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Pai is a strange, provincial woman who has come to Tokyo from the Tibetan highlands. Somewhere in Tokyo is a young man who can help her in her quest... to become human! When Pai finally finds Yakumo, they set off in search of the artifact that can transform her, but it will take all of her mystical powers to keep the reckless Yakumo alive, even if she has to steal his soul to protect him!
Winner of the 1993 Kodansha Manga Award for Shounen.
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I would have been happier if they cut it by half. While the first volumes were fresh and interesting, i felt it suffered by over complicating the story. It tried to be an epic but failed in my opinion, and here's why: some arcs are just for the sake of introducing a new setting and still putting the same thing over and over. It moved the story foward a bit but were they really needed? Most of them were just puppets in the end. I liked the reapperances of certain characters and how they ended up becoming important, but by the end of it, it was getting ridiculous. And what did they accomplish at the end? Was the problem proposed in the very first chapter solved? I won't spoil but it just didn't do it for me. So yeah, in this case less would have been much better. It's still good but, you know...
Pretty fun read, last few volumes are eh...
Well, a lot of this was a really fun read, really enjoyed the synergy that the main characters had, and I really sympathized with them. <ENDING SPOILERS>
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I was actually kinda mad at the author, Yakumo had to deal with all this constantly sacrificing himself/dying to save others, that I felt he should have survived (physically) instead of what happened to him. I guess what I mean to say is that I think after all the crap he's been through, he really deserves a happier ending; the initial goal in the story was essentially to have Pai and Yakumo become human, but neither of those goals were fulfilled. I don't know, I didn't really feel any satisfaction from that ending. I was touched by Yakumo's selflessness and determination, so I just don't feel like he got what he deserved in the end.
Ultimately it's not too bad, I enjoyed it in general but like I said, I was frustrated by the last few volumes. So so frustrated, but I really enjoyed it. Really fun read, had a blast, don't regret the time I spent on it, and I definitely recommend it. There IS a sequel though, so keep an eye out on that I guess.
It IS a 40 volume story with only practically one story arc so it might get repetitive, but I think the characters really really bring it to life. Villains are a bit subpar, if you read it you'll know why, but it really is a good read.
... Last updated on September 23rd, 2011, 11:54am
Interesting so far...
I loved the first 2 volumes and now I'm on the 4th...I think. Why did she turn into a whiny high schooler? I hate those types of girls. She needs to change back to her fun bubbly brave cute self! I don't want some bitchy little girl on her period. I don't want a shoujo girl! I want her old self back! When is her old self coming back? If it doesn't I'm dropping this series. I am not reading 400 chapters of some girl being a bitch to everyone because she has powers while everyone is trying to save her.
Good at first...
Okay, it's got quite a bit of depth, fascinating concepts and even interesting and varied characters. The Hindu mythology and other facets were quite rich and well-done. And so was the history of the hidden races. The art didn't really bother me since I've read much older stuff.
But what killed the story for me was the amount of repetitiveness and that certain characters(especially the villains) were extremely one-dimensional in a sense or basically clones of one another.
I think this story could've done just as well, with a smaller cast and less depth since the cast seemed very contrived: there were many players but their interactions were very limited and quite a few were discarded or forgotten after their roles were fulfilled.
About the depth: less is more and for 3x3 eyes, it just seemed to have layers upon layers yet little resolution was reached after 30++ volumes. With a few more volumes to the end, I wonder how they'll tie things up without busting the pacing. They would've benefited by doing side stories instead of trying to cram in every detail into the main story.
Perhaps I might read this again when it's completed but I doubt so. Even many other epic series with equal or deeper complexity tend to be far tighter and less draggy, capable of summarising massive details within a few chapters.
... Last updated on January 14th, 2009, 3:08pm
I was an avid fan about 8 years ago (how time flies) and I hit my limit in 2006. Part of it is just me getting tired of the story, another part is me not being able to keep track of what was going on due to all the breaks in scanslation. Three chapters come out, then 3 chapters 6 months later, then 4 chapters 3 months later etc. By the time the next thing comes out I've already forgotten what convoluted plot was afoot in the last installment. Initially I was just going to wait for the whole thing to come out then read it, but now I can't even be bothered to do that much.
As a kid I was really anti anime/manga and japanese culture (mostly because of gundam and dbz - god I still hate them). However the scene from this anime, when Yakumo gets drove over by a bus. Ever since I saw that scene (by accident on a lan while walking by), I've been hooked. 10+ years later, this series still remains one of my all time favorites.
... Last updated on November 25th, 2008, 5:26am
I just cannot help it
The manga is rather old, and the art is not great (especially when it comes to girls), and it's really hard to understand the flow of the story. I had to read the tankoubon i bought for 4 times before i understand the story fully. However, that's just my first impressions.
After a while, the manga grows on me. There are a lot of great looking monsters, as well as creepy ones (flesh-eating slugs, ugh). The plot is the best of all, and the author is very good at blending spiritualism, history, and actions. I really love their journeys to the Kun Lun.
Characterization wise, it's also excellent. I love Yakumo for his awkwardness and protectiveness towards Pai. Though, I think I like 3 Eyes better than Pai. She's very ridiculous at times.
However, because of the rather heavy theme and repetitiveness, i've dropped it for a while now. But I know I'm gonna pick it up later. Can't help it.
Looking at the manga brings back a lot of nostalgia, back to when I was much younger when I read this. I loved this, and it has a different atmosphere from regular manga.
Powerful story with unique themes
"This is just another DRAGON BALL Z..........The art is kind of wacky, like the one from dragon ball z.......... I couldn't get pass voulme one"
Sorry, but that's utterly ridiculous. None of the themes in 3x3 Eyes correlate to those of Akira Toriyama's various Dragon Ball works. This manga and corresponding anime OVAs operate on a more mature level, and not to take anything away from Toriyama-san, but the story in 3x3 Eyes is appealing on more than just one level. There are plenty of Dragon Ball clones, but make no mistake, this is not one of them.
This is the kind of manga you either love or hate there's no in between and it just so happens i really didn't like it