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Once, there were two worlds that existed on this earth. In the sky where the deities lived was the Senninkai. On the ground where, of course, the people lived was Ningenkai. In the novel adaptation by Ryu Fujisaki, Houshin Engi follows Taikoubou on his mission to rid the Ningenkai of the evil immortals that have resided there. This colorful historically set manga keeps the reader on their feet and loving every minute of the in-depth characters and exciting adventures
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This manga is probably one of the best I have ever read. The story is (loosely?) based on the famous Chinese novel "Feng Shen Yan Yi". It's greatest asset is definitely it's main character and hero Taikoubou. Not only is he smart and crafty, but he knows when to be funny and easy-going and when to be serious. The antagonists are also extremely well developed, especially Bunchuu who is a masterly character and great foil to the protagonists. His showdown with Buseiou is one of the most heart-wrenching scenes I have ever read. I would recommend this manga to anyone.
First off, I'm going to announce that, yes, I am indeed Asian. However, that is not the reason giving this manga such a high rating. It deserves the rating because, it is indeed an incredible manga. This manga has everything expected of a shounen manga: action, suspense, etc. It includes comedic situations and characters. Although this is a shounen/action/fantasy manga, it also has an admirable amount of tragedies. Times where you can't help but to feel sad for the characters that were involved. As for the lack of romance, I mean come on... this is a shounen/action/fantasy/comedy manga, what you'd expect? (Not that shounen manga's don't have any romance, but seriously...)
A 'great + unique' manga. At first I thought of neglecting this one (glad I didn't), but due to boredom at that time, I decided to re-read this. After 2 volumes, got attached to this and read it till the end.
The problem why some people have hard time in starting this manga I think is because of the sudden world introduction. Though, the world setting was explained bits by bits (and nicely), it was pretty much forced at the beginning. The result is that, it feels like being introduced to non-sense alien world. I believe many readers lose interest in first few chapters for this reason. (Second is due to art-style)
The plot base is heavy, but the author way of plot development make it easy to understand. Plot twist is interesting (though not the best) and can be deep at times. Lack of romance, though I feels that this element is not really necessary in this manga, as the rest is covered with good plot development and battles. This manga can be heart-warming for some readers (I cried once). Most characters are likable. Character development are carried well for most characters, as story goes, I'll find myself attached to more and more character. Author logistical error (mistakes unexpected by author) are very few, not to mentioned they are hardly noticeable (except if you pay very-very great details here and there). In addition, wild elements (elements not exist in the original literature) injected to the original literature are well planned and adapted. If you can accept the first 2 volume well, then you will have not much complaints regarding the wild elements.
For overall, the author did a great job in this manga. The manga is at overall neat, humorous, and interesting. One of the very few manga I would give score 10/10. To read or not, depends highly from the reader preference. But those that seek plot with mild entertainment would like this manga.
Yay! It's wonderful!
Well, i have to say at first I didn't like this manga at all. I thought the art was too hard to understand and wordy. I dropped it but came back to it later because of boredom. I was into but not that much. There are alot of places where you have to "read between the lines". But other than that, the characters are completely loveable. Taikoubou is THE FUNNIEST character i have even come across in my manga reading journey. He is also the most complex character in the series which you will find out later. But anyways, I totally recommend this. Some might be turned off by how long it is and think it's slow moving but it is actually extremely fast paced. So read it sometime!
The story is simply great!
I have been reading the original story which Houshin Engi is based on. And I can't help but admit that Houshin Engi is the one which has closest plot to the original (compare to other versions). I loved Houshin Engi because of this.
Moreover, the story in Houshin Engi is simply the best. Each and every people have their fate, and have their choice. They can choose to protect the old feudal system, or to rebel. Antagonist or protagonist, in the end, they fight for what they believe in.
I also love the idea that "supernatural power" come from outside the Earth. I also love the idea that people who have so much power should share their power, for everyone to be able to grow. Too much power in one hand can easily lead to dictatorship.
Art wasn't that good. but plotwise... really awesome. i remembered trying to skip ( i read the first book and jumped to the ninth) and i dont understand any single thing that going on. but then, i retry to read from the start and yeah... It's awesome. many characters (initially i dont know who is who, especially for 'bishounen' and 'bishoujo' characters since they all looked the same, but for ugly characters, they are simply great... I love Venus by the way. she is simply adorable.) and as the story progress, i couldnt help but loving Dakki (the female antagonist turned protagonist). i dont really understand the ending, but it was really sad when it's finished. and the humor were really good; you can just laugh and laugh and laugh at Taikoubou's stupidity and cockroach-like habits.
needs a bit more
this was an awesome manga series, with lots of action and loveable characters. Being someone who read the actual book (literature), this manga was still enjoyable and followed it pretty well (for the first few chapters...) i started getting annoyed because of the stupidity in trying to incorporate "robots" and high tech stuff... the usage of "Paopei" literal translation, precious thing... really gets on my nerves. What i was truly disappointed though, was the lack of a true heroine, [edit by mod, possible spoiler alert] although the last friggen page suggests something goin on between dakki and taikoubou, this needs some real romance... since it really bugs me if its just about a guy who battles, and battles, and battles...
BEST SHONEN MANGA AROUND
I grieve for this new generation of Shonen Jump mangaka, this is exactly what Shonen should be like! Historical, epic, hilarious, tragic and best of all A PERFECT AND ACTUAL ENDING.
I absolutly love this manga, I first knew about it when I watched it's anime, I thought it was pretty cool with really good music. After I got a decent internet connection, I started looking for mp3 of the animes I liked and found without noticing it's op&ed. But they weren't named Soul Hunter(first I name I knew about this series), so I decided to take a peek at the manga and I just got hooked to it and became my favorite. It's got comedy and action if not more, so I really recomend it. This is based on the chinise tale of the same name.
My short review
I don't think I can write a review to make this manga justice. So here's my short version:
My favorite shonen manga is neither the classic like Dragonball nor Bleach/Naruto/One Piece (not saying they're bad). It's Houshin Engi. Taikoubou is smart, funny, playful but mature, and strategist-mind protagonist. The story is well laid-out and connected, with unique art style. I mean, that's the only manga I read that protagonist led an army and overwhelmed enemies with tactics, not super power. To this day I'm still looking for another shonen manga that would do that. Every time I think one is getting close, it seems like the authors always decided to "upgrade" his character instead (trainning, "friendship" power, etc.). Taikoubou did get some powerup, but usually he kept his power and use (I mean it. Yes, he "use") his comrade instead. The author even made fun of that, saying he is the laziest hero ever. Still, even those action actually have a point.