JP title: ありそうでNASA荘
This is an updated repost of my earlier review of the manga. Back when I first wrote about it, only volumes 1 and 2 were out, so now that all four volumes are out and the story is officially concluded, I figured I’d do a fresh post instead of constantly updating/rewriting the old one.
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.
JP title: 装甲悪鬼村正 鏖
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. 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