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Descendants of Darkness: Yami no Matsuei, Vol. 1 Paperback – September 14, 2004
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The basic plot surrounds "shinigami", also known as gods of death, who must go around the country to find and retrieve lost souls who were misplaced after death or who should have died, but didn't. These last cases are not directly mentioned, but do figure into the character development of the leads. Most of the cases in the manga revolve around murders, the "undead" and even feature an energy vampire/sorcerer. Character development for Tsusuki (for example) involves him considered a semi-competent slacker who also happens to be the most powerful shinigami in the Summons section of the afterlife. He is the lowest paid and much of the humor goes to his insatiable sweet tooth and often fawning nature. He is literally a character who wears his emotions on his sleeve, all the time. Surrounding him is a partner who is not only grumpy, but also an empath, which leads to a lot of situations where Tsusuki's emotions literally cripple him, and lots of other friendly and antagonistic characters who are sometimes, nay often, undisguised perverts.
Much of the tension and drama involves a violent, insane doctor who pursues Tsusuki relentlessly and specializes in psychological torture that is particularly effective on our hero.Read more ›
The story is mainly about Tsuzuki, god of death, and his hot partner, Hisoka, and their adventures as they try to fix the beauro's problems. The manga is really funny, with Tsuzuki slacking off all the time and eating apple pie whenever he can, and Hisoka mainly grumbling and sneering at everyone, which doesn't make him any less cute.
Muraki is the sadistic villan of the story, and though he does very mean things to Hisoka, which I highly do not approve of, he is still very interesting character and gives the story more feel.
I can't wait for volume #2.
Also, all of the story lines beginning in this vol are complex and interesting with the exception of some funny story lines thrown in. The main character is goofy and obsessed with sweets and has a grumpy sidekick. The supporting cast ranges from a penny-pinching secretary to a mad scientist bent on creating a sex-change potion to two girls who want to dress the grumpy sidekick in female clothing. I forgot the rivalry between the main character and another supporting character that tends to destroy large buildings in massive explosions. Descendants is crazy at times and other times you nearly want to cry.
Additionally, if you are drawn in by amazing and beautiful art look no further. Each and every vol contains beautiful drawings of the characters and background scenery.
(Also this review should be dated March 29, 2007, I don't know why Amazon thinks it is May 19, 2005. Weird.)
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Or at least the English version was... I read book one and hated it so much that I brought it back to the store. I'm not even kidding. Read morePublished on October 15, 2005 by Katie
The main characters in this manga are utterly hilarious...in a good way. This is way an intro to the characters, so we don't know too much about them yet. Read morePublished on February 10, 2005 by Christyl Johnson