It's the year 305 of the Alcian calendar, and the world is currently entirely controlled by "numbers." Every human born is branded with a "Count." This Count can be anything; the amount of kilometers walked, or the amount of people who have said your food is tasty. If your Count drops to 0, you will be sent into the Abyss. After Hina's mother's Count dropped to 0, her last request was for Hina to look for the Legendary Red Baron.
Plunderer, series acceding Sora no Otoshimono series with Fantasy world , taken over with Sci-fi genre, with the gentle stroke of tone for the art is the manga that tell us about another heartwarming story, parallel with Sora No Otoshimono.
As the story started with taking place in world that being ruled by number/count that character had in their body, and how it could affect their life, with the primary story focusing on the legend of Red Baron. As the story progress, there is a hint of seriousness, despite the overwhelmingly indecent act of the world, as similarly with Sora no Otoshimono, with the development of
story,though not deep, but enjoyable to made us reader intrigue to read more of the story.
With this, the graphic and tone of art is quite gentle, as how the character looked nice to look, made the story charming in a way. Though not deep enough for character, they're still let us wanting more for it, as the character development happen in every chapter, or more likely revealing, with the hint of background story.
Then, for it, i'm feeling satisfied , although there is still a little chapters for it and overall it's quite good feeling after reading this.
Although this series is still in the works i cant give you a full 100% review regarding the story. However I will be explaining my impressions so far.
I wont explain how the story is, other than suggesting you read the synopsis. I believe attempting to explain it will force me to end up spoiling the story so ill just hold off on that. LOL
So far as the story goes, it is extremely captivating. It slowly reeled me in once i started reading through the first few chapters. what i mean by "slow", is that initially it just like an average fantasy/drama type of
manga but as i read more of the chapters, it got much more interesting and captivating for me. I dont wanna give any more hints or expectations because i believe it just ruins the story.
art 9: overall the art is pretty nice, nothing too unique other than its successful on creating scenes. for those of you who enjoy some ecchi, there is alot of that throughout the manga.
Charecter 8: There are just a few characters whom we haven't gotten a chance to view their pasts or their goals. However, where the manga stands so far all the characters are quite enjoyable. For me personally, i don't have any characters that I despise or I find annoying. All the characters each have their own distinct personalities and are not easily forgettable.
Enjoyment 9: all i'm going to say is that its a pretty solid manga and suggest everyone should give it a shot.
overall 9: overall its a very enjoyable manga, i keep getting pissed off every time a chapter ends and i keep wondering where the hell the rest of the chapters are. Id suggest reading as much as you can before giving it a thumbs up or down.
I would first say that the main character is quite the pervert and isn't afraid to show it - but the manga doesn't particularly try to show boobs etc as often as possible unlike something like fairy tail. Still have a fair amount of it though.
Ok, now to the characters. Not particularly good but not really bad either. The main guy is interesting in his own right, but the main girl is quite boring in comparison. Well I hesitate to call her the main because she really isn't, we just see her first. But no matter. Anyway, she takes on the role of damsel in
distress at the start, though her role becomes more of a side character later on alongside the other sides. That's fine actually, as I much prefer that she isn't forced into the MC role just because we saw her first. The side characters have their own quirks and have some likeable traits - they're good people and might grow on you as you read more. However, I didn't feel much emotional investment in the characters, but I'm interested to see what happens to them in the story and I also enjoy seeing them interact and go about their stuff.
About the story, I think the overall story is pretty interesting, as well as the way things are revealed. Honestly, there were many moments that got me thinking: ehh, you're really gonna do that? or omg so cliche. when something happens the way I expect it to/good characters act good as expected. You can totally feel the author not so subtly pouring on the badass character points, and I can't help but sigh and just enjoy it despite it's typicalness. I do quite like it though, despite all that.
Anyway, what really interests me enough is the overall story - which isn't really as straightforward as the simple events might play out. It surprises me sometimes, and I read all this way just to know what exactly was going on with the world/characters despite my lack of investment in the characters at the start. There's a lot of potential here, and things can actually get pretty dark and terrible. It's apparent from the first chapter that mysterious things are going on, but it didn't lure me in fully at the start. But it got more interesting as it progressed, and I got more invested and curious as I read on. When I came to the end of the latest chapter, I actually went "omg really?" because I was upset I couldn't continue. All in all I'll say it doesn't always succeed at making the little stories work - but when it start to tackle the big things everything start moving very amazingly and fast.
Overall, I'd say this manga has an interesting story behind it, though the typicalness of the plot at points might delude you into thinking it's just another boring story. I wouldn't say the execution is always good, and characters are interesting enough to fit their purpose of carrying the plot but I don't feel that hugely invested in them (I enjoy them and what they do but I don't love them). But the story might be pretty rewarding if you can skip over some rough patches, and I truly do want to know more about what is going to happen next. I think that's the most important factor. I'd also say the first few chapters are more like a prologue/background and things really start getting better after that.
Warning: minor spoilers from the introduction of the setting - nothing that should hamper your experience in the slightest though!
A lot of action, a dab of fantasy, a swish of sci-fi blended together with a beautiful sense of incongruity and conspiracy; throw in some ecchi for good measure, some cool character designs and no one who's annoying; and just a very well-executed story weaved together with tonnes of mystery and a sort of “god-complex hard-magic" system (well kind of, without the magic and more like ‘Super Heroes’).
Plunderer is a dystopian world ruled by numbers. Everyone has a number that's attributed from birth to some objective
(like ‘distance walked’), and it goes up and down depending on how well they accomplish their purpose. Reaching 0 means death, and anyone with a higher ‘number’ to another has the authority to order them around.
It's a very nifty idea, system, and plot. Unusually, as much as the action and the feel of the manga resembles a shounen, the plot very obviously heads forward with no return in sight. It's completely un-episodic and feels more like a movie or independent novel with a beginning, a journey, and a destination/finale.
The way in which the author keeps the story expanding is brilliant, by continuously adding depth to questions you want answered, and never feeling ‘tacked on’ or conveniently-contrived.
It does have an element of harem, but I'll be honest: it's the best way I've ever seen a harem unfold. Honestly, for a good part of the manga, I forgot it was a harem. Normally female characters have zero personality or importance in the plot, and merely act as a unit of ubiquitous personality-deprived lady-parts. Since each one had a different stake for a different reason or a different desire for their relations with the MC (along with their proximity to other male characters that equally build romances with them for reasons that feel natural and never felt forced), it was at times hard to imagine they were even gunning for anybody and weren't just caught up in the tragedy of a human race that's far overstayed its welcome on planet earth.
The politics are great too. "Good guys and bad guys" are often a shounen way of story telling that makes understanding and coming to terms with the outcomes of our favourite personalities a simple consideration/calculation; but real life just isn't that simple, and neither is Plunderer. The main cast are a mix of political alignments that make the progression of the story and a solution to their world's problems, very complicated.
As I said, the incongruity of everything makes for both an interesting sci-fi setting but also a gripping conspiracy thriller. Is this a hard read then? With the comic relief intermixed between the moments you forget to breathe, it’s got a fantastic pacing to it. The only thing you’ll regret about picking up this manga is just how long you’ll have to wait in between releases once you catch up (started in 2014, only released and/or translated to chapter 38 as of mid 2018)
—but otherwise, do enjoy the incredible charms and personality of Plunderer! You certainly certainly won’t regret it, ~my conviction assures you~! ;3