Manga Review: ib – Instant Bullet by Aka Akasaka

Published April 24, 2014

Everything in this world is my enemy. This kind of world is worthless. A boy, who is called a demon with no human heart, breathes, lives and imagines. But what is the pounding in his heart when he heard he is going to save the world? That’s not his wish, though…- Goodreads

I was surprised with this particular manga. It is so different. Granted the summary is extremely vague and you really don’t know what you are getting into until you at least finish the first volume. Even then you are still a bit unsure if you want to continue but towards the end things shift and you want to keep reading to find out what happens.

Without giving too much away, there is a boy who is not only lonely but he is disliked by his peers (sounds familiar). Please tend to get hurt around, he has no family and for the most part he really doesn’t react well with people. But he comes across a girl (sounds familiar) who indirectly helps him discover a form of magic he has. But here is where the difference comes in; the magic isn’t typical magic, nor is the boy a hero or for the most part a like able character at least earlier on. And the girl… she isn’t someone who secretly loves the boy and is trying to be his friend and all of that.

I’m probably not explaining this in the best way and that is because if I tell you details, I am telling some important parts of the story that I believe help push the volumes. There is complexity to the story especially within the main characters. I love how there are similarities between everyone within their own personal stories but there are still experiences that make it personal to the character.

But beyond the story moves fairly quickly; there isn’t a lot of dead space to try to keep things going. Black and white art work that isn’t the most innovative but that is not a shot at the illustrator. The great thing about the art is no one looks the same.

Overall, if you are looking for something different in relationships and magic, I would recommend this read.

3 Pickles