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Jan 9, 2018
Preliminary
Writing a review for a Nihei Manga is kind of tricky. Do you draw comparisons with the his previous works like Blame!, Biomega etc? Or do you come up with something that may capture the imagination of some other fellow readers to go out and buy the manga?

The story starts like any other generic sci-fi storylines.... it is an unforgiving world, where the people living on the surface are subjected to brutalities and hardship to the extreme. And our unlikely protagonist rises by a chance and he must travel far to defeat the enemies one by one, gathering power and allies incrementally. Very formulaic, right? read more
Oct 24, 2016
[The same review of the prequel I've posted]

There is a chapter when Waroo explains why he doesn't cut his hair. Why he stopped caring how his hair looks. And that made me tear up, at that point I realised... how emotionally invested I was in this manga.

This is a beautiful piece of work. The art, monologues, story....everything is simple & minimal. But as we all know, the heaviest impact isn't done with overcrowded art. I wonder if that caricatured & childish self-representation of Waroo in those panels gave the author some form of relief and refuge while painting his own memories and experiences.

We all read more
Oct 24, 2016
There is a chapter when Waroo explains why he doesn't cut his hair. Why he stopped caring how his hair looks. And that made me tear up, at that point I realised... how emotionally invested I was in this manga.

This is a beautiful piece of work. The art, monologues, story....everything is simple & minimal. But as we all know, the heaviest impact isn't done with overcrowded art. I wonder if that caricatured & childish self-representation of Waroo in those panels gave the author some form of relief and refuge while painting his own memories and experiences.

We all have nostalgia about our childhood, the lost read more
Jun 12, 2016
Our favourite cyberpunk artist has finally gone mainstream, dumbed his latest work down to a level that we mere mortals can consume & digest without difficulties.

Nihei Tsuomu's works are very unique. 'Blame!' was a manga you had to re-read a few times to actually realize the plot. The magaka refused to narrate even the most critical things. Compare that to the typical manga/anime with text-bubbles, notes & what-nots... you were left with your own devices(imagination, wit & interest) to parse the story. Yet the story was complex, layered and you were free to come up with your own interpretations. But, whatever your impression was read more
Dec 15, 2014
Preliminary
There is something unique about this manga, that brings me back to it. It definitely is different than most of the "slice of life" works. The initial impression can easily be as mundane, slow-paced, too realistic or simplistic. But read a bit further & you may as well find something rather special.

The story does not stand out much. Its more like the narration of the daily life of the main characters. But it touches some intricate details, the nuances of the conversations can be quite fulfilling. The art could have been better, sometimes it feels like there's a lack of consistency or proportion in read more