The psychologically destitute Kuro Fukase has been betrayed by the cruel world countless times. The only people who he could ever call family were Toiro and Iroha, the two Ayakura sisters living in an adjacent apartment, but even they would soon perish in a horrific act of arson. Now, the siblings exist as mere hallucinations in Kuro's mind as he continues to bear hatred for the world.
On one bitter Christmas Eve, Fukase's very purpose in life changes. Upon meeting the strange yet cheerful girl Sera Himeura, the dubious and alluring witch Yume Furusuna, and a strange black creature, Fukase learns that he is one of 20 "Instant Bullets": people who have been granted the power to destroy the world.
However, these living weapons do not share the same goal. Some wish to save the world, while others—including Fukase—are hell-bent on its obliteration. In a suspenseful tale of past trauma, faltering morals, and twisted romance, just what future does the world hold when the powerful Instant Bullets turn against each other?
Well, you might say I am a little bit generous here with the score, but this one did strike close to heart for me, enough to make every nine into a ten, keeping in mind I'm writing this fresh after finishing it up.
So, the story. It sure is something. You start with Mr. antihero being all NEET in his little room with his two imaginary friends, finding the most mundane excuse for a shut-in to get outta the house, meet the main girl, learn about supernatural setting, go fight a level 1 monster...
And that's where the similarities end. The author takes this story into a
completely different direction, far beyond the realm of a "clever twist", and breaks all of these conceptions into pieces.
I do love it when smart authors break the rules. Not for the sake of art or anything, but for the sake of giving us some food for the thought. These authors have the great talent of asking "Why?" and doubting conceptions that are overused. not just following them to become mainstream or breaking them to be all artsy and edgy, but actually stopping and thinking about it for a moment.
Now, I don't want to spoil anything, I'll keep everything as vague as I can, but let's just say this quality shines in this manga.
Art: I don't know nothing 'bout art, but this thing was kinda pretty.
Characters: The bread and butter of instabullet is it's characters. You won't find no "tsunderes", no dense main character (but i guess you could jokingly say it's around 80% yanderes). Not kidding, nor am I complaining, Instabullet is all about those twisted characters. nothing yuno gasai/ everyone from tokyo ghoul sorta bullshit, but an actual, legit (though sometimes a bit over exaggerated , which is to be expected of a paraphrase of a battle manga) deciptions of characters with traumas, depressions, and psychopathic tendencies. Emotions, both negative and positive are presented in a honest, real, and even heartbreaking (if you're immersed enough, like I honestly was). Without spoiling anything, that's all I'll say in this regard.
As you can obviously see, enjoyment is through the roof. It was feast of keen observation of the human heart, a celebration of the beauty and ugliness of our specie. The author clearly knew what he was doing with this one, despite this being his first work, and despite him not having the name or resource to extend this to the length he wanted, it was still an amazing piece, all thing considered.
So overall, get there and read it. it's only 27 chapters, you can finish this in an afternoon or two. as I said earlier, i might have been a bit subjective and generous when i had to score this one, but I don't care. I stand behind this shameless row of tens without a single shred of regret. With that said, thank you for reading my review, and I hope you have a lovely day.
PS, keen yet obsessive fans of undertale might notice the similarities between a lazy skeleton and a boy who looks like he works in a ramen shop?
Instant Bullet can be pretty edgy for a lot of people's taste but is worth the reading in one go. Let me explain furthermore.
The story is about our anti-hero main character named Kuro who hated the world so much to the point that he already wanted to destroy it. One Christmas Eve, he meets a girl and a mysterious creature which triggers the start of his journey as he tries to attain what he desired from the start. Right off the bat you'll notice how unique the story is and you'll get hooked as you continue seeing as to how many twist and turns there
is that will be revealed. Even just after the second chapter this manga already blew my mind making me want to dig in further.
The characters can be either a strong point or a weak point of the manga depending on the reader's perspective. The main character is basically an anti-hero which is the type of character that a lot of viewers/reader like. But sometimes the main character turns away from his original beliefs making him a hero. This fact also applies with some of the remaining characters. At one time they are with the same side as the main character but next time you seen them they're already the enemy.
There's not much to say about the art. Though it generally look simple or normal, there's a lot of point where the art excels the dramatic parts and thus boosts the overall feel of the manga.
Overall this manga is pretty short and you can read at one go. I've pretty much enjoyed this manga because of it's never ending twists and some tear jerking turn of events. Even though its not the kind of manga that can be recommended to everyone, i really love it and made me want to make a review of it because i feel like it deserves a lot more attention.
No really wow .So this is actually given a 7.9 rating on this site .Pretty amazing if you ask me but I guess that's just other people's taste being different from mine .I don't think this was terrible but I think that it was a serious waste of potential .Mostly because it was so short .
Plot - 6
Not a very common story but not very interesting despite that .I think to many this will come off as a manga that just tries to be (yes I'm using the dreaded buzzword) "edgy" .Nothing is really good about it apart from its uniqueness .I feel like
this was something that I could like a lot really .Too bad it suffered from bad pacing and poor/insufficient explanations .It all felt so.......uninteresting .Not to mention that deaths in it didn't make me feel the slightest bit of loss .The ending could have been pretty good but it was ruined at the last moment .The meaning behind the story (that there is an unbelievable amount of pain in the world) is also something I couldn't relate to and so found a bit stupid .
Art - 6
The art wasn't anything special either so it would normally get a 5 .I suppose the expressions were a little good sometimes so I can give it a 6 .If the art was better I think I would have liked the manga more too .Nothing special here so I'm moving on .
Characters - 4
Yeah these were pretty bad .Not that they were generic but when you try depicting characters that need a few good episodes of development and then you handle that all in one or two chapters then you can tell that it'll be pretty bad .
Enjoyment - 6
My review is scanty mostly because there really isn't much to say about this .It simply wasn't good but wasn't terrible either .I probably should have spent time reading Absolute Duo rather than this but I don't exactly regret reading it .
This is a brilliant manga that tries to do too much in too few chapters. The story is pretty mediocre and isn't what makes this manga so good, it's the characters. This manga tackles some really heavy subjects in a really short time. What it takes to be human, drugs, traficking and the concept of good and evil are all subjects tackled by this manga. While trying to do so much in such a short time it only partly succeeds, and that is the biggest flaw of this manga. While the characters are pretty good the lenght of this manga don't give them time to
grow. Thats why i am really excited for the supposed continuation becuse this manga could be a 9 or 10 if the characters are well developed.
In conclusion, the score i gave Instant bullet might be a little high but i think it REALLY got room to grow, and with a little luck the sequel might turn out amazing.
(First review i wrote so don't expect a top quality in-depth review but i tried the best i could)