Random Manga Theatre 9: Klan

Hit the “Random” button and see what comes up! In this feature, we take a look at whatever manga the Random Number God decides to throw at us and find out if it’s worth your time.

This time: Klan, with scenario by Tanaka Yoshiki and art by Fukaki Shouko (Based on a novel? Maybe? I’m not sure.)

I mentioned last week that the other choice besides My Lovely Ghost Kana was a generic Shonen manga, so here we go. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Tribes of people exist in this story that are known as “Klans” – referred to as “Hamul” by their kin. They are men who can transform into animals, and the legends of lycanthropy and such originated from their powers. They were once a single tribe but split long ago, and now a British count wants to unite them all with his Lion Klan at the top. He starts off by killing the old and sickly leader of the Wolf Klan, and tries to capture the heir Renee as well, but she manages to escape. Renee tracks down a young man named Toranosuke, a generic nice guy teen shonen protagonist. Though he’s unaware of it, he is a laguz Hamul as well – one of the last survivors of the Tiger Klan. So of course he gets wrapped up in this whole battle between animal tribes, partly because Renee is a shapely and attractive girl his age.

The story moves very quickly (the entire manga is 14 chapters long), and it has the distinct feel of something that was rushed by executives. Plot points are introduced rapid fire and don’t carry much weight. For example, Toranosuke’s main quest is to save his kidnapped little sister from the Count, except she was introduced as his long-lost sister of whom he was unaware – if he never knew she existed, then no motivation exists to save her, but he acts like he has known her his entire life and is very choked up about the whole thing.

Side characters include the Count’s protege, who is opposed to the kidnapping of a young girl and takes it upon himself to make her comfortable, and a pair of sisters (also shapely and attractive) who are the last survivors (there are a lot of last survivors in this manga) of a tribe of Hamul hunters, and who decide to team up with Toranosuke and Renee to fight the Count and his henchmen.

Verdict: Not Bear-y Good
This isn’t really the best manga. It’s executed competently enough, but is nothing really special. If you’re really really bored, it might be worth a quick read, but you can certainly find something better. Try UnCassandra instead.

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