Jun 5, 2009
My Name is Zushio is primarily a comedy manga. Dont expect to read this for a great plot, deep character development or heart-throbbing romance. Despite lacking these elements, it certanily delivers on the comedy aspect.
The main plot is pretty straight-forward and linear and is mainly used to keep the action going. While trying to regain his kingdom back, prince Zushio meets a lot of characters that help him in his struggle as well as enemies that will try to stop him. Sounds pretty simple but its the way this is presented that matters.
This manga has a lot of laugh out loud and "holy sh**!" moments.
The author's sense and style of humour is definitely appealing and ingenius.
The unique characters and parodies of other manga is what make this such a fun read. From Silver (the most badass horse ever created) to Poyo (a baby monster who Zushio gave birth to, yes you read this correctly), the array of hysterical creatures and personalities is very impressive. It is simply hilarious to observe the way these creations interact with each other. A few words must be said about the prince himself. Zushio's astounding stupidity combined with his immortality will definitely give you a reason to laugh at his exploits.
The art is fairly competent and is appropriate for the overall style of the manga. Nevertheless, it sometimes gets hard to follow the action in certain scenes and some readers may be put off by its "sketchy" feel.
One other minor complaint I have is that the manga finishes after 4 volumes and although there is some sort of a conclusion, it does not feel like a proper ending. Perhaps adding a few more chapters would have helped achieve a better finale - 8/10
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