Inuyashiki is a sci-fi manga that started up in January of 2014 before coming to a conclusion in July of 2017. It is centered on a man named Inuyashiki Ichiro, who manages to become a super-human cyborg through a very bizarre incident. Here are 10 things that you may or may not have known about Inuyashiki:
1. By Hiroya Oku
Inuyashiki is by a manga artist named Hiroya Oku. Said individual tends to be better-known for another sci-fi manga called Gantz. However, there are a lot of people out there who will be most familiar with him because of his reputation for including a great deal of gore, violence, and sexual content in his works.
2. Meant for Seinen Audience
Unsurprisingly, Inuyashiki is meant for a seinen audience. Generally speaking, seinen refers to works that are meant for young adult men, though in practice, said works can be targeted at people ranging from their 20s to their 50s. There can be some overlap between shounen and seinen manga, which can sometimes make it difficult to distinguish one from the other.
3. Ran for 10 Volumes
In total, Inuyashiki ran for 10 volumes. It is a story with a beginning as well as an end, which should come as welcome news for those who are concerned about getting stuck with one of the series out there that seem as though they will never come to a conclusion.
4. The Titular Character Is In His Late 50s
Regardless, the titular character is a lot older than what most people would expect from the protagonist of a seinen series, seeing as how he is in his late 50s. Moreover, he looks older than his real age, which is unsurprising when one learns about his unhappy circumstances.
5. Doesn’t Have a Happy Life
On the whole, Inuyashiki doesn’t have what can be called a happy life. For example, he has no friends. Furthermore, his relationships with his self-absorbed family members are very bad, so much so that the one member that he trusts is his dog Hanako. On the whole, Inuyashiki’s circumstances are so unhappy that he can’t even bring himself to tell them about how he has been diagnosed with terminal stomach cancer.
6. Turned Into a Cyborg
While he is crying in a park because of his unhappy circumstances, Inuyashiki is turned into a cyborg because of an unexplained incident. On the outside, he still looks human, but on the inside, he is very much mechanical. It is interesting to note that Inuyashiki does actually question whether he is still himself or just a mechanical copy of himself, but he does actually seem to still think like a human in spite of the transformation.
7. He Uses His Powers to Do Good
Upon gaining super-powers, Inuyashiki proceeds to use them to do good. For example, he saves a homeless man from being beaten up by a pack of teenagers. Likewise, he uses his newfound powers to cure serious diseases.
8. He Is Not the Sole Individual to Have Been Transformed
Unfortunately, Inuyashiki isn’t the sole individual to have been turned into a super-powered cyborg. The other person was a student named Hiro Shishigami, who uses his powers to kill people. Moreover, there is no real pattern to Hiro’s murders because while he kills people who irritate him, he also kills people with whom he has never interacted before. Even worse, he is perfectly willing to kill entire families including very young children.
9. The Two Clash
The authorities have no real way to deal with the cyborgs, who possess incredible superhuman capabilities. As a result, it is inevitable that the two would come into conflict considering their very different outlooks as well as their very different reactions to the incident that changed them.
10. There Is a Live-Action Adaptation
Inuyashiki has already had a 11-episode anime adaptation. However, it has a live-action adaptation as well, which is supposed to consist of three movies. So far, one movie has been released in April of 2018, meaning that it seems probable that it will take some time for the other two planned movies to come out. Due to this, those who are curious about the live-action adaptation could end up waiting for some time for the movies to finish up.