There’s an idea to this week’s manga that various characters exhibit powers taken from classic fictional characters, but I’m not sure I recognize them since, you know, the book is Japanese and I’m not exactly up on Japanese fictional characters outside the various manga volumes I’ve read.
Anyhoo, here’s volume one of Bungo Stray Dogs.
Atsushi Nakajima is a teenage orphan, kicked out of his orphanage for what seems like cruel reasons, forcing him to live off the streets of a nearby cities. There’s a man-eating tiger involved for some reason, and Atsuhsi is miserable and hungry. As luck would have it, he saves a fellow from suicide, and that fellow whose name I won’t be typing because all the different character names here and Japanese and I just know I’m going to misspell many of them if I try works for the Armed Detective Agency. That’s what it’s called. All the different members of that Agency have special powers, Atsushi is invited to join them, and they may be going to war with the Port Mafia.
Writer Kafka Asagiri and artist Sango Harukawa are off to a decent start here. It’s a bit slow getting to the point, and I am still not sure what everybody’s special skills are, but it wasn’t bad. I may not be going for another one anytime soon, if for no other reason than “armed detective agency” is a rather ridiculous name. Maybe it just doesn’t translate well. 8 out of 10 matchless poets.
Yeah, the matchless poet’s powers are actually pretty cool.