Bakuretsu Hunters
{Sorcerer Hunters}

Author - Omishi Ray :: Volumes - 13 :: Pub Date - 1993 ~ 1998
Publisher - Shufu no Tomo Sha :: Comic Company - Dengeki Comics

The story of Bakuretsu Hunters takes place in a world where evil sorcerers take advantage of the lesser humans. For this reason, the Bakuretsu Hunters (Sorcerer Hunters) are needed to step in and teach the bad guys a lesson. Within one of the hunter groups controlled by Big Mama, each of the five people have their own special ability. Carrot (top picture) turns into a monster after being hit with magic. Unlike the anime, 12 different forms are possible depending on the magic. His younger brother, Marron, knows a specific type of magic (he is not a sorcerer). Tira and Chocolate 'transform' into their SM selves (definitely not talking about Sailor Moon here) and use their whip and wire respectively. Gatou is a large mass of muscles, and he's far too proud of it.

While that sums up the overall idea of the setting in which the main characters exist, there is an interesting plot which seems to end halfway through the series, but instead comes back to haunt Carrot and his friends. Unfortunately, even after reading it, I'm not even positive about the details of the ending. There was too much packed into such a small time frame (and I don't know enough Japanese). But it was interesting none-the-less.

If you have only seen the anime, you haven't seen anything yet ... literally. There are basically three types of plots within this series: hentai, damn funny, and dead serious. It is one of the more unusual mixtures I've seen in mangas, but it's certainly a lot of fun and has been done well. Carrot is a fun character - one minute, he's a complete pervert and a poor example of a human being; but then he ends up being such a noble, caring guy. No matter what he says, his friends are very important to him, and he wouldn't know what to do without them.

Rating - 7

Sample Covers
Volume One   Volume Two   Volume Three

ISBN Numbers
01 ~ 4073001795 02 ~ 4073007076 03 ~ 4073017306 04 ~ 4073025406
05 ~ 4073033158 06 ~ 4073040138 07 ~ 407304415X 08 ~ 4073047922
09 ~ 4073053728 10 ~ 407305886X 11 ~ 4073076841 12 ~ 4073091050
13 ~ 4073099094      

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