Alt title: Ribs

Vol: 2; Ch: 11
3.224 out of 5 from 635 votes
Rank #33,825

Long ago, creatures known as White Gaunas manifested and attacked both the population and massive structures that tower above the cities. These terrifying monsters are held at bay only by those who possess the powers of the Black Guana, able to transform their bone structure into armor and weapons at will. Kudou Denji is one such person; he has been hiding under another identity for some time, and is now forced to once more protect the populace against new White Guana manifestations. However, it won’t be easy, as Kudou’s old organization Kegen Hall and others are also aware of his re-emergence...

Extra story: Digitmortal (volume 2)

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We are thrown into a world far into the future--when plant-life is nowhere to be seen and humanity is on the brink of extinction. A sprawling city lies beneath the constant fog with a few mausoleums thrusting their flan-shaped chests into the sky. Winding staircases and walking platforms hug the walls of the buildings overlooking precipitous dropoffs. Cluttered and with excessive pipeage and metal plating, the entire city feels more thrown together than planned, industrialization taken to an unhealthy extreme. Even the phones have excessive ridges and bumps. One is more likely to see empty corridors and streets than ones filled with any pedestrians. And certainly no cars. And in this dreary and dead world, sometimes people spontaneously combust into gaunas--skeletal monstrosities, spindly and nobulous. And though the manga maintains a sense of mystery and disorientation throughout, the primary trajectory of the manga is clearly attempting to stop these white gaunas from growing stronger by killing them with the help of the artificially-created black gaunas. There are two black gaunas--Kudou (who had run away from the Observation Bureau) and Nayuta. The Observation Bureau works under the skeletal remnants of the Fourth Aeon Guild and are being led by the morally questionable Longface (as I've lovingly nicknamed fem). Tadohomi is a member of the Observation Bureau. There is also the Ministry of Martial Somethingorother who don't know about the existence of gauna and their investigator Sakijima who is trying to uncover just what's going on in feir city. Pretty decent characters I guess, though they might've been better if the story wasn't trying to maintain the feeling of being dropped into the middle of something. None of the characters show emotion very well, which for the most part fits with the drab, hopeless feel of the manga. But there are some scenes--such as when Tadohomi calls out for Nayuta in chapter ten--where it feels like a flaw on the artist's part for their facial expressions to be best described as "bored." Also, though the fights are definitely intense and destructive, it can be a bit difficult to keep track of who's who and what's going on when you have two gaunas fighting each other.

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