You know, there comes a time when you just have to sit down and realize what’s really going on in the world around. Poverty, corruption, high crime rates, rising cost of living, a shrinking middle class. Its all enough to make you depressed. In the world of Akumetsu, Japan is pretty much where the rest of the world is now. An enormous economic deficit, corruption left and right, a shrinking middle class, and a stagnant number of unemployed. Funny thing about Akumetsu is that it was released in the year 2003, many years prior to out current global economic s***hole. Akumetsudramus?

If you have seen/read Death Note, the premise is actually quite similar. Our main character, Shou, is bent on destroying the evil that plagues Japan. Get rid of the corrupt politicians = progress. What sets apart Akumetsu from Death Note is that our main character, Shou A.K.A. Akumetsu, gets away with everything he does. When I say everything, I mean everything. In Death Note, Light got away with things at first, but when his actions started to become suspicious, he wasn’t able to get away with everything like he wanted anymore. Now, many have claimed Akumetsu is a direct rip-off of Death Note. These people are imbeciles. Akumetsu came out before Death Note. If anything, Death Note copied Akumetsu. I mean for god’s sake, Shou’s best friend looks eerily similar to Light Yagami. They have the same facial expressions and everything. Imitation is the highest form of flattery as they say. In any case, this manga was one helluva ride. Its addicting, and everything about it screams awesomeness. I can safely say this is one of the best manga I have read ever.

Score - 10/10

Akumetsu (Reading)


Wow, only 5 chapters in and I can already tell this manga is gonna be amazing. Akumetsu is the story of Shou, a vigilante that’s out trying to straighten the corrupt Japanese Government through terrorism with his “One man, One kill” code of action. Plot isn’t exactly original, but the characters and setting drive this story. I’ve heard nothing but good things so Ill continue reading.