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Thursday, 20 May 2010

Manga Review: Aflame Inferno


Title: Aflame Inferno
Author: Im Dal Young, Kim Kwang Hyun
Release: Monthly
Status: Ongoing
Genre: Shonen, Fantasy
Art: C
Originality: B
Story: A
Characters: A
Humor: B
Action: B

Impression: This about a human high school playboy who is unfortunate enough to run into a pair of demons duking it out. One of them happens to be the fabled eastern king of these demons and it’s trying to run away in the body of the dog it possessed. Both the king and the boy are dying so the king decides to possess the boy and work with him to take down their would-be killer. This is the start of the boy’s encounters with the secret demon society hiding amongst the humans. The premise certainly sounds clichéd and dull but I must tell you that the best parts of this series does not come from the battles or the setting but rather the excellent characterisation and the focus that’s put on them. The setting does develop into something more interesting later on but it always plays second fiddle to the agenda of whichever character has the spotlight on them. I honestly find it strange for the main character himself to be ridiculously dull and flat when compared to the other characters in the series but thankfully the focus tends to shift between these characters in later chapters and this is where the story really starts getting interesting. The story’s pacing feels a bit slow for a monthly publication at what should be the point just before the halfway point and while this isn’t really something just drags on and on, I can’t say that the build-up matches the publishing life. Still, I’m hoping that the author keeps to the character driven route it’s been following instead of getting back to the original setup.

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