Aug 24, 2017
The title page reads: Diabolical Hard-boiled Story. With this goal in mind, we follow the life of Benkei. Drawing heavily from the Noir genre, this story is chock-full of murder, mystery and mafia. The story has as much development as you can get in 7 chapters from a combination of hits and Benkei’s personal life. Where the story falls short is the personal side. While that could be a stylistic choice, several developments happen behind curtains and later are just evident from the new state of affairs.
The art is nothing special either way. It is stronger during the assassination parts, but falters during more
generic scenes and shots.
The characters are the strongest point of this manga. While several follow classic murder-story archetypes, this fits the overall style well. Benkei is the cold-blooded paid avenger he is advertised as, but he shows his depth outside of murdering. He shows not only a job-oriented pragmatism, but also his ability to deal with the people he associates with in his line of work.
I personally enjoyed this manga quite a bit, although I was disappointed there wasn’t more. I liked the majority of the story as well, although it occasionally played too much to its tropes, with a foolish upstart Mafioso and the old, emotional Don, served by cutthroat second-in-commands. It was enjoyable seeing how Benkei handled all of these characters.
I would recommend this manga to anyone who likes noir-style stories. In this case, the synopsis is a pretty good indicator of how much enjoyment you’ll draw from it, I believe.
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