Ok, that was a rather long title but yeah, we are talking about something interesting today. If you liked Death Note, there is a good chance you will like this manga as well. This manga is a lot more up close and personal when compared to Death Note though. Also fair warning, it has some graphic stuff so if you’re sensitive to all that, be warned.

This week we are of course talking about Brutal: Confessions of a Homicide Investigator. I will call it just Brutal from this point just for simplicity’s sake. So Brutal is a very crazy over-the-top and oddly satisfying manga. So let’s get into all the details on why you should check it out.

Introduction

Brutal is a psychological police drama manga written by Koga Kei and illustrated by Izawa Ryou. it started its serialization in Comic Tantan on 28th June 2019. It only has like 12 chapters so far. Granted the chapters are longer than average but, still. Brutal is kind of a spin-off to Trace: Kasouken Houi Kenkyuuin no Tsuisou, which is another work by Koga Kei.

Brutal is just something crazy. It doesn’t have much in terms of the plot itself, but man the execution of the plot is really well done. It is extremely satisfying to see Dan kill some criminals. The manga treads a lot of morally grey regions where you know what Dan is doing is wrong but, you can’t blame him for it and it is right in its own way at the same time. It is really well done.

Plot

Brutal follows Dan an investigator who solves cases by the day and then tortures and kills criminals by the night. He kills criminals that are out of reach for the police or law. The plot is divided into mini-stories. Each story lasts about 2 chapters and of course, each story ends with the criminal’s death. The moments when Dan executes the criminals are really satisfying to watch. As I said, you know what Dan is doing is technically wrong but when you see what the criminals do, it doesn’t even feel bad.

Brutal has a very simple plot and managed to nail its execution to a T. This simple plot works because the author does a really good job of convincing us that the criminals are real pieces of shit. Speaking of

Characters

Brutal doesn’t have a lot of characters and Dan is the only main character so far. Despite doing all sorts of despicable things, Dan has this sort of charisma about him and he has a really strong and slightly twisted sense of justice. As for the others, the author does a fantastic job of making us feel that the criminals deserve death for what they have done. Yes, their crimes are usually that serious. That is why Dan kills them after all.

Brutal

Art

Brutal has really good art. Absolutely no complaints here. The best thing about the art has to be Dan’s smile when he’s about to do someone in. That smile is a mixture of his murderous intent and his slight happiness… it’s hard to describe but it’s satisfying to watch. As I said earlier though, Brutal has some really graphic stuff so be careful if you’re sensitive to all that.

Why you should read Brutal?

Quick pointers in why you should check this manga out:

  • Simple plot
  • Really satisfying to read
  • Ongoing
  • Rather short

Conclusion

That is all for now. Let me know your thoughts down in the comments and stay tuned for some more content. With that said, I will take my leave here. See ya!

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