It's the end of the world as everything that has come before is brought center stage.
Writer/Artist: Seishi Kishimioto
Translation: Tetsuichiro Miyaki
Adaptation: David Valois
What They Say
The leader of the Zenom Syndicate has acquired the Kabbalah and the Reverse Kabbalah, and he is very close to realizing his dream of completing them. Miko, leader of the Stea Government, sees her dream of ultimate world unification about to come true as well. Both, however, face an ultimate challenge from Jio and his alter ego, Satan! In a not too distant future, mankind battles over O-Parts, powerful relics from an ancient civilization. Jio is a young boy with a tragic past who only trusts one thing in the world: money. Little does he suspect that he is also a very powerful O-Parts Tactician (O.P.T.), and inside him sleeps a demon of incredible ferocity. With his partner, Ruby, Jio embarks on a dangerous quest to acquire as many O-Parts as he can.
O-Parts Hunter was a book that I can't rightly say ever interested me just based on the name itself, which was originally called 666 Satan when it was released in Japan. I can't imagine why they can't call it that here... Anyway, when we received review books for this series, it was pretty awkward as we got volume five, thirteen and now volume nineteen. So jumping into the middle of it, I decided to take a stab to see what the book is like and what it's accessibility is. Color me surprised when I discover that this is actually the last volume.
Created by Seishi Kishimoto, who has the amusing claim of being the younger twin brother of the man behind Naruto, O-Parts Hunter has supposedly been called the book to check out when you outgrow Naruto. Context is pretty much out the window when this is the final volume, but I have to admit that there's a certain charm to it that kept me interested in it as it plays out. The series takes place on another world where select people hunt out Out Of Place materials, or O-Parts, which have special significance and powers. It revolves primarily around the pairing of Ruby, a treasure hunter looking for the best of all the O-Parts as well as her missing father, and Jiro who is actually the true Satan of the world, or at least that's what's inside him. He's a O-Parts Hunter himself who has quite a lot of luck but is intent on causing a lot of trouble because of his past.
Along the way though, over some nineteen volumes of manga and some seventy-nine serialized chapters, Jiro has discovered a lot of friends and made a lot of connections. Some more rough and tumble than others, but when the chips are down and Armageddon is on the way, his original desires to help usher the end of the world isn't quite there anymore and he's actually truly grown a lot. They do keep it to the last couple of chapters for this to be realized, and he does have to have a series of mental visits from most of these people, but he does eventually come to understand that he's not alone and that he can be the one to do the right thing. It's all very grand and epic and well portrayed, leaving it easy imagine that it does satisfy the fans of the series. It comes across as everyone getting their due and putting all the chips on the table to see what the real result is after a number of familial revelations and the truth about Satan and what's really at stake.
O-Parts Hunter is an interesting looking book going by the final volume. Not enough to get me to want to go back and read it, but it has some appealing character designs, it does mess with its characters and I liked the little bit of edge given to it with the Satan aspect that makes it a little more than a Pokemon collecting kind of series. The internal logic of the series has a pretty broad range to it going by the final chapters, and some of what occurs feels forced when it comes to finally revealing who is related to who and so forth. The series that parcel that out with a bit more space between them and away from the finale tend to be more appealing, but at least there's closure here and it ends on the right note. It may not be for me, but I'm more curious about what Kishimoto may be working on next.