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Black & White

Title: Black & White.
Genre: Action.
Format: 3 Volumes.
Mangaka: Taiyo Matsumoto.

Synopsis: Black and White are two orphans in the harsh city of Treasure Town and they are all alone except for each other. Like brothers they rule the city, even cops won’t get involve with them. But soon a new foreign criminal organization will get in the way of their plans to own the city and their friendship.

The Highlights
Action: Graphic and shocking images of kids beating the crap out of adults.
Characters: Interesting and screwed up.
Story: It is there… somewhere.

Taiyo Matsumoto has managed to create something grand, not only by throwing different art styles, but by making characters that grow inside you and all by themselves. If anything Black & White doesn’t feel like a manga, not because of it’s topic, but because of the art that explicitly shows the western influence in Matsumoto and this is a good thing, a nice change of style is always welcomed, specially in the manga world.

Violence is the main theme here. No remorse toward women, children, adults even animals. Black and White are respected for their ruthlessness directed at anyone and their drive to start fights and finish the fights they started still standing.

I can only find three things that went wrong with this 3 volumed manga. First of all; how rare it is in the United States I’m not surprised but disappointed, second; how Black is the only character with real development, and third; how volume number two is just slow and uninteresting.

All in all Black & White is a great manga, with great action that promises a lot of fun, an interesting art style to change the pace and flavor of traditional manga and characters that feel like what they are, children, growing children.

The Rating: 9

Reviewed by: Dtortot

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