Title: Metallica Metalluca Author: Mizuno Teruaki Release: Weekly Status: Ongoing Genre: Shonen, Adventure Art: B Originality: A Story: B Characters: B Humor: B Action: B
Impression: This new Jump series is set in a wondrous new world where special metals with magical properties exist in addition to the known metals in our own reality. The main character is a kid from a mythical tribe of legend that has been said to possess this miraculous ability that allows them to mold any metal freely with their bare hands and he’s on a journey to become a great minea just like his father. Cliched plotlines and overdone character archetypes aside, this is one of those series that’s just bound to last. The demographics this manga is aiming clearly are the kids with its strange new world and mine ’em all approach and its proving to be a pretty good draw with all these interesting metals that author comes up with. There’s a lot that the mangaka can set up during its build-up chapters and use later on when the plot gets more interesting. If done right this could even rival One Piece when it comes to the creativity that gets fed into either manga though it will take quite a bit of work for it to match up all other aspects. This in my opinion is the most promising rookie series in jump out of all the new series they’ve been trying out lately. That’s not exactly a hard thing to do given how underwhelming most of them have been but unlike those, this series knows exactly where to bank its money in.