This story isn’t your typical Isekai, and our protagonist is most definitely NOT a hero! Lets take a look at the Manga Serial Killer Reincarnated in Another World, or Serial Killer Isekai ni Oritatsu to see how it goes!
Serial Killer is written by Ichigo Hitotsubu, a mangaka who seems to be having his debut for the first time, as no other work can be found on his MAL page. The work is illustrated by the pseudonym “Hiro“, who also have no other work listed.
I am absolutely fascinated. A manga scrambling to be translated, where the writer and illustrator have no other work on their pages? What’s the reason this manga is so popular? I genuinely hope to find out, because the curiosity is eating me alive!
Our story opens with our protagonist narrating his death. He states that he’s murdered many individuals and thus was sentenced to die. Our protagonist, oddly enough, is a bit happy about their death.
In isekai fashion, however, he wakes up in front of a woman who claims to be a Goddess. She tells him he’s lucky that he’s been selected to be reincarnated. He’s so lucky, in fact, that she’ll allow him to continue his heinous crimes in this new world. Yes, she wants him to murder people.
Our protagonist refuses her offer. He states that he couldn’t help but kill, although he knows it was wrong. He claims he doesn’t want to do this anymore, and he doesn’t want to hurt innocent people. He clutches his head, muttering how much it hurts to do it.
The Goddess laughs at this and tells him that a killer can’t simply change like that. She tells him he has no right to refuse and shoves him into a summoning circle that teleports him away.
In the new world, we spot a man with his party members. They call him Ouga-sama, using an honorific suffix for somebody extremely powerful or respected. As they defeat the monsters, Ouga-sama lures them into a cave, presumably to get loot.
We learn that Ouga-sama is a reincarnated person, and the rest of his party members look up to him. As he lures them deeper into the cave, however, he begins to speak a bit strangely. He tells him that the Goddess that brings reincarnated individuals into this world often bestows one special, unique ability to each person. Ouga-sama’s ability is to see the statistics of everybody, friend or foe.
As his party members question him, he explains that he never takes a fight unless he knows for sure he will win after looking at the stats. He says this, notes that they’ve gotten deep enough in the cave, and then slices off one of the arms of his only other male party member.
Two girls, Diara and Shiruyki, panic. Shiruyki runs away and Diara asks why he’s doing this. Ouga-sama states he was simply bored. Diara quickly becomes Ouga-sama’s next victim.
As Shiruyki runs further into the cave, we see Ouga-sama hot on her trail. She asks him a question: Did you look at the records for his cave?
Ouga-sama scoffs that of course he did, but doesn’t seem to care too much about what she’s saying at this moment; he says that he’s thinking of ways to kill Shiruyki.
Shiruyki states that the final boss is an S-tier monster. She inquires why Ouga-sama never has defeated an S-tier monster before, and he says that he hates taking fights where there’s a statistical chance he could lose. Just then, Shiruyki activates a trap that summons an S tier monster. Ouga-sama tries to use magic, but Shiruyki tells him it’s useless against the monster, as she can also see its stats.
Ouga-sama demands to know who Shiruyki is, and she casually states that she’s also a reincarnated person.
We flash back to the Goddess and our pre-reincarnated protagonist again from the beginning pages. The Goddess explains to him that she’s reincarnated 12 people who she believed to be honorable, but they’ve each fallen to evil and depravity in the new world with their special abilities. She tasks our protagonist with hunting them down and killing them.
This way, our protagonist can murder without feeling guilty; he isn’t murdering innocent people anymore.
We watch a brutal murder scene of Shiruyki murdering Ouga-sama with her enjoying it. Text is written on the page, stating there are 11 people left.
Opinions / Analysis
I actually think that the first chapter is really good. However, I highly warn you, this manga is extremely graphic and extremely bloody. Don’t read it if you have a weak stomach or sensitive to things like that; I wasn’t prepared going into it and dealt with a little bit of shock.
Don’t worry though, I’ll never use those graphic images in my reviews. This way, you can still understand the plot of the chapters without having to see all of that.
Back to the analysis: The reveal that Ouga-sama isn’t the reincarnated protagonist was done extremely well in my opinion. Maybe it’s because I read it while sleepy, but I didn’t see the twist coming. The ethics of this manga, allowing a serial killer to hunt down and brutally kill others, are obviously questionable; but I understand that this manga isn’t exactly an exercise in ethical practices, so I’ll let it slide for now!
The first Chapter gives us our characters and the basis of our world, but I also think the pacing was done really well. And obviously, as you’ve seen from my screenshots, the artwork is extremely well done. ‘Hiro,’ the illustrator of this manga, I think you’ve just gained yourself another fan!
What do you all think? Do you believe this will shape up to be a regular Isekai, or is this a subversion of the Isekai genre? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!
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