SMOKIN PARADE – MANGA REVIEW

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Smokin Parade follows a boy named Youkou who has spent his life caring for his sister Mirai who is wheelchair-bound. The Amenotori company created a revolutionary new medical technique that has given Mirai a new pair of legs and her new found freedom. With this new technology comes rare side effects such as mindless acts of extreme, grotesque violence. Their victims turn into “Spiders” which are monsters whose heads transforms into animal costumes. Their physical strength heightens and their instincts run amok.

The Jackalopes, an elite squad who are armed with gears – super powered battle ready prosthetics are here to annihilate the Spiders. They are looking to expose the Amenotori’s secrets and rescue the victims they are experimenting on. Youkou decides to join the Jackalopes to hopefully help his sister.

 

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YOUKOU KAKUJOU

Youkou spent his life caring for his sister Mirai who is wheelchair-bound. She was given a transplant from the Amenotori company and changed her life and gained her freedom. Due to this transplant Mirai’s personality becomes erratic and she changes into a Spider after she takes Youkou’s arms and his left leg. Youkou is then caught in a crossfire between his sister as a spider and the Jackalopes. Now with a missing arms and leg he decides to join the Jackalopes to hopefully one day save his sister.

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MIRAI

Mira is Youkou’s younger sister who was wheel-chair bound her whole life. She is given a transplant from the Amenotori company that came up with a new revolutionary transplant system. After her transplant her personality becomes erratic and she then becomes a spider. Her bother is hoping to save her one day.

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AKUTA

Akuta is a member of the Jackalopes. He takes a liking to Youkou because he sees himself in him. He is a bad ass guy and is a heavy smoker.

AMENOTORI

A revolutionary company that has developed a technique that can transplant any human body part.

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SPIDERS

humans that received the new transplants from Amenotori that turned them into monsters whose heads transformed into animal costumes. Their physical strength heightens and their instincts run amok.

REVIEW

How I got into this manga was I was in the bookstore and saw the artistic work and thought “that looks like Deadman Wonderland”. Then I saw the illustrators/ authors were the same. Since I am a fan of Deadman Wonderland I said I have to try this.

Smokin Parade has a very similar feel to Deadman Wonderland. The gore and bloody scenes are just as epic. The brute kind of characters who have the “don’t give a shit” type attitude are definitely present in this series.

So far only two book series have come out in America. So, I am giving my review on what I have read so far.

The story is really fast pace. As soon as you start reading you dive into chaos. The gore is not held back and is presented as soon as the story begins.

The storyline is pretty similar to other stories where there is a corporation that experiments on victims and they are hiding secrets. Then there is an organization that always wants to expose them. So on that aspect nothing special.

The characters are pretty bad ass. Youkou has his faith that he can save his sister and change her back from being a spider. He is always looking to help others which sometimes puts him and the jackalopes in some dangerous situations. He is always quoting his family rules when he gets mad and is about to fight someone.

Akuta is pretty awesome, he reminds me of Crow from Deadman Wonderland , they are hardcore but yet still has feelings for people they care for. Akuta can whoop some ass as well.

The Jackalopes team is pretty hardcore, they are always ready to fight spiders and thugs who try them. They don’t have a sensitive bone in their body when it comes to other bad people.

As for the villains the spiders are really crazy and have no remorse for what they do. It’s really because they lost all since of being human. The series just kind of started introducing some villains so I haven’t been able to take a liking to any yet. Especially since I am all about villains. I will see as they come out with more books.

Overall, I do have to say I am enjoying the series so far because I do like gore and bad ass characters. It also feels kind of nostalgic because I did like deadman wonderland and I was upset I finished that manga series. So this kind of feels that void.

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