KUROZAKURO VOL. 1

Posted On January - 24 - 2011
  RELEASED BY:   VIZ MEDIA
  AUTHOR / ART:   YOSHINORI NATSUME
  FORMAT:   JAPANESE / B&W
  PAGES:   200
  RATING:   OT
  RELEASE DATE:   11/02/2010
  REVIEW DATE:   01/24/2011
  REVIEWED BY:   WHITNEY COX

The first installation of the new Shonen Sunday manga, KuroZakuro is action packed, suspenseful and overall entertaining!

Mikito is a soft spoken nerd with no backbone who is constantly getting picked on by his peers and is quickly losing the respect of his family and peers with his pacifist ways. Until one night Mikito dreams of a lone tree and a young man who wants to grant Mikito a wish, but in return he must make the tree bloom. Mikito asks to be stronger and then he wakes up. Thinking nothing of his weird dream, Mikito carries on with his morning and  runs into some thugs at school where he loses his cool and beats them to a pulp.

Mikito becomes scared of his abnormal strength and his new found voracious appetite and tries to run away to escape harming everyone he cares about but is stopped short by a crazy monster intent on eating him! He is rescued by a peculiar man who proceeds to hunt him down after slaying the monster, confused and upset Mikito escapes and decides to return home and work this out. A transfer student arrives at school the next day with an obvious goal, to find any young male student acting strangely. Is she about to find out what Mikito is hiding, or can he stave her off long enough to save himself?

KuroZakuro is a great new series with an intriguing and dark plot perfect for fans of the Shonen series looking for a more mature title. Mikito is a likeable  main character and I'm curious to discover the histories of the background characters in later issues. The story keeps the reader in the dark which is always a nice change of pace and I'm excited to read the next issue!

IN SUMMARY:
KuroZakuro is a manga I'd strongly suggest to fans looking for a more mature title with some grit to it. A little adventure, some action and a lot of horror and suspense makes this volume a must read.

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