|Unpolished & Unfinished||1 out of 1 user found this review helpful.|
One of the earliest works done by the guy who does Bleach, Tite Kubo. It’s clear that he was still feeling his way into developing manga as there is a lot of rough, unpolished quality to this series which sort of fits the fact that it was never actually finished. Which leaves me wondering as to why Viz even bothered to print it; it's like selling someone a 12-course meal and then saying "Whoops! We only got enough for half of the meal! Sorry!"
The basic concept of a man searching for the keys to immortality (or alternatively to resurrect someone from the dead) wasn’t bad, but it quickly begins bogged down with the proliferation of a supporting cast who in my personal opinion, do little to move the story forward. I could see the minor character of Shepard for a few story chapters—but otherwise, he’s more useless baggage in the other chapters. The same with Wolfina. I think both of them, along with C.T. Smith would have been better suited for the role of foils and rivals to the main character of Gamma Akutabi in the hunt for the Rings of the Dead.
I think that the author was just too in love with Gamma and had him too fully in the role of the main character in which he saves the day constantly when he seems more like an anti-hero and should have been hunting for the rings opposite to Shepard and Wolfina, occasionally stepping out of his role as badass to help because he felt like it.
The whole Western setting wasn’t that great and sometimes it felt like a strange juxtaposition between that and the Japanese-bits thrown into the awkward mix.
The art also needs some further refinement. I could see Tite Kubo’s promising talent in the lines, movement of the characters, and battle sequences; but it needed some further refinement to it.
Overall, the series has a rough sort of quality that detracts from it. And it just hurts the series too much that it's already rather weak story simply finishes without any sort of conclusion to it. If you’re a fan of Kubo, you might be interested in seeing how far he’s come, but otherwise I wouldn’t recommend this series.
RATING: 1 STAR.