Akira Takashiro is a normal high school student who is devoted to playing basketball. In the early afternoon on a day that should have gone like any other, a gigantic earthquake suddenly strikes the city. There in the school rubble, akira witnesses a mountain of dead bodies...And an unknown creature that eats them.
Source: Akita Publishing
it's just trying to make disgusting scene to make it feel horror bit makes it horrible. It's just rushing surviving and there is no real story line. lame
Any veteran horror manga reader is probably somewhat familiar with the unofficial genre of monster invasion. Formula is simple, guy is happy and excited for future -> big monsters come and wreck guy’s home. Maybe kills someone important to guy -> guy and friends gotta find somehow find way to survive the monsters’ invasion. In all honesty, not many in this subgenre break that formula. So the question then becomes, do they pull it off well? In this case, I would say the dreadful atmosphere and mysteriousness surrounding the monsters at the beginning are the highlight. No one can deny that the pure concept of waking disoriented and confused, unsure what to do; eventually meeting with some dangerous force that has destroyed the world as you know it is pretty darn terrifying. The artist uses lighting, varied and interesting creature design to pump up the tension. There are some undoubtedly creepy moments to be seen in this work. Now of course because this manga still a rigid formula, it has some major flaws. Main protagonist is a generic good guy whose in denial over the death of his friends. Sometimes bodyparts are thrown about for the hell of it. You maybe will end up faceplaming at the other characters’ dumb horror movie syndrome. If I had to sum my thoughts up in a sentence, then it would be this. Is this the best horror manga? No. Is it one of the best in its subgenre? I would argue yes. I mean, at least we’re meant to cower in fear of Eldritch horrors and not goldfish or chickens. This subgenre is different that’s for sure.
I absolutely adored this manga, more than i should tbh and for reasons that i would normally hate. What makes Hakaiju so entertaining to me is the fact that it takes the escalation problem and other shonen generic tropes then pushes them to the extreme limit, so with each chapter i was just reading to see how batshit crazy things would get all the way till the end. I found some of the characters annoying at first but i grew to love them especially while seeing them struggle through the lovecraftian horror in this world and feel sympathy for them. I also loved that the story focused on not just one main character but 3 or more which made the imminent threat of absolute annihilation by god like creatures feel real, it wasn't just one character that i was rooting for but the entirety of humanity, it also made the world feel lived-in and rich with characters. Now there are some problems with the manga that i can pinpoint but it's honestly not worth it because they didn't ruin the experience for me, overall this was great. One last note, the art style is second to none.
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