Title: Wicked City: Black Guard
Author: Hideyuki Kikuchi
Truth be told, I was debating whether to put an opinion of this light novel on my blog. I didn’t want to be responsible for the masses of people that will go WTF!? after reading this. But it’s a light novel and that’s one of the things I put up on my blog so…here it is…>_>;
Summary on the back:
Another world exists beyond the one that humans can see a world populated by demons. For centuries, demons have crossed into our world, some looking for a new life, adventure, or just a job. But many are intent on causing chaos and destruction, feasting on human flesh and fear. A tenuous Peace Treaty is the only barrier between the worlds, the only thing protecting humankind from utter devastation.
Every hundred years the Treaty must be renewed and the time for that secret ceremony is at hand. Violent demonic splinter factions that are hell-bent on destroying the ancient pact are preparing to assassinate a key figure who is vital to the signing ceremony.
Enter the Black Guard, a secret police force that protects the boundary between the dark world and our own. It’s the job of two Black Guard agents Makie, a gorgeous demon, and Taki, a hard-boiled human to form an unlikely partnership, stop the assassination, and avert an all-out war. But to save both their worlds, they must risk not only their lives, but their very souls
I was surprised to run across this book on amazon. I had originally had this pre-ordered a LONG time ago on rightstuf but the listing for the book was removed from their site awhile back and so did my order. It was because I was looking at Spice and Wolf reviews that I saw Wicked City under someone’s listamania for upcoming light novel books.
I was even more surprised to find the publisher of the book is Seven Seas. I liked their translations for Boogiepop and Shinigami no Ballad (though I do wish the rest of the books had gotten released but what can you do?) so I decided to give Wicked City a go. Now before I go into my opinion, I need a disclaimer:
IF YOU ARE A CHILD OR SOMEONE REALLY YOUNG THAT PROBABLY HASN’T HAD SEX ED, HAVEN’T BEEN MENTALLY SCARRED BY THE WORLD, AND AREN’T AT LEAST IN HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL, GO BACK TO YOUR NARUTO! THIS IS NOT MEANT AS AN INSULT! THIS BOOK IS NOT FOR THE YOUNG! SERIOUSLY! DO NOT READ THIS BOOK UNTIL YOU ARE WAY OLDER AND CAN HANDLE THE WEIRDNESS IN THIS BOOK. GO BACK! GO BACK!
Okay, now that I’ve said that and hopefully prevented the children of the world from losing their purity (who am I kidding; that disclaimer probably did nothing. Maybe it even sparked their curiosity. Or pissed them off. -_-“), on to my opinion.
First off, I labeled Zoo by Otsuichi as a WTF SF book. The stories in that collection were sometimes pretty out there. However, there is a new king in the WTF kingdom: Wicked City. In fact, it’s SO out there, Wicked City‘s existence has created a new label: OMG WTF!?
Before I read this book, I knew NOTHING about it. I didn’t know there was an anime and a live action based on it. I didn’t know the guy who wrote Vampire D did this. I didn’t even know what to expect.
Maybe I should have done my research >_>|||
This book was definitely something I would not have normally read. I think the author must have been sexually frustrated and angry or something while writing this. For starters, the book starts off with the main guy getting his monkey spanked (Me: 8O). In chapter 3 someone rips their head off and throws it at the main guy (Me: o_O;). But the king of all OMG WTF comes from an enemy Taki was fighting – a vagina. Yeah. You read that right. He was fighting a vagina in the boy’s bathroom – or, in Taki’s word, a pussy. I had to put the book down and go YOU SERIOUS!? OMG WTF!? Who fights a VAGINA!? (and PLEASE don’t ask how he defeated it…just…no)
Almost everything in this book was related to sex: if someone wasn’t having sex (consensual or not), sex was used as a metaphor to describe certain emotions or situations. The title shouldn’t have been Wicked City, it should have been Sex in the City; Repeatedly.
I was almost ready to go SCREW THIS WEIRDNESS when I got to the last chapter of the book. It totally flipped around everything I had originally thought (there was a reason for all the sex stuff…well, maybe half of it. The other half I still blame on sexual frustrations of the author). As a result, part of me wants to read the next book when it comes out because of the ending. The other part of me is pointing to the attacking vagina, like really? You really want to read this after seeing that?
I don’t know how to describe Wicked City. It was a good read but holy man was this rated M. Or maybe H, for horny. I would maybe say if you liked All You Need Is Kill but felt the need for sexual reproductive organs to run around and cause havoc, then Wicked City is a book you might be interested in. It’s definitely out there. Or at least in my opinion it was.