“Follow You To Hell” – Anne Freaks (manga) – 6/10 Turkeys

Revenge is an act of passion, vengeance is an act of justice. ~Samuel L. Jackson

Genre: Horror/ Action/ Psychological

Review Status: Complete (4 Volumes / 4 Volumes)

Licensed: Licensed in the US

Art: Simple and clean. Not that detailed, but good.

Summary: While trying to bury the body of his mother deep in the woods, high school student Yuri is approached by a strange girl who offers to help him. That is… if he promises to be her “parent killing assistant.” Meet Anne Freaks, a bright, attractive teenage girl normal in every way – except that she’s on a mission to kill her father, the leader of the dangerous extremist cult: the Kakusei Group. (ADV)

Review: This manga grips you from the beginning. You can see that all isn’t right with Yuri’s world- why he killed his mother (or did he?), the delisions he’s experienced since, and the terror he goes through as he tries to hide it from the world.

Then you hit the second volume. The plot and pacing become slow and tedious. You can’t afford that in such a short series. The characters do a lot of plotting and thinking. Things pick up in the third novel, with our protagonists starting out to make their move. The police, important to the plot at this point, also begin preparations to take out the main characters.

In the fourth volume everything comes to an end. The purpose and people in the terrorist group are surprisingly twisted, as twisted as Yuri has become under the influence of Anne- who’s transition from brave heroine to twisted murderess is rather abrupt. Her motives and ideas, which we thought had become clearer throughout the story, turn in a dangerous way. Unfortunately, the motives of the police are also left rather muddled, which leaved a little too much unclear to the reader.

Overall, this is a decent story. Not the best, but not bad for a short read.

Recommended: 16+, and only if you like this genre. There’s blood and you do see the aftermath of the violence- though you’re spared from the worst of the gore.

Other titles you might enjoy: Black Lagoon (anime)
Higurashi: When They Cry (manga and anime)
Future Diary (manga)
Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service (manga)
Goth (manga)


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