Villain to Kill

Ch: 67+
2021 - ?
4.462 out of 5 from 1,469 votes
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Villain to Kill

There are two kinds of people with special abilities: villains, who are driven by their evil desires, and psykers, who pursue justice and work against villains. Cassian Lee is a very powerful psyker with a good heart. But one day, when he visits his friend in Greece, things take a wrong turn. Following an unexpected chain of events, Cassian ends up in the body of a Korean high school boy... who has just become a villain! Will his sense of justice win in the end or will he end up becoming a cold-blooded villain?

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Reminiscent of how Anakin Skywalker turned to the dark side because emotions were of greater influence than calm rationality, this boy ended up going from Psyker to Villain. Though honestly, it's kinda ill-explained how this body which used to belong to Gangu gained a Villain's composition. In chapter 3, Moros says "the real Gangu was supposed to be reborn as a Villain," which suggests to me that the current body didn't have a Villain's composition but that Gangu's next body was supposed to be the one which would've had a Villain's composition. The idea that our protagonist interrupted this flow of destiny by being reincarnated into this body doesn't adequately explain how the body's blood composition suddenly changed to that of a Villain (at least to me). But anyway, just like Vegeta gave up some personal control of feir actions to gain the power associated with being Majin, this boy is willing to enter a state of uncontrol to gain the power fe feels is necessary to achieve feir goals of vengeance and justice. Though honestly, that's more hypothetical than anything because the floaty shadow-eye Moros is able to keep feir berserker state under control for the most part. And the entire premise that Villains lack self-control seems to fall apart once we see the perfectly sensible discussion had with Screwdriver and feir followers. But more on that later. My biggest complaint with this series is honestly just how run of the mill it seems to be. I'm really not seeing anything about it that makes it stand out. It tells the story of a vigilante who beats up Villains and bully-thugs. It's set in a world with magical abilities, so we get very flashy, aesthetically pleasing fight scenes showing various power suites clashing. But these types of ideas are literally the set-up for every superhero story ever. Batman, anyone? The aspect that should set this story apart--the fact that our protagonist is technically a Villain--feels entirely irrelevant because fe doesn't act villainous. Fe's barely even an anti-hero. And as the series goes on, the "Villain" label feels more and more like it's just the byproduct of a bigoted society. Our protagonist has the ability to transform feir arms into bulky, clawed things (that reminded me of Midna for some reason) and that alone is enough to give fem the label of "Villain" regardless of whether or not fe ever does anything wrong. And while it's implied that the only reason fe's not entirely losing control of feir rationality is because Moros is keeping fem in check, that doesn't make much sense once Screwdriver is taken into account. Screwdriver is able to maintain self-control entirely on feir own, which means that any Villain presumably has the ability to do so as well. I dunno. If this series wants the main source of tension to be related to losing self-control, then it needs to actually portray that much better than it currently is. It needs to have our protagonist do something unconscionably violent to an innocent bystander. It needs to show that there's an actual struggle. And maybe it'll do that later in the series, but currently, the manhwa just comes across as a series of flashy fight scenes. [Reviewed at chapter 15]

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