- Mangaka : Nankidai, Tatsuya Ikegami
- Publisher : Yen Press
- Genre : Horror, Psychological
- Published : April 2021
Getting kidnapped and waking up in a room filled with strangers or being trapped in an obviously deadly entrapment is a sure-tell sign that you’re about to experience one hell of a ride. Interestingly enough, a lot of recent popular media is taking this path to tell a gruesome and grueling psychological torture series. It’s commonly presented as a game wherein contestants fight it out in the name of survival. During the process, of course, they resort to trickery and whatnot. Don’t get us wrong. We’re not complaining. On the contrary, we actually love this kind of story. Thus, we present Your Turn to Die: Majority Vote Death Game Vol. 1.
Your Turn to Die: Majority Vote Death Game is based on a mobile game of the same name. Unfortunately, the game is not available in English. The story follows the typical death game setup. We have the protagonists, Joe and Sara, being kidnapped and imprisoned in a building filled with traps and puzzles. These, however, are not ordinary puzzles. One mistake can easily cost them their lives. After passing the first test, they meet other contestants also striving to keep their bodies intact. Of course, the brain behind it all is still shrouded in mystery.
1. Thinking Outside the Box
In most death game stories, there is only one possible end to the puzzles or games. That mostly requires sacrifices. In this series, however, there seems to always be a way for all the contestants to survive. For instance, both Joe and Sara manage to survive the first trial even though the rules make it seem that only one of them can survive. True enough, the characters exploited more loopholes as the story progressed. This way, we, as readers, are also challenged to think of a deathless way to finish the game.
2. Non-painful Deaths
It won’t be a death game series if there are actually no deaths. The brain behind this whole kidnapping scene is also the sadistic kind. By non-painful death, we don’t mean that the characters feel tranquility as life perishes from their eyes. In fact, their deaths are quite brutal. Instead, we mean that their deaths aren’t too heavy for the readers as their characters aren’t explored in depth. The only characters we actually get deeply attached to are Joe and Sara, and by the looks of it, both will survive until the end (not a spoiler, just a guess).
1. Generic Death Game Story
We are suckers for good psychological thriller series like these. That being said, we definitely dig Your Turn to Die: Majority Vote Death Game. However, we won’t sugarcoat it and give it more than what it deserves. In terms of plot, set-up, and art, this series is average. It’s not necessarily bad, but it’s not something that stands out amongst the plenty of others in its genre. If you’re looking for a groundbreaking story, then this isn’t the title for you.
Your Turn to Die: Majority Vote Death Game may not be the best story out there, but that doesn’t mean it’s bad. It still offers a decent premise and story, and the puzzles are not mediocre. Since we’re kind of encouraged to also think as we read, that’s a big plus in terms of interaction with readers. However, it is truly unfortunate that we don’t have access to the game. We can imagine the experience being a lot better if we do. Nonetheless, do give the series a try and let us know what you think about it.