The Grim Reaper and an Argent Cavalier Manga First Impressions

Impressions:

Okay, we’re between anime seasons and instead of actually working thorugh my to be watched list I decided to try a couple of manga. This one I came across on Crunchyroll and was kind of interested so decided to give it a go. I then read the first three volumes in a single sitting so I guess I kind of liked it.

The story follows Cyan who originally doesn’t want to become a cavalier because he saw his mother die protecting him and it kind of freaked him out. Then his dad dies the same way but somehow this actually inspires him to want to protect people and he ends up joining the cavaliers. Yeah, the set up is kind of rubbish and this character’s motives take awhile to settle, however once the story actually gets going (there’s a lot of prologue) it gets kind of good.

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The supposedly protected city is attacked and during that attck Cyan is killed. He makes a deal with someone he thinks is Lemuria (pretty much the one they all worship because she protects them from the Grim Reaper and Larvae) and he is brought back to life. After awhile though he realises something isn’t right and it turns out he actually made a deal with the Grim Reaper and he is now a Larvae craving human souls. Fortunately, or not, he runs into Jade who is also a Larvae but one who has managed to not lose his humanity and ends up being convinced to teach Cyan the secret of how he did that. Cyan joins Jade and a small group of others who are trying to track down the Grim Reaper.

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So zombies, magic, and swords… I guess I was kind of sold on this before starting. More importantly though, the characters actually become quite interesting. I very much want to see what happens to them as they continue on this journey to track down the Grim Reaper.

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A few minor issues though, other than the hopelessly generic my parents died protecting me character motive and the Princess like girl trying to get out and fight. My biggest one would be that their eyes are meant ot change colour when they are giving in to the whole larvae instinct to eat a human soul but you know, it is black and white, and the distinction is sometimes totally lost until another character actually points out that there was something going on with their eyes. Also, at times it is difficult to follow what is going on in a sequence because we change perspectives during a fight or whatever and I lose track of who is doing what. Part of this is my own lack of experience with manga, and part of it is that sometimes it is just messy to follow. Some of the colour images are really pretty though.

Still, I am pretty hooked and will hopefully finish reading this soon.


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