If you suddenly died, how would you feel if you could 'earn' your life back via a game? Such a unique premise, drives this first volume by mangaka Hiroya Oku. This volume sets the trend for many latter volumes of successfully combining sexual content, horrific gore and fantastic plot.
Volume 1 in particular deals with the protagonist Kei Kurono and his 'death'. Finding out that he can earn his life back by participating in a 'deathmatch' styled game, this entire volume deals with the very first 'game' he participated in.
Artwork is without an exaggeration, immensely detailed. Characters are drawn lively and with full expression, they can also sometimes be mistaken for real-life humans! Backgrounds were known to have been drawn digitally, without very much use of hand. The result is a gorgeous work of art.
Content wise, this is something for teenagers to mature adults, as the situations presented in this issue alone is very sexual, and even sometimes ridiculously detailed when it comes to dismemberment.
Overall, a very good volume. The climax itself more than enough, warrents purchase of the second volume.