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From Population GO: Inuyashiki has a family, a wife and two kids, none of which care about him. When he learns that he has only three months to live he realizes that the only one who will miss him is his dog. Shortly after this realization he is killed in a crash landing by aliens. He is rebuilt by them as a machine with a human exterior. How will his life change now that he isn't human?
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It's worth it for now
I like this manga but I'll hold off on a proper rating until it's done. It's the type of story where the ending can give it either a "skip it" or "hit it" rating. Why? Cause it started off really REALLY strongly, with a unique story and protagonist but now it's just kind of petering off into a weekly grind. The plot isn't making any significant progress, the supposed main character goes missing for huge gaps of chapters and the mangaka is focusing way too much on the very unlikable antagonist.
The quality downgrade started around that time. Usually, writers show the antagonist's POV to give some basis for their evil deeds, maybe even squeeze out some sympathy points for an otherwise unlikable enemy before killing them off. However in this case, it just showed the readers that the enemy that we previously thought had no emotions IS capable of feeling compassion and sympathy, but is mass murdering people anyways. He starts off killing indiscriminately and ends off killing indiscriminately. In order words, the last 20 chapters from this review date were...completely pointless.
... Last updated on April 26th, 2016, 7:01am
A manga about the trope of humans turned into superhuman robots, and the question of whether they'll use their power for good or ill.
The action scenes are pretty impressive, and there's tons of carnage to see. The heroism is also neat. For once, powers like the ability to heal are actually used to save lots of people, rather than only, say, the protagonist's friends. But besides the gore and the brutaility, I would not consider this story in any sense "mature". It's closer to an action B movie.
Downsides: the pacing is all over the place. For instance, the protagonist has been looking for the villain for 20-25 chapters without making any progress. I also feel like one could *easily* cut at least 30% panels from each chapter without losing anything. This is the manga equivalent of a rambling author sorely in need of an editor. Finally, the mangaka's characteristic computer-drawn art (you may be familiar with it from the manga Gantz) can sometimes look really artificial or cheap.
Overall, this manga is a quick read, with plenty of action, but hardly any food for thought. Like junk food, there's a time and place for this kind of manga, but it's ultimately forgettable
... Last updated on March 27th, 2016, 8:31am
Never ceases to impress
This manga has such a realistic and expressive drawing style that it is a pleasure to look at his works. In addition to the visuals, his characters are deep and exhibit growth throughout the series. The most unique point which many other comments have pointed out is the main protagonist being an old man. Although it can be off-putting at first, seeing the contrast between the poor home life and rich "work" life the old man has is so intriguing. Different characters have valid reasons for what they're doing despite being on different sides. The story isn't anything really special at the moment. It has stuck to the similar theme of alien from outer space giving a select few humans power. It can be predictable at times, the distant future of the manga is far from that and I look forward to coming updates.
I am a fan of the protagonist!
The main character is a frail looking old man with a heart of gold. He will go out of his way to save people and it is very awesome. This manga is a real page turner for me because it makes me want to know what happens next.
Growth potential is great in this one
After Gantz ended, wasn't sure when the mangaka would come back with something good.. This does not disappoint. The character growth is impressive and I think with different plot twists (not that hard to guess though) there will be some cool progressions. At first I thought the old and young men would become angel/devil like figures in the world. At chap 45 it isn't that easy anymore. This series has some really good growth potential because of this. Definetely would recommend reading this, if the Gantz-style art digs and you like a sci-fi modern day setting, where good and evil become rather relative subjects.
The most "Human" Robot-Grandpa ever
This Grandpa more Human than the most Humans around...kinda funny.If a Mashine is more "good" than actually mortal Person with all his emotions then screw you meatballs i want to be a Robot/Cyborg...well technically a Human is an organic Robot or walking City on legs we have thousands(maybe handful millions) over Creatures inside us and like a City there are bad and good ones and crazy ones(if the immunesystem goes nuts then you are to killed by your own "Police/Military,etc.)...But back to my first thoughts why did the Aliens give them weaponlike abilities,Cyberwar abilities and a Jetpack?If they just wanted to "revive" them...
I Know I'm Going to Love It!
...because, amazingly, it's got an OLD MAN as an action hero. How rare is that? Naturally the Old don't appear in manga much. It's a medium for young people, after all. On the other hand, some old people read manga, including me. That's why I have the greatest hope for this story. I just hope the more normal young audience can enjoy it as much as I have so far, so it keeps running for a loooong time.
The art's great too, and the characters are believable and even touching.
PS: I'm glad Crunchyroll picked it up. I'm now at chapter 8, and it's clear that the scanlators very much need an English editor. I'm sure Crunchyroll will have one.
PPS: Crunchy's visual quality of this manga really sucks. I'm back to the scanlators, whose English got good.
... Last updated on August 19th, 2015, 7:57pm
Weird, but wow!
I must say, Oku's art style had been really refined since Gantz. This story is about family more or less, with aliens... again. Stop with the alien/tech fetishes =P. While i recommend reading it since it's something new, I must remind you that Oku never actually finish any story! The ending to all his stories suck if you even call it an ending. For the journey, it still got high rating, however. Enjoy the ride while it last!
The Six Million Yen Man - Grandpa Edition
I dislike all of Hiroya´s manga that aren´t called Gantz (8/10 and i reviewed it too) so i was cautious at first but he may have finally become a rounded author. The theme covered here like youth delinquency and hobo hunting are of course familiar but all i saw is very intriguing. The only thing that worries me is the giant self-praise the author gives himself at the end of the first volume but this new work is a good step forward overall and the digital art is state of the art as always. I hope Oku decides this time to actually finish his series and only time will tell. Kudos for the ageing leading man too as he is finally something somewhat fresh on the main character front. Update: This is now a Hiroya manga alright as even the usual subplot showed in which a generic but kind hearted guy ends up with a woman who is both a well-endowed sex pot and a Yamato nadeshiko. Expect hardcore normal and sexual violence and less Slice of Life but i like the hard-R vigilante grandpa version too and the series is further starting to remind me of I Am a Hero (8,5/10).
... Last updated on November 10th, 2015, 1:40am
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