The series has adopted the slaying monster threats to humanity model - similar manga series: D. Gray-man, Claymore, Attack on Titan, Seraph of the End
For Orient, Bushi are people who are tasked to kill Kishin, the monsters
Like Magi, I do wonder if it will dipped into politics.
With Magi, it was surprising to see it go dark and violent. With this one, you pretty much expect it and since it adopts the monster slaying model, it was pretty much a game to see how it build up. The chapter went from dreams to illusions and past the game, the dark reality sets in.
The coloring: Just like the previous one, this one uses the contrast of dark and white tones to make things stand out during the action and highlight tense emotions.
Motorcycle? - I thought this was feudal Japan setting? So we are going to kill monsters on motorcycles called Kitetsuki.
The chapter wasn't bad. For a pilot, it had to be long to flesh out the setting and characters. The build up was pretty good. At the end, it rushed a bit. I wasn't sure if Musashi used his physical strength or had some unknown energy. Or he used Nakama powers to somehow killed an Oni or Kishin (the chapter went from Kishin to Oni for some reason. I think there were translation issues by the fan subbers) because he got quite the beating.
Naotora has that Sinbad kinda vibes. And that’s quite the feat for Musashi, if you ask me! Also, they’re capable of absorbing the Kishin’s ability that’s cool kinda reminds me of the working Djinn in magi a bit. Hopefully, Ohtaka provides a bit more exposition on the power scheme.
I haven’t yet. Will check it out though, it being written by the same writer for Magi
Yep! 😬 Ohtaka Shinobu! I think it’s kinda getting into its own groove now but I do wonder if it’s explore themes magi brought to light!? Ohtaka is withholding from us a bit on the exposition end. But I guess patients is virtue!
2nd Chapter - we divert from the plot to focus on Kojiro's backstory and his father. His father feels sorry because they are being picked on because they are Bushi. Kojiro's father tells him not to lose faith as the Bushi are the only ones fighting against the Oni to take back the human world. Take pride, his son.
It seems the monster model in this franchise has a "evolution" system. It's more like D.Gray-man and Bleach rather than Attack on Titan, Claymore, Seraph of the End's monsters
I bet you the Oni become more human with each evolution as it was common for both D.Grayman and Bleach's monster evolution.
I don't like long manga chapters to be honest. I'm more used to 20 pages. Yes, it will feel short. It's easier to binge when you have more. For me, I prefer to binge. I guess I'm just reading a chapter at a random time if I gget free time.
Cons of Ch. 2
They don't really invest much in world building or the mechanics. Somehow with the power of bromance, the gang defeated an evolved Oni or Kishin. I still don't know what to call them. This is why I prefer official translation over fan translation. The official guys can contact the creator directly to ask them and double check on jargon and translations.
I don't mind nakama power. What is the energy mechanic? Is it magical, supernatural, or just pure brute strength. Musashi and Kojiro just look like ordinary boys.
The two friends rekindle their old dreams of being the best Bushi.
I forgot we had motorcycles. So not a pure feudal Japan. We are going mix up technologies and make it fantasy feudal Japan.
The armor reminds me of Sentai Rangers rather than samurai. The red Kishin they defeated in Ch. 3 wasn't dead. Now, it can shoot fire.
After witnessing the carnage, Kojiro gets disillusioned a bit by their dreams and focused on survival instead. Musashi is either lacking common sense or preservation or he's just focusing on getting glory. The only problem here is that's the only thing driving him. He has no other energy or special weapon coupled with the nakama dreams.
New characters introduced - like a big batch from the start. Only one name, Takeda Naotora
Takeda just let Musashi go after scolding doesn't really work. Musashi just wants the kill to himself. What's weird, while Takeda gives advice to Musashi that he has no sword style, experience, charges in alone, he doesn't tell Musashi the weakness after letting him go. It was only until Kojiro busts up the officials and force them to confess any intel.
Musashi's little cliff breaking somehow knocks the Kishin on its back. The Bushi were pinning the legs but lost control when the cliff side collapse on them. I didn't get how Musashi's strategy can somehow put a Kishin but I know what his strategy, getting on the Kishin to cut off the horn, the weakness.
Musashi fails because he has no power or he needs to have a better weapon. The series hasn't gone to the point of establishing the mechanics yet. Takeda reminds me of Sinbad the way he steals the victory, smiles at the camera, and taunts the boy. Except Sinbad is older and more handsome.