Ex-mass murderer turned hitwoman Koumori Kuroko lives in a city overflowing with heinous crimes and violence. Even though she is now a hired assassin by the Japanese police force, she has a record of murdering 715 people in the past since her childhood. Now she partners with Tozakura Hinako, a wild, lighthearted and innocent yet bold girl that drives like an absolute maniac, to destroy other mass murderers that are deemed unstoppable by normal means. And just because she's got a job to do, doesn't mean she can't have a good time with the ladies...
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Volume 1: Pilot film of Murciélago
Murcielago is hard to describe. It's got sex, gore, violence, lesbians, and more. Somehow or other, Murcielago manages to mesh all these things together to make a pretty crazy but entertaining read.
So far, the story has been interesting, with new developments occurring with each case. Although the story is mostly divided up into "murder cases" there are plenty of strings that connect and foreshadow plot points to come. Not much has happened yet, but it's been a good setup and entertaining so far.
For the most part, the art has been smooth and rather straightforward. What really stands out however are the character designs.
Each character is well-drawn and well-designed.
The characters of Murcielago are what makes this manga stand out. The two main characters are as you would expect, both insane, but in their own unique way. The enemies that our main characters face are, of course, also insane, although not many of them can match our MC's. In contrast to the main cast and many of their enemies, are the police force. The level-headedness of the police officers and their way of handling of the same problems that the main cast face are interesting in their own right.
All of the fights and crazy driving sequences were lots of fun to read. A lot of the comedy was focused on the MC's girl-eating tendencies, which I thoroughly enjoyed.
Interesting characters, good art, lots of action and comedy with a ton of insanity mixed into it. There are better manga out there, but this is something worth reading.
What do you have when you two cops, one is a lesbian with huge boobs and totally crazy, the other a derpy spazz who's also pretty crazy and also a lesbian. You have this wonderful Manga!
Story 9/10: The story is set up basically like a police case, random pyscho or freak causing trouble, and our heroines have to kill them. I find this set up interesting, we always get to what kind of messed up fucker(s) they are up against and it's always interesting. Despite all the brutality, blood, and occasional (hot) lesbian sex scene, this manga is surprisingly really funny.
Art 9/10: The artwork
is very well done. The gore is drawn well, the characters are drawn well, and the scenery is very well drawn. Best perhaps are the insane expressions some characters make, they look great, you can feel the crazy.
Characters 10/10: All the characters, from our crazy leads, to the psychos they chase, and the levelheaded cops who have to keep it all under control, are all interesting. I especially love Kuroko, she is insane, a huge pervert, utterly immoral, and her random gag of pulling things out of her cleavage is hilarious.
Enjoyment 10/10: Weather it's the depravity of the pyscho killers, the lesbian sex and pervy jokes, or just the humor in general, you will be entertained. This manga is a fun read, and enjoyable ride.
Overall 9/10: A great manga, I always look forward to updates just to see what sort of madness is up next. If there was more yuri I'd probably give it a perfect score but it's a good amount of yuri nonetheless. Highly recommend this manga.
Okay, So I'll start by saying I absolutely love this manga. I've read up to volume 7, all 45 chapters, because as far as I know, that's all that's currently available in English. I could be wrong.
Anyways, this is a bit of a bias review as I'm an absolute sucker for everything this manga has to offer. I love horror, thriller, comedy, dark comedy, yuri romance, almost everything this manga has, I love. Additionally, I love the characters, some of the secondary and C-list characters I'll admit are rather forgettable, but for the most part the characters are all fantastic. They're funny, charming, cute.
Yes, even the main character Kuroko who's about as fucked up as a character could be. She's a cold-hearted, manipulative, killer. (A very perverted one I might add) But she's still extremely lovable and cute.
And the character designs are lovely, just thought I'd add that in there. I love the character designs as well, namely that of Kuroko, Hinako, and Rinko.
Fair warning, this manga is a blood bath. If you don't have a stomach for gore, then maybe this manga isn't for you. Additionally, it has a fair amount of lesbian sex scenes. Given that our main character is a lesbian with the sex drive of a rabbit. Honestly, whenever she isn't horny she's stabbing something or cooking for Hinako. (Which a yuri fan girl such as myself certainly didn't mind. But y'know.. if that's not for you, that may be a deal breaker as well.)
All in all, this manga is violent, sexy, funny, and dark as hell. Which is honestly just a whole package of my favorite things ever. The characters are lovable and the art is fantastic and unique. I do hope more English chapters are released soon.
I recommend Murciélago to anyone who likes horror, thriller, yuri, dark ass comedy, or all of the above.
I felt that this manga was a train wreck from the start. The plot didn't interest me, a lot of the characters designs were incredibly hard to distinguish and had almost nothing going for them in the story.
This series heavily relies on using lots of blood/gore and sex to try and keep the readers attention, with every arc starting with some kind of lesbian sex scene and ending with a huge blood bath. This can be fine if the style of the drawings are unique and cool and the things that happen are so over the top that you can actually like it (Rule of
However, the character designs fall heavily into archetypes, the style of drawing is too similar to every other anime style, and the all the "cool" stuff that happens comes off as contrived and stupid.
It also tries to the weird Quentin Tarantino-esque, out-of-chronological-order style of story telling, which I feel is something that can only work if your characters are interesting and endearing and everything actually ties together in a fascinating way (which doesn't describe this series).
In short, I don't like Murcielago. Read something else (like Berserk).