JP title: ありそうでNASA荘
Every once in a while when the moon turns blood red, the stars align and the wolves howl in the night, I do something unlike me and read something dumb and light-hearted. Because even a gourmet eater craves a big, juicy, disgusting hamburger from time to time, right? Right. IN ANY EVENT. I picked up this manga on a whim because the art looked great and the premise sounded wtf enough to pique my curiosity. And… maybe the cover art influenced me too… just a bit… yeah… Anyway, so putting that aside, let’s talk about this dumb, light-hearted, but semi-entertaining manga about a bunch of weirdos doing weird things.
After having read through the other two Muramasa manga adaptations (that is, Eiyuu-hen and Minagoroshi), I couldn’t help but feel a strong urge to check out the third adaptation as well — Makai-hen, being the biggest and most ambitious of the bunch, spanning over five whole volumes, was particularly exciting to me as a Muramasa fan, seeing how its storyline takes place *after* the VN’s true end.
Speaking of which, there are some things I have to mention in advance. First, there will be spoilers for the VN, naturally. This manga is a sequel, so I fully expect you to be familiar with the VN’s storyline, as well as that of Re:Blade Arts (in the Janen-hen fandisc), considering Makai-hen is basically a story showing the events that eventually lead up to Re:Blade Arts. But more on that later. The other thing is that this post will include some major spoilers when I come to discussing certain elements of the manga’s plot — I’ll give a clear warning before the paragraphs in question.
BUT GARE THIS IS NOT A VISUAL NOVEL 😡
I know, love. But it’s been two bloody months since I’ve written anything here, KKK is progressing slowly, I haven’t touched Dual Destinies in ages and I still don’t have all of Makai-hen. Shh, it’s going to be okay. I’m here. I’ll hold you. Everything’s going to be just fine.
Note: My reviews for the other two Muramasa manga adaptations can be found here: Makai-hen — Eiyuu-hen
So, Minagoroshi. Never have I seen a manga title that was so frighteningly accurate in describing the contents of its story. With that said, and I’m gonna jump the gun a little bit because it’s hard to contain my excitement — this manga kicked some serious ass for a mere spinoff. It might be short, it might be over before you realize it and as such, there’s little room for too much character development, hell it might be even a bit predictable if you’ve read the VN, but goddammit it’s still Muramasa through and through. The basic message and pitch black, “no happy end for anyone ever” tone of the original work has been quite skillfully adapted into this quick, 200-page-long one-off volume, and managed to tear out my already bleeding heart, chew it up to shreds and spit it out to the dogs.
Allow me to elaborate.
JP title: 装甲悪鬼村正 英雄編
I know I normally don’t do manga reviews, but since this is Muramasa, I had to make an exception.
Note: My reviews for the other two Muramasa manga adaptations can be found here: Makai-hen — Minagoroshi