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Nagasawa Shiina is just an average 3rd year high school student until her parents' company goes bankrupt. In order to pay the bills, she sells herself into prostitution. At her first job, a mysterious masked man crashes the party... and it's someone she knows.

Akumetsu is the story of Shou, a vigilante that's out trying to straighten the corrupt Japanese Government through terrorism with his "One man, One kill" code of action.


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v.18 c.153-162 (end) by Izumo no Ryuu & Manga Downloads over 10 years ago
v.17 c.152 by Izumo no Ryuu & Manga Downloads over 10 years ago
v.17 c.151 by Izumo no Ryuu & Manga Downloads over 10 years ago
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Akumetsu by dantd95

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Average: 8.5 / 10.0 (1495 votes)
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I really didn't like it  
by Joese
May 23rd, 2020, 5:29am
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
If you take it as a parody of a real life vigilante or like reading hipper-violence stuff it is not that bad ,but even then it is too long for the plot it has ,given how repetitive it is .It might have been acceptable if it only had 50 chapters+- or had less lengthy monologues and conversations.

Just google "Summary execution" to know why over thousands of years this mangas reasoning has been wrong. We aren't in the middle ages were "one life for another " principle was acceptable (even then you didn't have to accept a challenge) .And if you still aren't convinced check "Crimes against humanity".

It is totally okay having a piece of fiction including these atrocities, but, after reading prior comments about this manga ,you can see how it has easily convinced most readers that the ideals expressed are totally fine.

Akumetsu ends up being a mix of endless "justice " blabbering ,violence and many subplots .That in combination with boxed reasoning , other fallacies and tropes that try to justify that everything can be solved with killing and violence.
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by ::WonderWoman::
March 27th, 2016, 11:10pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
I don't understand how anyone can not like it, claiming things like killing doesn't solve the issue or what not. It wasn't about the killing, SPOILERS
Akumetsu knew that killing evil wouldn't resolve anything, the main point of it was rehabilitation if people had actually read it... He had admitted himself that killing evil wasn't going to work, how are there still those dumb asf people reading this but not getting a single thing. They're the ones who are laughable really. Anyways, I thought that there were many different types of antagonists and not all were the same, like the cops, they were antagonists but they had helped Akumetsu in the end. And if you say there is no character development take the prime minister who grew out of his shell, or Kitsuragi who became more and more human. There is character development in this, so those who say that it doesn't have any character development, better take a look at it again. And to those who read this story for the gore and are sick of the politics, the main point of this manga is the politics and that's what drives the plot. If the plot was just gore it wouldn't be a plot at all, get your head out of the gutter please. Anyways, great manga, give it a try.

... Last updated on March 27th, 2016, 11:12pm
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No such thing as True Justice!  
by JetGT
December 2nd, 2014, 4:36am
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
This manga is great! Good story telling with plenty of WTF moments. The issue it brought up is highly controversial so don't take it seriously. Would have give it perfect score if the author create a more better ending - I just didn't accept that ending since there were so much potential.
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High low high  
by butako chan
June 6th, 2014, 2:15am
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
I started off really liking this manga and as it progressed, it became a little stagnant. It can become a little boring towards the middle as some of the mini-stories can be repetitious. But, I always feel the ending can either make or break something and in this case, it DEFINITELY made the manga.. Those who have not stuck to the end don't deserve to rate the manga. The final chapters leading up to the end were so dramatic and tense. Although the end was rather abrupt, I felt it was satisfactory as a conclusion that left little loose strings and was impactful. That being said, the story is far from perfect and there are some characters that were introduced then shoved aside without much development (eg. the girl that shou may have liked in the beginning chapters). Now for he actual breakdown of each of the categories:

art: 9/10
The art style is stylized and expressive. It conveys the emotions of the characters quite well and is quite good at causing moments of extreme epicness. The artist did a good job in expressing the ugliness of the "evil" through his drawings. I felt a true sense of disgust every time I looked at them. While the literal interpretation that evil is ugly might be over powering in other manga, it works well in this story where evil is shown to be so oppressive and overwhelming. While, the art isn't especially impressive and detailed, it is well drawn and creative in how showing how the story is told.

story: 8/10
The story was rather simple and straightforward but had depth at the same time. It did not try to convince the reader that what the "hero" was doing was undeniably right. The actions of Akumetsu are questionable at best and downright immoral at worst. Though there was a "good" side and "bad" side, the story gave the reader room to ponder the actions of the akumetsu. It allowed us to understand nothing is inherently evil, but will undoubtedly become corrupted with time. There some flaws and issues that I could pick out throughout manga but non that are big enough that would ruin the manga. As I mentioned before, the ending though abrupt was good enough to give a feeling of completion. The story understands that there is no end all solution for "evil" and I'm glad that they didn't pull out some bullshit method to end all evil (I'm looking at you Code Geass R2).

character(s): 7/10
I felt this was the weakest part of the manga. Aside from the main character, the side characters get little if any development. They felt quite two-dimensional and they all lacked personality. An exception might be Katsuragi. Although he character wasn't even alive during the timeline of the manga, the chapters dedicated to him really fleshed out his character as well as the reason for Akumetsu's actions. I actually felt sorry that he had to die. Putting secondary characters aside, the main character was quite delightful and unique to learn about in the story. The reason I'm still giving this section a good rating is because the manga is supposed to be focused on the point of view of Akumetsu as a man that tries to take on evil by himself. The problem is when he begins relying on the power of the side characters in the end. Without much development of the secondary characters, their collaboration felt somewhat hollow. That being said, the finale was still nothing short of gratifying.

... Last updated on October 2nd, 2014, 10:16pm
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A perfect revenge fantasy  
by Glad-kun
January 28th, 2014, 10:19am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
You shouldn't take all of the stuff depicted in this manga seriously. It's not real. It's a fantasy.
It's somewhat loosely based on real world, but it's not real.
It gets preachy some of the time, but it's just world-building. In the world inside of this manga everything is much simpler.
It's a justice porn. Really good one.
For everyone who imagined simple solution to all the wrongs in the world.
The art is great, the plot is great. It doesn't stumble. It delivers tons of "**** YEAH!" moments. And it stays quite simple.
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I dunno how to react...  
by rennov
January 19th, 2014, 8:22am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
Hmm... Although this manga was published a long time ago, and I've read this manga a long time ago too, I feel myself am enforced to write some reviews, especially after I read some comments regarding this manga.

My opinion? Nearly masterpiece, just because some repetitive kills which is lack of twist and become quite boring in a certain point. If not because of that, I will say this manga series is one of "masterpiece" that I've ever read... Why?

First... the plot is amazing (well, the opinions may differ). It's a story of a hero who wants to change "the world" accordingly with the "true law", that is, "an eye for an eye". He questions blind Democracy and blind ethics, with just one statements, "Is anyone here ready to become a martyr under democracy flag?" and "I verdict him guilty solely based on his actions"... Very Simple, but indeed Very Deep... I like it very much because the authors can bring a "understandable" argument with many facts along with it. And it's very rare in the world of manga...

Second... The art is awesome and epic. It matches with the style of story telling... well, you can look it for a moment if you doubt it.

Third... The ending... Well, I weighted my appreciation process heavily in ending. Ending is simply a conclusion, means that the ending will determine the long last impression of a manga (if the reader read it until the end). Good start with bad ending, will bring long last bad impression (bad after-taste), and viceversa. And How about Akumetsu? As for me, Akumetsu can bring me the most realistic of ending of an antihero story... I wont say the details, but well, it's epic and heart-warming... one of the best ending I may say.

Hmm... I guess that's all... Long live to Akumetsu...
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readlly interesting read  
by redsalt4
June 1st, 2013, 12:58pm
Rating: 9.6 / 10.0
if you like a hero, killing, blood, tragedy, revenge, corruption, and the killing of corruption, with a twist of comedy and a few tears shed you will love this manga. Read all 18 vol. in i day.
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Like listening to a conspiracy theorist explaining what's wrong with the world.  
by Fundefined
December 30th, 2012, 6:38am
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
The world is a messed up place. There is corruption, injustice, and inhumanity everywhere. Even in modern Japan, there's enormous societal problems. But what is the solution to these complex problems? Akumetsu, similar to an out of touch conspiracy theorist, proposes a simple and incredibly stupid solution, kill them all. Akumetsu revels in this stupidity, encouraging it with an infallible hero protagonist that unsubtly espouses the author's ideals. The author has never heard of the phrase, "show, don't tell." In a medium in which pictures are suppose to be the primary way of conveying information, the author instead chooses to have paragraphs of mind-numbing monologues. None of those bloated paragraphs help develop the characters. Also like a conspiracy theorist, the author refuses to write people who disagree with him as anything other than corrupt cowards, ignorant sheeple, or purely evil.

This is the exact same pattern that the author repeats again with his subsequent work, Wolf Guy. Its the same Gary Stu protagonist that is simply a mouthpiece for the author's pathetic rants. But where as Wolf Guy is universally recognized as rape-indulgent man-child garbage, Akumetsu is conversely praised for its depth. It's time to call a spade what it is. Akumetsu is that elderly relative who fancies himself an intellectual, who considers the world full of idiots, who can't stop complaining about society's problems and how obvious the solution is. They believe the only reason it hasn't been done yet is because the system is keeping him down. Those people are pathetic and just because Akumetsu has that message packaged together with some pretty pictures doesn't make it any less pathetic.

... Last updated on December 30th, 2012, 6:50am
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If justice had a name.....  
by Empiren
November 15th, 2012, 1:58am
Rating: N/A
This manga is fun and full of violence!!!. There is a pretty neat little plot, some subplots for the lesser characters and an 2 over-arcing stories among the main one(shou's friend and the actual creation of the akumetsu).
+Great Art
+Nice story
+++++Violence is always a plus+++++++
-A few repetitive kills
-Could have had a better ending but it was still ok by most standards.

Now people have said(here) parts of the manga are unrealistic, the philosophy is ridiculous, etc. Its not. Its basically one guy taking justice into his own hands and being as shocking and violent as he can be.(which is pretty entertaining with this style of art). People try to analyze this series with implications to reality. Listen, we can sit here all day and discuss how this may or may not be the correct thing to do, but the ENTIRE point of the manga is that Akumetsu doesn't care. He's there to kill the corrupt(all of them) and be done. That was noticeable part of the manga, that people's ethics got in the way and that Akumetsu would bypass that with his own "justice".(this was pretty much the entire point of the policeman's plot).
-Please, don't pass this awesome manga up because someone misunderstood it, that would be a shame.
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Pretentious as all get out  
by Glooper
September 8th, 2012, 8:23pm
Rating: N/A
I am absolutely lost on why this is rated so highly.

This is one of those manga that makes me wish that anime fans weren't so quick to look down their nose at western comics, especially cape comics. I've heard this described as "Japan's Batman - done RIGHT!" But that's wrong. This is basically what happens if you have someone who doesn't actually read superhero comics ask, "Well, why don't they just kill all the bad guys?" try to apply that line of thinking to politics. This story thinks it's much smarter than it actually is.

The characters are laughably one-dimensional. Their either guys who would slice their bellies open before even thinking about screwing over the poor, innocent public, or they're over the top, disgusting looking villains (maybe they'll get one event at the last second to show why they're such bastards, but only if they're about to die).

Part of the problem is that characters like Akumetsu have already been deconstructed multiple times. You can't have people like him unless you're okay with living in a police state. The first story arc has him delivering something along the lines of "If there are more evil people, I'll just kill them. If there's more after that, I'll kill them too, until Japan is peaceful." Two problems. a) Sorry, who died and made him king? Who is he to decide who lives and dies, who is "good" and who is "evil"? I've never met a person who falls completely into one category. Luckily for us slower readers who don't need things like subtly or realism, 90% of the "characters" (I use that term loosely) fall into those boxes. There's a reason a jury box is filled with more than one person- One person should not be able to decide whether you're worth it. b) It's called a slippery slope. I'm not even sure half the time how Akumetsu directly correlates the actions of the politicians to the ruins Japan is allegedly in (newsflash: While a country being in a huge amount of debt is NOT a good thing, it does not mean you're in ruins). Thus comes the problem: How does he decide who gets to live or die? Okay, we'll say the first politician deserved it because he was an ass, embezzled, was one dimensional, and indirectly caused untold suicides. I don't agree with him being killed for that, but whatever. We know what the criteria for being murdered is now, indirectly killing others. Next arc: Bikers are being extremely obnoxious and scary, cops are doing diddly about it because they won't get promotions or something. And apparently this is also worthy of being murdered. Sorry, what?

This is where I had to start slogging my way through the rest. Akumetsu's philosophy is stupid. It's childish and stupid, and he's entirely to proud about his childish and stupid thinking. This is not something that will lead to a peaceful Japan. This is something that leads to innocents being murdered. Let me put it this way: It's okay to kill this politician, his selfish actions led to 30 people committing suicide-->It's okay to murder this policeman, he wasn't doing his job properly, which led to 30 people being pissed off every night-->It's okay to murder this biker, he should have been willing to die over breaking speeding and noise pollution laws-->It's okay to murder this 15 year old who clearly has problems at home because he's obviously going to be a nuisance when he grows up anyway, better stop it before it starts-->It's okay to murder this student, he continues to be late for class, thus annoying all 30 of his fellow students and his poor teacher
Where do you stop? At what point do you say it's okay to kill someone over this, but not okay to kill someone over this? Is terrorizing people into doing what you want (and that's what Akumetsu wants, not for you to follow the law, or even to do what you think is right, but to do what HE thinks is right) really how you want to live? Do you want a gun in your face every time you do something wrong? The author clearly agrees with the protag, and it's obnoxious to think someone thinks this is in any way not retarded.

I'm not saying that some people aren't straight up horrible. Hell, I'm even a bit familiar with Japan's political system, and I can assure you, it's far from perfect. Possibly even worse than the US. But that doesn't excuse the caricatures passed off as human beings in this. That doesn't excuse the low level writing, the immature way of thinking, the really terrifying when you think about it implications...There is nothing I would recommend about this. The art isn't that great either. The idea is nice, but the execution is awful and as others have said, self-righteous, even though the author clearly has no clue. I recommend you read Garth Ennis' run on The Punisher if you want to read about a somewhat realistic view of a guy who murders bad people that's entertaining, violent, and reasonably intelligent, even if you think you hate comics.

I got three volumes in before I couldn't take it anymore. And while that might not be enough for other readers, how many of you would read three books into a regular book series, hate it, then say, "gosh, I should read ten more volumes to be sure that it sucks." I recommend this only to people who don't read anything else but manga, and don't like to think past the exterior of a book.
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