Title: Spiral: Suiri no Kizuna Author: Shiroudaira Kyou, Mizuno Eita Release: Monthly Status: Finished Genre: Shonen, Mystery Art: A Originality: A Story: A Characters: A Humor: B Action: S+
Impression: This is about a young genius who encounters a series of murders related to a group of special children called the “Blade Children”. These blade children are known to be highly gifted at some field and have natural born talent in criminal activities. The young man’s brother who went missing years ago is related to them somehow and both sides want something from the other. Despite all the awesome mind-screwing mysteries and traps that the author has given to its readers, I must say that a huge portion of this manga is focused on the kids being introspective and angsting about their circumstances and that really gets annoying at certain points. A little bit over some time is okay but the author made a really bad decision to focus a whole of it for four chapters over someone who was going to kill the main characters but didn’t want to. It came off as INCREDIBLY cheesy and unbelievably dull since they did nothing but talk about the guy for four whole chapters which has enough pages for an entire volume. It’s comparable to the “endless eight troll” that KyoAni had the guts to pull (Which I thought was an awesome feat) since faithful followers had to bear with the same old recycled cheese for months. Thankfully the scans are available in bulk way past that point.