons unknown he seemingly had to cut it short (axed?).
The two main characters are Brad and Luke Burns. Left by their Father (an infamous outlaw) 14 years prior to the story after he murdered their Mother they eventually found themselves taken in by the founder of the Grave Diggers (an Irish Gang) and now live in the Five Points.
Brad is an infamous hitman, who works for and was trained by the Grave Diggers and goes by the name 'Grim Reaper'. Brad uses a gunknife to carry out assassinations and is constantly searching for information about his Father.
There are only two things on his mind - Keeping Luke safe and getting revenge on the man who killed his Mother.
Luke works at the ports and is innocent, kind and hardworking - an anomaly in a world of corruption. He dreams of him and Brad owning land of their own and being free from the poverty they suffer. Luke is oblivious to his brothers line of work and ambition for revenge. He is basically the opposite of Brad but has significant development during the course of the Manga.
The relationship between the two is one of the highlights of the Manga but there isn't much depth to anyone else sadly.
Not much to say, it's similar to Attack on Titans art but much more detailed.
Even though it was short it was enjoyable. If you are looking for a Western setting then you wouldn't go wrong checking this out. I just wish it was longer :(