Two young men vow to transform the destiny of Japan, by any means. As children, they survived the horrors of the Cambodian killing fields together. Now, can they topple the leaders of both the Japanese Parliament and the yakuza crime syndicate?
Although cold and calculating when need be, Hojo and Asami exemplify the traits their colleagues lack: loyalty to friends, compassion for the downtroden…and an irresistible way with women.
Deputy Police Chief Ishihara sets out to expose their ingenious machinations, but instead falls helplessly in love with Hojo…
The storyline is great with lots of politics. It’s not over dramatic and yet, it really makes me keep reading until the end. The politics and society portrayed here in this manga still show Japan today in which the older generation still lead the country while the younger generation slowly lost interest in helping out. The art is great and the character designs looked very realistic. So, no big eyes, moe moments etc. The characters were great most especially the 2 male leads. These two are hard to dislike since they have good intentions. Plus, both of them are cute. I had a feeling that Asami looks like Clark Kent while Hojo looks like John Cusack. 😄
My only complaint here is the sexism in which all the female characters are there to get raped and mindlessly fall in love. The deputy chief Kyoko Ishihara, who is initially portrayed a strong and intelligent woman, becomes nothing but a love interest for Hojo. There’s also an American female politician who is also strong and intelligent. But in the end, she’s only interested in Asami’s dick. However, at least, her influence helped Asami reached his goal (like bringing the US President to Japan). Well, this is a seinen manga.
There’s a live-action film and an 1-episode OVA of this. But I would really imagine this a live-action TV show ala The Sopranos or those American political drama.