“By the author of Samurai Deeper Kyo…
John Elegadine, a curry lover and a professional thief, encounters Lu Larue, a thief lock picker, as he was taking a stroll through a bazaar. With the two together, they are to find the legendary demon stone that is scattered into thirteen pieces around the world. Once the pieces are put back together, the demon stone is willing to grant a wish upon the user’s desire.” -Bakaupdates
There is a certain feeling of joy I get when I read a manga from beginning to end in one sitting. I like not worrying about having to take a moment to remember the plot after a week, often times longer, break between chapter releases. I can just dive right into the manga and I don’t have to surface until the series reaches its conclusion. This feeling of joy isn’t enough to make me read or avoid manga because of their length. Any short manga I read needs to be just as good as a longer manga otherwise it isn’t worth reading it in the first place. Shirogane no Karasu provides the goodness of a lengthy manga in only twenty-five chapters.
Shirogane no Karasu is a shounen, fantasy, adventure manga with a rather straightforward plot. This manga excels in having a fast pace. The action is fast paced and has a simple, yet entertaining, plot. Both elements complement each other to provide the backbone of this series but that is not uncommon for manga of this genre. This manga has nothing spectacular going for it except for the fact it doesn’t have any weaknesses. The only aspect that may be called a weaknesses is its tendency to be a generic mainstream shounen manga. However, that is only a weakness when you compare it to long running series. This manga should be treated as a refreshing change of pace; it is a break from all those manga that strive to be different with their complicated plots and overly detailed art. This manga has nothing of it, which makes is strangely refreshing. Even with the plot twists, the manga remains easy to understand and easy to read.
When treating Shirogane no Karasu as a light read, it excels. However, it can’t compete with many other series as a series read. It may be a jack in all aspects but it is a king in none. But for a light read that is exactly what you are looking for.
GO Rating: 3.5/5