A series that really caught me by surprise. While only 19 chapters have been translated I feel this series has quite a god bit of promise...as long as it plays it's cards right.
The first 5 or so chapters present the series as a generic seinen full of nothing but blood, tits and gore for the lulz. But once an actual plot sets in it actual begins to paint a very interesting verse and tells an interesting history of this clan.
Now I don't want to give away a single thing that happens since it's not very well known and I want people to read it, but I can say some small things about the series stats.
Story: I gave an 8 at the point it's at now. It has some recognizable cliches but not only does every story have those, it's early in the series so it's expected that things will start off a lil more simple. The main point is that when the story begins to set in it's told well and is consistent and the verse makes it interesting as you learn more about it. My only complaint is that I wish the series would pace itself a bit slower. Sometimes it seems things happen a tad quickly but this is a major nitpick so make your own assessment.
Art: The art is what I think really gripped me to this series. it's gorgeous as are the women. Now ecchi is in the genre tags for understandable reasons, but there's something different about the way "Fanservice" is presented here. I'm not just talking about the guro esque (if you're into that sort of thing...ugh) scenes either. I've noticed at opportunities the mangaka could use to have pantyflashes or even nudity esspecially concerning the main character, they actually choose not too. particularily in action scenes the author focuses on the action and saves the thirst for later. Also I notice the author has gone for a more subtle beauty with females in this piece. They all wear more conservative and ancient garbs that leaves more to the imagination and makes the girls more attractive esspecially the main character. Getting off of the chicks for a minute, the scenery is also stunning as are the action panels. Fights are clear, fluid, and awesome. Art is definately it's biggest appeal.
Character: as with the story there are those recognizable cliches with the characters. Again the story is still in it's beginning stages and it's still establishing the characters a bit more. I was worried because by the cover of the first volume and by the first parts of the first chapter. You get this impression that the main character is just another stoic, boring, ultra tragic past girl with no personality but being cold. While tragedy is quite prevalent, as the story goes on we see she is much more than what her initial appearance would suggest and I've grown quite fond of her. there are other characters that are presented one way at first and completely surprise me later on, but again I don't want to spoil a thing about this series sooo...
Enjoyment: now this category is a lil vague to me. If it means overall entertainment alue then that differs for everyone although I can say it has something for everyone to a certai degree. While it's definately more of a dark and sad series comedy is there and it is good. As I said before the action is quite fluid (I'd really like to see an anime of this) and if you into hot chicks they are most definately there. But if it means enjoyment as in overall tone, then it's not a happy series.Since I couldn't figure out what this category means I left it with an average but overall positive score of 6.
Overall: As I've said this is a series with a lot of promise. As in it hasn't quite broken into any great or must read territories yet, but I can see it soon becoming a well known and respected series if it gets more love. I would definately reccomend the series to you if you enjoy battle manga, but wish it was a lil more risky, if you like romances, but wish there was a lil more at stake or if you just like watching girls kickass and get drenched in blood. read more