Manga Review: DAI DARK Vol. 1-2 by Q Hayashida (2021)

Genre: Science fiction horror comedy shonen
Year Release in English: 2021
Source: BOOK☆WALKER

Reminder: The star rating reflects overall opinion of the series.

In short, perfect for fans trying to fill in the space skeleton dark fantasy horror void while waiting for any news about Alecto the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Content warning: Gore, skeletons

Zaha Sanko is a young boy in possession of an ability to grant wishes and a magical paggy named Avakian. There’s a giant space conglomerate hunting them, but to uncertain ends.

This series is darkly humorous with plenty of skeleton puns to go around. In this first volume, we get to know how “Meatball Spaghetti” learned about the necromancy inherent to the core of the universe. It’s dark, it’s weird, but it’s also very charming.

The character designs are straight out of a space horror movie and it is wonderful. There doesn’t seem to be much of a plot yet or clear stakes aside from not wanting to die, but I am very into the art style and shenanigans.


Content warnings: Gore, non-consensual medical experimentation, skeletons

The weirdness here takes an existential turn as our protagonists visit the equivalent of an IKEA in space. I won’t give too much away, but the staff at this mysterious space store made my stomach churn both in design and origin.

What particularly delighted me were the continuity interaction with Shimada Death, my new big tiddy goth girlfriend. We see her in dangerous action both in and out of her design and it’s worthy of a chef’s kiss.

This volume gets gruesome with the introduction of Hajime Damemaru, a self-proclaimed human who cannot die. He is found in pieces and is considered one of the “Four Little Shits,” which includes our three heroes. I have very nervous feelings about their sense of teamwork. I’m looking forward to seeing that plot development.

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