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BLACK TORCH 1

(Black Torch #1)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  426 ratings  ·  63 reviews
“物ノ怪"とは、悠久の時を生きる妖。忍者の末裔として祖父に育てられ、動物と会話ができる少年・弐郎は、ある日、森の中で傷だらけの黒猫と出会う。自らを物ノ怪と語る猫の名は“羅ゴウ"。追手から彼を守ろうとした弐郎は、敵に胸を貫かれてしまう!!

As a descendant of shinobi, Jirou Azuma has been learning ninja techniques his entire life. But in addition to that, he also has the ability to talk to animals.

One day when he rescues a strange black cat named Ragou, he learns that the world is filled with
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Paperback, 196 pages
Published April 4th 2017 by Shueisha
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Dan Schwent
Jan 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-comics, 2019
When Jiro bonds with a mononoke named Rago, he is thrust into a world of demons and ninja! And what does the Bureau of Espionage want with him?

While I was flirting with manga last year, Black Torch kept popping up in my recommendations. A boy raised as a ninja, bonded with a cat demon? It sounded fairly interesting.

Black Torch is full of action. Jiro takes on demons and shady government operatives alike before joining the Bureau of Espionage as part of a new team, Black Torch. It was entertainin
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Although he may appear rough-and-tumble, Jiro Azuma’s compassionate side emerges when it comes to the furry critters he can communicate with. But Jiro's soft spot for animals gets him in major trouble when a suspicious stray cat, named Rago, fuses with him, granting him exceptional power but also dragging him into humanity's hidden battle against powerful Japanese spirits, mononoke. Descended from of a long line of shino
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Elizabeth (Elzburg)
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To sum up this series: It’s a mediocre story that we’ve already seen hundreds of times before, but its saving grace is its extremely appealing art style. The ONLY reason I didn’t drop this series after the first chapter or two was because the art kept pulling me back. It’s just so so so nice to look at… Also the main character is really hot, okay?!

The story is the regular: Teenager who’s part of a fancy-pants family who’s had a bit of fighting training suddenly gets caught up in some goofs and r
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Megan Agee
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this style and the artwork is incredible! I’ll definitely get the next volume. 🖤
Yon Nyan (BiblioNyan)
This was a decent first volume. I love the action and the phenomenal minimalist artstyle, especially during the fight sequences. It's very neat and visually satisfying, while doing a great job of connecting the reader to the story that's unfolding. Also, sassy black cat who's a mononoke is quite possibly the greatest thing around.
Dorcas
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reminded me a lot of Bleach. Ninja, mononoke vs. humans, special abilities. A character with an inherent strong moral code. I wonder if he'll start naming his battle moves?
Jenny
Sep 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
Alright, I'm going to be blunt: I will not be continuing with this series. But I want to be clear-it's not because this volume was bad. I can imagine a lot of manga readers will be drawn to this story, and honestly if it had been available maybe 10 years ago, I would too. However, I am following a lot of series right now and I have to pick and choose what I continue to read. As for praise, all I can say is that the artstyle is okay, the story is average but okay, and it can easily appeal to a wi ...more
Luke Reynolds
Actual rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Although Black Torch has the essence of a very standard shonen storyline, it definitely seems promising. I do know that it was cancelled after a year and a half due to allegedly poor sales, which is pretty sad, but I do see why. It has the rough-and-tumble edge of a lot of shonen series, with a very impulsive protagonist getting thrown into a world unlike their own and some pretty gritty violence. The pitch to me is very much Bleach with a little bit of Naruto an
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Martin
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
The backgrounds were very realistically drawn. Beautiful artwork and a promising story, overall a nice start.
Aly
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
Interesting. I’m always down for a good Shōnen battle manga. I’ll probably let the series build up a bit more on releases before continuing the story.
Whitney Hitt
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was actually a great first volumes. It gives me InuYasha vibes, but its vastly different.
Evelyn
A ninja boy is possessed by a demon and therefore hunted by both humans and demons. Good solid shonen opening premise. Mostly it reminds me of Bleach so the story has a good chance of being another big seller.

The art work is a nice balance between gritty and simple. I especially like the character design. Notice when you first meet Gramps? Jiro made the exact same face when scolding Rago for leaving. A+ family resemblance.

This series has 5 volumes.
Sesana
Feb 08, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, fantasy
There's a lot going on here, but nothing that's really novel except in the way the different elements are combined. I can see the appeal, though, especially because the art is way better than average and the action is clear and engaging.
Brandon
Sep 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mango-comix, fantasy
Bit generic story-wise, seemingly taking a fair amount of Kubo influence, but the art is more Togashi, which is always welcome. I like the main girl's butt and thighs, and she seems like a somewhat-better-written character than e.g. Orihime, so that's a plus, too, I guess.

Jiro is the descendant of a ninja clan, seemingly no longer active in the modern era, but at the very least he has the ability to converse with animals. In his spare time, Jiro seems to defend animals from juvenile delinquents
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Matt
Dec 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
This opening volume of Black Torch should feel instantly familiar to fans of other manga such as Soul Eater, D. Gray Man, and (most conspicuously) Bleach. I could not help but draw a number of parallels between Bleach and Black Torch, both in terms of style and narrative choices. They share quite a few tropes and trappings (spirit familiars, supernatural paramilitary groups, demonic monsters that exist hidden amongst humanity), but the most obvious parallel is the characterization and narrative ...more
Selena
Black Torch is another entry in the demon-hunting genre. This time, it's about a modern-day ninja boy fused with a cat demon.

The main character, Jiro, is trained in ninja stuff and also can talk to animals. He helps a cat demon, Rago, and after being killed by another demon, Rago saves him by fusing with Jiro. Jiro's then taken to join a super secret government agency of demon-hunting ninja.

For a demon hunting manga, though, the best fight so far has been the one between Jiro and his grandfather
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Caroline
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This story appears like most others at first glance. And, it kind of is. A ninja-in-training, Jirou, can speak to animals and has always felt different from other people and that left him isolated. But, unlike Naruto or others like him, Jirou is okay because he really is a person that loves communicating with animals. Jirou, informed by a crow, learns of an injured animal in the woods and goes to help. Chaos ensues when the cat wakes up and informs Jirou he is not a normal cat, but actually a Mo ...more
Auroch
Jul 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of ninja or supernatural manga
Recommended to Auroch by: Barnes & Noble
3.0/5 This manga did a good job of hooking me in the opening chapters with its amazing art (in the vein of classic shounen like Bleach), main characters I actually felt invested in, and especially the nods to ninja and the supernatural. The problem was that while the art was consistently great the plot wasn't. Despite their flashy designs, it felt like the minor characters were carbon copies of other ones I'd seen before and were done better in other series. Likewise, the storyline with the supe ...more
Bradley
What to do with Black Torch. Mixed feels, man, mixed feels. I love animals. Naturally I’m inclined to like a character that has a soft spot for our fur balls, enter Jiro Azuma. Next, we have Mononoke which are, so far as I can tell, man-eating demons that are handled by an organization that has its roots in the oniwabanshu. It’s an enticing mix. Nothing has sealed the deal for me as an official fan. Tentative…

The art is good. It reminds me of the Marvel cinematic universe where visually everyt
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Nona
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read that much manga so I can't really relate to the "same ole same ole" perspective that a lot of reviews of this share. I found the protagonist to be really personable, with his ability to speak with animals giving him empathy, though tying that up with his ideas of what it means to be a good man. The art IS very nice. There are a refreshing lack of boob jokes (so far) but there are *sigh* tactical hot pants. Plus the main supporting female character is constantly irritated and alway ...more
Amarinske
This is enjoyable and has a lot of potential in my opinion. It did feel like it needed a little bit more though and like a clear beginning where the actual plot is barely scratched.
The character dynamics were fun and the characterization is well done, but the plot is only just scratched a little bit. There are only four more volumes and the actual plot has yet to start even though some stuff happened in this volume, it was more or less all personal to Jiro.
I'm curious how with this will be both
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Jody
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Picked up this book for my brother. It's a new manga series and it looked quite interesting. These books are so fast to read, even for a slow reader like me, that I grabbed it over Thanksgiving weekend and quickly read through. If you don't have much time to devote to reading, grab this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Manga always has a sense of "religion", which is what I studied and enjoy!
Cynthia
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Glad to find a new series to start. The characters were interesting and I really enjoyed the banter between Jiro and Rago. Plus the concept of ninja vs. Mononoke is new to me, so that's a big plus. Excited to see how it pans out. The only negative for me is the obvious bits of fan service that are distracting.
Octavia
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
I try to stay pretty neutral about Manga's until I've read at least the firs two in the series, and Black Torch is no different. So far it seems a bit cliche and honestly a tad boring but I know that can turn around pretty quickly and without warning. I'll do a full review of Vol 1 & 2 on the blog soon!
Josh
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I have limited experience with manga, but vol. 1 of Black Torch is a fun and exciting read with good art, entertaining characters, and an engaging story that I'm excited to read more of. I solidly enjoyed it from start to finish.
Christoph Weber
Aug 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
I love cats. Even if they are mononoke.

The art is good, especially on Rago as a cat, the dialogue is confusing as it often is unclear who is speaking, is it the person shown or someone off-picture?
Angela
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019
I’ll be frank. I bought this manga because it looked a bit violent and entertaining, a little like Deadman Wonderland. It didn’t disappoint. While I found a couple of the parts a bit confusing, the storyline added to the art made the book a quick, entertaining read. I’ll try the next one.
Melissa Thompson
This manga was exciting from the very first page. From a boy that can talk to animals to mononoke, this manga is full of supernatural beings that will haunt your nightmares. Follow the journey of Jiro as he and the Mononoke, Rago, form a bond that is not breakable unless death is involved.
Steven
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
It's been a while since I've been this hype for a shonen manga series.
Addy
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 rating. Ichika is pretty awesome. But I assume the editor pushed for the fan servicey shots. A shame cause it detracts from the awesomeness of her character.
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