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Review of Soukou Akki Muramasa

SubjectSoukou Akki Muramasa
ByVote: 10ubermensch on 2021-11-23
ReviewFull Metal Daemon Muramasa is an unfathomably ambitious narrative epic dealing with a myriad of themes rightfully accompanied by a production of colossal proportions, a definitive masterpiece of the medium.

Narahara's work is a sprawling solidarity of a number of heavy themes explored boldly but carefully with meticulous depth and brutally challenges ideologies and stances on several contrasting views of morality and ethics.

Narahara's canvas of 1940s Japan is a multifaceted exploration of war, violence, idealism, vengeance, accountability, individualism, collectivism, justice, peace, harmony, love and most importantly, the concept of self. FMDM is ultimately a story about the essentialism of egoism.

At the centre of all this is the protagonist of the story, Kageaki, a hero, anti-hero or a villain, that's for the reader to decide. The narrative centrepiece, with some of the most well rounded characterwork, we watch him struggle and despair being forced to challenge his views.

The English translation prose is exquisite and some of the best I've seen in Japanese Media and played a huge role in the work being able to convey its ideas with clarity because it's very easy to misinterpret the ideas discussed.

Muramasa also dismantles and destroys some common tropes in VNs with heavy satire and watching it invokes a feeling akin to schadenfreude. Ruthless and brutal in challenging ideas proposed by famed authors, Muramasa remains a work that will be memorable whenever its themes are relevant.