The first portion of the manga takes place three years before the original Drakengard. One, along with his elven companion Nero, travel through Midgard killing all those that suffer from the Red Eye disease, eventually killing the current head of the Cult of Watchers, Fey.
The second portion of the manga consists of a flashback that takes place six years before the original Drakengard, on the day of Caim's birthday. It details the spread of the Red Eye disease throughout Caerleon and the death of Caim's parents at the hands of Legna
This is my first review ever, so i decided to take on this one.
As a fan of the Drag-on Dragoon series and it's spin-off Nier, i'm sad to say that this is a dissapointment. Spoiler alert incoming:
The Manga takes place almost a century (if i'm not wrong, it's not exact of long it takes place) after the first ending to Drakengard 3 (Drag-on Dragoon 3 in Japan) and One's brother is on a quest for "redemption". Apparently he's killing a bunch of people with his elven partner Nero, who is a sadistic psychopath. Right of the bat, the characters likability drops in the toilet.
I get that the series protagonists has never been pure, innocent, idealistic heroes, as we had the blood thirsty Caim from the first game, The well-intentioned but extreme Father/Brother in Nier, the rebel Nowe in DoD 2, and recently Zero. But the characters were at least likeable. I liked Caim, I liked the father/brother, i liked Zero, but the characters here are just mean assholes.
At least Brother!One has some innocence in him, and consciousness but Nero is just a straight up asshole that makes Arioch and Leonard a saint in comparison.
We know little about him besides that he's Chaotic "you-got-problem good".
And remember, he's one of the good guys, especially in parts where he rapes innocent girls... How did Brother!One even met this guy!? Never explained.
The story and pacing is not much better.
We do get to see some familiar faces from the games, like Caim and his family, and i rather would like to see how it goes for the poor guy.
We do see a nice twist and also meet Legna, the Black Dragon.
But it all feels to rushed, and sometimes, some tragedy could have avoided if it wasn't for Nero's trolling attitude to Brother!One or if he straight up was honest with him. But what bothers me most, is that the Manga just focus on "Hurr durr, dark mature story has lot of blood, gore and lot of sex that makes GoT make a run for it's money". Just because the game was violent dosen't mean the Manga should be 10x more. The characters dosen't get a bit of character development!
The art style however, is pretty good, tough some character model can be of, especially when it comes to the Intoners.
I honestly would like to see more of the artists work in the future.
Overall, i don't recommend it, i CAN'T recommend it. Not even to a fan of this, it's better to read a summary of this than to read the Manga. I couldn't enjoy it.
It's too rushed, too unneccesarily violent and just has messed up content.
It's a mess.