Have you ever dreamed of a world without accidents? Without sickness? A world where no one is hurt and you can’t die, no matter how many times you die?
If you die and resurrect in perfect shape.
That’s the premise of the world presented in this manga. You can only die by age. A shot in the brain? Just a second of pain, don’t worry. Hit by a truck? No problemo, die and your shattered bones will be as good as new.
Then, what could possibly trouble a world like this, where disease and injuries are non-existent? Well, of course, death. Death appears as the worst sickness imaginable, and the mission of this world’s inhabitants is to cure it.
A plague of people know as vectors have appeared, and these mortals bring with themselves an infection that could bring death to the world, as this disease is transmissible.
Cool premise, but why should I read it?
As I said, that’s only the premise. That’s only the basis. Once you start digging into this precious work, you’ll be pulled into a race between the police who wants to protect the immortal citizens and the vectors who just want to live a normal life (or live, in general).
How the convictions of this two clashes, and how much is to discover from each faction will make a snowball of mystery and tension that is a delicacy to the senses and will make you want more and more, as questions arise and bits and chunks of strange information appear.
How the convictions of this two clashes, and how much is to discover from each faction will make a snowball of mystery and tension that is a delicacy to the senses and will make you want more.
Is it moral to kill someone to ensure other person’s life? Should you hold on into living even if that means to kill the persons you love? These are just some of the questions that this manga asks on the background, and man, it raises A LOT more as it goes on.
This work explores the relationship between humans and its own mortality, making you think and doubt about what is the correct and moral thing to do when confronting how to treat others lives when it can affect you in any way.
All of this in a nice seinen package, not afraid of showing violence and (some) sex, portrayed with beautiful artwork that defines the great slightly dark and mature style that makes this series great.
Shinazu no Ryouken (“Immortal Hounds”) presents us a bizarre and utterly original world that develops in a deeply interesting and profound police/detective drama full of mystery, violence, and action that will put constantly at the edge of your seat.
If you are craving for some seinen to bite on, give it a try.