LEVIUS EST #2
Characters & their development: 4
Personal enjoyment: 4
What did I like
–Levius & AJ
-The set up this is producing for the whole series arc
-The art is amazing
What didn’t I like
–This one character who I genuinely cannot remember her name, ever. That’s how much I dislike her.
It’s the 19th century, and the world has entered the Era of Rebirth, recovering from the devastating flames of war. The sport of mechanical martial arts has galvanized the nations. Cybernetically augmented fighters turn their blood into steam and their bodies into brutal fighting—and killing—machines. Young Levius is one of those arena battlers, hell-bent on winning in order to simply survive.
Levius is victorious in his deadly match against A.J. and reaches Grade I, the top league, where the battles are even more intense. His first opponent is Oliver E. Kingsley, who is known as “the Emperor” and is currently undefeated. Despite all the challenges he’s faced so far, is Levius truly ready to fight against a top competitor?
I think you can’t get better than a war orpahned cybernetic MMA fighter set in a victorian Europe, right? This was a follow on to the first volume, which is a follow on from the first series. This manga is set in a world where there was a world war back in the 18th century when steam power became available. At the same time, MMA fighting became popular, and by using steam powered mechanics, people could replace their body parts to be stronger. Now Levius, our main character has entered the top grade of fighters (the first trilogy deals with his rise to this position) and now he has to stay alive while the world starts to enter a new type of world war.
I think this has SO much potential as its a very unique idea and full of action. Im used to each volume of a manga focusing on one thing, or a few focusing on one smaller arch, but this one really did more than that. We had moments showing Levius’ relationship with his father, a set up for the comic arc, reminders of what this world is like, and pointers to where it is going. There was so much good information that I couldn’t stop reading once I started
My only real negative is sometimes it can be hard to follow the art style. This is because there are so many fight scenes and they’re fights with literal steam everywhere. I enjoy looking at the panels but it does make it hard to decipher exactly what is going on for me.
I think Levius is a little different from most of the MC’s I’ve read about in manga too so I’m excited to see what way this warped world turns him, for the good or for the worse. He doesn’t fit the normal hero trope, and he speaks a total of maybe 5-10 words per volume. He’s got a lot of trauma and while all these things add up to create a cliche character, somehow the mangaka, Haruhisa Nakata makes him seem like a character I’ve never met before.
I’d recommend this to any manga lover, or lover of sci-fi dystopian stories!