The fear of death is typically something that everyone shares. However, only a small few hold this fear in Immortal Hounds. Welcome to a world where most people revive instantaneously as they die. Sick or injured? Kill yourself and you’re all better. For some with a disease called Resurrection Deficiency Syndrome (RDS), this constant cycle of death and reincarnation does not exist. These people, better known as Vectors, are constantly on the run and use individuals dubbed Escape Artists to flee. Our story revolves around two groups: the Escape Artists and the Anti-Vector Police Task Force.
You can tell this series is a seinen, as it does not pull any punches from the get go. The entire volume is a hot, bloody mess from start to finish. I mean this in a good way. The detective aspect of Immortal Hounds reminds me of Death Note. The violence is very much something straight out of Tokyo Ghoul or Deadman Wonderland. If you’re interested in the graphic and a gratuitous amount of guns, this will be right up your alley.
Let’s start out with the characters. We have two main characters: Rin Kazama and Police Chief Kenzaki. Rin is one of the key Escape Artists and conveniently works right under the nose of the Police Chief. Police Chief Kenzaki is a hot headed, temperamental person who will stop at nothing to kill all the Vectors and bring the Escape Artists to their knees. While the two of them consistently dance around each other, there is always a level of mystery between the two organizations.
While the story progresses, there are constant talks of conspiracy due to some people believing RDS is natural selection. Other talks are about shadow organizations at work or that people with RDS are terrorists trying to tear the country apart. The theories are bountiful at this point and it will be fun to see which ones turn out to be right. At any rate, things are only bound to get more treacherous from this point on. With Rin being a mole within the police force, it may take quite a long time before the cops manage to catch on. If/when they do, one thing is certain; it is going to be a bloodbath.
We foresee the potential for great things in the future for Immortal Hounds out of the first volume. If the story maintains it’s level of mystery and in-your-face action, then it should be an exciting and graphic tale.
Author/Illustrator: Ryo Yasohachi
Publisher: Vertical Comics
Translation: Yota Okutani
Production: Grace Lu, Anthony Quintessenza
Release Date: Jul 26, 2016
MSRP: $12.95 USD
Disclaimer: A copy of Immortal Hounds Volume 1 was provided to BentoByte by the publisher for the purpose of review.