First Impression: Prophecy (Manga – Volume 1)

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Publisher: Vertical Comics
Story And Art: Tetsuya Tsutsui

In a world full of injustices, the “paperboy” is here to tip the scales in favor of those who have been used and abused. After going viral online, the special cyber crimes department of the Tokyo police force discovers a masked vigilante going by the name “paperboy”, who has  started posting videos online which give a warning about the next crime he is going to commit. Although he is not killing anyone, his crimes range from kidnapping, both physical and sexual assault, and arson, making him a dangerous person to society and a top priority for the police department to capture.

Prophecy is a classic tale of cops vs. robbers, and tells an interesting tale of cat and mouse between the well equipped cyber crimes department and the intelligent cyber criminal. Paperboy is able to leave false trails whenever he commits a crime, and outsmarts the police more than once. He is a competent hacker that is able to get into the most secure networks, and leaves behind no trace on how he is able to do it.

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Although the story sounds a little too good to be true (A mastermind able to outsmart the entire police department and cyber crimes division, all while remaining entirely invisible) the way it is set up is all too real. He is able to outsmart the police with well thought out plans, so as the police catches up to him he is already one step ahead. His hacking skills aren’t as impressive as they first seem, and his crimes never get out of hand. They seem like real things a person could do if they were a little crazy enough to go through with it.

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One of my favorite things about the story in the first volume was how real everything felt. The crimes were not too extreme that they felt like an amateur couldn’t pull them off, the motives behind the “paperboy” were real and heart wrenching, and it showcases the abuse that happens to people on a daily. One man is working in a place where he is unwanted and abused because of it, a poor girl is raped and people online think it was her own fault for “being too easy”. It showcases the harassment that occurs in real life, and its almost sad to watch at times. I loved this aspect of the story because it helped make the story feel more real, and that lead me to sympathizing with the antagonist as he tries to right the wrongs of society.

The closest thing I have read to prophecy would probably be Death Note, which had a similar plot of a criminal outsmarting the detectives trying to catch him as he committed his crimes. If you have read Death Note and enjoyed it (or watched the anime), then I have a strong feeling that Prophecy might turn out to be something just as great. There are only two more volumes after this one, so it is hard to tell whether the story will be fleshed out in the end or not, but from what this first volume shows I have a lot of hope for it.

Reccomendation: Read It

A History Lesson

ME

That’s me. Sorta. Who’s me you ask? Well my real name is Josh, but people also know me as Raith. I am a pretty average dude, going through life day by day. Nothing really special. I’m currently studying for a major in International Business, and hope to be done in the coming years (hopefully within 2). I am also studying Japanese so that I can (hopefully) go there and teach English when I am done school.

You probably don’t care to much about that though. So lets talk about anime (and manga).

My anime and manga background really starts around 2006 I suppose when I picked up my first issue of Shonen Jump (the North American version). I had picked it up because I had been really getting into Naruto at the time, which had only just begun airing in the fall of 2005. My memory is foggy as to what happened next (it was almost 10 years ago..) but sometime around 2006-2007 I pretty much became addicted to Naruto, and I managed to hook one of my friends into it as well. We would spend all class reading volumes of Naruto under our desks, and we stayed up to date with the North American release of the manga thanks to his parents. When we eventually caught up after a week or so (there was a good 10 volumes out by the time we got into it), we started to get into other series, mainly death note and bleach. Again, we would read each volume under our desks during class, and we hardly got caught.

I pretty much kept picking up random series here and there as the years passed, the only notable ones coming to mind being Black Cat and Claymore. When my parents decided to finally get high-speed internet (sometime in 2007 I think) I was able to read manga online as well. No more waiting multiple minutes for each page to load!

Now as for anime, I can’t really say as much honestly. I didn’t really watch much outside of Naruto, and what I did watch was exclusively what would air on YTV around the time Naruto came on. Shows like Death Note, Bleach, One Piece, Zatch Bell were all on the list of shows I have seen from back then, but I rarely followed them and have only seen bits and pieces. I pretty much stuck with just Naruto for the most part, while reading whatever manga I found interesting online. Around 2009-2010 I stopped watching anime all-together as well as reading manga, and it wasn’t until 2012 that I even picked up an interest in it again when I decided to re-watch Naruto. It wasn’t really until January 2014 that I really got into anime, when I decided to take a look at the show Attack on Titan which the internet was raving about. Turns out it was pretty good, and I regained my interest in anime (as for manga, I had been reading a few series here and there over the years. It as only a brief period where I had stopped reading manga).

Now that you have my life story, I think that’s enough for this post. It was just supposed to be a brief introduction on who I was and what I want to do here.. but I kind of got carried away it seems.

A New Beginning

Even though this will be my first post on this new and shiny blog, it wouldn’t be fair to say that this is my first time writing something for the internet to see. I have been doing it for a while now, but never really taking it seriously. I have mostly just written for sites with communities built around them, or on forums. My first shot at doing something like this started about a year ago on tumblr, but I don’t think that’s a great place to be writing up reviews and stuff. Most people there are just too busy looking at the pretty pictures to read anything.

So I decided to open up shop here, and see how this turns out. I am already liking the better options for editing and writing, so it is a good start.

I suppose I should tell you guy’s what I am going to be doing here before I just end this post huh?

Well, I will mainly be writing about anime and manga. From impressions, to top lists and full blown reviews. I will probably start by editing some of my older reviews and posting them here. That should give me time to write up some new stuff to post afterwards. Chances are though my other reviews are going to need a lot of editing and revision, so I have no idea how long it will take for the new stuff to roll out. Hopefully by sometime next week if all goes to plan.