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Cicero City, a city infested with immigrants where people of all races scramble to find work and shelter. Infested with destruction and slaughter, it's a chaotic society. Living on the outside of society, the Jackals are professional assassins with no allegiance, available to the highest bidder. This is their story.
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this manga is so beautiful. the semi realistic art remind me of the immortal samurai, where every page are washed with the innards of the fallen drawn to exquisite detail for us to enjoy. and you can never truly predict who will live and who will die for the secondary characters and until the end you will be surprised who actually live to tell the tale. this seems like a straight manga where death after death occur, but behind it theres simple but effective little plot twists that keep you turning the page wanting to know what will happen next.
and truly, this never paint them as the good guys unlike some manga that glorify pirates and hitman, so you enjoy them being them without such pesky things as morals. and even so, justice triumph in the end and you will be left satisfied on all account.
this is a great manga to feed your violence fetish. read it!
Great seinen with shounen style. Great art, background and philosophy.
I think it is a bit underrated.
Seinen readers are tired of shounen as the shounen route surfaces, but I think that it is not important. The author had focused on philosophy, interesting social structures/changes, visual arts and martial arts, and that's what the manga trying to show you, for me, it is a 10/10.
Sidenote: It is not relevant to the manga, but the translation from Illuminati-Manga sucks. The translator has some sort of religious background or something. It uses the word "Divine" "Zealous" "Holy" quite often, I don't understand what it means and I don't like these tones, it is unnatural. It destroys my reading experience.
... Last updated on November 29th, 2013, 7:30am
Great Art Poor Writing
The manga starts out on a fun, gritty, gory note and has everything you might need for a fun romp through an urban gangland: hot guys with big weapons, questionable morals, and a whole lot of over-powered Yakuza and bounty hunters who need killing.
The first half of the manga goes along smoothly, fleshes out the conflict and new characters it introduces, provides a motive for the protagonist, and actually builds an intriguing little world inside of its plot that really drew me in.
Then for whatever reason, the manga just shot off into the usual disappointing cliches. The conflict between Tennouren and Gabriella was something that I really liked through and through, but after awhile even that started to tank and drag itself under, too.
So, unless you're in mostly for the hot guys, which is one thing this manga doesn't disappoint with, I wouldn't really recommend getting too involved with this one. It's just one great build up that tanks into inevitable disappointment.
Mostly, the ending is just straight up awful.
... Last updated on June 24th, 2013, 9:19am
Would be your average shounen manga, but the art is really nice (hence, 7.5 rather than 7) The action sequences are done very well. Plenty of gore, but didn't bother me too much since people were mostly getting sliced in half, no closeups of guts spilling out .
The characters/world could have been more fleshed out. Other than that, really no complaints. It was an enjoyable read, fairly average but nothing bothered me. Nothing stood out as spectacular, which is why it's not rated 8+
Appreciation of the male body.
The subject of this post sounds very naughty, haha. But what I mean to say is that the illustration on this manga is superb. Rough at the right parts and smooth, thick lines in others--very shounen. The abbs are greatly exaggerated though.. To the point of ridiculous sometimes. Quite a male dominant cast.
Lots of "picturesque" scenes...you know, those scene where the illustration and the composition blend perfectly, making the prefect wallpaper. So, basically, cool posing and all that.
I sought out this manga because I wanted good fight scene, and this manga fulfill that desire perfectly. Lots of sword fightings. Though I am sometimes distracted by the art (the abbs) or the gore. I'm not a squeamish person, so the gore (i.e. body parts cut in half) doesn't bother me as much as it probably should. But I must warn others reading this: be prepare for the blood and gore.
Plot: it's good so far. Typical gang scruffles. I'll update again on this when I finish reading it.
Yakuza gangs delinquent and such
this is in my list of being one of the best to read out of my category ( see subject) got to say the ending left me satisfied but wanting more.. this is a must read trust me u wont get bored
Mediocre manga in all aspects. It starts with some potential but you soon come to realize that's all the author can do. He had a nice idea but wasn't able to develop it.
The story is boring though there's a lot of action, you still don't care about it or any of the characters. This manga is listed as seinen but it's simple as a shounen.
The art is ok. It has some strong points but it can't fill the void the story leaves.
The art is great, the story and characters are clichéd with no original exectution, no real development in either area, but I didn't REGRET reading it, and I guess that's the main point. A seven for being completely standard and enjoyable.
Goodness gracious mangakas, why, why, why? The story was built up so great and then, the inevitable happens, the ending came as fast as it could and was terrible. Cliffhanger...really though? I mean, this doesn't look like its getting a sequel so just wrap it up, and I mean WRAP IT UP. I guess lately I have just been reading too many good mangas that ended up with egregious endings.
"In the beginning, there was Jackals, and it was awesome."
This manga started out dark, violent and gory, with some of the better artwork I've ever seen. Helps that everything was being gloriously eviscerated by a dark-skinned, light-haired K-doppelganger wielding a giant serrated kitchen knife (Bleach, anyone?). The support characters were decently fleshed out too and set the stage for an interesting seinen gorefest.
But everything goes downhill from the halfway point. Tired storylines, cliched flashbacks to tragic pasts and oh-so-predictable deus ex machina appearances by previously unkown superpowers (and of course the known). By the last ten chapters it becomes a rehash of the worst aspects of Rurouni Kenshin and Shin Angyo Onshi combined with a swiss cheese worth of plot holes enough to make the most seasoned reader wince. Its rare to see manga detiorate so rapidly and in such egregious form that it makes one wonder if the original author had died and been impersonated by Stefanie Meyer (touch wood). Even its incredible art begins to flag in its visceral impact and unique style at the end, eventually looking like a cgi reproduction of typical shounen-action art (thank god Bleach hasn't gotten to that point yet).
I give this a 7 simply based on the sheer awesomeneness present in first half of the manga. Considering anything after that would be just sad, and a disservice to the huge potential this one had.