Here in Manchuria, the cheapest thing you'll find is a person's life. In 1937, Isamu Higata is sent to the Japan-controlled Chinese puppet state of Manchukuo to serve in its standing army. After losing sight in his right eye during battle, he's banished to an agricultural facility where he's constantly abused by the commanding officers. Then, in a dusty corner, he discovers a field of poppies, the raw materials for opium. In order to raise money for his seriously ill mother, Isamu decides to produce the illicit drug-a choice that sends his future and the fate of all Manchuria into directions unknown.
this manga is not for everyone. it's more like narcos where the line between good and bad is very thin. This manga is quite heavy, especially how they show the devastating effects of opium.
So i found out about this manga through the great Sydsnaps latest video about how she said it is like Breaking Bad and I have to agree. The main character, Isamu, goes into the army (physically and mentally abused to the max) to earn money in order to save his poor mother from the plague and wants ensure his younger siblings get settled into life. Then himself and the siblings discover a poppy field that involves with making the drug opium. He tries to sell this drug he made to the Chinese mafia and there he meets the badass hitmen chick who’s daddy runs a Chinese mafia organisation, Li Hua. Both team up along with many other unique sidekicks along the way. Now I would say this does have the usual tropes like any shounen manga has but my god, the art, story and characters were just spot on. Now this is still ongoing with only 20 chapters I can find online but guys you need to read this still. It’s interesting to see a bit of Japanese and Chinese culture mixed in there to give us newbies a taste of both cultures. To add if you wanna find out more a little bit of Chinese history, this manga has this too!
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