Everyone’s good at something, this much I’m sure of. Even if you think you’re not good at anything, chances are you’re pretty good at something. Rokuro, well, he’s really good at slaying demons. He’s been that way ever since he can remember, but a certain tragedy stopped him from doing what it is that he once did best.
Imagine you’re really good at soccer: You’re the star player on your team, everybody thinks you’re great, and your opponents are actually pretty scared of you, even though they come across as being fearless. What if one day one of the opposing teams slaughtered each and every single member of your crew…bar you. Chances are, you’re not going to want to play soccer again, right? Now replace soccer with demons, and teammates with the closest thing you’ve got to a family…now you’re on your way to understanding the life of our young hero.
One of Madman Entertainment’s latest Manga publications, Twin Star Exorcists, has just hit shelves around Australia and New Zealand, and we at SnapThirty have been given the great opportunity to review it’s very first volume, so come along for the ride as I review Volume One of Yoshiaki Sukeno’s soon-to-be hit Shonen series.
Rokuro is from a family of exorcists, but he’d rather be a singer, a soccer player or anything but an exorcist! He’s forced to own up to his own incredible potential when new arrival Benio stirs his competitive spirit. But their rivalry gets a twist when they earn the prestigious title of “Twin Star Exorcists” – two supreme fighters fated to marry and birth the ultimate spiritual warrior! – Madman Entertainment
The first thing you think of after experiencing the story of Twin Star Exorcists as detailed in the first volume of the series is; “I think I’ve seen this before”. Very much reminiscent of both classic and contemporary titles, Twin Star Exorcists plays host to a fairly basic protagonist. Rokuro is a main character that features the explosive temper of Eren Jaeger (Attack On Titan), the child-like stubbornness of Naruto Uzumaki (Naruto), and the tragedy-based drive of Yuichiro Hyakuya (Seraph Of The End). The story, much like that of the main character, is very much of the basic variety, but for some reason…none of that really matters. Oddly enough, despite the fundamentality of the series, it’s one that almost forces you to enjoy. As much as I tried to compare it to other similar titles, I found myself holding Twin Star Exorcists in a higher regard: “It’s like Seraph Of The End…but better“. I have a great deal of respect for Mangakas who understand how to properly write basic stories in exciting ways, and Yoshiaki Sukeno is very much one of them.
Visually, Twin Star Exorcists is quite compelling. The characters all look soft, as if designed for a non-Shonen series…until the story takes the audience into more action-heavy portions of the Manga. When it comes to illustrating combat; Sukeno is an expert. He uses stress lines to masterfully portray impact and dynamism, making every fight scene in the volume quite a sight to behold. When it comes to stagnant dialogue scenes, the Manga becomes quite dull to experience visually. At times, it seems as though Sukeno forgets just how good he is at illustration, drawing characters with incredibly small features that make the scenes looks amateurish at best, but then he blows you away by subjecting you to incredible fight scene. It’s an interesting series of jumps between good and bad but thankfully it’s the good that sticks with you long after reading through the first volume.
Twin Star Exorcists very much belongs as a part of Shonen Jump’s contemporary lineup, it doesn’t take an I.Q. of 162 to understand that. The new Manga features almost every single Shonen trope you could possibly think of: From accidentally walking in on a naked rival to having a power level that exceeds the rest of the character cast. Despite how overtly basic this Manga seems…it’s simply a fun read, and sometimes that’s exactly what you need from a good Shonen series. Nowadays, people feel as though a Manga needs to make a statement and while that may be true for some, it’s not true for all. The only statement Twin Star Exorcists makes is that sometimes something basic can be something great, and that’s exactly what this Manga is.
A star is born! Actually…two stars! Witness them at Madman Entertainments official website: Click Here