Manga Analysis: Juujika no Rokonin is Trash

All opinions are mine and my opinions are trash, just like the plot of Juujuka no Rokonin.

Juujika No Rokonin is something I regret reading not for the usual moral reasons, but because it’s giving out-of-control train about to crash energy. Alas, like a dog returns to its vomit, so one idiot (aka me) continues reading the equivalent of vomit they’ve already become too invested in.

*Spoilers*

Summary: Trash

Juujika follows my homeboy Uruma on his quest to get vengeance against the bullies that made his life terrible and killed his parents. The plot is essentially Uruma violently murdering all the bullies until he gets to the final boss, Kyou Shigoku. It’s like Saw or Hostel except those being offed deserve what’s coming for them (I guess?) and it had a semi-interesting albeit typical premise. Anyway, the massive amounts of violence and unnecessary edginess is obviously why I was drawn to it (no cap, saw a random panel from the manga on Instagram and immediately started reading it), plus who doesn’t like a good revenge tale?

Anyway, child Uruma is tortured by Kyou and his goons. Since bullying someone to suicide isn’t enough, anti-Christ jr. one day Kyou decides to kamikaze one of his goons by tossing him in front of a car, causing Uruma’s parents and younger brother to get into a car accident and die. Except no, they don’t die. So Kyou lights the car on fire, which seals the deal and consequently torches the younger brother, Kakeru, putting him in an indefinite coma. Mind you, no one is arrested for this, nothing appears to be investigated, nothing happens in regards to what is incredibly extreme bullying either. But let’s be honest, no one is reading this because it’s super realistic and reflective of real life.

Flash forward, Uruma has gone Super Saiyan and is with the only well-written character in this manga, Gramps, who is a straight thug. The two of them decide to get revenge on the bullies and Uruma begins Act I: systematically kidnapping and killing all of his childhood bullies and erasing all the evidence of his crimes. We get a brief “they had me in the first half, ngl” moment with the first “victim” Madoka, who seems apologetic for his past treatment of Uruma only to be faking it. From there on, Uruma snatched Kyou’s goons and slowly tortures them to RIP with the help of Gramps. There are random side characters, but they’re mostly annoying and could be removed from the story without changing anything.

Garbage Plot, Garbage Characters

The plot was always lowkey trash, with poorly written (female) characters, but the first two villains (Madoka and Ushiro) briefly displayed some tepid shades of complexity, which made me think perhaps the next few bullies would be better fleshed out. At this point, I’m beating a dead horse because again I didn’t start reading it for the plot or for character development, but because I wanted to see Uruma kill the bullies. That said, it’s entirely possible to create edgelord trash that pushes boundaries and have well-written characters (like The Boys).

Alas! The remaining villains are variations of Ushiro with somehow less depth than him. The kicker though is once they all die, the plot repeats itself with older, adult goons who are part of the Cult of Kyou and are all willing to die for a child.

The introduction of these adult, cult goons preceded the deterioration of the plot into something boring, repetitive, and somehow even more poorly written than the earlier chapters. The manga should’ve ended long ago with Uruma taking down the last bully, and then Kyou. But even if the author didn’t want to do something so cliché, there are a myriad of ways they could’ve ended the story on a semi-fulfilling note. Instead, the reader is tossed several years into the future, after both Gramps and Kakeru were killed at the hands of Kyou, and Uruma seems to not even remember who he is.

On that note, the villains are all horribly written, but especially Kyou – why are all these people following him? That’s never elaborated upon or even shown beyond a few, sparse scenes here and there. Nothing about him is particularly charismatic or attractive, and Kyou even admits he’s evil for the sake of being evilz. Again it’s perfectly possible to write chaotic evil characters decently (see: the Joker, Ramsey, Johan Leibert, Mado, probably Misa), so it really seems like the author put forth no effort in developing any of the characters.

Juujika No Ronukin is ongoing and normally I’d wait until a manga ends to review it, but I stopped reading not long after that one manager creep was introduced as I can tell the story is going to devolve into a series of introducing random characters and killing them off until Uruma reboots or whatever, and remembers his true goal.

Juujuka No Ronukin Rating: Gramps Cutting His Own Leg Off/10

Manga Analysis: Zombies & Cults in Fort of Apocalypse

I recently read Fort of Apocalypse (Apocalypse no Toride) and figured since this is a Christian blog (lol), why not combine my two favorite things? Those things being Jesus and horror, specifically zombies. The Bible is actually full of a lot of violence and gore; people are burned alive, dismembered, impaled with tent poles…

*some spoilers*

Fort of Apocalypse is about a child, Maeda, falsely accused of murder and consequently sent to prison. Things are already not vibing for him when the world is overcome with zombies that quickly eradicate any sense of normalcy, and most of humanity, leaving the prison as one of the few safe havens.

The story begins as a pretty typical-ish zombie tale of Maeda ft. his squad trying to survive. Except the zombies move as giant zombie pillars controlled by the Bokor, who is like an advanced zombie with mega lungs and 5475489 pupils. There are (fight or flight warning: click at your own risk) zombie dogs and zombie seals. Truly an aesthetic. Maeda himself turns out to be a Bokor, with the ability to control the zombies, after one of them goes yandere and tries to eat him.

Notably, there’s a religious quack who manages to convince others, including a young woman named Daisy trapped on a yacht with a bunch of zombies, the zombies are actually angels and the Bokor is Jesus. Ideas that are bolstered by the fact that, when they step onto land, the zombies ignore them, solidifying their belief the Bokor is the Child of Light.

Even in the midst of a zombie apocalypse, there’s always that one overly spiritual mf.

They also somehow manage to out-woke probably the most wokest of the woke by claiming zombies have rights.

woke level: infinity

The Child of Light Cult is introduced via Daisy and Corporal Hatt, when they arrive at the prison. Daisy and Hatt cosplay as military and promise the prisoners safety, lying to them about their families being alive and well. In reality, they’re just looking for many-pupiled Jesus the Bokor whom they believe is among the prisoners. Hatt initially comes off as a kind, fatherly figure, very similar to how Jim Bob Duggar cult leaders portray themselves as kind overseers of benign patriarchy trying to shepherd their sheep into Heaven. However, the actual, literal second it becomes clear Maeda is also a Bokor, homeboy drops all pretenses, assaults Maeda, and reveals himself to be a man only concerned with gaining immortality and power. When that doesn’t work out, Hatt ditches Daisy, leaving her at the mercy of hoards of angry men, in jail for various crimes, who have just been lied to about their families and haven’t seen a woman eons.

While Corporal Hatt is the cult’s leader, Daisy, a young, conventionally, attractive woman, does most of the speaking which I found interesting. I’ve blogged about the danger of women like Mrs. Midwest who cushion their harmful, nonsense ideologies like the red pill with cherry-picked Bible verses because they’re pretty, well- spoken, and palatable to those who aren’t extremely radical in their beliefs, which is precisely why she’s dangerous. Women like Mrs. Midwest are far more effective at propagating cult-ish ideas, despite their danger, because they cushion these ideas with fun stuff like baking, wearing dresses, being kind and motherly, i.e. good things that are worthy of pursuing.

Daisy too functions as the cults face, despite the fact she isn’t actually the leader and is left behind by the man who was suppose to take care of her. I could list other prominent super conservative women, like Tomi Lahren, Lauren Southern, Lauren Chen too but similar to how these women have been attacked by their own bases for not living up to what alt-right men claims is the ideal, feminine women, Daisy is abandoned by Corporal Hatt as soon as she’s objectively no longer useful to him.

I don’t actually have anything deep to say on this topic, but I found the comparison interesting.

Any who, while I would in no way encourage anyone to read Fort of Apocalypse because it’s pretty violent, dark, and gory (so obviously I loved it), it does illuminate how cults are often born in dire circumstances and how the men in them are happy to prop up young women, so long as those women say and do exactly what they want. But the moment those women are no longer useful to their cause (and rarely does that cause have anything to do with God’s will, so much as it is about fulfilling these men’s desires for power), their true colors come out. They aren’t really kind, fatherly figures wanting to lead their followers to salvation, but selfish individuals interested only in self-gain. Quite the opposite of what the Bible says leadership really is.

As for Fort of Apocalypse itself, it’s full of action, bromance, and scary critters. So if you’re looking to have nightmares about zombie dogs, or if you have a high-tolerance for creepy things, this is the manga for you.

Fort of Apocalypse Rating: 7.1/10

Webtoon Analysis: All of Us Are(n’t) Dead

I’ve spent every spare second playing Horizon Forbidden West and I’m trying to get my A+ cert for my job but *see above*. All in all, -0/10 for productivity. Nevertheless, I found yet another way to be unproductive and finished All of Us Are Dead.

Since I haven’t uploaded anything in like 1000 years, I thought I’d blog about this.

*spoilers*

All of Us Are Dead, by Joo Dong-geun (also known as Now At Our School), is a South Korean zombie apocalypse fiction taking place in a school. The story centers around a group of students at Hyosan High trying to survive as a zombie outbreak ravages their city faster than Red Bull pulled out of Russia. There are loads of characters who’s names I’m not gonna list, but I want to contrast Nayeon/Gwinam to Suhyeok/Namra because both duos want to survive. The former solely focus on their own self-preservation and desires, whilst the latter show incredible bravery and selflessness in trying to ensure their classmates survive too. (side note: it’s also a k-drama but I don’t really watch TV so can’t comment on the quality of that)

Notably, the government is semi-effective, rapidly quarantining Hyosan to prevent the infection from spreading and even dropping a sleep bomb on the zombies despite woketavists out-woking the wokest of us by insisting zombies have human rights. I found this level of competence from the government even more unbelievable than Mr. Lee, the science teacher, leaving zombie hamsters in the middle of his unlocked classroom. My dude’s sheer stupidity caused countless of deaths because he literally couldn’t keep those Hamsters home, or in glass cages with air pockets (albeit, apparently the k-drama does fix this incredible lapse of judgment).

Anyway, it’s these zombie Hamtaros who bite one his students, Hyeon-ju, setting off a chain reaction of sickness and sending the students of Hyosan scrambling to find ways to survive.

By comparing Gwinam and Nayeon to literally any other character in this story (including various zombies), but particularly to Namra and Suhyeok, we see all four want to survive but only one duo will do so by any means necessary. While initially the students hunker down and wait for help, once they realize they’ve been abandoned by adults (most of whom are relatively useless anyway) and are unlikely to be rescued by the government, they attempt to escape themselves.

Gwinam had negative fifty redeemable traits. He uses another student as a shield, and eventually eats her but only after assaulting a different female student. Didn’t help he was somehow immune to the zombie virus, so he’d also gotten a taste for human flesh. It’s giving every story needs an additional villain in an already terrible world to make things worst for the characters energy. In contrast, Suhyeok spends most of his time aiding others, even going back out into the wild to forage for food. It’s thanks to him (in part) that the surviving students make it to roof and are able to escape out into the woods and eventually to freedom.

Similar to Gwinam, Nayeon is so focused on not becoming a zombie, she loses her humanity without ever getting bitten. Her fear of death and selfishness frankly would have been forgivable because not everyone is a hero. However, Nayeon not only accuses her classmate, Gyeong-su, of getting bitten and turning into a zombie, she intentionally infects him just to prove a point resulting in his demise. Consequently, the students realize they can’t trust her and lock her away, dooming her to a slow and lonely death. In contrast, class president Namra goes out to find food for the others. After being bitten and realizing she’s also got a taste for flesh, she manages to control herself several times until eventually, after the group escapes out into the woods, she realizes the danger she poses to others and separates herself. It’s the ultimate sacrifice really and exemplifies the verse, “no greater love has one man than this: to lay down one’s life for his friends.”

While all of the characters understandably want to live, Gwinam and Nayeon only care about themselves and as they say “[t]he attitude that comes from selfishness leads to death.” Namra and Suhyeok show immense bravery and selflessness in being unwilling to abandon their classmates and doing everything they can to ensure they survive. Consequently, they do end up surviving… so I guess all of them aren’t dead, which makes sense since the English translation appears to be whack.

Admittedly, the webtoon isn’t as thrilling and fast-paced as other monster survival tales (like Sweet Home/Shotgun Boy) and the art work is definitely an aesthetic not everyone will appreciate. But the story has a lot of heart. Like literally you will see lots of organs, hearts, and blood strewn everywhere because… zombies.

All of Us Are Dead Rating: 7/10