Thwip!’s Manga Monday – Freesia

It’s Monday folks! Which means we talk about a favorite manga of ours and why you all should read it – this week’s Manga Monday is all about Jiro Matsumoto’s Freesia.

A virtually unheard of manga in the Western world (I have no idea how popular it was in Japan actually, but I will give dollars to donuts that very few people read this one), this is was a mind-trip of a manga series.

The story is about a “Vengeance Agency” which helps to enact vengeance against those who have wronged another. This is all legal because the justice system kind of crapped out and the government is basically, “you all sort this out yourselves.”

While that on its own is intriguing enough, we then have our “hero”, Hiroshi Kano, who is losing his grip on reality (possibly) thanks to military experiments done to him.

It is his descent into madness that is the main crux of the story. As he goes on more and more revenge jobs and his mind slowly deteriorates, the audience sits on the edge of their seat as they try and figure out what the heck is happening to this strangely passive protagonist.

It is a (relatively) short series, being about 12 volumes or so, and the art is good, though not spectacular in any way, just good.

Despite that faint praise, it is such a compelling journey that you find yourself turning the pages as quickly as possible so you can finally figure out what the heck is going on with Hiroshi and how it is going to all end.

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