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Reversi is Ashirogi Muto's newest series. One of Weekly Shōnen Jump's newest series, it managed to establish itself on top of the currently running series, rivaled only by Eiji Niizuma's Zombie Gun.



Oneshot

Reversi

Reversi Oneshot Name Cover

Reversi was initially published as a 52-page oneshot in the 21st issue of WSJ, right after the oneshot for Zombie Gun. It managed to take 1st place in the reader's questionnaire rankings. Setting a record of 694 votes, it beat the record Zombie Gun set by 2 votes.





Plot

Two demons II

Schwarz (Right) and Weiss (Left) the dual protagonists in Reversi

Reversi is about a young man, Schwarz, who comes in contact with a demon and gains the power of that demon. With those powers, he is able to transmit his thoughts and ideas into the minds of people he touches. The main character uses this power to make everyone have the same ideas that he has, thinking that if everyone thought like he did, the world would be a better place. The society catches on and the police get involved. A demon of light, Weiss, appears, who is one using the demon's power, but uses it in a opposite way then the anti-hero of the manga, by returning the already brainwashed people back to normal. The two demons are opposing each other over ideology in how to destroy the world. Schwarz's demon wants to engineer humanity's destruction, Weiss' believes humans will destroy themselves without interference. Schwarz and Weiss have their own ideological opposition, though theirs' is over justice and which way is right.

Trivia

Ryuk

The demon (Behind of Schwarz) looks like Ryuk from Death Note

  • Reversi has some similarities with Death Note, Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata's previous work, with both protagonists being a dark hero, and the demon in Reversi can be considered as a shinigami in Death Note.
  • Schwarz's demon shares a striking resemblance to Ryuk from Death Note.
  • Schwarz and Weiss' names are the German words for black and white respectively.
  • Schwarz and Weiss are both similar to Light Yagami and L from Death Note. Schwarz and Light shares a similar goal, while Weiss and L are trying to stop them.
  • The story and title seems to be based on the board game Reversi as well. For example, the main characters have the ability to 'flip' people's ideas from bad or good(black or white) and vice versa. Also, in the game, black usually makes the first move and in this case Schwarz the black demon
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