Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Review: Kogoshii (Zuda)

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. Two young lovers born to rival clans, a secret affair turned to political capital. A pure love begets blinding hate; a broken heart’s lone solace is vengeance.


The plot of Kogoshii is a tried and true story of two lovers from rival clans. It's as cliche' as a martial arts film about a gifted fighter seeking revenge for the death of his teacher, father, brother, girlfriend... pick one. 

The biggest difference between Kogoshii and the traditional stories is that it's set in the future... or an alternate reality. It's really not clear which one it is. 

That's not the only problem with Kogoshii. There's some extremely flawed logic like why the two characters would be so depressed by the fact that they're clans (who have been rivals for centuries) decided to forge an alliance and allow them to stop hiding their love and marry each other as a symbol of the two clans' union. It's an illogical step for them to take considering just a few pages earlier we're told they would sneak off to share their clan-specific skill sets with each other.

The old school black and white art probably made the biggest impression on me. Despite being less than perfect, there's something there that I can't put my finger on. Maybe it's perfection through imperfection. There's also a lot of emotion in the expressions.

Overall it's pretty good but I only gave it three stars because the illogical reaction from the two main characters didn't work. It's obviously done to move the story from point A to point B but it does this at the expense of character consistency.


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