Updated
08-07-03
      King of Bandit Jing
         
Volumes available
7
 
Author
Kumakura Yuichi
 
Publisher
Kodansha
 
Company
KZDX
 
ISBN Numbers

1

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4063343626

2

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4063343634

3

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4063343642

4 ~ 4063343650
5 ~ 4063343766
6 ~ 4063343758
7 ~ 4063343855
 
      Jing is the legendary "Ou Dorobou" or "King of Bandits". Why? True, he is an excellent thief. Jing can steal a tooth from the mouth of a pirate. But he has higher aims than that. "He steals everything. Even stars glittering in the sky and invaluable lives. That's why people call him King of Bandits Jing." He isn't alone, though. His partner and friend is talking crow named Kill, who really has a thing for lovely ladies. Together, Jing can use Kill as a powerful gun which produces the "Kill Royal" attack that few can defend themselves against.

The stories are fun and action-filled, the main characters are likeable, but what really makes the series is the world Kumakura has created. The fact Kill can talk is not unusual - everything seems to be able to talk (my favorite are a couple of carriage horses). There's everything from humans to humanoid animals to mermaids to ghosts. The land itself is unique with living magma and water that floats in the air. The series is a collection of random stories, at least in the beginning. However the mystery of Jing himself could be the thread throughout the series. Largest question being, how could a boy like himself have the skills he does and be the King of Bandits?

Rating -- 6.5

 

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