Summary: The two boys Gin and Jinro form a tough team in the mountains. One day, Gin decides that the only way they can move forward is to travel to the capital and join the Shinsengumi. It soon becomes clear, though, that they are not tough enough to handle the kind of people they find in the capital. Some of them, including the current Shinsengumi members, smell like beasts to Jinro, and they seem to have unusual abilities. After Gin's tragic death, Jinro is determined to become stronger and join the Shinsengumi in his place!
Thoughts: This was a surprisingly intense series for being only two volumes! It's absolutely jam packed with action and great characters yet all without ever seeming too fast paced. While the characters are fantastically well developed for such a short series(the careful building (or destruction!) of friendships was perfect!), I think the structure of the world suffered a little. Set in an alternate historical Japan where certain people gain supernatural powers, the structure of abilities and how they effected the world were less than complete. This did not, however, take away from the story that I thoroughly enjoyed!
Content: Plenty of violence and gore, being a Shonen(boy's) manga this is too be expected. Depends on your translator but the language was PG-13 to R in this one. There is also one brief scene where several dead bodies of women from a brothel are shown and they are all missing clothes...therefore I would not give this to a child or immature reader.