silailo: (belldandy blue)
I finally read the seven volumes of Gangsta. from my local library. Despite some of the violent/sexual content*, I actually really like it and I'm glad I picked it up. It's been a long time since I read a manga I couldn't put down, or even a manga I was interested in starting because most manga titles don't interest me anymore. It's sad because although I like books, I'm also a visual person, so manga appeals to me in that I can read a good story that also has great art. I think Gangsta. checks both boxes for me.

Wonderfully sympathetic characters with developed stories and interesting lives. I've read many stories where characters have tragic backgrounds and/or upbringings, but somehow the way Kohske (Kosuke?) executes it makes me actually care about the characters and feel sorry for them. I want to gather them all together and protect them. (づ◡﹏◡)づ And the relationships between characters are just beautiful and tender, even between the men. I'm a huge sucker for strong male friendships and bromance.

I can't tell if the author is insinuating romance between Alex and Worick or Alex and Nic. Or if there isn't any at all. It's too ambiguous. I'm not big on shipping most of the time, but I'm drawn to Nic/Alex.

I'm not sure who my favorite character is. The characters I find most interesting are: Nic (you sweet, precious child), Marco (please have babies with Connie), Delico, and Alex.




* The sexual content isn't worse than anything else I've seen since it's not graphic. Boobs with nipples aren't going to bother me much. Penises, maybe. Graphic sex, yes. Violence I can stand to a point, and this isn't much worse than, say, Baccano!, which I consider my threshold.

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