Ninja Slayer ~Last Girl Standing (Ichi) vol. 2 (a J!-ENT Manga Review)
February 14, 2016 by Dennis Amith
It’s still to early to judge “Ninja Slayer” on how the story will do overtime but I’m enjoying the manga so far! Violent, gritty and exciting, “Ninja Slayer” is recommended!
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MANGA TITLE: Ninja Slayer ~Last Girl Standing (Ichi) vol. 2
ORIGINAL WORK BY: Bradley Bond and Philip Ninj@ Morzez
STORY AND ART BY: Story by Yuki Yogo and Art by Yoshiaki Tabata
FIRST PUBLISHED IN JAPAN: Kadokawa Corp.
PUBLISHED IN USA BY: Vertical Comics
RATED: Ages 16+
RELEASE DATE: December 15, 2015
The Ninja warfare continues in volume 2 of Ninja Slayer.
Neo-Saitama, the futuristic city in which an army of cybernetic-clad ninjas controlled by the Soukai Syndicate, run the streets.
The story begins with the Kachigumi Salarymen who are taking place in the Massacre Games to take down the Kill-Zone Sumo Wrestler. Followed by a storyline which introduces us to two ninjas. Featuring the introduction of high school student Yamoto Koki and a mysterious transfer student named Shogo.
How did these two high schoolers become ninjas?
Find out in vol. 2 of “Ninja Slayer ~Last Girl Standing (Ichi)”.
What is “Ninja Slayer” about?
“Ninja Slayer” purportedly is the product of American authors Bradley Bond and Phillip “Ninj@” Morzez. Posted originally on Twitter and translated in Japanese by Honda Yu and Sugi Leika, it would become popular and would be released in 2012 in a volume titled “Ninja Slayer: Neo-Saitama in Flames” by Enterbrain.
In Japan, there have been five tankobon volumes. In 2013, a second manga adaptation titled “Ninja Slayer: Glamorous Killers” with art by Ageha Saotome was featured on Enterbrain’s “B’s-Log Comic”. A third manga adaptation titled “Ninja Slayer Kills” was serialized in Kodansha’s “Suiyobi no Sirius”.
A manga adaptation was released in 2015 on Niconico and a planned TV broadcast set for 2016. The anime series simulcast in North America courtesy of FUNimation.
The series is set in a gritty, futuristic city of Neo-Saitama and many people are getting killed, monsters roam the streets but the most deadly are the menacing army of cybernetic-clad ninjas under the rule of the Soukai syndicate.
But as many citizens are getting killed in the ninja turf war, one heroic ninja known as Ninja Slayer plans to make sure that all ninja are slaughtered by his own hands.
In vol. 2, we see the Ninja Slayer interrupt a Massacre Games fight against the Kill-Zone Sumo Wrestler by the Kachigumi Salarymen.
Meanwhile, two teenage ninjas are introduced. A teenage girl named Yamoto Koki, who’s ninja powers just came out and a mysterious new transfer named Shogo.
Featuring the origin of Yamoto’s ninja power and what happens to Shogo when he is apprehended by police?
“Ninja Slayer” is a fascinating manga storyline that is violent, dark and action-packed.
In some ways, it reminds me a little of “Hokuto no Ken” (Fist of the Northstar) and how a city is overrun by madmen and sick monster-like beings. In this case, Neo-Saitama is run by ninja who operate under the rules of the Soukai Syndicate. But one ninja, known as the Ninja Slayer, will do anything to make sure all ninja are killed.
Meanwhile, we are introduced to two high schoolers, Yamoto Koki and a mysterious transfer named Shogo.
The second volume focuses on how Yamoto had gained her powers and the circumstances of when it started to appear.
The storyline of “Ninja Slayer” has been action-packed, full of excitement but also a lot of violence. In this volume, there is also a rape-scene, dismemberment and whole lot of dark situations that certain readers may not want to read.
Yoshiaki Tabata does a great job in keeping the story flowing smoothly, while Yuki Yogo’s artwork is gritty, dark and features wonderful character design.
For now, it’s still to early to judge “Ninja Slayer” on how the story will do overtime but I’m enjoying the manga so far! Violent, gritty and exciting, “Ninja Slayer” is recommended!
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