Akumetsu (End)

Hazama Shou is a true man.

Impressions

I was wrong in a previous post. A lot of things happened since then and ultimately, I reversed my opinions about them. I thought Code Breaker would be a refreshing series with a strong protagonist who would do anything in the name of justice. However, it quickly deteriorated into something familiar and unoriginal, the same-old bland and linear shounen. Comedy was forced into the plot and the action portion dwindled into nothing. The pacing is off and events that do happen are very inconsistent. On the other hand, I believed Akumetsu would be an inferior version of Deathnote. However, as I found out, that’s a very superficial observation. While both have leads who tries to correct the wrongs in society, Light did it in an indirect way through the use of Ryuk’s spare notebook. The terrorist group known as Akumetsu were very direct with their methods. One kill per person. There won’t be any more casualties since they wear an explosive mask that would detonate once their job is done. Where Light waged a mental battle against L to avoid arrest, Akumetsu used innovative measures to get to their targets. Two different sides to the same coin.

If the definition of terrorism is “an act to spread terror to cause chaos and panic”, then Akumetsu is certainly a series that puts terrorists in a good light. However, the motive behind their attacks makes that classification a murky one. It’s not so clear cut as black and white. Shou intends to correct Japan by eliminating all of the corrupt bureaucrats. While that sounds like a noble goal, the biggest flaw is determining which officials are bad. Throw in the morals of executing them for their crimes and that vision of a perfect government is bathed in blood. Obviously, for those in power, eliminating them would be no easy matter for they’ll use every means to protect their own lives, even if that puts the innocent in danger. For an organization dedicated to removing evil, they’re also trying to win over the hearts of the public. That means, a little collateral as possible.

So what is Akumetsu? It’s a series that highlights the worst in the upper echelons of society, the policy makers and those who influence them. It also shows how powerful and devoted the terrorists are in their goals. Crazy methods at times like the car race. However, one thing persists throughout the series. Shou never wavers and he keeps his friends close. He prioritizes them over himself, an ideal that really shows itself near the end.

A great series that starts out a bit generic… but filled with action and gore. Thus, it won’t be boring. Not entirely perfect but the finale is definitely epic.

5 Responses

  1. “A great series that starts out a bit generic…”

    Really ?!

  2. “A great series that starts out a bit generic…” -> it started like shit. Made me want to drop it off at once, but it seems it’s way better from the 5th volume. I hope the adage that says the first impression is always the good one doesn’t apply to it.

  3. I read all of Akumetsu on OneManga. Note: at the end of one of the chapters, there is a date comparison to the publishing of Akumetsu and Death Note – Akumetsu came first, (I think 1 or 2 years earlier) than Death Note, and thus Death Note would be an inferior copy of AKUMETSU

    In my opinion, Akumetsu is a well-illustrated and well-written manga. I don’t plan on reading Death Note.

    ~Asakuun Draconis~

  4. I had no problems whatsoever with the way Akumetsu started. It was in medias res, had you wondering right from the start and filled you with dread as the first Shou died. It completely pulled me in with it’s no-nonsense, straight to the point action, it’s beautiful penmanship and it’s explicit and uncensored graphical display of what was happening.

    I’ve not read Deathnote yet, only seen it as anime. I don’t care which came first, if either stole from the other to make use of ideas and imagery; they’re both great series and in the end we all agree, that dispite any similarities, they’re not the same.

    The protagonists are not the same either. There will never be anyone like Shou, be it the Azuma, Niikura, Hazama or any of the others. He shares traits with other shounen protagonists, sure, but the whole setup around him makes him so incredibly unique. As this blog says, he’s a true man. And chosing to die once your work is done, taking complete responsibility for everything you’ve done.. only a real man would do that.

    A little part of me died with you, Shousan, but you did what you had to. Damn, I love this manga

  5. Fantastic blog. One of the big debates that comes up when Akumetsu gets put under heavy scrutiny is how justified anything Shou did actually was, so it’s always good to see discussion about that sort of thing.

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