This inspection is for the very first amount of Akaoni: True Martial World. This show is composed by Hiroro and features examples by Mokoppe. The very first installment of this English translation of this web novel series has been released as an ebook by Cross Infinite World on July 31, 2017. Special thanks to Cross Infinite World for providing a review copy of this volume.
A thriller about witches, using a love subplot? That’s what Akaoni is, and I imagine just saying that is enough to send some readers flying. I still remember when it looked every second YA novel in English was a supernatural love affair, and especially stories featuring vampires flooded the marketplace. However, after reading through mass 1 of Akaoni, I have to say if you are not fully against the subgenre, this narrative is well-worth a shot. I was amazed with this one. It’s because they say… what was old is new again!
The narrative features a girl named Azusa, who’s kidnapped by aliens–and then is rescued by other vampires, who subsequently take her away for their vampire town to secure her from yet more vampires. The storyline deals with her figuring out why witches are after her specifically, and unraveling the last of the vampire bodyguard called Kouya. In his clan, Kouya is equally powerful and infamous, and for specific reasons he’s disinclined to consume blood.
Azusa is a fish from water also Kouya is a maligned pariah, therefore they are equally easy to sympathize with. I enjoyed their interactions throughout the publication, and enjoyed the way their relationship was treated. And though the majority of the narrative is told from Azusa’s point of view, there are chapters where we get Kouya’s viewpoint as well. Sometimes the chapters’ articles may also overlap somewhat, so that viewers can understand why the two characters act the way they do during certain events they’re both a part of. I discovered it all quite refreshing really, being able to clearly determine where the two figures are coming from. Their relationship developed at a pace that felt natural–neither too fast nor too slow.
The rest of the cast is also filled with likeable characters. Among those villains in particular stood out for me personally, but I will leave the particulars of the character’s story arc a surprise for readers to find out. The overarching narrative is a little complex, considering there are multiple factions and cryptic plots to keep tabs on–but overall I found this volume bright enough via its strong characters and their engaging dialogues. I think fans of adventure shoujo manga such as True Martial World Will find Akaoni includes a similar feel to it, and may especially like the lead roles. If the premise to this one piques your interest at all, I suggest picking this up.