Overall Rating: 8.75/10
Hachimaru (a terminally ill, homebound child on life-support) is granted an opportunity at a new life when his father is threatened by powerful cyborg samurai.
Knowing that this work is from the creator of Naruto (Masashi Kishimoto), I was very excited to get a peek at the new universe he has created. There are several elements of this story that reminds of others, but Samurai is already expressing that it is its own unique narrative. The story takes place in a universe where there is an intergalactic community rather than just being on a single planet (like Star Wars). The protagonist is a deathly-ill boy (Hachimaru) who can’t even go outside (reminiscent of Everything, Everything). Hachimaru’s father does his best to keep him safe and alive, but he still treats his father as if he doesn’t care. Hachimaru desperately desires to be a samurai, which in his universe are skilled combatants with cyborg bodies granted to them from a god.
I really enjoyed my first read through of Samurai 8. The opening was intriguing and the anticipation for what was to come had me turning each page. Honestly, I wanted to know how Kishimoto planned to take the MC from the domestic bound wreck to a sword-wielding samurai, and the journey was rewarding! I felt that the story had a sense of natural progression with each piece of the story offering character details, while at the same time offering us a bulk of information about the universe. The artwork was wonderful and the concepts for cyborg bodies were unique. I really liked how the cyborg body could open at will! The entire idea of obtaining a decked-out cyborg samurai body by being deemed worthy by a god is intriguing, to say the least! I have very high hopes for Samurai 8 and I’ll be following this manga very closely in the future! I give this chapter an 8.75/10.