Tokyo Ghoul:re Episode 12 – Anime QandA Review

An Anime QandA review for Tokyo Ghoul:re Episode 12

What’s the show? Tokyo Ghoul:re, Episode 12.

Season finale? Season finale!

So what kind of epic scenes and dramatic moments does the finale hold? It should go without saying that if you’ve read this far in these reviews you must know they have spoilers, but all the same spoiler warning–we’re talking about character deaths!

Deaths? As in multiple? Yes, although most of the deaths are named but seldom scene characters but we do get a death in the main cast of characters!

You sound so excited? Meaningful character deaths are great dramatic material, meaningful character deaths that actually elicit an emotion reaction from me–even better!

RIP.

So who dies then? Everyone’s favourite blonde haired, sharp toothed CCG ghoul Shirazu gets a big piece ripped out of his side while taking down an SS-class rated ghoul and damn is it a well-paced, well-voice acted and altogether just plain beautifully sad scene… I’m not ashamed to admit that I shed a tear or two during it! And what’s more it’s not some neat and tidy heroic death, yes he dies taking out a massively threatening and dangerous ghoul but he dies with unfinished business with his terminally ill sister in need of an operation–but lacking the funs, he dies without getting to see ‘Mr. Sass’ again (Haisie) and he dies with genuine terror and regret in his heart. It’s very real and raw and gives an emotional core to an otherwise kind of silly episode.

No! Please don’t cry Saiko!

Oh? Does the episode have issues? A few–though nothing catastrophic or episode breaking. Early in the episode when  Like I found ‘The Owl’s’ “final form” kind of absurd looking to the point where it wasn’t even a bit intimidating. Like Eto–the girl inside ‘The Owl’–is far more scary in her human form! Also, I don’t usually like to comment on the animation quality but it’s quite a bit choppier here, like it’s missing some key-frames–seems like they could have benefited from taking a week hiatus to polish it up a bit.

Creepy AF.

Other than the death scene is there anything else good about the episode? Despite the uptake in action–specifically between Haisie and The Owl, it’s a very introspective episode–at least towards the start, which was something I really appreciated. The scene between Haisie and his younger self in his mind was very well done and led into arguably this episode’s most important development–the return of Ken Kaneki! Yup, that’s right our sweet little Haisie is now hard assed jerk Ken Kanieki!

Burn!

And that’s important? Probably. There’s still another season of this to come starting in October 2018 and now that a lot of things from this season are resolved and we’ll no doubt see the return of some briefly shown but important Season 1 characters–like Touka, Yomo and Chie Hori–who rescue Tsukiyama (The Gourmet) after he’s thrown off the family skyscraper by Ken.

Right. So how does this finale rank among the rest of the season? I’ll save my thoughts on the season as a whole for a proper 20 Question Review some time down the track, but my specific thoughts on this final episode are–it’s good, very good in fact. I think with a bit more time and polish this could have been even better but ultimately it serves as a satisfying conclusion to some things as well as a promise of even more interesting things to come in the future.

Harsh, but fair.

Previous Tokyo Ghoul:re Episodes:
Episode 1 Review
Episode 2 Review
Episode 3 Review
Episode 4 Review
Episode 5 Review
Episode 6 Review
Episode 7 Review
Episode 8 Review
Episode 9 Review
Episode 10 Review
Episode 11 Review


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Tokyo Ghoul:re Episode 11 – Anime QandA Review

An Anime QandA review for Tokyo Ghoul:re Episode 11

What’s the show? Tokyo Ghoul:re, Episode 11.

The last episode ended on a cliffhanger did it not? Indeed, The Gourmet was holed up in his father’s company’s skyscraper as the CCG approached with a more ‘scorched earth’ approach as opposed to ‘subdue and arrest’.

Ah… so safe to say there’s a lot of casualties as a result of this episode? I could be wrong—and I’ll probably be proven wrong next episode— but this episode appears to have the highest body count of any episode this season!

These fucking guys…

Anyone important? Probably… but there’s so many damn characters in this episode and I can’t remember most of their names and to be honest I can’t be bothered looking it up.

Wow. And you want to do this blogging thing professional, huh? Shush you. Besides, the only really meaningful ones are creepy sadistic fuck Kijima and creepy sadistic (and beautiful) fuck Hariu and while the latter I’m kind of sad to see die, the other one totally got what was coming to him!

I mean I wouldn’t mind poking a hole in her myself, just not the lethal kind…

Right and what about our main cast? What do they get up to this episode? Nobody is exempt from the carnage—that said none of Haisie’s team suffers any significant damage. Ginshi finally works up the courage to use The Nutcracker’s quique and Saiko gets a chance to shine!—except it’s all kind of presented in an underwhelming fashion and is very rushed, like the events of this episode feel more important and need way more time to breath than the brief 20~ish minutes allows.

Oh that sounds disappointing… so what about the central point of this arc Haisie and The Gourmet? It’s really really good… except…

Sick burn, bro.

Except what? It suffers from the same problems the rest of the episode does, its hurried and that in turn effects everything from the dialogue to the quality of the flashbacks and the action scenes. It could have been truly amazing but in this truncated format it’s just kind of a shadow of what could have been.

Kind of poetic.

That’s just an assumption though. You don’t actually know if it’s rushed—you haven’t read the manga after all. That’s true, but if I’m wrong I’d happily retract these statements but I really don’t think I am. The point of an anime adaptation is to animate a manga’s story and art, but things move so quickly here it’s like watching someone flip through the pages rather than meaningfully elaborate on the content.

This flashback was kinda amazing, more of this please!
I actually really loved this ‘flashback’, very stylish!

This reviews kinda negative, huh? You always seemed to defend this show but has it finally worn out it’s welcome? I wouldn’t go that far, I still really enjoy this show and it’s characters and the setting and this arc is really satisfying in a lot of different ways but the execution is significantly lacking—something that gets harder and harder to defend week-by-week.


Previous Tokyo Ghoul:re Episodes:
Episode 1 Review
Episode 2 Review
Episode 3 Review
Episode 4 Review
Episode 5 Review
Episode 6 Review
Episode 7 Review
Episode 8 Review
Episode 9 Review
Episode 10 Review


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Tokyo Ghoul:re Episode 10 – Anime QandA Review

An Anime QandA review for Tokyo Ghoul:re Episode 10

What’s the show? Tokyo Ghoul:re, Episode 10.

And how’s the show this week? Top quality entertainment with a minimal of confusion—which is always a plus!

So no ~new~ characters introduced then? Come now, this is Tokyo Ghoul:re we’re talking about! Of course they introduced a “new” character, by which I mean an awesomely creepy girl who is probably someone I should know but because this show has like a thousand characters and I’ve only seen the first season of course I don’t know who she is. But I’m glad whoever she is is here, her scene at the start of the episode would have been the highlight were this episode not packed to the brim with great scenes!

I’ve heard about ‘strangers with candy’ but loli’s with apples is a new one…

So what happened this episode? A lot, and seemingly a lot of important stuff too! To succinctly surmise it, Kanae wants to kill Haisie, Haisie and his team play dress-up as ‘masked’ ghouls, Haisie has more ~flashbacks~ about what he was like in his past life, The Gourmet struggles with his feelings for Haisie while Haisie presses him for information. The CCG authorises an attack on The Gourmet’s estate and are ruthless about it, while The Gourmet is saved by his father’s sacrifice and he retreats to a hideout.

Simple times…

Yeah… that is a lot of stuff. Indeed, and you’d think with so much going on it would feel confusing or rushed but I found it to be perfectly paced throughout. I got a sense of everything they wanted to say and there was even time for more contemplative character moments like with Ginshi reminiscing about his poor sister and her ‘medical condition’ and how that ties to his apprehension about using Nutcracker’s Quinque.

Hello stranger.

And what else? This episode also perfectly highlights the divide between the ruthless CCG—who if you’d not been paying attention you might mistake for the ‘good guys’—and the ghouls. But it’s abundantly clear here from the actions of some of them—especially the lunatic Kijima—that just being on the side of ‘the law’ doesn’t make a person in any way ‘good’ or ‘right’. This is Tokyo Ghoul firing on all cylinders; when it’s emotional and complicated and visceral.

“Visceral”? Poor ghoul girl gets chopped in half with a chainsaw by Kijima, that bastard! Also the episode is perfectly bookended by having the creepy bandage girl from the beginning doing a number on Kanae’s everything, she’s one twisted little girl…

Kawaii???

Yikes! So uh, a very good episode then, all things considered? Probably among the best Tokyo Ghoul:re episodes this season, though it goes without saying… still needs more Saiko!


Previous Tokyo Ghoul:re Episodes:
Episode 1 Review
Episode 2 Review
Episode 3 Review
Episode 4 Review
Episode 5 Review
Episode 6 Review
Episode 7 Review
Episode 8 Review


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Tokyo Ghoul:re Episode 9 – Anime QandA Review

An Anime QandA review for Tokyo Ghoul:re Episode 9

What’s the show? Tokyo Ghoul:re, Episode 9.

Have they stopped introducing new characters for a second? Thankfully yes, this episode is a lot more focused with the continuing of The Gourmet arc—which started in proper last week.

And is it good? More than any arc this season I’m immediately way more invested in this storyline, it’s got depth and history and it’s depth and history I can actually remember from the first season which is always a bonus!

What’s the arc about? More or less it’s The Gourmet trying to reconnect with Ken Kaneki—or Haisie as he goes by now—trying to get him to remember his lost memories. More than anything it’s the story of a troubled, misunderstood man whose lost a dear friend and is trying to get any semblance of it back, because without it he’s a mere shell of a ghoul.

Then go re-watch Season 1.

But isn’t The Gourmet like a psychopath who eats people? That’s a tiny bit more than just ‘troubled’ and ‘misunderstood’. True, but if pop-culture has taught us anything it’s that there’s just as much depth and pathos in the three-dimensional villain. I don’t usually like to bring up live-action shows but one of the rare ones I actually watched and loved was ‘Hannibal’ from a few years back. The Gourmet kind of reminds me of that character both aesthetically, intellectually and personality, right down to him obsessing over someone (in Hannibal it’s Will Graham).

Notice me!

Uh-huh… I didn’t think you watched live action tv-shows? I make time for one or two per season… but that’s off-topic.

Right, so he’s a well-rounded villain then? I think even “villain” is a bit far in a show like this, but yes you could put it like that.

So it’s a good episode then? It is, it was a lot more consistent than some others, at least narratively. Though it’s got a lot of comedic moments, and I’m not sure all of them were intentional… like the way The Gourmet’s assistant Kanae throws in his random German words and delivers them with such gusto. Also, The Gourmet’s just so damn quirky I can’t get enough of him!

Flawless disguise!

And what about the rest of the episode? It’s all good too, there’s an interesting little skirmish in a parking garage between Aogiri Tree and Haisie’s team, though I don’t like how Saiko’s just told to hide and wait out the fight rather than participate—like I know she has some ~issues~ and might not be the best fighter on the team but it does feel a bit sexist (from a characterisation stand-point). Saiko ends up getting attacked by a crazy Ghoul but is “rescued” by a cloaked figure, who I’m probably supposed to recognise but at this point I’m just glad Saiko is okay. She’s my special girl, nobody touches Saiko!

Om nom nom.

Okay then… so uh anything else to add? Not really. Oh there’s a cool little scene with Uta the mask maker and Haisie’s team, it doesn’t amount to much but I liked the character interactions and personality on display. Less stuffy CCG scenes and more of this please! Overall, pretty on track with the rest of the season, just with a more immediately engaging story-arc to accompany, at least in my opinion.

Same.

Previous Tokyo Ghoul:re Episodes:
Episode 1 Review
Episode 2 Review
Episode 3 Review
Episode 4 Review
Episode 5 Review
Episode 6 Review
Episode 7 Review
Episode 8 Review


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Tokyo Ghoul:re Episode 8 – Anime QandA Review

An Anime QandA review for Tokyo Ghoul:re Episode 8

What’s the show? Tokyo Ghoul:re, Episode 8.

After the respite that was last week’s episode are we back into action this week? Nope, still pretty chilled.

Oh? Well okay, not exactly, it’s more a case of setting up the story to come and set it up they do! I get a feeling that whoever’s scripting this series really likes The Gourmet (or whatever he’s called now). Because they’re sure as heck laying a lot of groundwork for whatever kind of ~confrontation~ is about to come. And kudos where it’s due, it is very intriguing groundwork—even if this episode has more than a few unintentionally (presumably) comedic moments.

Like what? Well there’s this old guy who works for The Gourmet, who upon hearing of his employers worsening condition yells out a window in a ridiculously over the top fashion, then apologises for doing so. I literally laughed out loud. Similarly, another of The Gourmet’s underlings bashes his head against a tree in the woods and I couldn’t help but snicker… probably not the intended reaction.

Me too, from laughing.

Fair enough, so is this episode entirely about the Gourmet story? Oh my no. As ever with this show we’ve got to check in with a bunch of characters and their various subplots. Ginshi is having nightmares about killing The Nutcracker, which I love this idea! It really humanises not only Ginshi but also the villain, which to do posthumously only adds to his anxieties.

If Saiko’s in a scene just look at her face to experience joy.

Anything else? Well we get introduced to even more characters, three more in the CCG and I’m not even sure how many in The Gourmet’s estate. I know I’m probably repeating myself here but I’ve kind of stopped trying to figure out who all these people are and their relationships to each other.

Sniff sniff.

Do you ever feel like you’re opinion of the show is unfairly skewed because you are so clueless as to what’s going on? Harsh but fair. Maybe that’s the case but if anything I’ve been unfailingly positive to this show because even though I am lost a lot of the time when I watch this show I still enjoy it a whole lot. The characters are just so enjoyable to watch and the world is still interesting if crazily busy. If anything I think my opinion is perhaps more relatable to people who are just casual viewers of this series and who haven’t read the manga at all.

Fair enough. Also Saiko is so adorable in this episode. Get all that bread, girl!

Best girl.

I didn’t ask but thanks for adding that. So, how would you say your opinion of the show has changed since say the third or fourth episode? Oh, that’s a different question… I guess since I’ve read more than a fair share of reviews from other anime bloggers who are either well versed with the manga or significantly more impatient one thing has become obvious. The manga is better and this anime is skipping a lot of arguably important details. I still enjoy watching this show every week and I doubt that’s going to change much but I do admit the cracks are starting to form. It’s the high quality of the source material and the attachment to various elements of the show that stop it from being an unwatchable mess even though any other show that was this hastily developed would be just that.

Contender for best girl? I don’t know but she’s pretty damn cool!

Previous Tokyo Ghoul:re Episodes:
Episode 1 Review
Episode 2 Review
Episode 3 Review
Episode 4 Review
Episode 5 Review
Episode 6 Review
Episode 7 Review


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Tokyo Ghoul:re Episode 7 – Anime QandA Review

An Anime QandA review for Tokyo Ghoul:re Episode 7

What’s the show? Tokyo Ghoul:re, Episode 7.

Is the fighting finally over with? Yes, after what seems like a month (or at least a months worth of episodes) the big auction-house battle is done! And miraculously, none of the main characters died. Well, none of the “good guys” just a couple of “bad guys”.

That’s kind of lame. Yeah, kind of. After how high the stakes ~seemed~ and how long it went on for, it was obviously a centrepiece battle and while there was some good action scenes and a few pivotal scenes, having everyone escape pretty much unharmed is a little bit weak, at least in this reviewers opinion.

You get a promotion! And you get a promotion! And you—

So what comprises the bulk of this episode? Checking in with pretty much, every character on the show, like I’m not exaggerating when I say we probably see at least 30 side characters having at least a passing scene in this episode, and I don’t know who half of them are or their relationships to other characters. I say this nearly every week but I really need to read the manga to properly appreciate how interconnected many of these characters are.

Familiar and unfamiliar faces abound!

So it’s a confusing episode then? Surprisingly not—well assuming you can kind of just ‘go with it’ and not try and unpack every little moment of the show. Suffice to say if you’ve come to this review with the hope of some deep analysis and break down of all the moments in the episode, you’re not going to get that here!

This girl.

What am I going to get? Me grinning over how cute Saiko is—also Haisie throws a “home party” for his colleagues and his superiors to celebrate their promotions after their victory at the auction battle. The party is kind of adorable and cloyingly sweet, tonally worlds away from the previous episodes. It’s a nice breather from the mayhem and allows the characters to have an oasis of happiness and merriment amidst the darkness of their lives.

His knife skills are beyond compare!

Fair enough. So anything plot related happen? I mean plot related that you could actually follow and not stuff that got lost to your forgetfulness about this series… Yes, in fact. We get another look at The Gourmet, who is starving, by which he means he’s gorged himself on dozens of humans to try and satiate his hunger for Haisie but to no avail. Also it looks like he’s undergoing a sort of transformation of sorts? It’s kind of hard to tell…

“It’s like some kinky bondage gear”

Anything else? Yes! Haisie gets a mysterious package containing the mask his former-self Ken Kaneki wore in Season 1 along with a book of probable significance—of which I’ve obviously forgotten. This leads him back to the coffee shop as he tries to unravel these memories and we get to see Touka again! I like this show a lot more when I understand the character’s significant relationships to each other, even if Haisie still can’t remember who these ~familiar~ faces are or what they meant to his past self. I look forward to seeing where The Gourmet plot line goes as well as the dozens of other story threads that have reared their heads in lieu of this episode.

And then this girl!

Previous Tokyo Ghoul:re Episodes:
Episode 1 Review
Episode 2 Review
Episode 3 Review
Episode 4 Review
Episode 5 Review
Episode 6 Review


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Tokyo Ghoul:re Episode 6 – Anime QandA Review

An Anime QandA review for Tokyo Ghoul:re Episode 6

What’s the show? Tokyo Ghoul:re, Episode 6.

What’s new in ghoul town? The battle continues! Literally, the big fight(s) that started in Episode 4 are still going on. I’d say things are getting excessive but I’m kinda into it, like there’s nothing worse than a show that has a battle between two powerful characters and it ends in mere minutes.

Right, so who’s still battling? Most of the characters actually, Ginshi and Saiko intervene in the fight with Nutcracker, after some much needed coaching to get Saiko to actually fight they kill the testicle-stomping villainous, not before a surprisingly touching—albeit extremely brief—flash back to her destitute childhood, and her dying words “I just wanted to be pretty”. Ghouls have feelings too, guys! They just have trouble expressing them in healthy ways…

R.I.P Nutcracker, she’ll be cracking angel nuts in heaven now.

And who else? Well if you’ll remember Urie was in the middle of being eaten by Big Madam last episode with Mutsuki looking on helplessly. He manages to break free from the vore-lovers fantasy and goes ~insane~ for a little bit, verbally lashing out at his co-workers and physically punching Mutsuki, which is the final push he needed to unleash his Kagune. They embrace and everything is mostly okay. Then super-cute Juzo decides to confront her villainous mother and again we’re treated to something of an emotional moment as Juzo confesses that even though she was tortured by Big Madam she can’t actually kill her because the memories are too powerful to overlook. But the other CCG members dispatch the beastly broad all the same.

We like to pose like this before fighting.

And what about our white-haired protagonist? He was dealing with an absolute insane opponent last week was he not? Indeed, Haisie is outmatched, Takizawa taking every opportunity to beat on him all the while Haisie keeps going in and out of visions where he’s confronted by the Ken Kaneki version of himself (and a much younger version too), who’s desperately trying to get him to remember his old self. Meanwhile Hinami, Haisie’s ‘younger sister’ from his old life and full-fledged ghoul joins the fight to try and protect him. And then, and then… we get the best damn thing this whole season!

He’s just a scared little boy.

You’ve been busting to get to this point this whole review, haven’t you? What is it? *deep breath* Only one of the best damn musical call-backs in an anime ever. Okay, maybe that’s overselling it, but hearing the song ‘Unravel’ (a.k.a the Season 1 theme song, a.k.a one of the best damn theme songs of any anime period) play in its entirety over the last moments of the episode was just so damn cool! Sure it could be seen as pandering fan-service, but I thought it was really effective and if nothing else it’s just great to hear that song in this series again!

*shouting intensifies*

Fair enough. So I take that to mean you enjoyed the episode a lot? That would be correct, though once the hype dies down and I take in the show as a whole it’ll be telling what my opinion is like. Don’t get me wrong, I’m really enjoying this show still but even though I’m out of the loop on so many of these stories because of the gap between season 1 and this season I can still tell some of the characterisation for the side-characters is lacking. I can tell that there’s things being omitted for the sake of telling a more streamlined story and that just makes me want to read the manga even more! Though for now I’ll just keep enjoying the ride and see what happens next episode!

I don’t remember your character but thank god you’re here!

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Tokyo Ghoul:re Episode 5 – Anime QandA Review

An Anime QandA review for Tokyo Ghoul:re Episode 5.

What’s the show? Tokyo Ghoul, Episode 5.

Does the action-packed bloodbath from the previous episode continue? Very much so, it’s almost an entire episode of brutal violence and Kagune clashing, I lost count of the amount of different characters we see clashing in seperate fights all over this episode. At one point of another I’d say 90% of the cast of this show gets involved in a fight, and that includes supporting characters and new characters too.

He’s so cute!

New characters? Well I say “new”, what I really mean is characters who were either introduced in the in-between season I didn’t watch or in the manga that didn’t get adapted or perhaps even characters that I’ve just forgotten existed…

Some reviewer you are… Hey, I’m just giving an accurate representation of my experience. Besides just because I’m having trouble who characters and what their relationships to each other, doesn’t mean I’m not enjoying it… for the most part.

“Jam!”

Oh? I mean there are just so many characters it is kinda ridiculous to keep track of everything. But I really do love the absolutely crazy one-eyed ghoul Takizawa, who was introduced last episode, his brand of insanity is so genuinely creepy but also kinda hilarious that he commands all the attention while he’s on-screen. He’s joyously mad and I hope we get a lot more of him. Also Nutcracker, I appreciate her whole aesthetic, as one CCG agent says while trying to take her down, “damn you and your sexy body!”

Thanks for the compliment?

Right, but doesn’t she crush men’s testicles? Yeah, but look at her! It’s almost worth it.

*sigh* So how’s the episode compare to everything else so far? It’s probably my favourite episode of the season so far, even if it was light on actual plot and character development it was full of really good action and character moments. Plus, the problems I had with last week’s episode and that some of the action didn’t seem as kinetic or impactful is mostly resolved here, the violence felt appropriately brutal and visceral. I’m looking forward to the confrontation that the final moments set up between Haisie and Takizawa, as well as learning about Urie’s fate at the hands—and mouth—of Big Madam. Regardless of the fact that I feel pretty confused during these episodes I’m still really enjoying the overall experience! Heck, it might even get me reading the manga one day!

He might as well have said “what could possibly go wrong?” I’m not confident about his chances of surviving!

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Murcielago Volume 1 – 20 Question Manga Review

A 20 Question Manga Review for Murcielago Volume 1.

What’s the manga? Murcielago – Volume 1.

Oh? Sounds exotic. You’re a straight white dude; everything remotely foreign sounds exotic to you.

Quiet you! What’s it about? Well first of all, let’s get a big ol’ TRIGGER WARNING up there, because I know it’s bound to trigger someone, cause it sure as heck did me! (Note: For the sake of a more pleasant reading experience for all, images of extreme gore or sexuality are not imbedded in this post.) 

She… has some issues to work through…

You? Triggered by something? Wait, don’t tell me, was it sport? No! Trigger Warnings are about content not genres.

‘Kay, so what is it about?! So Kuroko is a serial killer, she’s got 715 names to her belt to date, so what’s a girl on death row to do? Why join the Japanese Police Force as a ruthless hired assassin, to clean up the worst filth on the streets, yes worse than herself! She’s partnered with bright and bubbly Hinako, a driver who gets where she needs to go by any means necessary.

She’ll get where she needs to be no matter what it takes or how improbable!

Serial killer who kills serial killers, huh? Sounds a bit ‘Dexter’, yeah? I don’t know what that is.

Well anyway this certainly seems like a change of pace from the things you’re usually into. Don’t you hate violence in anime and manga? I don’t hate violence, I just don’t really care for it. And this manga is no exception to that, well except…

Murcielago1
I cut this panel short for a good reason, you don’t want to see the state of the dude she’s talking to…

Except what? Kuroko is just so f**king cool! Like I know its in our stupid f**king DNA as a species to idolise serial killers for some dumb reason, but seriously Kuroko is one of my favourite main characters in anything ever.

Elaborate. Well, she’s a deranged serial killer but she has a sense of right and wrong, she’s got a twisted sense of humour, she’s unconventionally attractive like a Tim Burton heroine on steroids and she’s smart and savvy to boot. Oh, and did I forget to mention she’s a perverted, horny lesbian who’s super into cute girls?!

Even in the middle of high speed pursuits of ‘bad guys’ she still takes the time to chat up cute girls!

So basically she’s you except not a serial killer and also not a girl. This manga made me want to be a fictional cute girl just so I’d get the chance to be in the same room as her.

In the same room and doing? *blush* a lady never tells!

Okay that’s weird, even for you. Judge all you want! Your words are but scuffs in my armor!

Hinako provides an accurate incident report to her superiors.

Right, so enough of this creepy hero-worship. What’s the manga like? What kind of things happen in the first volume. Have you ever seen the movie ‘Crank: High Voltage’?

Uh, I don’t know, probably not, more importantly—why—have you?! The why’s not important, but basically take that film in all its cartoonish, gory violence, its rampant libido, its fast-paced story and its off-kilter humour and supplant Jason Statham for a Kuroko, a lesbian, sex-obsessed, serial killer!

Just casually discussing what to do after work while chasing down a subway carriage. No biggie!

O…kay then? So what about that trigger warning you gave to yourself and others like you? I take it’s not related to the sexual content of this manga. As much as I love this manga, some of the violence and gore is just relentlessly confronting. Maybe I’ve just got too much empathy but even seeing a nameless background character torn in half with their intestines spooling out behind them was enough for me to need to take a breather occasionally.

That bad, huh? It’s graphic and unforgiving, but I kinda get what they were going for, it’s the whole ‘it takes a monster to defeat a monster’ kind of thing.

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Her facial expressions are gold.

So how do you go about recommending something like this? It seems dependent on the individual’s tastes a lot. Yeah, I mean there will be those who are the opposite of me, for whom the gore is no problem but the sexual content is too confronting, there’s all sorts out there, but I think in this particular instance the setting and situations and especially the characters make it an easy sell, as long as you’re in the mood for something very subversive. In fact, just so you know what you’re getting into I’ve prepared some super NSFW images from the manga below, click at your own risk!

CLICK HERE FOR AN EXAMPLE OF THE GORE IN MURCIELAGO

CLICK HERE FOR AN EXAMPLE OF THE SEX IN MURCIELAGO

Should we be worried about conflating sex and violence like this? There’s already so many troubles in the world. Disclaimer: This is a product intended for adult audiences only; if you are young and impressionable do not read Murcielago.

Yeah… that’ll work… Well what do you expect me to say, this a review for entertainment purposes, I’m not responsible for what susceptible individuals make of someone else’s content.

Meeting girls online is tough. If you clicked the ‘sex’ link above this was about 2 pages before they did the deed.

Fair ‘nuff, so final score and recommendation? If graphic, disturbing and explicit violent and sexual content is not your thing, then this isn’t the manga for you. If, however you like things a little more wild, a little more dangerous and yes, a little more perverse, then Murcielago may be just the book for you! Personally, despite being “triggered” a couple of times due to the violent content, I was enraptured by this world, this story and especially the protagonist Kuroko who is the perfect anti-hero. 91 out of 100.