This week for Sensate Saturday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s Zero The Man of the Creation by Ai Eishi!
Plot Synopsis: There is a mysterious and resourceful man who goes by the name “Zero.” An expert on artworks, antiques and ancient artifacts, Zero is adept at rooting out their histories and uncovering any unusual qualities they possess. Because of this, he frequently gets called on to dispel “curses” and to both uncover and create forgeries. Zero is a man who will stop at nothing to see a job done, but he will also charge whatever fee he deems appropriate: it might be a billion dollars, or it might just be one.
Plot: The plot of this first chapter was excellent and also really informative, as someone who has studied Art History, although not the subject covered in this first chapter, I was highly intrigued and captivated by this plot. I won’t say it’s the best thing I’ve ever read, but it definitely scratched the Art History itch for me and that’s more than enough to make me pleased. Sadly while the series is complete in Japan it’s only started to be translated, so I’ll probably need to wait a few years (probably more) before reading the rest of the series.
Characters: Zero is a really interesting main character, and while it seems that the rest of the characters introduced in this first chapter are going to be just one time characters, you never know.
Art: The art is excellent, although it’s definitely not like more modern series, but that’s not surprising since the first chapter was released back in 1991! It is a Shueisha publication so I expect the artwork will stay consistent.
Overall: This was a really interesting read, and any Art History buffs will enjoy the series greatly.
For those who like: Mystery, Art History, Excellent Plot, Fantastic Protagonist, Great Artwork.
Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.