Black Slate, Volume 1
by Aya Kanno
Genre(s): Manga, Graphic Novel
English Publication: Oct 2008
Original Japan Publication: Sept 2005
Publisher: Shoujo Beat -
Official Summary: What does it take to find your true inner self? Zen's memory has been wiped, and he can't remember if he's a killer or a hero. And a lot of people will do anything they can to keep it that way.
What does it take to find your true inner self? Zen's memory has been wiped, and he can't remember if he's a killer or a hero. And a lot of people will do anything they can to keep it that way.
Review: This first volume centers around a guy named Zen. A master criminal. He lives his life, doing what he wants, when he wants and how he wants. He seems to know nothing of his past and simply has an urge to destroy and create chaos.
An interesting manga series so far. I enjoyed the artwork quite a bit. but I am not sure of the characterization. Story seems to have good potential. I am surprised Shojo Beat is the one to publish this being its much more action oriented. Quite a bit actually. The romance is only hinted at as a possibility but so far has not gone anywhere. The focus is on why zen is wanted and who he really is. Mysterious intrigue like that is always something I have enjoyed.
I hope to enjoy reading volume 2 soon. This is a short, 2 volume series so it is a quick read.