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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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Wonderful blend of so many things.
Be warned, this is a surprisingly dark series. (I say that with no negative connotation attached.)
Despite being shoujo, Immortal Rain has a very shounen feel; the mangaka herself admits that is what she was going for. I think she pulled off the blend fantastically, opening up this series to readers who typically wouldn't go for shoujo while also adding something unique for avid fans.
What I love most about this series are two things: the unique-ness and the characters. I could go on and on, but to put it simply, the story is nothing you'll see anywhere else. And you absolutely have to appreciate characters that make you FEEL. If you read enough, you realize that is not a given. I grew to love these characters very quickly, and watching their growth throughout the series was both wonderful and heartbreaking. Most shockingly, characters I hated in the beginning evolved into characters I understood, sympathized with, and cried for.
I think this is one of those series that should be on everyone's shelf.
And by surprising I mean I was surprised it made a comeback.
It started off brilliant and then it sort of died down to the point where I wanted to give it up, only for it to perk back up again and hit a climax that had me engrossed for the rest of the story. Immortal Rain has everything you're looking for in a manga and I'm surprised "psychological" isn't a tag because my mind was a little f*cked with.
Did anyone else expect a "cute" or at least shoujo-y manga? Haha, don't be deceive, sh!t gets real and fast, but that's what made it so surprisingly good.
It's brilliant, I enjoyed it and the ending was very cute. A nice ride and I'll probably revisit it in the future. But, people, could you imagine an anime! *gasp* BEST. POSSIBLE. ANIME!
... Last updated on May 14th, 2013, 6:59pm
You know that feeling after reading a manga when you just want to stand up and run around the room fangirling? This definitely gave me that feeling. Inspired me to write fanfiction, even, though I actually ended up starting an original story that was fueled by my excitement from finishing this manga.
Though I had started it once and said 'this looks boring' and tossed it away, I am so, so glad I went back and finished it. It is a real page-turner, to say the least, with the perfect mix of romance, comedy, action, and everything else! This is one of my all-time favorite mangas and I would recommend it to anybody, no matter what genre they were originally looking for. I'd buy it for them, shove it in their face and say, 'here, read it. You'll love it. Trust me.'
Actual romance in this action series! My favorite of all!
I had no clue of this series when tokyopop was publishing it. It's so good! I love goofy Rain his expressions when he blushes due to Machika are priceless.
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Like when they finally reunite after a year has passed and she wants to see his cross. His expression was very kyaaa!
The story was very compelling and the art was fabulous, especially seenig the art go from thd 90's look (like how D·N·Angel started out.) to the 2000's soundz stupid, but I like seeing how the art changes in long running series. The ending was very nice, and satisfying.
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Seeing Rain with his hair cut was very refreshing he is handsome both ways. And then seeing Yuca with his ending was very satisfying. It looks like he was reborn in modern Japan, unlike where the story took place.
I recomend this to anyone who likes "actual" romance not some fiddle diddle in action/fantasy manga's
... Last updated on March 15th, 2013, 1:46pm
JUST DO IT.
Don't let the cover fool you. Romance, action, adventure, character you absorb yourself in, and a plot that leaves you gaping in awe. Read it. Just do it.
Immortal Rain is fantastic. There is absolutely no reason for you to skip over this gem of a work. The best way for me to describe it is as the shoujo counterpart of Fullmetal Alchemist. Granted, on the surface, these are two very different, but they both have strong protagonists that develop over the course of the series, great and action-packed plotlines, a phenomenal cast of side characters, really accomplished artwork, and some very dark and heavy underlying themes about life and existence. Maybe this is just because I love to read terrible chick flick-style manga, but in my opinion, Immortal Rain is arguably the best series in the shoujo genre. No exaggeration, this is a great series.
Also, side note, I know a lot of people have their panties in a twist over Machika being 14-15 and Rain being 624, but 1.) this is a terrible reason to gloss over a really excellent series, and 2.) their relationship is not sexual in any way, so you can go and calm yourself.
I am really new to shoujo genre, and can't compare to other shoujo mangas, but I just can not express my fascination from the first chapter to the last. The story is griping literally from the begining, and it holds you to the end with the same excitment. The good part of this manga is that there is no repetative chapters like "the gang saved the day again and gain new friends in the village, oh adventureous life". I personally hate these types of manga, and this one had a part in the begining where there was real danger from becoming like it..but actually the storyline is developing with the characters, and for the characters. I absolutely LOVE every character, from the main antagonist to the main protagonist- everyone says that the leading female is kind of whiny, but considering her age and circumstances in which she develops, she has every right to be. And even if she is portrayed as a strong woman warrior, her crying is what bring us closer to her-afteall she is just a human and a child. You will definetelly love main protagnoist Rain who is portrayed as an optimistic, goofey, happy, kind character, and the main antagonist Yuca, who is a direct contrast to Rain..they are perhaps like the sun and the moon, each one has its charm in certain circumstances. this is obvious in their physical appearance as well. So, yeah, definitely read it. it took me one day to finish it, although its not that short. AND THE ART is beautiful. You will enjoy it to the fullest.
... Last updated on July 18th, 2012, 3:44am
I don't usually cry for manga's...
I can't even count how many times I had first put this off. I would get into it but my interest would slowly burn away and I'd eventually just stop looking at it. After a while, I'd start up on it again from the very beginning, hoping that THIS time, I would finish it. So yeah, thats how it worked for a couple of times.
.......HOWEVER, I finally finished it and it sucks because I'm actually crying right now. Why did I put this off for so long? In my case, I'm usually cynical when it comes to..well, anything and I usually don't leave manga's feeling this...happy, no matter how much I initially loved it. I have the goofiest grin on my face right now...
A part of me wants to write an extremely well thought out, detailed review but I know that it won't exactly convey what I want it to. You'll have to find out for yourself. Really.
I can't force anyone to read but I wouldn't give up on this one. I almost did the same for Gurren Lagann...and while this doesnt measure up to THAT, it's still a really great read. I'd recommend checking it out.
Not for me
I didn't enjoy this manga, i tought it would be a better manga with a more awesome story, but it talk about a 624 years old immortal guy falling in love with a 14-15 years old girl (isn't that a bit weird?) the first 4-5 vol's were full of shojo material, and then i tought i should stop but i saw a reviev that made me go one, now that i finished it i cure that person because this manga has nothing new... it's booring and the finale is simple. the characters also weren't that awesome, but i enjoyed some of them like lady sharem, folk before the angelification.
Im not a fan of sci fi but i regret not having read this earlier. I put it off for like years and now I want to repeat it over and over again. It's just epic! It is kinda long but it's full of drama and action. getting past cliche characters, the story explores the truth behind the lives and feelings of superior engineered or modified humans. It can make you cry when you least expect too at times. First time I read about a goofy guy with a really heavy past and it's just heart breaking at times. Esp with Yuca. The ending was almost tragic but ended up rather beautiful. I expected more tragedy but oh well.
YOU MUST READ THIS. it's not like any other story/manga/book/movie anything i've come across. there's an element of boredom and anticipation at the same time. it's not to be rushed. take time coz you really gotta read at times to get what it's about.