Review: Dead End

Dead End
There’s more to this universe than what you allow yourself to feel.

Author
Shohei Manabe

Status
4 Volumes – Completed

Plot Summary
Shirou was a typical construction worker living the same routine day by day. He lived a meaningless life; a life not worth living for. But that simple life changed for the better after an unexpected encounter with Lucy. Lucy brings light to Shirou’s life. Shirou began to appreciate life. Everything life has to offer made him happy. He’s happy living with Lucy. He can’t let her go. He refuse to let her go even though he doesn’t know anything about that girl.

Happiness comes short. That’s what happened to Shirou. Shirou introduced Lucy to his apartment neighbours. After a casual dinner with Lucy and his friends, Shirou’s out to buy cigarettes. He came back only to find his friends murdered and Lucy gone. Standing next to the corpse was a big man telling him that everything’s okay. The big man suddenly pulled Shirou out of his apartment just before the building explodes. He’s trying to save Shirou. Shirou was told to go down the sewer system to meet someone. Amidst the confusion, Shirou decided to listen. Thus he begins the journey through a dark world to find Lucy and unravels the mystery of his slaughtered friends.

Personal Opinion
This manga has an interesting story. A story about a group of mercenaries who met the end of their usefulness. Even though it is decided that they should be eliminated, they decided to survive and live as a different person leaving behind their previous life. Everyone in the group decided to erase their memories and start fresh. Each person walk a different path in their new life with only a tattoo to identify themselves.

Sad memories come back to haunt them. Weird enemies appearing trying to kill them. Weird dreams kept appearing in their heads. These series of mysterious events finally brought them together one by one; starting from Shirou. They struggle to bring back their memories with hope of uncovering the mystery.

Now for my personal opinion. When I started reading this manga, I thought it was going to be another “Slice of Life”. The type of story where a miserable boy met an interesting girl. Then the story continues with the boy grows to love his life with the girl on his side. That thought didn’t last more than a chapter. In the middle of chapter one, I soon realize there’s more to this manga than just a life full of love. The fact is “Dead End” has action written all over it. I realize this from the moment Shirou’s friends were slaughtered.

What made this story more interesting was the fact that it’s not just about Shirou finding Lucy while killing all that stand in his way. The mercenary background was a nice touch. Especially when this mercenaries had intentionally erased all their memories and started a new life of their own. So the story about them reuniting and trying to find out what they were was excellent.

As a closing statement, I would like to say that I think the story in this manga would be better if it adds global conspiracy to the plot. I am always eager to read anything about conspiracy. Unfortunately for me, the story does not go that way. It was all about Shirou and his group trying to survive their cruel fate.

Personal Rating
7/10

[Reviewer: Amir Syafrudin]

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