Rain Jewlitt, known as the Methuselah, is a spaced-out, immortal, 624-year-old man dressed in priest's clothes. He's got eternal youth and a large price on his head... put there by those questing after the secret of his immortality.
Machika Balfaltin is a tomboyish, energetic 14-year-old girl who, upon the death of her grandfather, sets out to kill Methuselah, the one bounty her assassin grandfather, Zol the Grim Reaper, couldn't kill. Instead, however, Machika ends up being saved by Rain again and again from other aspiring bounty hunters attacking them both.
I remember stumbling on this series at my local library, it was a random volume 2--which I find odd even picking up since I hated reading out of order. I was completely drawn to it from that point on and couldn't wait until my holds would come, now this was before I had REAL internet...the dial-up stuff was running at my house; and I didn't even know scanlations was a thing--I was very young.
I love the authors art work and diverse characters. I remember being in middle school and hiding it under my desk because I couldn't wait to read it. There's so
much nostalgia that I have for this series.
There's such good build up, climax, resolution, and conclusion. If you like complete and fulfilled closures, this would be it. There will be protagonists and antagonists, but by the end of it all, one feels very relatable and great sympathy for all the characters.
I don't know how else to convince anyone to read this series but it is one of my all time favorites! I don't understand how it's not an anime...a big loss really.
This is one of my favourite works of fiction, in any media, ever. And unfortunately, it seems tragically under-read.
The art is beautiful, crisp and clear. You can almost feel every little frown, smile or look of sadness.
The plot is addictive - it combines the drama, action, and loss with just the right amount of humour and romance to lighten the mood, in the appropriate places. The only reason I failed to give it top marks is beacuse it has certain moments where the pace could have been a little quicker, or it seemed a bit repetitive - but these were brief, and didn't
majorly detract from the plot at all.
However, Immortal Rain's strongest point, by far, are it's characters. These characters, with their twisted, sad or lonely lives are what draw you into the series and hook you there. The main chacters, and key side characters, all have their pasts explored and developed. The characters never seem half hearted, or shallow. I remember first reading this series, 4 years ago, when I was 14, realising, for the first time in my life, I was jealous of a fictional character - Machika. You can't help but fall in love with Rain, and even a little with Eury, as the series gets on. The characters make you laugh, make you cry, make you anry - sometimes all three. You truly feel like you've read a much, much longer series than you actually have, because you simply know the characters so well.
I will finish this rambling, unpolished fangirl rant-ish review by simply saying this is a sometimes heartwarming, sometimes tragic story of love, loss, and the value of life. I am eagerly awaiting the conclusion in May, as I'm sure many are, and many who've waited much longer than I have too. There's no more I can say other than: read it. You'll never forget it.
''Eww. A six hundred year old wanting to date a fifteen year old? This is gonna get old.''
Ladies and gentleladies and as well as that, possible men. I am an idiot. The above I consider not a spoiler simply because in the first few chapters, this is, by all accounts the main drive of the story. The bond between two people, two rather amazing characters. The lovable, big idiot with a timespan of infinite and a hair length that would make Fabio grumble and the girl with a fiery heart that wants to Kill Him, Kiss Him. Not that manga.
It should be -so- cliche by
now. Romance stories of odd couples are hardly unheard of, so I wanted to dislike this manga. I wanted to. Instead, this became, by all accounts, one of my favorite manga's. Ever. I adore it. Immortal Rain, until I came here, was like the last cookie, you hold it to you and treasure the fact it's yours and just yours. The taste only you get to treasure.
I read the whole story. I laughed at bits and I'm not joking, some parts did make me cry. The raw emotion I felt was wonderful, absolutely dang wonderful. It was a read that engaged me throughout and the only places I felt it fell were certain bits with art that felt over-used and also, the story in places does seem to be the same as it usually is. But after a while, the sheer bonds and development between each character, the grinning, insane and alone Sharem, the cocky, swaggering, brave Eury, the stressed out, lost and angered Ishmael, so many characters, so many things to look at.
In short, why read Immortal Rain? It's a rather, simply put, elegant look at the human condition, why we strive to feel things when everything around us makes us want to scream 'screw it' and not care anymore. The small events that make existence wonderful again. I may exaggerate, but it is a favorite to me. I implore you to read it and even if you don't agree with me? We'll talk about it. We'll be able to talk about it and much like the story itself, we'll have one more reason to give a damn about living a little and talking 'bout it.
The immortality of one's soul... is it an amazing gift or a foul curse?
After reading 62 chapters, I remain with the first few lines from volume 2, chapter 8:
I have no name, I have no form, I have no home. I will take your hand with these ethereal fingers. I will call you with this soundless voice.// If I could only embrace your flame in this empty heart.
I liked the story before reading those lines, but it was exactly them that made me love the story, the characters, and even... Yuca.
Pain is a double-edged sword: in Yuca it brings hatred and an almost sociopathic streak,
while in Rain it brings a better understanding of the human soul. Both are in pain, and they struggle to end this scorching feeling. And, almost ironically, it is exactly Machika who, in spite of her young age, brings a sense of peace and love to their existence.
The visuals - are so contradictory to the grave plot of the story. It actually hightens the feelings we - the readers - have while reading. Such lovely colors and design that make us or - better said - made me cherish Rain and Machika's beautiful relationship even more.
The charaters are well-drawn and almost realistic. They deal with loss - of loved ones, of their humanity, of their freedom. They love and hate, fight and forgive. And even Yuca, who claims that he is sick of this world, shows signs of being able of feeling.
If there is one thing I dislike about this manga, it is only its 66 chapters span.