Choujin X – Chp. 1

Title: Choujin X
Original Title: 超人X
Author: Sui Ishida
Artist: Sui Ishida

Azuma Higashi is a rather popular boy. Although he may be somewhat small, he has good fighting skills, a strong sense of justice, and his grades are at the top of his class. This is the opposite of Tokio Kurohara, his friend who does not listen in class and is simply a bystander while Azuma fights. Nonetheless, these two childhood friends’ bond is strong, no matter how different they may be.
The two live in Yamato Prefecture, an incredibly ordinary district with some areas destroyed by Choujin. Choujin are humans with dangerous supernatural powers, often the cause of the surrounding destruction. Whilst on their way back home, Tokio and Azuma encounter a Choujin, who threatens to kill them. Having no chance of escape, Tokio and Azuma make a crucial decision: to become Choujin.
With these new powers acquired, Tokio can no longer be the bystander he once was, now entrapped in a world where fighting is unavoidable.
(from MyAnimeList)

DISCLAIMER! This is the review of the 1st chapter of this manga. By being a review of a single chapter it can contain various SPOILERS. Read at your discretion.

As soon as I knew that Sui Ishida, the creator of Tokyo Ghoul, was starting to serialize another manga I had to go and check it out. I loved Tokyo Ghoul (at least the first manga) and so I hoped we would get another amazing work.

Already from the synopsis it seems something really interesting and I wonder what powers we will get to see in this manga.

The first scene left me quite confused at the beginning and for a moment I wondered if there wasn’t some kind of error and if I was reading the wrong manga but then we have the first apparition of one of these super powers! The scene of the people burning on the plane, despite being incredibly gruesome, was something I loved as it’s really amazingly drawn!

I feel like the drawing is much closer to an occidental style then the classical manga and also it seems cleaner than Tokyo Ghoul’s one. Maybe the cleaner trait is for the fact that in some parts the story is lighter than the one we had in Tokyo Ghoul… like the cast part was hilarious! Later also we have another gruesome scene where some guys have their heads snapped in half but it’s made lighter by the protagonist escaping in a ridiculous way.

It still has some grotesque part like the guy extending his neck but the atmosphere is completely different… even if Azuma reminds me of Kaneki in some shots.

The ending is really amazing and I wonder what will be the real power of our protagonist!

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