Manga Monday: Enen no Shouboutai by Ookubu Atsushi

Michael Blaker
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This week for Manga Monday I’m Quick Reviewing a series I stumbled across the other day. It’s Enen no Shouboutai by Ookubu Atsushi!

Plot Synopsis: An unexplainable phenomenon of people bursting into flames assails humanity. Put your life on the line to extinguish the flames!

Plot: The plot looks to be pretty interesting, but it’s not the best I’ve seen. I have some hesitations towards the series, but that’s more to do with the author’s previous works, mainly Soul Eater devolving into a mess as time went on.

Characters: Shinra is our main character and it’s pretty obvious that he’s got some serious psychological issues like PTSD. If it weren’t for that aspect I probably wouldn’t be as interested in the series and just pass it off as a typical Shounen series that will devolve into a battle series as time goes on. The rest of the rather small cast is interesting, but nothing super amazing pops out in this first chapter. It’s really all Shinra’s show, and I’ll give him a few more chapters before delivering final judgement.

Art: The art is great, which isn’t unexpected from one of the bigger names in Manga considering his prior work Soul Eater is world famous.

Overall: Give it a shot, you may or may not enjoy it. I’m going to tentatively give this a possibility of turning great, but it’s a 50/50 chance between that and devolving into a mess like Soul Eater ended up becoming.

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