Duranki

Vol: 1; Ch: 6
2019 - 2020
3.959 out of 5 from 70 votes
Rank #11,129
Duranki

The gap between heaven and Earth. Neither god nor human. Usmugar, a child granted the name of a dragon. The ancient world. Using wisdom, a new myth is being built!

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nathandouglasdavis
5

I did enjoy this and I felt like it had potential. Though, if I'm being completely honest, it probably only had potential to be good and not potential to be great. And it could be argued that the chapters which currently exist, for what they are, already achieve good-ness. It's just that the story ends in the middle of a fight during the introductory period of the storyline, so there's no sense of resolution and also no real "point" to the story as of yet. But it does do some interesting stuff. The story clearly intended to play around with Usumgallu's androgynous nature and how that affected feir sexuality and sense of self, which probably could've been an interesting topic. It plays up the sexual tension (or whatever you want to call it) between Usum and Kirta, which is a bit awkward to witness considering that they're both children. I also liked how the gods were dealt with in this story, where the humans didn't even bat an eye at Pan just interacting with them. Most of the gods are, like, there but not there, which is also neat, and can be negotiated with using blood offerings. I liked the way the nature gods looked. I'm not sure how else I would've liked to see the story develop, but I don't think having Usum going into the village was necessarily the best choice. Or, at least, the chapters after that development (chs. 4-6) felt a tad less interesting than the earlier chapters. I'm also not entirely sure how I feel about the emphasis on Usum's inventions. Like, obviously, that's kinda the whole point of the story--fe invents stirrups, a waterwheel, a crossbow, and so on--but there wasn't any effort or trial and error to the inventing process, so it more just felt like plot armor than a solid addition to the story. I also assume that the author had originally intended to eventually include more stuff about the gods Usum was being hidden from, but aspect of the story was left almost entirely unexplored. The artwork is detailed and beautiful. It uses miniscule striations and hatchmarks in the shading, and somehow creates a hazy and light feel to things (i.e. it doesn't look dark from ink) despite how many lines are being drawn. The animals and plants look really nice and the people look pretty good in general. My biggest problem with the artwork is probably the way that some of the characters' hair looks like a mixture of durians and pinecones. But that's not the biggest deal, especially considering how much effort was put into all the other stuff. Oh, I also noticed a few times when the foregrounds and backgrounds didn't feel like they blended well together, where stuff felt tacked on rather than integrated into the scenery. There's a pattern of having dialogue bubbles between two conversing characters smashed together into one, slightly awkward to parse bubble and I didn't much appreciate that.

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