Jin Azuma has the ability to talk to animals and this gift has been behind his often reserved personality since others find him weird. Saving the live of a black cat named Rago might have thrown him in a lot more trouble than he’s worth as Jin learns of powerful demons that humans have battled in the shadows for years. Luckily, Jin descends from a long line of ninja and his new ability to fuse with Rago spells out the beginning of a new hero in Black Torch.
The art and writing are compelling enough to draw interest even if it feels like one is reading the love child of Bleach and Tokyo Ghoul. Jin is a pretty likeable protagonist as he shows compassion to every animal and person he encounters rather than the typical hypermasculine tropes of other series. I definitely can see this series lasting much longer than it probably should and I would be surprised if an anime adaptation isn’t announced sometime later this year with a release in 2019/2020.
I really wish more series like this starred women for some more original story and plot rather than throwing them in as side characters with a male protagonist that’s similar in some way to at least 3 other manga/anime titles. Even so, I think I’ll stick around with Black Torch for the long haul like I have with My Hero Academia as long as the art stays beautiful and the story is cohesive.
Rating: 8 out of 10