Plants have taken over the planet. In 2017, the vegetation in Tokyo rose up and toppled human society in moments. The few survivors are forced to live in the relative safety of a subway network, but supplies are running low. Join an average high school student named Akira as he challenges the plants in a struggle for survival!
Recently, the survival genre is becoming increasingly popular. Some try to be unique (Attack on Titan, Mirai Nikki, Cage of Eden), while some simply try to emulate what has been proven to work (Danganronpa, Highschool of the Dead, Btooom!). Perhaps because of how popular the genre is getting, taking the unique route becomes increasingly difficult as more and more new ideas are used.
Which eventually caused someone to combine Jurassic Park and The Happening. I'm being serious here. This manga is about giant insects and carnivorous plants trying to eliminate the human population. So why am I rating this a 7?
When I started reading this, I went into it expecting an Attack on Titan ripoff, and in a way that's what I got. Humanity is brought to its knees by a change in the ecosystem. There is plenty of death and despair as well, like Attack on Titan. Fortunately, the two differ in tremendous ways.
For one, the characters are pretty interesting. A decent amount of them are multi dimensional, and the ones that aren't are probably going to be mulch soon anyways. From what I've read so far, two characters even manage to break stereotypes in a satisfying way.
The plot is the weakest point of this. I can't say much without spoiling things, but the whole plant apocalypse isn't the only thing happening. There's also some sci-fi and what appears to be supernatural elements in this as well. As all over the place as the plot is, it's still quite enjoyable, even if a bit silly at times.
The art is masterfully done. Due to the nature of the manga, the illustrator had to draw all sorts of plants and insects, and be able to believably illustrate what they would look like if they were gigantic. A lot of the panels with just humans or environment look extremely well done too, so all in all the illustrator did a great job here.
As this isn't finished, I don't want to hand out recommendations for it just yet. Once it is over or I know if the plot is going to go in a better direction I will edit my review, but right now all I can say is that I am enjoying it, and it doesn't rip off Attack on Titan nearly as much as one would think.read more
this manga is highly undermined and probably unknown to more recent generations.
With all being said, comparing it to the highly reviewed and overly sycophanted manga Cage of Eden, it was 10x better
So, the plots basically a post apolypse world where plants take over the world kinda like that goosbumps story, only no hope. plants eat you, humans kill you. human-plant mutants will kill you. the 5 story tall bugs can kill you. basically anything moving, you better fuckin run. I say this plot is way better than cage of Eden because it doesn't have any pretentious shit which you find out the answer two fifteen chapters before the mc and friends solve the mystery , (such as the number to the jet plane belonged to the jet plane they were on ..oh oops my bad spoilers for Cage of Eden. but nah you'll figure that out before the mc explains that for his friends). It actually had me on the edge of my seat actually for the first half of the series, practically thanking the plants and bugs outside for being small insignificant/significant things they are. Also the thrill of reading is definitely there.
so Charecter depth?
Mc isn't ..that bad. But was there charecter development? Nah, He's just your average guy whose lame back story is suppose to make you feel all emotional for him and his dipshit girl friend. He's just the shojou guy that suddenly becomes badass, intelligent all rounder- mr. goody two shoes -"let's do our best!" guy with no warnings or intermission granted.
And his dipshit gf, depending on who you are May actually like, ACTUALLY switches spots with him for a good chunk of the story as m.c. leaving you wondering how long is this side story going to last....7 chapters later, oh damn, what did you say just happened to my m.c ?!
I think there's some unnecessary fanservice, a bitch who's not actually a bitch but I thought was the most clever one since she's not the guy mc, she's weak so might as well use all expendable shits around you such as the horny boys or lame damsel in distress (who the bitch pretends to be friends with who's the mc love interest from a parallel Galaxy? )idk. And everyone else cuz I mean who cares what there names are, I already forgot, charecters that were introduced and get killed off cuz poor them, they aren't the main charecter or his bffls. aka refer to your average, good ,bad , ugly expendable charecter list
The art was probably the huger qualities of this manga. Each detail and the charecter depiction was beautiful. I usually am Leniant on art because, I personally can't sit through panels of detailed drawings so I pity the author.As long as the charecter depiction is on point it's good
Now there were the irritating plot holes like the mc look alike psychopath was convienetly forgotten later on in the story. Like almost as if the author had a descent idea of making the mc have this crazy killer side to him that tries to kill the future dude self thingy..but was later forgot all about it. To me, that screams poor planning.
But , decent ending, I mean, let's compare every post apocalypse manga ever written to cage of Eden so we can see how devoid and dragged out that manga really was. But compared to Cage of Edens ending, thus plot had a resolution. the time twist the author had brought was incorporated since the beginning of the plot, so it made sense. Unlike Cage of Eden, we were all left with our mouths open, gagging on our own spit with laughter because the biggest surprise answer was the time twist. That's how authors end stories people. cuz they don't know the ending or answers of their own plot themselves.Thankyou. Thankyou, you may sit down and stop clapping now.