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ib - Instant Bullet  
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Everything in this world is my enemy. This kind of world is worthless. A boy, who is called a demon with no human heart, breathes, lives and imagines. But what is the pounding in his heart when he heard he is going to save the world? That’s not his wish, though…


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ib - インスタントバレット
ib: Instant Bullet

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5 Volumes (Complete)

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Average: 8.1 / 10.0 (221 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.9 / 10.0
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July 25th 2017, 11:09am PST



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Dengeki Maoh (ASCII Media Works)

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An Ode to the Irrational World   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by blackluna
January 6th, 2017, 7:34pm
In conflict with the various negative comments, I found ib — Instant Bullet both enjoyable and insightful. The characters are relatable, even with their very twisted pasts, the artwork is beautiful and fitting, the pace is suitable, and the topic well addressed. Using the internal conflicts of many of the characters, Akasaka-sensei addresses many aspects of human nature and existence, whilst still maintaining a degree of humour and avoiding becoming too heavy. There are quite a few plot twists and nothing that could be called melodrama, though the characters and work as a whole display some angst. This is especially true of the resentment or malice they bare towards the world: they all have to grapple with there being no particular reason for the horrible things in their lives and the world, just the irrationality of the world's existence (which just so happens to be the philosophical definition of angst, as given to us by the Existentialists). My sole complaint is that the ending is somewhat incomplete, however, as anyone who bothers to read the Postscript will find out, it is an incomplete work and Akasaka-sensei plans to complete it in some form. All in all, it feels somewhat akin to Sekai Oni, so I'd recommend ib to those who enjoyed it as well as anyone who appreciates a little thoughtful pessimism and negativity.

... Last updated on January 6th, 2017, 8:15pm
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Some people here...   
Rating: N/A
by CaptainNuja
December 23rd, 2016, 4:29pm
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@orario dude the characters here suffer waaaaay more than just not having friends... the MC was *spoilers * abandoned by his parents, thrown into a river by his mother, had his closest friend almost raped and committed suicide by burning down her house, and also having his lover shot in the head *end spoilers*.... how is this not suffering?

Anyway, the manga was pretty good for a first time manga. Better than most of the garbage that comes out recently. It is a little too heavy at times and the ending is a bit rushed but it doesn't detract it from the well written plot. Plot twists here were actually unexpected and pretty good. Overall a solid 7/10. Worth reading if you have nothing to do on a rainy day or something.
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Mostly sad instead of "funny". But, I think it's good.   
Rating: N/A
by Swifft
October 10th, 2016, 3:43pm
You probably know this was a cancelled series and you might know that it's from the author of Kaguya Wants to be Confessed to. I went into it knowing little about it except that some people LOVED it and some hated it. I found a few who thought it was quite good, but rough, and that's where you can find my opinion. This series attempts to tackle the issue of "why bother with a world full of garbage, misery, and despair" with people who have lived through garbage, misery, and despair and thus the series itself is very cynical. It also ends before it can find out what reason there is if there's any at all, other than "welp, better destroy the world". What is here is interesting, especially conceptually, and that shines through despite the unpolished nature of a rookie's work. The author has expressed a desire to return to or remake this series. I'd like to see a remake, this series could be fantastic and it's already really good. Wrote a biggish review to go over more of my thoughts on it. Hope the author's success with his new work lets his dream come true.

Full review:
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Melodrama and monologues   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by DoujinHunter
August 20th, 2016, 2:04pm
This story has several major problems:

  • Most of the characters have such twisted backstories that they aren't easy to relate to, and their backstories and personalities aren't really interesting enough to become otherwise enamored with them.
  • Much of the story is melodramatic i.e. instead of the wronged characters lashing out against the proximate causes of their problems they blame "the World" and seek to cause devastation and suffering for everyone.
  • Characters monologue at various points to show off their motivations and backstories instead of actually doing things to show themselves to be distraught, bitter, complicated, etc.

And the relatively rushed ending (perhaps pause would be a better word to describe the author's intent) brings all of these problems to the forefront.
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Probably too pretentious for a filthy casual like me   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by orario
June 22nd, 2016, 12:59pm
It's a manga full of psychological bullshit and drama. Like everyone suffers and all the characters want to destroy the world...yep that kind of vibe.

If the characters in this manga are "suffering" then what about those people that paralized and have to suffer the humiliation of having their asses wiped off? What about those having seen their lover raped in front of them? What about those having their children dying of hunger in their arms? That's what suffering and pain are, not...not having friends -_-

In this manga - like in all dark Japanese manga or LNs - it is stressed out just how much it hurts to be wtf. People don't die from this, nor do they fall into despair.

For example I have not had any friends at all for more than 3 years and not even once have I started bullshiting like the characters in this manga do. But I'm nothing compared to my grandpa. He is 90 years old now and he has been living all alone, by himself, for over 40 years. And he's still sane and kicking.
I know this is fiction, but characters need to be relatable - and they're not...that unless you're also one of those emo teenagers that lisen to bands like Tokyo Hotel and are whoring around for attention by telling everyone just how much their lives suck.


At any rate, I said in the title that I'm just a filthy casual. I came to read this manga expecting some fantasy or even romance, not some 3rd rate dark drama...

But people are different and their tastes are the same as well. I for one always get triggered by this kind of pathetic excuses for drama.

(Dropped after 6 chapters)

... Last updated on June 22nd, 2016, 1:03pm
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A Few Criticisms   
Rating: 9.2 / 10.0
by VWombat
April 10th, 2016, 10:14am
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Despite my criticisms, this manga is worth the read, if only for the feels, lovable characters, and interesting twists. There no excuse not to; it only has 25 chapters.

Firstly, I say lovable characters, but to be precise, there are three. The hero girl had potential, but all the initial buildup and characterization goes to waste when her personality twists. The same twist happens to the witch, but the characterization until then already solidified, and her suffering makes her more pitable. In other words, the time spent on the hero girl is wasted time.

Secondly, the changing hero-villain dynamic is actually interesting, but not fleshed out enough to provoke thought or emotion. In fact, it's entirely dropped as a theme (besides a few casual mentions) until the end, after I more or less forgot about its existance. It's supposed to be a central idea, but isn't.

Thirdly, commenting on the story as a whole, there's not enough between the twists and feels. The twists and plot are interesting, but come from nowhere with no prior indications of sudden changes, e.g. personality shifts. This might be fine in a several hundred chapter colossus which hasn't planned that far ahead, but not so much in a 25 chapter series.

Fourthly, some characters motivations aren't fleshed out and/or don't make sense. From the protagonist's history, I don't get the impression of someone who wants to destroy the world. He mostly seems like he should be lonely, sad, and regretful - which he is, but for some unknown reason, he also wants to destroy the world (or says so, for no reason, it doesn't contribute to the story much). Also, the entire hero organization basically has no history, they just exist to act as the antagonists and suddenly change their minds so the protagonist doesn't actually have to look for hero girl.

Fifthly, because of that flawed "destroy the world" mentality, the character development branching from it is also flawed. The protagonist jumps between attitudes, sometimes making it seem like he only takes that attitude for other peoples' sake, sometimes making it seem like he genuinely thinks that.

To reiterate, this manga was good. I'm a cold, heartless bastard, so when a manga makes me feel anything beyond the ordinary frustration with cliches or disgust with characters that are supposed to be likable, it's done well.
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by hurafloyd
March 7th, 2016, 7:39am
While reading this manga I thought: "not many will be able to get this one". I think those of us that have harbored some kind of deep darkness (it may sound fantastical but, ask yourself, have you not?) it may be a memory now, or it is something that is currently coursing through you, a feeling, a thought, a regret... then you will be able to sympathize with every character and the story, sadly, some of them did not have enough development to delve into their darkness because Japs are retarded that only like ecchi and stupid manga so this one was cut short... *sigh* I hate this world (lol).

I'll risk saying this, if you are really ignorant about yourself and the world, while living quite a happy life (ignorance is bliss), then this manga is not for you.

... Last updated on March 7th, 2016, 7:41am
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Rating: N/A
by cosners
January 26th, 2016, 6:41pm
It was unrepentantly emo, but somehow manages not to be annoying. I think the only decent character was Kokage though, since her backstory and particular plan for world destruction were consistent with one another. It may have been the case that we never really saw too much of the other Ibs' backstories, but their desire to destroy the world felt disproportionate to their backstories, especially the main protagonist's.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by MondSemmel
November 23rd, 2015, 5:13am
What's the best way to praise this manga? Ah, right! It's a different take on the ideas behind Hoshi no Samidare, one of my favorite manga of all time. In other words, the consequences of typical shounen tropes (a number of people suddenly get superpowers, which can be used for good or evil; the fate of the world is at stake; etc) treated with the maturity and gravitas which the best seinen series have to offer.

The story deals with so many themes - despair, salvation, romance, tragedy, absurdity, weakness, precognition, determinism... But what I found particularly refreshing was its vast scope. It's set in a single town, and yet addresses a remarkable range of suffering with its cast of varied and flawed characters.

The final arc is fine but not quite up to the high standards set by the rest of the work; it's obvious that the ending was rushed. My recommendation: read the first 15 chapters - which are amazing -, then take a break before the rest of the series. That way, you can enjoy the whole manga without taking the risk of having the rushed nature of the ending spoil what came before it.

... Last updated on November 23rd, 2015, 5:25am
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Love It   
Rating: 9.6 / 10.0
by Suxinn
November 23rd, 2015, 2:53am
Gosh, I don't know how ib did it. It had all the elements that I ostensibly didn't like (in particular, the antihero protagonist who wants to destroy the world), but ib makes everything work, and work really, incredibly well.

I loved ib. It was fantastic. Probably one of the best things I can remember reading in recent years. The lines were poignant, the character conflicts fell on just the right side of painful, the art was wonky occasionally, but when it worked, it worked.

And, in their final comments, the author notes that ib is their "life's work," and it definitely shows. The whole thing is just so earnest, and this earnestness really comes through that, even with all its flaws, I can't help but cheer both the mangaka and the characters on. It's definitely a work that I would love to see them revisiting, if only to see how much they have grown as a person. (Because ib definitely feels like a personal reflection above all else, and that's definitely part of its charm.)

I've seen some people dissatisfied with the ending, and it did feel slightly strange to me (it's clear that it was a premature ending and that there could be more to come), but I still enjoyed it regardless. For a series of this scope, it almost felt like any ending would be disappointing, and the fact that I wasn't disappointed by that ending, no matter how truncated it is, says a lot about the mangaka's ability.

I'm definitely looking forward to their future in the manga industry, because if this is their first work, then who knows what other amazing things will come from them.
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