With both machines now running like beasts, I thought I'd do something different. Every now and then I run into some pretty cheap buys of stuff I've never read before, but that has brought me incredible satisfaction. Like for example, Gun Blaze West.
Running at an incredibly short three volumes, this was Nobuhiro Watsuki's sophomore work.Following the huge success that was Rurouni Kenshin (Samurai X), Watsuki wrote a proposal for a western inspired story based on what he felt a young adult manga story should be about.
As a result, Shonen Jump approved this idea, but Watsuki did not even have a script for it. What followed were gruelling weeks of intense writing and designing sessions, as well as getting the actual artwork done. In the end, the story flopped and it was cancelled after only three volumes worth of chapters. Many of the unused concepts and characters were later used on the much more successful Buso Renkin, Watsuki's third work, and until Rurouni Kenshin: Restoration, his final action manga.
Short lived, but HIGHLY entertaining! Under the circumstances it was done, I'm surprised at how fun this title was, and it was starting to get better as Watsuki got his groove on the series.
Through a series of occurrences (I'm keeping this as spoiler free as possible. You're welcome), Viu sets off for Gun Blaze West as a teenager. On the way he meets up with other characters that want to make it to the mythical place as well.With each adventure the characters grow stronger and the series end when all three main characters earn the right of passage to make it to Gun Blaze West.
-Alvaro Cortes Jr