Kentaro Miura's Giganto Maxia
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Berserk has a good standing within the manga-anime community for its great plot and fascinating characters. So seeing Kentaro Miura, its creator, coming out with a new tale (his first in about 20 years) is good news and I needed no further motivation to sign up for the ARC. For me, it was an opportunity to get one of the first looks at the work of a talented storyteller and illustrator.
Anyway, in this setting comes along our protagonists Delos the wrestler, and Prome, who is some kind of spirit. We are not told how these two met. However, they are both travelling the wastelands, apparently looking to kill Gigantos (a particular species that is as big as a mountain, but can be controlled). Their journey takes them to a land where they meet a tribe of half-men, half-beetles, who nurses a grudge against pure humans. On seeing Delos, their hatred rises to the surface. They take him and Prome to their arena. There they pitch Delos against their best warrior. Delos wins this fight and, through his humility while fighting, won the crowd to his side. The beetle tribe takes them in as guests after that.
The art style is good, but it is the big panels that
On the negative sides, still don't get some Japanese manga's fascination with panty-shots, a few of which are exhibited in Giganto Maxia, albeit in a non-graphic manner. I kind of understand when it is done in trashy hentai series, but when a graphic novel with a world-class storyline and great characters does it, then it boggles the mind. It is a frustrating side of the Japanese manga culture. I hope this trait dies with time...
maybe I'm just too optimistic. or
There are no big "whys" or life lessons to take away from Giganto Maxia - at least that's what I think. However, the excitement levels and the
of the story is something fantasy, sci-fi and
post-apocalyptic junkies will scream for joy over. interestingness Giganto will be
big. There is no doubt about it. Maxia
Many thanks to Dark Horse Manga for review copy.