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Rain Jewlitt, known as the Methuselah, is a spaced-out, immortal, 624-year-old man dressed in priest's clothes. He's got eternal youth and a large price on his head... put there by those questing after the secret of his immortality. Machika Balfaltin is a tomboyish, energetic 14-year-old girl who, upon the death of her grandfather, sets out to kill Methuselah, the one bounty her assassin grandfather, Zol the Grim Reaper, couldn't kill. Instead, however, Machika ends up being saved by Rain again and again from other aspiring bounty hunters attacking them both. Sound like the beginnings of an odd relationship? You won't believe where their journey takes them...
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it was okay
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I Personally loved yuca he was a compelling character, but i did hate the things he did. machika was annoying at first an annoying obnoxious brat, shes still a little annoying and weepy but not bad. i got sick many times of rain, he is can be sweet, but he can also be a cowardly pathetic character. the woman he loves is murdered, millions of peoples lives are destroyed, and he still gives a crap about yuca ??? and who can be so naive and innocent after living 600+ years, yuca was more realistic, he had become bitter and cold after living that long, theres no way anyone would be as stupid and naive as rain after all those years. he never kills anyone no matter if they go around murdering people, its like he doesnt care.
I read it and decided to get a hardcopy 'cause it was that good!! It's unfortunate that TokyoPop is gonna drop all their mangas, so I hope some other company will pick this up.
I'll say this manga is more shounen than shoujo. It have its cool epic moments like the fights and its sweet moments with the romance. Storyline is fluid and hooks you on. Character developments gradually grows and you don't feel like you got cheated out of anything. I can't wait for the next volume!!
---Edit--- Finally got a chance to finish this up. Again, I wish some other company pick this up. I really REALLY want to complete my set in hardcopy.
Rain's character development was really deep for me. As we get to know his story, I feel that's how his personality came from. Some people might call him weak and pathetic, but i think he's just your typical strong-but-very-kind guy that is trying to protect his precious people. He's simple-minded and kinda dense, just like me. I don't like to think of really complicated stuff. If I like it, I like it. If I hate it, I hate it. He puts others first and is a really REALLY caring guy. I'm not going to spoil it for people, and I think he thinks of that PERSON as his own brother, like familiy. It's like having a family member who does something selfish and stupid, yet still forgive that person. I totally could relate to Rain and for someone to call Rain STUPID should try to understand Rain where he's coming from
And as for Machiko, I think shes your typical girl who is very emotional. I can relate to that. She's a young girl, why can't she be a crybaby? At the age of 14, girls goes through emotion. They are happy, sad, etc etc etc. I remember I was quite a crybaby when I was young. It helps explain Machiko's insecurity sometimes. Her only close person to her, grandfather, died already and now she doesn't want Rain to leave her. I can see that as being real. She's not annoying.
Anyway, if you wanna read and give it a try, go ahead. For me, this is among the best I've read and it was among the first hardcopies I've bought. I'm still hoping for a miracle that the rest of the volumes will be licensed so I can happily put the rest of the set on my bookcase.
... Last updated on October 14th, 2012, 7:42pm
I love Rain, I love Machika, I love Yuca, I love Sharem,... I just love the whole cast! The only exception to the rule would be Freya. The way she treated Rain just isn't right. She couldn't appreciate him at all. She seems to be quite shallow.
My favourite manga of all time
I don't understand why this manga isn't more popular, really. I discovered it years ago and have been following it religiously since I began. I think perhaps the author touched upon a subject that people cannot easily imagine, and definitely can't relate to--immortality. Rain has lived for over 600 years, watching people die. It's hard for any real human to sympathize, as its a pain we could only crudely envision. As far as my imagination goes, I think I can conceptualize it quite well. And perhaps that is one of the factors that I love, that despite all the pain the main character goes through he can still manage to smile. I am sure I would be unable to. There are far more intrigues than that, however. The main basis is romance, but it hardly overwhelms the rest of the plot. It's fast-paced, adventurous, heartwarming and altogether tragic.
I've read a complaint that "the bad guys never get killed when the protagonists get the chance". I'd like to form a small rebuttal in defense of the manga.
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The main antagonist, Yuca, is also immortal, and has lived for who knows how long. But despite his wrongdoings towards Rain, he was evidently his friend. The only time Yuca had slept was against Rain's back. They have a bond, and it's not as simple as "Let's kill the bad guy because he's bad." Rain wanted to help Yuca, and even if he couldn't he claimed he would kill him if he had to, in order to save the people of the world that he still believed harboured humanity.
On another note, this is the only manga I have ever rated 10 out of 10.
... Last updated on November 28th, 2010, 10:27pm
I LOVE IT !!!
Meteor Methuselah.... I love it, but why i love it ? i really don't know ( hahahha ) Maybe the story and the art!
When is the next ch or vol coming out ??
Gorgeous manga with beautiful art and a sweet story. The plot moves along quick, but all the arcs seem to flow into each other seamlessly, rather than being episodic. The mangaka has also more or less done his homework as far as Christian references go, which is a huge plus point - it drives me crazy when bad Western references are put in just for the heck of things. Overall, this is a splendid fantasy story and well worth the read.
I haven't read a manga this good in ... FOREVVERRR >_______<
This manga reminds me of Trigun >__> Vash reminds me of Rain lol XDDDD
There's so much depth in this manga, every character has such an interesting past. The mangaka even took a break from drawing vol 9 to draw a sidestory about Zol. How cool is she?!
The relationship between Rain and Machika is so sweet! I mean at first, I couldn't knock off the feeling of 'pedophile'... but BUT BUT... the bond they build is so strong!
And Yuca, after reading about his past and why he wants to destroy everything, you can't help but wanna hug him and comfort him T_T ... In vol 9 you get to know him a lot better.
>__< I can't wait.. just can't wait til more chaps come out!
No matter what genre your into, no matter how busy you are... you will but down everything to read this. It's THAT GOOD.
This manga is a wonderful mix between comedy and tragedy, something that's rarely done so well. Over the course of these eleven volumes I grew to love and care deeply for almost all the characters, and it was hard to say goodbye. Nonetheless this series is breathtaking and there's something in it that's so pure and honest. The story's not boring at all, either, and it was sure a ride to read through all of these. You really get to know the "villain", too, which I greatly appreciated. With such a beautiful story, along with its own twists and turns, and also compelling and complex characters, this series ranks in one of my all-time favorites. It's weird to say this, but this manga made me cry and laugh at the same time, literally, because I'm so overcome with my emotions. And when everything hits at once (at the climax), I just couldn't stop my tears, and yet I'm happy for all of the characters. This is a beautiful and well-done piece. I hope to read more of this mangaka's work in the future.
... Last updated on May 9th, 2012, 8:32pm
after a LONG wait, finally i can read vol 9 + i loved this series when i first read it back then now i'm gonna read it all again strongly recommend this manga! you wont be disappointed
This was the first shoujo romance I ever read (I really dislike the genre, but finally decided to give it a shot) and it'll probably be the last...cause nothing of the genre can compare! I just love this manga. And this is coming from someone who hate shoujo romance