Yuri Manga: MURCIÉLAGO, Volume 1 (ムルシエラゴ)

December 23rd, 2014

murcielago1There are many words that can be used to describe MURCIÉLAGO (ムルシエラゴ) by Yoshimura Kana but, “Good” is not one of them. ^_^

You may (or may not) remember back in November 2014, when I pointed out a video commercial for “Violence Yuri” manga, MURCIÉLAGO, Volume 1 (ムルシエラゴ). I picked it up with low expectations and not only did it manage to be even viler than expected, I enjoyed the living heck out of it more than expected.^_^

Koumori Kuroko is a psychotic killer, who has been chosen to kill people on command for The Powers That Be. Kuroko is also a predatory lesbian who has some responsible standards. Tozakura Hinako is her partner, getaway car driver and despite her cute and innocent appearance, is completely unfazed by the sex and violence her partnership with Kuroko presents. As the video states, there are no champions of justice in this manga. ^_^

We first encounter Kuroko having unrealistic lesbian sex, as Hinako barges in telling her to get dressed, they have a job. There is a doped-up pro wrestler ripping people in half on the streets and they have to stop him. Much blood and guts later, they do. This is followed by them foiling a robbery at a family restaurant, with much blood and guts spilled. The guro fetistry is understated, surprisingly, but the manga is oysgeputst with blood.

The final arc begins with Kuroko invited to a party at a mansion. With visions of bunny girls dancing in her head, she arrives to find she’s been invited to a slaughter of criminals. Kuroko and 5 others survive the initial bloodbath and will now have to brave the deadly labyrinth game set up by the mansion’s master. I’m not worried, but I’m looking forward to the silly murder methods to come.

The next to last chapter is the series “Pilot” in which Kuroko and Hinako have to take down a man who has killed everyone on a subway by decapitation (with much blood and guts) and the final chapter is, if you squint and tilt your head just right, a sweet little interlude when a bored Kuroko gets a date on an online platform and introduces a nice young lady to unrealistic lesbian sex.

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This is the ugliest manga I’ve enjoyed since Air Master. “Violence Yuri” is a perfect description of this series. It has both aplenty, and some deeply detailed viscera, blood spurting and other violence fetishtry. The girls have cute punim, breasts are large, nudity is all but full and the art is otherwise ugly as all get out. I think I love this manga. ^_^

Ratings:

Art – 6 Competently drawn, but damned ugly
Story – 7 Also ugly, but not coy in the least. Violence and sex, but kept separate, thank you.
Characters – 8 Joyfully, energetically, psychotic
Service – 10 Nothing but
Yuri – 9 Unrealistic, but they are definitely having fun.

Overall – 9

This kind of thing is not for everyone, but I’ll take this any day over the creepy, pretend-innocence, thigh-staring perviness of Sakura Trick.

11 Responses

  1. Mara says:

    Yay glad you found something to like in this. I’ll agree with you about the weird sex scenes but I love Koumori Kuroko’s character design. She looks like the love-child of Rip Van Winkle (Hellsing) and Shogo Makishima (Psycho-Pass).

    It is lovely to see a manga where the character who is drawn in such a deliberately creepy way completely get her way. The story is like Kimi ni Todoke the ultraviolence version. Managed to borrow the second volume and it stays about as good as the first.

    • It’ll be a while before I read the second volume. You wanna do a review?

      • Mara says:

        Really hard to say if much changes but I could put something together. I was just about to say that I sadly do not own volume two and have since returned it but the link you gave me allowed me to order it at last. When I tried to find it on amazon.jp all I could find was the kindle version. Thank you.

  2. Yes, it’s sometimes hard to find the link to the comic. I’m glad to help and look forward to you finding something to say about it. ^_^

  3. This manga deserves to have removed it for anime adaptation. I even know whose voices are perfect for this character Yuri works.
    Kuroko Koumori- Romi Park.
    Hinako Tozakura – Yukana
    Yukari – Ayako Kawasumi
    Miyuki – Noriko Shitaya

  4. Cryssoberyl says:

    I remember you expressed doubt about this when you first heard about it, but being familiar with it, I knew it was something you’d enjoy. I actually considered sending you an email to recommend it, but it slipped my mind. Glad you enjoyed it, as I knew you would. :P

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