Manga Monday Ch. 38 – Double Arts

It’s Manga Monday.  A weekly post highlighting a different series.  I’ll mostly do posts on completed or ongoing series that are regularly updated.  While I do not condone scanlations, please support the creator and licensing companies by purchasing the work where available.

This week’s manga is – Double Arts

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Summary (Mangainn.com):

A boy and a girl are forced to join hands for all eternity!? In a land ravaged by an epidemic known as “Troy”, the only people with healing arts capable of stopping the seizures caused by the disease are the Sisters. Although they have a high resistance to the disease, they are searching for a person who is truly immune, if they exist, so that they can find a cure. The main character is Sister Elraine, one of the Sisters who becomes infected with Troy. But, when she touches Kiri, a seemingly ordinary boy, her seizures stop. Could he be the one!?

Hako’s Thoughts:

If you’re a cool Shounen Jump reader that reads other stuff than the Big 3, you are likely familiar with Nisekoi.  Well here is the manga that author, Komi Naoshi-sensei, worked on before Nisekoi‘s serialization.  It, too, was published in WSJ and despite it’s cancellation after a short 23-chapters, it has a large fan-base as one of those “It had so much potential to become great” manga.  Double Arts carries an interesting concept for a shounen battle manga.  Instead of having one primary male character be the hero and fight all the battles, Elraine and Kiri must work together to survive the battles that come before them.  Why?  Here’s the catch about the two characters that the Summary above doesn’t tell you: If Elraine lets go of Kiri’s hand, she will die.  So that is why the two must work together in synchronization to get past attackers who wish for the disease to continue spreading… and even a bar fight or two.  Sound interesting enough?  Here’s one more thing:  Double Arts is the name of the fighting style they develop.

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