- Mangaka : Yuuki Kodama, Otaro Maijo
- Publisher : Yen Press
- Genre : Mystery, Psychological, Sci-Fi
- Published : February 2021
We like a good serving of mystery, especially if it involves psychological antics. We might sound masochistic, but we like getting mind blown. It’s like experiencing Archimedes’ eureka moment over and over again, and it’s pretty amazing. Indeed, there is a lot of series fitting our description, but not everybody delivers their promise. For us, a successful mystery manga is a series that manages to surprise the readers within a few chapters. A pretty great example of this is Death Note, since it manages to mess up our minds a heck ton of times.
ID: Invaded #Brake-Broken seems very misleading at first glance. It looks like a series about racing and vehicles, but the truth is far from that. Instead, we follow a self-proclaimed best detective as he tries to solve crime through a virtual simulator. Interestingly, he repeats the process again and again as he tries to get more clues about it. Remember when we say surprising the readers within a few chapters? ID: Invaded #Brake-Broken’s first surprise is revealing its true color.
1. Truly Peculiar Crime Solving
Unlike other crime-solving series, ID: Invaded #Brake-Broken doesn’t just focus on gathering clues and evidence on a crime scene. Instead, they use a device to dive into the detective’s memory again and again to solve a single case. Not only that, there’s also another team trying to solve the same crime in reality, and they’re doing it simultaneously. It does live up to its sci-fi tag.
2. Unique Storyline
At first, it seems like the series is nothing more than some cool driving stunts and action scenes, but lo and behold, we are wrong. It’s definitely more than that. Instead of being a criminal, we learn that the protagonist is actually a great detective trying to solve a crime, which we assume he’s a suspect in. Not only that, his dream-like reality seems to be connected to the reality we know of. We don’t really know the logic of how that’s happening, but we are eager to know!
1. Lacking World Explanation
The world of ID: Invaded #Brake-Broken is really interesting. It properly meshes sci-fi and modern aspects and creates an entirely new world. However, the series doesn’t really expand how this system works. We just know that our protagonist dives into what seems like his memories, but we don’t know if that is his memories. Also, we don’t know how his virtual world is connected to the real one. Perhaps, it’s actually just another dimension connected to ours? But if so, then how can he dive multiple times and experience the same scenario over and over again? And there are many more questions we’d love to be answered.
We really loved reading ID: Invaded #Brake-Broken. It has a pretty unique take on mystery and crime solving. However, it’s not like it doesn’t have any flaws. It does a rather poor job explaining its world. We’re left hanging without knowing a lot of things. Despite that, we still find ourselves captivated by the story. Hopefully, the future volumes contain the answer to all the questions thrown at us.