I cannot see why any normal person would read this manga. Rape and violence abound, and everyone is either a jerkass, a Complete Monster
, or stupid and useless (and boring). Or fanservice/Estrogen Brigade Bait
. The violence doesn't really provoke any reaction, it's typically Inugami just standing there, taking crap (beating, hit by a car, he does get shot once). I originally used "enduring" instead of "taking", but he doesn't even do that. You can't feel anything for Inugami when getting run over by a car is a walk in the park for him.
Related to that point, I can appreciate a "soul-crushing" story if the characters are compelling, if a Trauma Conga Line
is necessary for satisfying character growth, but I'm 75 chapters in and there isn't any catharsis. Inugami just goes further down the angst-hole, while Haguro, I think, has the more interesting transformations
That's not even going into my main problem with this Crapsack World
series, which is that all of this is taking place in a high school setting
. We have an insanely strong werewolf protagonist, a very capable, frightening villain, a few interesting moments of insight (I am not counting anvilicious wolf worship as interesting), so why did it have to be a Darker And Edgier
High School Drama?
If you are prone to Darkness Induced Audience Apathy
, don't read this.
Edit: The series has lately moved away from the high school setting and more towards "let's try to break Aoshika so Inugami can save her and they'll have twu wuv". I don't consider this an improvement. In hindsight, this manga uses Aoshika and the other female characters really exploitatively. But mostly Aoshika. When the manga's not being boring and trite, it's being disgusting.