- Mangaka : Yoshifumi Tozuka
- Publisher : VIZ Media
- Genre : Shounen, Action, Adventure
- Published : May 2021
A lot of things are viewed within a spectrum. But even within a spectrum, there are always two extremes. If looking at it from a narrow point of view, these two extremes are considered dichotomous. For example, there is certainly a wide range of luck. However, we often only refer to it as being lucky or unlucky. Luck is just an example, and there are a lot of other similar concepts. Now, think about any concept and negate it, then build an entire world around it. That’s what we’ll be talking about in this article.
Undead Unluck is set in a world wherein special humans have the ability to negate certain concepts. As you might have probably deducted, the series’ protagonists negate death and luck. Andy has been roaming around the Earth for decades in his bid to finally end his immortality but to no avail. One day, he meets a girl trying to end her own life since she seems to attract all the negative things in this world. Andy saves her and sees her as possibly the answer to his longest and greatest desire - death.
1. Death Is Part of the Story
The thing about shonen manga that we usually find annoying is the lack of deaths, both the good and bad guys. This is true even during the biggest and craziest fights. However, this is slowly changing with the rise of new titles like Kimetsu no Yaiba (Demon Slayer) and Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan). Undead Unluck also dabbles in this trend. Even though there isn’t really a lot of unnecessary death, the series doesn’t shy away from killing a few characters. This is good to know given that Fuuko Izumo, Unluck, can summon a meteor.
2. Intense Action
Andy hasn’t spent his long lifespan dilly-dallying. He has accumulated vast riches and knowledge. In fact, he’s probably the greatest combatant there is. He has also mastered using his ability to the fullest and doesn’t even bat an eye slashing away his body parts. What’s more, is that he even devised techniques to launch his dismembered body parts. Given that they are being hunted and they are also hunting the members of the union, the series has a lot of gory, intense action scenes.
3. Unique Lore
Undead Unluck’s world and lore is unlike any other manga. Even though it’s set on Earth, no other series has dabbled on basing the characters’ powers by negating certain concepts. Well, being unlucky or lucky has been featured in other series in the form of One-Punch Man’s King and Naruto’s Tsunade, however, it always just ends there. There isn’t any other series that combines these negations and uses it as a power and an interesting power at that.
Undead Unluck is surely not our typical manga series. Even though it’s an action, adventure series, it doesn’t follow the formula set by the big names in the industry. It has its wa y of telling the story, and even the humor is quite mature. Its unique lore and darned action scenes got us hooked, and we’re certainly waiting for the next volumes to come.