Ana Satsujin is a thriller manga about a suicidal NEET and his discovery of a murderous neighbor through a peephole. I'm extremely new to the horror/thriller genre and in fact I avoid it in general, but Ana Satsujin was able to keep me curious and interested.
Story 7/10 - As you can expect from a horror/thriller manga with a character who's a psychopath, there are lots of violence and people dying. The story doesn't really have a plot, but instead it's more of a journey of how the relationship between Kurosu and Miyiachi can work and waver. There's a part where murder was being justified by the killer, which I find completely irrational but nonetheless interesting. The story likes to throw curveballs of which are mostly unexpected, but then again by the time each new character is introduced you'd already be thinking "welp, you're definitely going to get murdered."
Art 7/10 - The art is above average. The farther chapters you get in, it's less and less detailed compared to the panels from the earlier chapters. At some parts it's extremely watered down that it's laughable; I'd say "cute", even. There are times where the characters are presented as chibi, which completely detaches from the atmosphere of the story. It works well during the "tamer" scenes though, so I have no gripes about it. Even though it's a horror manga, the way it presents violence is surprisingly tame (kind of a "leave it to your imagination" style). It's so tame that there was even one chapter where most of the page was censored, followed by an apology note on the side by the mangaka.
Character 8/10 - Suicidals and psychopaths are pretty common character archetypes, but Ana Satsujin makes those two archetypes work together. In other words, they have chemistry. Kurosu finds another reason to live, while Miyaichi finds someone who can accept her. It's entertaining to read each of the characters' thoughts and actions, especially Kurosu's. He thinks and reacts exactly the way a guy who'd fallen in love with a murderer would.
Enjoyment 8/10 - Not much can be said. I enjoyed this manga a lot even though I'm not fond of the genre. The story was good and the characters were good. Also, I'd like to mention that the characters really like to break the fourth wall for occasional comedic effect. They also like to reference anime and other manga. It breaks away a little bit from the tension of whatever scene they're in, but I just accepted the fact that everyone is batshit insane.
Overall 8/10 - I personally think it's a good manga that can keep you interested and curious in every chapter. read more
So far this manga is a good breath of fresh air, with a very interesting story that haves you guessing and knowing that anything can happen at any time in this manga. This story is about a boy named Kurosu who is a NEET that dropped out of prep school and now finds himself lost not knowing what to do and attempts to end everything. Not spoiling to much he stumbles across a cute girl named
Miyaichi that lives next door that gives him hope to live, little does he know she has very dark secrets. I am really loving this manga with a great feel of suspense and horror also good elements of unusual romance between the two main characters you dont see everyday, a overall great manga that will keep you on the edge of your seat for more.read more
I'm pretty new to manga, but I thought I'd share my opinions on Ana Satsujin.
As a fan of horror and ecchi, I actually really like this manga so far. The story is interesting enough to keep you focused and the characters are both strange and incising, as well as being slightly unconventional.
The art is pretty average I'd have to say, though the characters look good and it carries the story well.
If you're a fan of this kind of stuff I'd definitely recommend checking out this manga. The fact that the chapters are short make it an easy read, and overall its pretty entertaining and humorous at times. read more
When I first began reading Ana Satsujin I thought it was going to be one of my favourites. The premise was very interesting to me and the first half of the story or so was very good. It has a mix of gore and comedy that keeps the whole thing very playful. The despair the main character feels about his life is exactly what I was looking for.
About half way through, however, I felt as if the writer just kind of lost interest or did not know where to go. The cool side characters we were introduced to in the beginning of the story received little to no development and were relegated to plot devices, showing up when convenient to push the story forward. There are so many of these useless characters that I would often completely forget about them between chapters. Perhaps the biggest problem was a failure to develop the main characters. I never felt like I understood the killing motives of Rio, nor the continual desire to die felt by Kurosu. We should have received more information about their personal thought processes than we did, and though what we were given would be fine for a comedy, Ana Satsujin is lighthearted, but a comedy it is not.
The art has its moments, but is nothing special. Anyone looking for good guro might find what they are looking for in the first few chapters, but not beyond that. read more