Rikitarou uses… Sludge!...Gastro Acid!...Spit Up!...Mud Shot!...Gunk Shot!...Acid Spray! Dammit, Pokemon Attack moves have failed me!
As a finishing move.
While this would be normally humiliating (and hilarious) to anyone else, one man thinks otherwise. Where we see the lamest win ever, one man sees the faintest flicker of potential. Of course, when you are Ooishi Raita, three time World Boxing Champ, you tend to notice things that the average person takes for granted. What does fate have in store for these two?
Written by Watanabe Jun in 2007, “RRR” (also known as “Rock n’ Roll Ricky” is a Seinen Sports manga that chronicles Iwamaki Rikitarou and his new life as a professional boxer!
The puking dude? Really?
Yes, really. Due to situations beyond his control, he is forced to give up his dream to become a rock star and takes a chance on the pro boxing circuit. Also, he has a kid.
You’ve lost us.
Sorry, guys but I would have revealed half of the story if I told you anymore than that. Suffice to say, “RRR” has only 60+ chapters currently scanlated on the internet, and I have yet to see any physical copies in bookstores. Yet, those 60+ chapters have shown great promise as a story filled with heart, determination, and comedy. Rikitarou is a character most can get to like right off the bat. Jun skillfully gives us a balance of childish antics and reactions, matched by mature moments and learning experiences. Aozora, Rikitarou’s kid, not only acts as a sort of foil to our afro-haired protagonist, but is a character in his own right. Though he matures a bit quickly, it’s interesting to note the growth between the two. Raita is the traditional “master” of the series: putting Rikitarou and his partner / soon-to-be rival Nobuya Mori through hellish-like training in order to be the best.
Jun’s art is very detailed, fresh and most of all - expressive. He has a great degree of skill when it comes to facial expressions and it shows in “RRR”. The character models are also drawn proportionately and realistically, though this should be a given since it’s a sports manga. The fight scenes are done brutally and beautifully. Each and every punch, every drop of sweat, every smear of blood is drawn as if Jun was standing right there as Rikitarou and Mori go though the challenges of becoming a pro boxer.
If you’ve got an itch for some brutal beat downs, look though a couple of pages of “RRR”. Now…to earn that projectile vomit achievement….