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By : Shibashi Hiroshi
Serialized in : Weekly Shounen Jump
Genre : Fantasy & Mystery
Supernatural creatures live alongside humans, but these "rares" are being hunted to extinction over time. An organization is being formed to protect these rares, and allow them to live their lives as they like. The starting members of this organization are few; there's the masked Fukumen, the Black Vampyr king AxL, and they are soon joined by the sweet-voiced mermaid Mirror. Together, they will protect the rares from the deadly hunters! made by tethysdust
By the Mangaka of Nuranihyon no Mago
First chapter thanks to Red Hawk Scanlations
Last edited by Doraku; February 25, 2014 at 06:35 PM. Reason: reformatting first post
I thought it was a good first chapter.
Still think it's a bit too edgy but it definitely has potential.
Aw man, I really wanted to like it. Like Nensense said, it feels like its being edgy for the sake of being edgy, but not actually being dark in anyway. The art is great, if a bit cluttered. The only interesting character so far is Fukumen. I dunno. It was weird chapter, but I wouldn't mind reading the next couple of chapters to see if it improves to my liking.
Yay this day has finally arrived.
Really good chapter, it showed everything that a first chapter could have: the presentation of the world and the problematic, showed during a case of this problematic. Shiibashi chose the best case ever, there is no other way to show his excellent art than drawing a mermaid (I'm a big fan of mermaids XD), and AXL is awesome along with his power. The system of ranking of the species is easy to understand and it brings many possibilities of creatures, something that can take advantage of Shiibashi's great art, Nurarihyon no Mago showed this with youkais.
Well, it was a chapter with enough explanations, good pacing and excellent art, it looked like a oneshot. Next chapter will be the beginning of the story, truly. I want to see Miria as a better character, not only someone that works in a PR.
Fukumen is the mystery, I think he is a illegal rare, too, but his mask hides his identity.
Last edited by Leoat12; February 25, 2014 at 08:04 PM.
the first chapter really didn't give me the push i need well it is the first chapter so i will just have to wait for the next one also the guy in my first impression was he looks like Rorschach from watchmen
I found most of the story not to be something to really care for at this point in time. It feels like a been there done that type of ordeal. Throwing the Im the last vampire only reinforced these ideas.
I will still continue it, perhaps it will become a lighter and more entertaining affair once the cast forms?
On Chapter 5 RAW (note: can't read Japanese :P):
Last edited by Nayrael; March 08, 2014 at 08:57 AM.
Chapter 2 is out
The fun is just beginning... The unit is just starting its job; the tension really rose in the end of this chapter with the introduction of the dark pawn, who is the same character of the oneshot Shiibashi made, by the way. Axl is the type of character who is fucking awesome since the beginning, has the strongest power (or one of the strongest) and doesn't deny that, always calm and reliable, no wonder why Fukumen rely on him that much, despite of some flaws. XD
After know that Gargo was a werewolf I understood why he didn't want to get Marble and sell it despite of his subordinates wishes, because he knows how the rares are treated and everything got clear when he met with Axl and confused him with a hunter, although there is no reason for this. He has traumas, like any other rare and seems a really hard guy to convince. Let's see what Axl will do about this. Seemed like he could win that battle easily, but he found better not caught Gargo against his will. Gargo is not that strong, by what Axl said. Looking forward to see a clash between Axl and Medici to save Gargo.
Last edited by Leoat12; March 09, 2014 at 12:15 AM.
I have to say, for a story taking place in AD 564, their technology is super advanced. Look at all the computers and printers they have at their work desks, not to mention the mobile touchscreen devices Axl and Fukumen were using and the jumbotrons across the city.
For the time the story took place to have been stated impromptu in the middle of this chapter, it really makes me wonder if this is a sign of Shiibashi's lack of planning. If so, I'm going to be a bit worried, because I think his storytelling ability quite sophisticated otherwise.
I mean, in terms of story structure, I'm finding Illegal Rare very similar to Kurokuroku, except Illegal Rare is much better. Both series have the main character stumbling across a level-minded deuteragonist and looking to get a job from them at a secret government agency protecting the fragile existence of monsters, but it's not all it turns out to be, so they have emotions to go through.
But whereas Kurokuroku tried to go for a stereotypical wimpy "OMGWTF y0k@1 everywhere!" thought process of the main character that doesn't amount to anything relevant or entertaining, Axl's emotions and even his life actually tie in with his job. I think this chapter demonstrates that example, having to struggle even with his own kind to protect them. That is, despite werewolves and vampires being enemies, they're ultimately both Rares in danger of being hunted down.
It's funny, because I originally read Kurokuroku thinking it'd be remotely similar to Nurarihyon no Mago. The presence of yokai? Yes. Storytelling ability? Heck no.
Last edited by FanOfAniManga; March 09, 2014 at 01:35 AM.
I'm seriously enjoying this series.
Reminds me a of a more grounded Medaka Box but in a fantasy setting.
I was seriously worrying the series would be some crappy grimdark edgy battle manga, but I was happy that the four chapters out right now are embracing a lot of comedy with for the most-part standalone chapters.
I'm really hoping that this (along with iShoujo) don't get axed.
The 2nd chapter could have been something other than werewolf vampire thing, worst it was a weak story and though comical a bit uninteresting. It feels like this story this chapter ought to have spanned more than one chapter.
Also, the Werewolf arc lasts two chapters so it doesn't span only one chapter. I am not sure where you even got that idea seeing as the chapter made it pretty clear that dealing with the Werewolf is not over yet and that he should soon end in trouble.
Last edited by Nayrael; March 09, 2014 at 09:03 AM.