The year is Meiji 17, 1884. The place, Tokyo. Genemon Sakuragi is searching for a "man of valor" according to his master's order! One night, Genemon spots a mysterious young man fighting with three ruffians! Genemon is captivated by the Mysterious Punches of the young man, named Fuutaro Yukimura. What is this "martial art" that Fuutaro Yukimura uses so freely?! And what of the exhibition match that Marquis Tenzen Shibahara wishes to hold....?! What is the strongest weaponless martial art of Meiji Era Tokyo?! The curtain now rises on the martial arts conflict of the age...!!
Okay, here we go...
First of all, I would like to point out that this manga is pretty average. The characters, the story, the art. There isn't really much to say about this manga except for the fact that... It's average. However, I really don't know if I enjoyed this series or not, so I'll just leave enjoyment at 6/10. Without further ado, let's get straight into the review.
Story - 5/10
The story isn't what people would call half-baked, because there was potential in the story, but it got burnt. The poor plot execution and forced drama had really got on my nerves, and I couldn't really
enjoy this series due to the fact. Another problem about the story are its many plot holes and contradictions, which you will definitely see when you read the manga. What I really hated about this manga though, are the forced cliff hangers. Literally every single chapter had a cliff-hanger... Maybe the author just likes them?
Art - 5/10
Okay, I'll be honest with you... I disliked the art style. It's just not my preference. Please don't call me casual because I actually found many strange art styles to be good, but this one just wasn't that appealing. The artwork on its own is amazing, especially the amount of detail the manga-ka had put into it, but the style was just.... ew. I got used to it towards to end, but it really could be improved. It also doesn't help that there were a lot of proportionate and positional mistakes in the artwork, so it wasn't exactly perfected either.
Character - 6/10
Now... with the characters. Let me say one thing about them first; they had potential. Note the emphasise on had. But most of them just didn't know what they wanted their personality to be, or just what they wanted to be in general. There was an odd character progression that didn't seem natural at all, and the main character is the generic "overpowered" character you'd find in most shounen manga. Speaking of shounen manga, this manga had many clichèd elements which I will not get in depth with. However, I found most of the character's personalities and reasoning confusing and unstable, hence the low score.
Enjoyment - 6/10
I had to force myself through this manga at first, but it slowly attached to me. However, it only happened after the first arc was over. Yes, I only enjoyed the second arc. This is because I found the first arc to be very... normal and uninteresting. Sure many events happened, but they were too generic to be interesting.
Overall - 6/10
Now, I had originally planned to give it a 5/10. But after some thought, my soft counterpart decided to show up and give it a 6/10. This is because of the elements of friendship it had contained, and also because of how much potential the whole thing had. Not to mention, the manga actually seemed worthwhile reading after I finished it.
So... Would I recommend this manga?
The answer is yes. I believe that most people will be able to somewhat get into this manga, and hopefully come back with their own thoughts on it!