En Passant

Vol: 4; Ch: 20
2009 - 2011
3.808 out of 5 from 224 votes
Rank #14,715
En Passant

Verde, a powerful and secret organization that controls the world, has a new leader. The only thing that stands in its way is an unlikely character, Kujou Shin, the king of pessimists. He has no attachments to anything or anyone and feels no hesitation to dying. He is unwillingly dragged into a fight for the most powerful position in the world, the leader of Verde. What will his fate be?

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This manga left me so conflicted that I felt I had to write a review if only to let out my entangled feelings. Please note, I do not normally write a lot of reviews so this may not be as well presented, reasoned, or thought out as it could be. Story 3/10: The story was okay,... until it ended with enough holes to drive a truck through. The basic premise kind of reminded me of K (if you have seen that anime) and left me with enough questions to want to continue reading. However, by the end it had added another 100 questions and only answered three (at most) of the original ones. I will not bore you with all the questions eating at my heart that will never be answered. If you have read it, you know what I'm talking about. If you haven't read it, my questions will make no sense to you. As is probably clear from my rant about questions, the unanswered questions left by the author really ruined any enjoyment I got out of the story and are very much still bugging me. Art: I do not feel quilified to judge the art of a manga. I liked it. Thought it was easy to follow and dymanic, but I'm withholding a score because I'll be the first to admit that I don't know what I'm talking about. Characters 3(8)/10: What's with the parentheses you ask? I gave this two character scores. One for the main characters and one for the supporting characters. I had to average them for the 5.5 you see as the offical score, but 3(8) is what I would have put if anime-planet had let me.  The three is for the supporting characters. Simply put, I found them weak and lackluster. There were one or two attempts to give them backstory or dimesion, but I didn't buy it. Any "uniquness' in personality was used as a weak plot device or comedic relief. All most all of them had one overarching, simplistic, motivation like "Becoming a better man" or "Proving to the cute girl that I'm better than the weird guy" All in all they were just too one dimesional. The eight is for the main character, who is the only reason that the overall rating is so high. I found him tragically lovable. He has a strong compassion and emapthy that I was drawn to him. His "pessimistic" attitude which hides a depressed, defeated self-loathing is really what makes this manga unique. My only critque is that his pessismism is often exggerated so much for the sake of comedy that (in my opinion) it is almost out of character.  Overall:  If you are looking for a unique lovable main cahracter and don't mind if the rest of the manga doesn't hold up, give it a read. If you are like me and HATE plot holes and unanswered questions, save yourself the anger and headache.  PS- Please note that this review is extemely biased and makes no attempts to appear otherwise. 


I'm not really good at writing reviews, but seeing how this manga on anime planet has only one review so far I decided to write one myself. Story: 3/10 The idea for the story is really good, but it would've been better if it was more elaborated. I feel as if the author had much more in their head but didn't know how to put it on the canvas. It was really confusing in some parts but I decided to leave it be because I thought that more would be explained later, but it didn't. It looked like we (the readers) were already introduced to characters and the whole story before and that we're reading some special story made from the main one. It's really confusing all the way from the beginning until the end. Art: 7.5/10 Honestly, I'm an artist myself and I couldn't help but to admire the art and the artstyle. The reason that I gave 7.5 and not higher grade is because the background in all panels seemed kind of empty (I know that it's really hard to draw backgrounds, but I'm giving this review as a reader, not as artist) and I didn't really like how the main female lead looked, along with some other characters. But overall, the art is amazing. Characters: 4/10 They don't even have any kind of background, and even the characters that I thought I could like didn't have much to their personality either. They seemed blank. In my opinion it woul've been better if we knew why some characters acted the way the did. And I just have to say something about the old geezer guy. I get that a lot of manga and anime have those old perverted guys that are funny, but this one just gets on my nerves because he's a literal pedophile. All those kids were literally in junior high, and he still decided to be a pervert for junior high girls. And I felt uncomfortable when he was holding Riu Nahara's hand because even his grandson said that he came there deliberately to talk and hold Riu. Aside from all of them, as the person in previous review said, I think that only the main character has some good personality and characteristics in him, and he's just lovable. Overall: 3/10 I didn't know if I liked this manga or not. I couldn't stop reading it for some reason, even though I didn't have any hope that it might be better. Maybe it's not as bad as I'm saying but it's definitely not good. I wouldn't recomend it, but if you want to give it a try, go on, maybe you would like it.

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