A tragic loss. The endless despair that accompanies losing a loved one. A mysterious girl who appears at just the right moment. An unbelievable offer. "I can bring your lost loved one back to life, if you complete a simple task for me. Please kill three people, any three people, in the next 24 hours. Do that, and without fail I will revive them just as they were." Could YOU take three lives to bring someone you love back from the dead? What value do you place on human life?
It's hard to review a work that is episodic, but here goes nothin'-
Episodes span 2-3 chapters long. This works perfectly because most of the stories are only worth that much. Although I would have loved to see the first story continued (as it was potentially strong enough to be a stand-alone work) it ends on a note that was mysterious and haunting, just like our 'Murder Incarnate' is.
Each episode is different, and by different I mean significantly. It's great to see that each piece was it's own stand-alone narrative that kept me reading for its own specific reasons. I enjoyed certain characters in some, and others I couldn't wait to see killed. It's a fun read, and there really aren't any complaints other than the swift ending. I hope to see a spin-off or potentially a 'Part 2' in the future.
Now, to bring up a negative, 2 of the endings are really... well, they're stretching it. There isn't a lot of time for the episodes to expand on characters beyond the single dimension we get from a few pages, so when the ending has a twist pertaining to characters, it's sometimes a shock, and not the good kind. I kept reading because, "Mehh, whatever." Becuase I knew there was potential in the next episode, but it made a few of them kind of stupid.
Digital. Let's get that out of the way first. Deep breaths, everyone.
It's good, though. Scenes aren't overly crowded, and characters look unique and have their own defining characteristics. Some digital works fail because the motions don't translate well, but in this manga it's clear that motion is taking place when it needs to. The 3D models never got in the way of my reading, but when it comes to murder and blood and all that jazz, nothing beats hand-drawn.
This connects back to the story. The error really comes down to some of the character drama. If this manga had a higher chapter count, it's possible that this problem could have been saved, but it's already too late.
A fun read. It's a time killer. For its short chapter count and basic subject matter, I was surprised at the urge to read further (but to my chagrin there wasn't anymore.) I'll never re-read this, but I may suggest it to someone who's stuck on the bus in traffic and needs to kill some time.
I'll suggest the same to you! Read it if you want to kill time but don't want to invest too much! On break at work? Pop this sucker open. Waiting in the car for a friend? Read another chapter. Don't be afraid to give this sucker a try.
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