Welcome, to our new monthly feature article, Manga of the Month(M.O.M.) Aiming to shift away from streotypes, this section focuses on introducing cult hits as well as taking you around the different art styles manga can offer.
To kickstart, this month’s feature is ZETMAN by Katsura Masakazu.
Plot Summary: Jin, a mysterious kid with a halo carved in his hand, and extraordinary fighting skills, lives with his grandfather in a beggar’s community. In another place, the old scientist, Amagi is searching for professor Kanzaki, to ask him for the whereabouts of the “player” -a kind of genetic altered human- Zet, which they created some years ago. Soon, Jin and his grandfather are attacked by a mysterious man who turns into a monster. The connection between professor Amagi and professor Kanzaki, seems to also involve young Jin as well as the mystery of the “players”, and Zet.
Katsura Masakazu has also done other hits such as WINGMAN and DNA^2.
Artwork: The artist focuses a lot on the use of perspectives. Its a very unique style, effective in showcasing the scale and grandor of locations, objects as well as battles in the manga. His drawings are also very detailed. Capable of compacting a whole lot of detail into a few frames. Hair is drawn such that the eyes discern separate locks, facial features are not skimmed on, laugh lines and wrinkles can be seen. Many can look at his images and still spot a few details they have missed before. Heres some sample images:
Overall: ZETMAN is a good read with a well balanced story with interesting battles, characters you can empathize with and detailed backgrounds.