Yakuza Reincarnation Vol. 1 [Manga] Review – A Cute Yakuza Princess in a Fantasy World
- Mangaka : Natsuhara, Takeshi (Story); Miyashita, Hiroki (Art)
- Publisher : Seven Seas
- Genre : Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Seinen
- Published : March 2022
Despite having undergone so many changes over the years, isekai stories continue to be popular. On the contrary, this genre continues to enjoy greater than ever fanfare. Numerous fans are constantly on the lookout for fresh and interesting isekai stories. If you’re one of these fans, you’re in luck because a brand-new isekai manga has just arrived and it promises to take readers on an exhilarating and unforgettable journey. Yakuza Reincarnation is the title of the manga, and this is a review of volume 1.
Shinjuku’s Nagamasa Ryumatsu is a well-known Yakuza figure. He was known as the “Beast of Shinjuku” by the locals, and both allies and foes alike feared and revered him. But the times when he was in charge are long gone. He is now simply another elderly man in the community.
Ryumatsu orders a bunch of kids who have been extorting innocent people to leave his territory during his routine patrol. Unfortunately, this choice quickly escalates into a one-on-one fight in a deserted waterfront, when the young men unavoidably assault the elderly man. Ryumatsu, who is not one to give up easy, musters up his remaining power, savagely clutches the leader’s face, and then leaps to their deaths.
At that moment, a gigantic figure emerges and rips open Ryumatsu’s heart. When he opens his eyes, he finds himself in a forest with goblins and cloaked riders all around him. What’s worse is that he is currently residing in the body of Sanaria Riyu Lundberg, the princess of the Lundberg Kingdom, a little child. In a world full with swords, magic, monsters, demons, and corrupted human hearts, so begins the tale of a small princess with the soul and attitude of a seasoned Yakuza.
Why You Should Read Ninkyou Tensei: Isekai no Yakuzahime (Yakuza Reincarnation)
1. A Good Old Fashioned Brawl
The first thing that heroes in most isekai stories do after accepting that they must live in a new fantasy world is learn and adapt to how the locals live and battle. Both Rudeus from Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation and Tanya from The Saga of Tanya the Evil learn how to use magic, while Ash and Naofumi from The Rising of the Shield Hero and Haruhiro from Grimgar of Fantasy learn how to use daggers and shields, respectively.
With Ryu, though, that is definitely not the case. He has spent his entire life as a Yakuza and a martial artist, thus the only fighting technique he is familiar with is employing the force of his fists. He has implanted techniques and knowledge of how to beat someone up profoundly into his mind. That is why, even though he is now a girl, he won’t bother to learn any other technique.
The result is a small girl with an angelic face who won’t think twice to start a fight and beat up individuals who are much bigger than her with her naked, bloodied fists. It’s quite entertaining and thrilling to watch the brutal action scenes that come from Riyu’s contrast between a lovely appearance and a beastly mindset.
2. Organic World Building
The story’s abrupt shift in setting from well-known modern-day Japan to an entirely new and foreign setting necessitates explaining a lot of new rules and concepts to the audience. Although most readers who have read fantasy manga before would be familiar with magic and goblins, the Lundberg Kingdom and everything that surrounds it are essentially unknown to the readers.
There are many ways to convey this type of subject to the readers, but the ideal method is to let it naturally arise from the characters’ interactions. And Yakuza Reincarnation succeeds in doing just that.
The words made by Riyu’s enigmatic pursuer reveal that she is a real princess. One of her assistants tells us about the entire “Guiding Skill Tree” magical system. The second chapter explains how the magic in this realm operates, and the remaining chapters of this first volume reveal that the real princess Riyu is a kind but naive young woman who has no understanding of how the outside world functions.
Yes, there are a few exposition dumps scattered throughout, but overall, the material is presented to the readers in a really natural way. The level of reader immersion is substantially increased by using this kind of world-building strategy.
Why You Should Skip Ninkyou Tensei: Isekai no Yakuzahime (Yakuza Reincarnation)
1. Another Isekai Story
There are many positive things to say about Yakuza Reincarnation, but if there is one thing that should make you avoid it, it is the fact that it is an isekai manga. As was stated at the outset of this review, the isekai subgenre is now extremely popular, with new titles appearing every time you care to look into any new manga releases.
Some readers could become so worn out by this overly saturated environment that they purposefully steer clear of this genre. Yakuza Reincarnation is still mostly an isekai manga, despite how excellent it is. Therefore, Yakuza Reincarnation is unfortunately not for those of you who want to read anything other than an isekai narrative for the time being.
The main character in Yakuza Reincarnation is quite engaging, and the game also has an intriguing plot, creative scenario creation, and intense action scenes. It might be avoided by some because it is only another example of the overused isekai genre. However, we strongly advise you to at least read this first volume before making your final choice since Yakuza Reincarnation certainly has all the necessary components for a gripping narrative that will keep you turning the pages and engrossed for hours.
However, it’s possible that you have already read this manga. What do you think about it in that case? How about it? Abhor it? Are there any particular aspects of Yakuza Reincarnation that particularly catch your eye? Post your comments in the space provided below.
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