The son of the empress, sentenced to life in prison, although blind and old declares revenge on his unaging mother who gave him the sentence. He recruits a fellow inmate, who lost her arms and legs in addition to her sentence, in his revenge.
I read an English fan-translation, and I'm pretty sure more than a few things were lost in the process of translation. The story's resolution confused me, so I went back and read it over. That actually made it worse, as I discovered more flaws in the story. Anyway, my evaluation as follows...
I'd really like to give this a higher rating, but I just can't ignore all the plot-holes, character inconsistencies, contrived circumstances, and loose ends. Any subject matter that deals with the manipulation of Time is always tricky due to the inherent paradoxes, but the resolution of this story is nothing short of inscrutable.
example of a character inconsistency: the queen repeatedly asserts her disbelief in magic, despite having asked Eide to work his time-magic on her, and being an actual living testament to its effects.
An example of a contrived circumstance: a female character (Neleh) needed to find the protagonist, Oldman. Later they just happen run into each other when some guards are chasing her...but why were the guards chasing her? I don't believe this part was ever explained. It's just random and too convenient.
An example of a loose end: Oldman gets his magic from a cosmic butterfly...just who or what is this butterfly?
On the flip-side, there is enough humour and action present to keep the plot from being a complete disaster, and I think one of the best parts is the chase scene in volume 3 that culminated in a climactic death-match between Rebecca and Hammer.
The art is incredible (especially the chapter covers) and is of the realistic type, similar to what you'd find in western-style comics rather than Asian ones (although it's actually pretty similar to Takehiko Inoue's Vagabond.) Beside the high standard of drawing, the action is also well presented.
Despite the relatively short length (only 4 volumes), the characterisation is pretty strong. The old but resourceful Oldman, the crippled but fiery Rebecca, the inventive but lecherous Vincent, and the ditzy but loveable Neleh compose the principal cast, and they make for a fun and interesting bunch. Although Oldman is the primary protagonist, the others too have their moments and are crucial to the plot in their own way. Even the secondary antagonist, Hammer, was quite compelling as a powerful adversary.
Personally I like the characters and would have loved to see a continuation or expansion of this story, or perhaps new stories involving them.
The manga of Oldman is a an underrated manga that not to many people know but its a manga that is interesting short and has great artwork
Story: the plot of manga begins when a boy name Billy Oldman who is abandoned by his parents and one day rescues a butterfly which gives him time magic powers,he then is adopted by a ruthless queen,who wants to use Oldman's powers to further her ambitions,and through a strange turn of events,Oldman put in prison however,escapes,and together with his new friends they will try put an end to the evil queen.
Art:the artwork for the manga is great especially the
cover pages for each of the manga chapters,also the characters,environment,and furniture are very well detail and drawn,I really like the how the author put a lot of time and effort in his drawings and it shows.
Characters:the characters for Oldman are very good especially the main cast however,I wish the other characters would have been more developed compare to the main cast and also would have like to see the backstory of the main villain as well but despite that most of the characters are great and each of the has there own personality,the characters I really like were Oldman and the characters of Rebecca and Helen.
Enjoyment: I really did enjoy this manga,I like the action,drama,the dialogue,also the story was pretty good as well even though its not in terms of wanting to revenge,and the stuff about time, but I liked how it was played out,I like the seriousness of the manga and the humor was well placed as well.
Overall:the manga of Oldman is great with its artwork and characters,if you are a fan of historical,fantasy,and stories about time magic and time travel this manga is for you.So give this manga a try,it may become one of your favorite mangas.