When he woke up, Souma Tetsujirou, a samurai from Kamakura who had survived the Mongolian invasion, had found himself in an unfamiliar place. He was told by Hirst, the girl who brought him there, that they are in Valhalla, a place where the souls of dead warriors congregate. In order for him to be revived, Tetsujirou now has no choice but to fight against the "dead warriors" from different eras in this mythical place of carnage that he's been thrown into. This is the start of a samurai drama where one has to fight and strike down their enemies, even if it kills them!!
This one has a similar appeal as Record of Ragnarok, with the way we see various famous warriors from history gathered together and interacting and with its reimaginings of mythology. The big-name historical figures so far are Marcus Licinius Crassus, Guan Yu, and Kublai Khan. The artwork is very nice. Gorgeous even. It uses a pencil-like hatchmark shading in some of the backgrounds which I think helps add some nice texture to things. The characters are also very attractive and un-stiff in how they are drawn. If I'm being completely honest, if the artwork wasn't so good, I probably wouldn't be rating this series as highly as I am. The storyline is largely impeded by having the main protagonist win fights in single strokes of the sword, and by having the characters in general not being all that interesting. They tried adding some flavor by having Kublai Khan be a lecherous child and Guan Yu be overly obsessed with feir beard, but those little bits of humor can only help so much. Though honestly, even if the main characters were more captivating, I'm not 100% sure that this storyline would be all that interesting. It's okay. It provides an excuse for fights to take place. But that might be the best I can say about it. [Reviewed at chapter 10]