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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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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.
amazing and beautiful
I didn't think it would end so beautifully. Don't you all think that Rain is like Vash the Stampede? He's immortal, loves humans like nobody, doesn't want' to kill nobody and is simply stupid (in a cute way) at certain times?
... Last updated on May 16th, 2012, 3:32am
it's been quite sometimes that i give comment here but this time, i really need to give it so that anyone that found this manga would not leave the current page.. even though i'm not a very good person in analysis certain manga like some others, i feel very satisfied with this one.. i have to admit, the romance that in this story isn't overwhelming that i thought it will be (like in kanata kara) but the story push the 'romance' feeling into another side.. Rain, so far is the one of the best male protagonist that i'd found.. he is so carefree even though had a tragic past.. and i think that is his best trait.. it's very hard to find guys like that in manga without ended up like Yuca.. in the aspect of Machika, she's a strong girl. no one can doubt that.. there are times when i think that she's manlier than Rain is (lol).. and Yuca, sometimes i feel so sorry for him.. he is my favourite character in this manga.. and i gotta say, i love the fact that rain wait for him for 600 years.. what a friendship is that.. if you want to escape from the shoujo's (sparkles) moment, then this is the manga for you..
... Last updated on May 12th, 2012, 11:44pm
Yes, it is that good.
It's tragic, uplifting and beautiful. The characters are wonderful, especially Rain and Yuca. The flashback scenes made me cry once, but I was not sad with the ending. The art is great, and there is a great use of facial expression. Rain's smile could make you warm up inside, and he's a drawing. Normally, these types of shoujo have a really angsty lead male (like From Far Away), but instead we are given Rain, who although has had a tragic past (which is what made me cry), still manages to have that heart-warming smile and a sense of optimistic hope that makes him so loveable. I do not get what these critics are complaining about. |The are teeny flaws in pacing, but so what. The entire manga is wonderful.
For those who liked this, Fullmetal Alchemist, From Far Away (for the romance/some of the plot), and Red River (ditto) are what I would recommend trying next.
Won't know unless you give it a shot
There are more negative opinions than I expected. I disagree with some, to some I can relate even though I totally fell for this series. What caught me is that as shoujo with lots of feelings and drama, it is still packed with action. It has quite uncommon plot, among shoujos at least. The setting is somewhat westernized what, at least for me, made it refreshing. I liked all the characters (Yuca's character development was quite moving). I can totally agree that Rain is a pushover, but if he was taking it for over 600 years when he could kick butts, I think calling him a pathetic coward is missing more than half of the story.
It's not as good as you expected
I have to say that I've just spent my whole night reading this series since a lot of people said this one was great. To be honest, those first chapters really amazed me, I thought this manga was gonna be cool. But then, the plot was going nowhere and I didn't really get what was going on. By this I meant why did Yuca have to do that to Rain? For what? He made everything seem so complicated. Luca was meant to be a villain in the beginning, well it seems like that to me.. but when he was reborn.. I don't know, he became kind of sweet.. The heck? When I was reading those conversations of Luca and Rain, they were always like "I don't want you to forget me.." "I waited you for 600 years", something like that. It feels like they are lovers O_O Seriously, when I'm reading this series, I feel like this manga has more shounen-ai elements than shoujo's, however, it's just my personal thought. Furthermore, when I finished this series, I was like "Ohh that's it? So.. what was this manga really about like seriously?". Also, the way the manga ended just didn't make any sense.. How could Luca save Rain while they were with that giant monster? I know the mangaka aimed for a happy ending, but this one sounded just like fairytale.
The artwork is nice, not my type though, but it looks beautiful. However, I think the mangaka draw guys better than girls.
... Last updated on May 28th, 2013, 6:05am
More than what I could have imagined
Read this manga, no matter what age or gender you are. I cannot believe I put it off for so long, this manga is phenomenal!!!! It was a perfect balance of intensity, action, romance,darkness and light. I would not have wanted this manga to change a bit. One character that took my breath away was ms. Sharem. Despite seeming weak with her crumbling heart, she was the strongest person in this story. Really, I found her the most interesting and heartbreaking, as everyday she kept on living and trying to go on without her child. That itself shows the most strength in my opinion. Some may find the beginning slow, as I have seen in comments below, but do not be discouraged! If you get past the shallow want of just a romance, this manga has so much more to offer. The themes, messages and deep plot was so refreshing and made me at a loss for words. Basically, it is a story of lonliness. Each character has great amounts of loss, which makes them have that need to fill it with violence. We see the lonliness in living forever and what it means to be alone in the world. The poetic lines and the amazingly heart wrenching scenes made my heart stop more than once. I think this ties as my favourite manga of all time with only one other manga. So... READ IT!!!