Have you ever been bullied before? What constitutes a bully? Is it the brawn over brains style mentality that adolescent youth have? Are you even strong enough to stand up for yourself when the time comes? Bullying comes in a myriad of forms. Enter The Bully Eater: Isao Akia. He’s been bullied many times before. But he also made a vow that he would stand up for himself, no matter the cause. So when Isao Akia defeats the bullies at his school, he gets transferred to a different school, with different rules. Little fish… real big pond.
Greater Dragon High is a school for the arts in every sense of the case. Its also Isao’s destination for proving his mettle. So as the new kid on the block, he thinks he’s going to make an example of a bully, but finds his face hopelessly rearranged by a hall monitor no less. The kids here are no joke, as all of them seem to exhibit super natural abilities. Isao Akia is rounded out by Chinese transfer student Tien Lung, and former boxing prodigy Shin Yoshito to make the Bully Eater collective.
Isao refused to be bullied in his new school so he attempted to stand up for himself, only he learned it wouldn’t be that easy. In his new school, the bullies are part of a group called The 9 Dragons, who all had super powers. This is not a joke, these guys are dangerous. I’m not sure why Isao didn’t just transfer out. Instead he teams up with his classmate Tien Lung, a former member of The 9 Dragons, to create the Bully Eater club and take on The 9 Dragons. Eventually the duo is joined my favorite character Shin Yoshito, a former boxer. Seriously, Shin is awesome, so much rage, so much power.
The art in Bully Eater is unique for an alleged Battle Manga. Shading, and texture play a tremendous aspect in giving Bully Eater an individuality that sets it above the rest of its class in terms of genre. The white space is kept to just above minimum and much of the pages are shaded with an appreciation that shows true craftsmanship. The idea that the shading can be smooth and appealing to the eyes is an irony that isn’t lost upon me.
Artist Rayme3000 makes the cast come to life with multi-faceted designs that makes each character stand out on their own. Seriously, each one of the notables in Bully Eater could very well be the protagonist of this manga. Not one single character looks alike. This excruciating attention to detail even goes down to the silhouettes of the characters themselves.
Which brings us to the backstories of the characters themselves. At Chapter 15, I feel like even though this is a manga that makes no concessions to what type of genre it caters to? The characters themselves are quite fleshed out. You actually feel for Isao on his first day of school at Greater Dragon High when he breaks the promise he had made to himself that he wouldn’t live another day as someone who gets bullied. Or the rage in Shin’s eyes when one of the characters talks about he used to be a prodigy of a boxer, and that he was holding back on his true power.
Anime Arsenal gives Bully Eater a 8.5/10 for:
+Martial Arts Mayhem
-Needs more chapter
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Also the creator of Bully Eater can be found on twitter@Rayme3000Brown
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