Girl May Kill Manga Review
Girl May Kill:
Reviewed by: Linny
Synopsis: After getting fired from work, Aki Gohongi moves back to the small port town he was raised in, nostalgic for better and happier times. However, the town he remembers from his child no longer exists as he learns that this small town is actually a hotbed of criminal activity. His new roommates, a young girl named Mei and a guy his age named Katsura reveal themselves to be members of one of the two gangs fighting for control over the city. As his instincts and well wishers repeatedly warn him to avoid getting caught up in the seedy underbelly, Aki finds out that escaping and avoiding the mafia is a lot more easier said than done.
Review (Warning: Spoilers to Follow):
Girl May Kill is a very short series, comprising of only 23 chapters and thus something one could finish within a couple of hours over a weekend. It’s a perfect quick read for those of you who enjoy depressing stories revolving around a life of crime and gang activities. If you are someone who reads a lot of these stories, you will probably see a lot of the reveals and twists and turns coming a mile away which might be a point against Girl may Kill as it struggles to pack in novel and unique developments. But this is coming from someone who has read a lot of similar stories in the past and the story will probably shock and grasp the attention of those newer to the genre.
The protagonist of our story starting off is Aki Gohongi who is your average guy, someone who had some bad luck at work and returns to his childhood hometown most likely in an attempt to start over in a place that was filled with good memories for him. He’s shown to be somewhat innocent all throughout, always expecting and hoping for the best for himself and others, often even when reality is pressed up right against his face. He can be a rather sympathetic character as a lot of his actions are understandable and relatable to the average person but there are also moments when the reader might get frustrated at him for doing things that can clearly result in nothing but bad news.
Girl May Kill does deserve praise for how it handles one of its main and homosexual character. Usually anime and manga has a bad habit of using homosexual characters as punchlines or cliches, often depicting male homosexuals as extremely effeminate and sexually aggressive towards straight male characters. In this case, Katsura is revealed to be a homosexual through his conversations with Aki and while he does occasionally flirt with Aki through jokes, he doesn’t grope him or flash him or do anything that might be considered extremely offensive to the degree that other similar characters have been depicted in other series. Even his appearance and clothing are drawn to look normal as he dresses in simple suits, rather than say flamboyantly flashy clothing that’s flashing his gender orientation to a comical degree. He’s meant to be a serious character who also happens to be homosexual rather than his sexuality being his main or only defining characteristic or a punchline for offensive or unfunny jokes.
Readers may also find the depiction of 15 year old Mei rather interesting. She is shown to be rather cold and practical about the fact that she is an assassin and while she is shown to be rather calm about her murderous and bloody activities, she isn’t made to come off as completely psychotic, more like someone who’s decided that murder and the threat of being murdered is just a way of life. It’s a nice break from psychotic young female murderers one might stumble upon ever so often in the medium.
There are several other characters that feature prominently in the story but we shall skip them in this review for the sake of avoiding giving away too many spoilers. Once again, while none of them will feel particularly original, they do display all the right characteristics that work well to suck in and engage anyone who isn’t sick of the genre and its tropes.
The story of Girl May Kill is overall mostly about how Aki finds himself getting more and more entangled in the world of the mafia until he finds himself with no way out. It’s a story that’s been told before of a kind hearted and somewhat naive young man getting himself into trouble because of his good intentions and innocence. While Girl May Kill could come off as something familiar to those familiar with the genre, it still manages to be an emotional story thanks to the very premise which is ripe for characters and storylines that are heartbreaking. It’s short length also means it isn’t a very demanding time consuming experience should you decide to pick it up.
Do not pick up Girl May Kill if you’re hoping for happy endings because as is the case with such stories, there are no real happy endings for anyone. Maybe that is a bit of a spoiler but it is to serve as a warning for readers who might be sensitive to the brutality and cruelty in the story. It’s also not for someone who wants a really unique take on crime and mafia stories. As the story progresses, characters start to behave in ways that might leave the reader confused as it seems out of character for them and there are definitely a lot of sexual themes and events in the story that might upset some readers. If the book cover art hasn’t already made it obvious, Girl May kill is meant for a mature audience only. If you can’t get enough of dark and depressing tales, Girl May Kill should be a perfect read for you as it succeeds in making its characters worthy of your sympathy or understanding in most cases. It might not have you glued to the edge of your seat or weeping like a lost child but it’s likely to tug at your heartstrings and leave you with a heavy lump in your throat over the fate of some of its characters.
Girl May Kill is available digitally via Crunchyroll.com.