- Manga / Comic Review
- Akira Haru
- Apr 21, 2012 9:32 AM
Okamirai 狼雷 by Matsuyama Takeshi 松山健(and Milky)
Okamirai is about 22-year-old college student, Chiba Jin, who steps into the dangerous world of the Yokai when he finds a stray dog. The dog starts to follow him around and even runs off into the direction of Jin's apartment, much to the shock of Jin. The dog is then revealed to be ''owned'' by Matsumoto Kuruno, who we later learn is a Yokai agent.The stray dog howls for Jin, who runs out to meet it, only to chase it into an area where an otoroshi from the Yokai world is amidst, and a defeated Kuruno is laying, badly hurt. The stray dog is then revealed to be an otoroshi himself called Raiju, who offers to bond with Jin, in other to defeat the other otoroshi, but it results in them being spiritually bonded for eternity. Jin accepts Raiju's proposition, and quickly defeats the otoroshi using an attack called 'Okami no doken'. Jin then wakes up the next day, thinking everything was just a dream, but doesn't know that he can never leave behind all the events that happened...That is all I'm going to reveal, for those of you who have not read this manga yet.
The story is very well thought out, and open to many plots, most of which I know will be very exciting to read. Matsuyama Takeshi has had a very good idea with this storyline, as it leaves him enough freedom to create as many different types of otoroshi, secrets for us to wonder about the Yokai world and many characters for Jin, and us, to encounter.
Who knows how the story will turn out, but I for one, am looking forward to the future of this story.
Okamirai's art is very beutiful to look at and Matsuyama Takeshi is very talented at using colours to really make a character stand out. One example is the main character Jin himself, who's hair is coloured blue and every long strand shaded with a darker blue to really make him stand out.
The backgrounds in Okamirai are also very well done, and have been given a lot of attention, if you look closer to the detail.
All characters have the right amount of proportion and body structure and the use of tone is done almost perfectly. The art style reminds me of One Piece and a bit of Naruto mixed in.
Okamirai is a very good shounen manga. The humour is very typical of a shounen story and fits very well with the personality's of the characters, as I see some characters resemble other characters from other manga, personality wise(e.g Kuruno, to me, reminds me of Temari from Naruto).
I can honestly say, that Okamirai is the sort of manga that deserves to be published in a weekly or monthly magazine e.g Weekly Shonen Jump or Shonen Sunday.
Okamirai is a manga that would think would be very well deserving of an anime. It is that good.
It would be a story enjoyed by any age and even liked by people who aren't really interested in manga but just want to read something cool.
Rating out of 10: 9/10
Okamirai manga link:http://www.mangamagazine.net/manga-and-comics/Okamirai-/detail-page/119
Matsuyama Takeshi(and Milky's) profile:http://www.mangamagazine.net/authors-and-artists/Matsuyama-Takeshi-/detail-page/16841
I hope you check out Okamirai and love it.
Thanks for reading this review!
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