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by israel8491 on August 6th, 2011, 9:41pm
Rating - 9.2 / 10.0
User rating of this review - N/A out of 5
Story/Plot - 4 out of 5
Characters - 4.5 out of 5
Drawing Style - 5 out of 5
Enjoyment - 5 out of 5
Overall - 4.6 out of 5
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Chrno Crusade, also known as Chrono Crusade, takes place in the 1920s in America. It follows the adventures of Rosette Christopher, a nun, and her demon friend and partner Chrno. Rosette is a member of the Order of Magdalene, which was established to hunt down and destroy demons. Rosette is searching for her younger brother, who vanished four years ago with a demon named Aion. The manga follows Rosette and Chrno's search as they begin to discover exactly what Aion is planning.
The story is very engaging, and what seem like filler chapters at the beginning actually have massive importance later on. The end is extremely abrupt and left many unsatisfied, however. I liked it, but that's just me.
The two main characters are Rosette Christopher and Chrno. Rosette is sixteen and has a fiery personality. She is not afraid to say her mind, but can come across as rougher than she means to. She has a great deal of trouble following the instructions of her superiors in the Order, especially when they conflict with her own desires.
Chrno is a demon, albeit a much friendlier one than the sort the Order fights. It is for this reason only that they tolerate him. Chrno is bound to Rosette's soul. When he uses his full power, he takes energy from Rosette's life-force, thereby shortening her lifespan. This leads to a great deal of conflict for Chrno, who does not want to hurt his friend.
Other characters include Aion, the main antagonist, Joshua, Rosette's missing brother, Azumaria, a young girl with healing powers, and Stella, who, like Rosette, is searching for a missing sibling.
This manga is full of interesting, dynamic characters, although a few do fall into stereotypes. The manga is basically carried by the two protagonists, but they are interesting enough to do so.
Daisuke Moriyama's artwork is full of expression and movement. His characters are expressive and convey emotion well. The action scenes are well thought-out and are full of excitement, but it is the quiet moments in between that really make the artwork shine.
I loved this manga. It's in my top three favorites easily. Because it's old-ish it's not very well read, but it's definitely worth looking it up.
Anyone who is a fan of shonen will like Chrno Crusade, and I think it might even sway some shojo fans as well. With an excellent plot and two truly amazing protagonists, this series will definitely hook you.
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