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ib - Instant Bullet  
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Description
Everything in this world is my enemy. This kind of world is worthless. A boy, who is called a demon with no human heart, breathes, lives and imagines. But what is the pounding in his heart when he heard he is going to save the world? That’s not his wish, though…

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ib - インスタントバレット

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c.23-25 (end) by Psylocke Scans (165d ago)
v.5 c.22 by Psylocke Scans (166d ago)
v.5 c.20-21 by Psylocke Scans (190d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
5 Volumes (Complete)

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Yes

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Average: 8.3 / 10.0 (156 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.01 / 10.0
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April 7th 2016, 1:37pm PST


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Year
2013

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Dengeki Maoh (ASCII Media Works)

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Weekly Pos #791 increased(+94)
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A Few Criticisms   
Rating: 9.2 / 10.0
by VWombat
April 10th, 2016, 10:14am
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Despite my criticisms, this manga is worth the read, if only for the feels, lovable characters, and interesting twists. There no excuse not to; it only has 25 chapters.

Firstly, I say lovable characters, but to be precise, there are three. The hero girl had potential, but all the initial buildup and characterization goes to waste when her personality twists. The same twist happens to the witch, but the characterization until then already solidified, and her suffering makes her more pitable. In other words, the time spent on the hero girl is wasted time.

Secondly, the changing hero-villain dynamic is actually interesting, but not fleshed out enough to provoke thought or emotion. In fact, it's entirely dropped as a theme (besides a few casual mentions) until the end, after I more or less forgot about its existance. It's supposed to be a central idea, but isn't.

Thirdly, commenting on the story as a whole, there's not enough between the twists and feels. The twists and plot are interesting, but come from nowhere with no prior indications of sudden changes, e.g. personality shifts. This might be fine in a several hundred chapter colossus which hasn't planned that far ahead, but not so much in a 25 chapter series.

Fourthly, some characters motivations aren't fleshed out and/or don't make sense. From the protagonist's history, I don't get the impression of someone who wants to destroy the world. He mostly seems like he should be lonely, sad, and regretful - which he is, but for some unknown reason, he also wants to destroy the world (or says so, for no reason, it doesn't contribute to the story much). Also, the entire hero organization basically has no history, they just exist to act as the antagonists and suddenly change their minds so the protagonist doesn't actually have to look for hero girl.

Fifthly, because of that flawed "destroy the world" mentality, the character development branching from it is also flawed. The protagonist jumps between attitudes, sometimes making it seem like he only takes that attitude for other peoples' sake, sometimes making it seem like he genuinely thinks that.

To reiterate, this manga was good. I'm a cold, heartless bastard, so when a manga makes me feel anything beyond the ordinary frustration with cliches or disgust with characters that are supposed to be likable, it's done well.
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Probably...   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by hurafloyd
March 7th, 2016, 7:39am
While reading this manga I thought: "not many will be able to get this one". I think those of us that have harbored some kind of deep darkness (it may sound fantastical but, ask yourself, have you not?) it may be a memory now, or it is something that is currently coursing through you, a feeling, a thought, a regret... then you will be able to sympathize with every character and the story, sadly, some of them did not have enough development to delve into their darkness because Japs are retarded that only like ecchi and stupid manga so this one was cut short... *sigh* I hate this world (lol).

I'll risk saying this, if you are really ignorant about yourself and the world, while living quite a happy life (ignorance is bliss), then this manga is not for you.

... Last updated on March 7th, 2016, 7:41am
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Decent   
Rating: N/A
by cosners
January 26th, 2016, 6:41pm
It was unrepentantly emo, but somehow manages not to be annoying. I think the only decent character was Kokage though, since her backstory and particular plan for world destruction were consistent with one another. It may have been the case that we never really saw too much of the other Ibs' backstories, but their desire to destroy the world felt disproportionate to their backstories, especially the main protagonist's.
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Remarkable.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by MondSemmel
November 23rd, 2015, 5:13am
What's the best way to praise this manga? Ah, right! It's a different take on the ideas behind Hoshi no Samidare, one of my favorite manga of all time. In other words, the consequences of typical shounen tropes (a number of people suddenly get superpowers, which can be used for good or evil; the fate of the world is at stake; etc) treated with the maturity and gravitas which the best seinen series have to offer.

The story deals with so many themes - despair, salvation, romance, tragedy, absurdity, weakness, precognition, determinism... But what I found particularly refreshing was its vast scope. It's set in a single town, and yet addresses a remarkable range of suffering with its cast of varied and flawed characters.

The final arc is fine but not quite up to the high standards set by the rest of the work; it's obvious that the ending was rushed. My recommendation: read the first 15 chapters - which are amazing -, then take a break before the rest of the series. That way, you can enjoy the whole manga without taking the risk of having the rushed nature of the ending spoil what came before it.

... Last updated on November 23rd, 2015, 5:25am
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Love It   
Rating: 9.6 / 10.0
by Suxinn
November 23rd, 2015, 2:53am
Gosh, I don't know how ib did it. It had all the elements that I ostensibly didn't like (in particular, the antihero protagonist who wants to destroy the world), but ib makes everything work, and work really, incredibly well.

I loved ib. It was fantastic. Probably one of the best things I can remember reading in recent years. The lines were poignant, the character conflicts fell on just the right side of painful, the art was wonky occasionally, but when it worked, it worked.

And, in their final comments, the author notes that ib is their "life's work," and it definitely shows. The whole thing is just so earnest, and this earnestness really comes through that, even with all its flaws, I can't help but cheer both the mangaka and the characters on. It's definitely a work that I would love to see them revisiting, if only to see how much they have grown as a person. (Because ib definitely feels like a personal reflection above all else, and that's definitely part of its charm.)

I've seen some people dissatisfied with the ending, and it did feel slightly strange to me (it's clear that it was a premature ending and that there could be more to come), but I still enjoyed it regardless. For a series of this scope, it almost felt like any ending would be disappointing, and the fact that I wasn't disappointed by that ending, no matter how truncated it is, says a lot about the mangaka's ability.

I'm definitely looking forward to their future in the manga industry, because if this is their first work, then who knows what other amazing things will come from them.
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"Hiatus"   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by khaledias
November 22nd, 2015, 5:37am
So it ended out of the blue, but the mangaka wants to continue the story at some point, when he/she has a name in the industry that allows him to do whatever he wants with the story. Hats off.

About the manga, the witch arc is a masterpiece IMO, the rest is not as good, but is still interesting to read a manga when everybody is evil for a change. Really looking forward for a contuniation.
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it's short T_T   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by reivatin
September 24th, 2015, 6:23am
chapter 13 tell beautifully
now it's worth to tell "the witch" as main heroine if this manga this short
the heroine in the start just become a passerby heroine with this witch arc end

oh, this one is nice read
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ib   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Akiradesu
July 21st, 2015, 2:42pm
Welcome to the NH... *ahem*, "loneliness" - The Manga. Or.. "Light at the end of the tunnel" - The Manga. Or... "Healing" - The Manga.

Well, it's a good read and the drawing are done well overall, expressions sometimes could have been made better though. Makes eager to read more.

/ Rating doesn't reflect anything. /

After the end of part one - Magnifique smile

And then the second part starts and got me all disappointed. (taking this back. it's decent)

... Last updated on September 24th, 2015, 4:10am
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Dumb manga   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by Hypersaiyan
December 25th, 2014, 8:22am
Stupid plot,weak characters,emo protagonist,not much development and the worst is the emo way of telling story..
.dropped it after 6 chapters

... Last updated on December 26th, 2014, 1:42am
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Not for everyone.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by sakura2012
October 11th, 2014, 7:30am
"99% of the people in this world are able to achieve happiness; the 1% that arent able to achieve something so common are undoubtedly out there."a quote from the manga

This is a 10 for me simply because it touched my heart with each chapter.

... Last updated on October 11th, 2014, 7:30am
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