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    Bloody Monday

    Title: Bloody Monday
    Genres: Action, Drama, Shounen
    Author: Ryō Ryūmon
    Artist: Megumi Kouji
    Publication: Weekly Shonen Magazine
    Start Date: 2007
    End Date: 2009
    Number of chapters at review: 96
    Number of chapters read by reviewer: 96


    General Overview:
    A terrorist group has gotten their hands on a biological “genocide virus”, which has the potential to eliminate a whole country and the only one who can stop this from happening is Takagi Fujimaru, a high school genius hacker under the name of “Falcon”. Together with his friends from the school newspaper club and the help from the big boys of Third-I (a secret government organization behind the curtains who prevents terrorist attacks and stuff) he faces the enemy head-on, often with the very life of people at stake… catching, ain’t it?

    Category Ratings: (1-10 scale)


    Art: 7
    The first thing that you have to understand is that with time passing Bloody Monday becomes better and better in all aspects, be that plot, character development, or like in this case… art. I wouldn’t say that Kouji’s drawing style is extraordinary and super-duper-mega-ultra-unique, but it fits this series pretty well. The characters are well drawn, there are no cases of “arms are 3 times bigger then the body” or stuff like that, and the panels are used pretty wisely. He’s not a maniac of detailed backgrounds and he tends to keep it rather simple, but if he needs to, he can draw some AWESOME backgrounds. I’ll tell you another thing, Kouji loves double-spreads, he just loves them. And using them as a cliffhanger is another one of his hobbies. So in the end, this manga will not only feed your brain but also give you some pretty eye-candy as well.


    Plot: 8
    The plot is consistent and it steadily builds up the hype until it reaches its climax. Your typical scenario of detective mangas. It’s a bit boring at the beginning, due to the not enough developed characters, but after some time even their sole appearance will have a big importance in a chapter. What I can point out the most in this manga are plot twists. You either love them or hate them, and Ryūmon-sensei is rather good at coming up with the one’s that I like.


    Characters: 7
    I’ve read about 30 mangas before I started Bloody Monday and I’ve seen quite a number of characters (both main and supporting ones) and I can say that this manga’s only weak point is character designs. It features a very few amount of “image-burned-in-brains”- types of designs. Notice that I talk about the design. If I were to rate the characters solely by this point I’d give this section a 4, 5 at best. But what’s important is not only the outside, but also the inside. And this is where Bloody Monday’s strong points really are.


    Theme: 7
    Plot Twists, Human Relationship, Humor… or rather some occasional jokes, and of course the whole computer terminology is a mix you don’t see everyday. The one big point that makes this manga different from other one’s is this very computer thing. If you think you’ll learn how to hack into the Pentagon after reading this manga, you are wrong. However, if you’ve spent a little time on the theory of hacking and viruses, you might find some computer terms you’ve heard before. That’s all.


    Originality: 6
    Let’s put it this way. Bloody Monday is a specially made version of Death Note for kids. If you read Death Note, you’ll notice that this manga features quite some number of similarities with DN. Of course in a way, every detective manga is similar to DN, but Bloody Monday goes a little over the top with the look-alikes. However, I have to make a MAJOR break here and say that the more chapters you read, the less it looks like Death Note.

    I give this section only a 6 because you can hardly call a battle of wits something original in the manga industry. Add to this the fact that there are a little too many similarities with other psychological battle / detective manga’s and you’ll understand why I can’t give it a higher score.


    Overall: 8
    Overall means overall. Not certain chapters, that you like or don’t like. And judging Bloody Monday’s Overall rating, I gave it a 8. Bloody Monday is not one of those must-read-before-dies-type of mangas but if you’ve just finished reading a manga and are looking for something new, than Bloody Monday is definitely a good choice. It’s jokes won’t make you go cry on the floor, but they will make you smile. The action will keep you always awake, and after each chapter you’ll always want to know what happens next. Another good point, is that it is already finished, and if you have some free time, you might even finish it in 2-3 days. In the end, it will be a joyful read and you won’t regret having started reading Bloody Monday.

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    Spoiler: Despite the looks the 2nd image is not a spoiler show
    Last edited by alphabeta; August 09, 2011 at 12:53 AM.

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    Re: Bloody Monday

    Excellent review.
    I had also recently just finished Bloody Monday. Never got to season 2 tho.
    I believe that the originality deserves a little bit of up but other than that I agree with everything.
    You're right on about the plot, the tension building is great.
    I'm going to start reading season 2 sometime soon, I look forward to your review, if you are doing one that is.

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    Re: Bloody Monday

    Quote Originally Posted by Zeltrax View Post
    Excellent review.
    I had also recently just finished Bloody Monday. Never got to season 2 tho.
    I believe that the originality deserves a little bit of up but other than that I agree with everything.
    You're right on about the plot, the tension building is great.
    I'm going to start reading season 2 sometime soon, I look forward to your review, if you are doing one that is.
    About season 2. I wrote this review, before I read it, and being frank I saw no reason to review that one, but know that I've just finished that one as well, I decided to do it. Once you read my review you'll know why.

    And about the originality. I can't really argue with you here, because of the spoiler rule, but let's just say, that for the majority of time, this manga deserves a 6 and only in certain parts, it can grow to 7, or maybe even 8. And you don't have to forget, that this manga is made by a duo, so it is Ryūmon's main and primary task to come up with something original.

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    Re: Bloody Monday

    bloody monday is very good indeed. i didn't read the season 2 yet but the season 1 is really good and the season 2 is on my reading list.
    For the season 1 i also give it a 8/10
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    Re: Bloody Monday

    Overall, it deserves 9/10, 8/10 at the lowest. I don't see how this is a ripoff of Death Note when DN was more ambiguous and had two geniuses going against each other, the manga being bad after one of the genius died. Bloody Monday is still good and even better than Death Note since it has humor and better plot, to name a few reasons. Death Note had a main character becoming a mass murderer in the name of justice, Bloody MOnday has a main character saving people and hacking to protect others in the name of justice.

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