Manga Review: Chrono Crusade
“Chrono Crusade is set in the height of the Roaring Twenties, where jazz is king, bootleg liquor flows freely, and the mob rules the streets. It is a time of prosperity, luxury and decadence, and the division between rich and poor grows even wider in the wake of the First World War. It is at such times of great change and upheaval that the dark things that lurk below the world of man can come to the surface. In the world of Chrono Crusade, a fictional organization known as the Order of Magdalene (or more specifically, the characters of Sister Rosette Christopher and her soul-bound demon partner, Chrono) exists to fight the demonic threats that appear with increasing regularity across America. Both Rosette and Chrono are revealed during the course of the story to be driven by a shadowy past, centered around a search for Rosette’s lost brother, Joshua. Joshua is shown to have been taken from her by the sinner, Aion, a demon who shares a dark and bloody history with Chrono. He seeks nothing less than to overthrow the delicate balance between Heaven, Earth, and Hell…though he’s driven by far more than his inherent demonic need to destroy.” -Wikipedia
At first I was rather put off by the fact one of two main characters was a nun. But after a few chapters in any negative preconceived notions I had about the characters disappeared. Like magic! No, not really like magic, there were reasons why they disappeared. That characters were likable, understandable and relatable. Well as relatable as you would expect from a nun and demon, which is surprisingly a lot. The demon, Chrono, is surprisingly humanlike, which, with much skill by the mangaka, does not take away from his overall “demonness”. Another thing which I must commend the mangaka on is the ending portion of the manga. The final battle was a pure stroke of genius! I grew more and more excited each page, my adrenaline was flowing, my heart was pumping, and I simply could not stop. But that is not to say that only the ending part of the manga was amazing. I felt the same feeling throughout the manga, but it was most concentrated at the end. Now I spoke about the final battle, but the chapter and half after the battle was something you don’t see often. The reason why I read manga is for the feeling I got after I read those 30 odd pages. This manga isn’t very long, only 56 chapters, and for those 56 chapters you get an experience worth far more than the time you put into it. Please, for your sake, read this manga. This is something you will not regret.
GO Rating: 4.5/5
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