Ninja Slayer ~Last Girl Standing (Ichi) vol. 3 (a J!-ENT Manga Review)

March 17, 2016 by  


Violent, gritty and exciting, “Ninja Slayer ~Last Girl Standing (ichi)” is recommended!

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MANGA TITLE: Ninja Slayer ~Last Girl Standing (Ichi) vol. 3

ORIGINAL WORK BY: Bradley Bond and Philip Ninj@ Morzez

STORY AND ART BY: Story by Yuki Yogo and Art by Yoshiaki Tabata


PUBLISHED IN USA BY: Vertical Comics

RATED: Ages 16+

RELEASE DATE: February 23, 2016

The Ninja warfare continues in volume 3 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 powerful henchman known as Sonic Boom captured high school teenager Shogo in order to lure and capture teenager, Yamoto Koki. Both are ninjas.

But when Shogo defied Sonic Boom and let Yamoto Koki escape, now Sonic Boom wants payback on Shogo.  But not wanting to see Shogo fight him alone, Yamoto Koki wants to help him but do any of them have a chance against Sonic Boom?

Find out in vol. 3 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?

In volume 3, we see the aftermath as Shogo has been kidnapped and tortured by the powerful ninja henchman, Sonic Boom.

Sonic Boom wants Shogo to lure Yamoto Koki, so they can control her.

But will Shogo allow that?  And will the two be able to face off against the powerful and evil ninja?

“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 third volume is primarily showing us how the ninja can be evil and in this case, the powerful ninja henchman Sonic Boom who has kidnapped, tortured and repeatedly beat on captive, Shogo.

And now thinking Shogo is one of them, wants him to lure Yamaoto Koki, so they can do the same to her.  But will Shogo allow that?

Meanwhile, hiding behind the midst of all this chaos is the Ninja Slayer.

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.

Violent, gritty and exciting, “Ninja Slayer ~Last Girl Standing (ichi)” is recommended!

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