2300 years ago in China there existed a clan called the men of Bokk trained to aid and defend threatened cities with their lives. Kakuri, one of these men, is summoned to the little city of Ryo. Distrusted and even hated, Kakuri eventually gains the trust of Ryo's citizens as Tcho empire's vast army sets their camp on the other side of the river.
Bokko is a manga about war, and strategies in war. Story 6.5/10: Bokko tells the story of Kakuri, a man of the Bokk-clan. This is a clan of people who despise war, and they have been trained as both martial artists and strategists in war. When a city is in danger, they request the help of the people of Bokk to protect their city. This is also where the manga starts: Kakuri goes to the city of Ryo to help protect it. What follows is about 4 volumes in which we are introduced to the principles of the Bokk-clan, and we are shown how good Kakuri is as both a strategist/leader and a soldier. We are also shown that there is a reason as to why only Kakuri came to Ryo: one of the leaders of the Bokk-clan has been influencing the other clanmembers, and has changed them into a more warlike clan! After the first arc, we thus get the only logical development: Kakuri will have to fight his own clan if he wants it to change back, and put the principles he was learned there back into place. Overall, I found the story to often be more simplistic than I expected. The pace is quite fast, without feeling overly rushed. The fact that there are often long sequences with barely any text in it also makes it a faster read. Art 7/10: The art takes a bit of getting used to at first (and sometimes characters just look ugly), but the fights are portrayed very well imo: they aren't overly gorey, but there also isn't any censorship. It gives a "realistic" feel, and the artwork just fits the atmosphere. Characters 5/10: Most characters aren't very well fleshed out, but the few important characters that matter are likeable and memorable. The villains, however, are mostly one-dimensional "bad guys" without anything more to it. It's a shame, but it's dragging down my overall rating :/ Overall 6.5/10: Despite a relatively simplistic story and often superficial characters, this was quite enjoyable. The execution was good, and the strategies were interesting to see.
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