Fabricant 100

Alt title: Jinzou Ningen 100

Vol: 5; Ch: 36
2022 - 2023
3.445 out of 5 from 79 votes
Rank #30,832
Fabricant 100

There was once a doctor fixated on creating the "ideal human being." After the doctor's death, his fabricant creations start attacking humans in order to attain the perfect body. When Ashibi Yao's entire family is murdered by these fabricants, he sets out on a journey of revenge accompanied by the doctor's final creation, Fabricant 100.

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I'd say that this manga has largely been okay, with some interesting fight scenes and superpowers which are currently all attempting to remain connected to actual human abilities that are just enhanced to extremes (though it's definitely stretching where the boundaries of that lie, like with Ashibi's regenerative powers pulling blood back into feir body). The artwork is pretty good. I also think that No. 100's mannerisms and expressiveness can be somewhat cute, and also creates a bit of dark humor whenever you remember why fe's so maternally protective with Ashibi. There are two big downsides to this manga: 1) it promotes a eugenics type of way of viewing the world, and 2) there isn't enough nuance to the fabricants' motives. Regarding Downside #1: This entire manga is steeped in the mindset that certain people are biologically superior to other people, in regards to certain aspects of themselves. Obviously, the fabricants are filtering the people around them through this lens, but even the anti-fabricant people have the mindset of maximizing their capabilities by bringing out their latent abilities and then nurturing the things that they are good at. It promotes the idea that it's okay to judge a person's worth based on the value that they can bring to society--which is objectifying and commodifying people. This is a shitty way of viewing people. In chapter 7, with the line "[fe's] developed a convenient way of gathering superior body parts," we can see how the author is promoting the idea that those in positions of power or influence within society have that power and influence because they are superior to other people. And even though the author doesn't explicitly say this, the logical conclusion of this mindset is that people who live in poverty are in that position because they are inferior, because they are biologically or culturally lesser than the rich and powerful. This mindset also implicitly promotes the idea that those in power deserve to be in power, which then suggests that those in poverty deserve to be in poverty. The reason why putting people into categories of "superior" or "valuable" or "worthwhile" or "better" is an inherently problematic way of viewing the world is that it inevitably leads to you subconsciously categorizing other people as "inferior" or "less valuable" or "less worthwhile" or "worse." And even though most eugenically-minded people don't outwardly advocate for the genocide of these so-called lesser people within our society, this mindset does make them very, very comfortable with homeless people being abused by the cops or with poor people not being able to afford medicine while billionnaires hoard more money than they'll ever need. This type of mindset leads to people subconsciously believing that those who are suffering deserve to suffer on some level and that, at most, they should be offered scraps from the societal table in the form of charity (and that they should then be grateful for that charity...because it was given to them despite them not deserving it). It's a shitty way of viewing people. Regarding Downside #2: Stories need antagonists. One easy method for creating a steady stream of antagonists is to create a group of people or a type of entity which is evil or otherwise intrinsically dangerous. This makes it so it's more of an extermination type of plotline and the protagonists will always be able to have fights at the ready as long as there are things out there in need of extermination. But even though this way of writing a story makes it so there can be a constant stream of fight scenes while still maintaining an overarching narrative, it makes it so the antagonists end up feeling one-dimensional. In this story, the fabricants all have the exact same motive of wanting to achieve the perfect body. This motive is portrayed as hard-wired within them. There has been a little bit of differentiation as to how the fabricants choose to kill humans in order to harvest their parts, but so far all of the fabricants have decided to kill humans instead of trying to negotiate or trying to take specific body parts while leaving the human alive. To help show why this portrayal feels lacking, let me compare this manga briefly to Parasyte. In the beginning of Parasyte, we see all of the parasites acting as they are hard-wired to act. And we see Migi being cruel and heartless in feir pragmatism (which is sorta similar to how the fabricants act). But slowly, we start seeing a few of the parasites begin to develop individual personalities and motives, as well as the ability to empathize and care for others. So instead of the manga just ending up as another extermination type of story, Parasyte grapples with philosophical questions of what it means to be human as well as the nature of values and priorities. This manga here, though, hasn't really delved into any of those sorts of things. In chapter 15, we do see one of the fabricants sorta reflecting on feir life choices and seemingly feeling regret in the moments of feir death and we also see No. 100 sorta grappling with the trauma of feir creator calling fem "wrong," so I do have a little bit of hope that this manga will end up being more nuanced in how it deals with fabricants, but we'll see. [Reviewed at chapter 18]

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