“Ohtomo’s does not only preserve the essence of Watsuki’s narrative but delivers this essence with necessary emotionality and adorns it with many breathtaking sword-fighting moments that neither a manga nor an anime can deliver.”
“A more satisfying experience than most western super-hero narratives”.
“We duly recommend this high-school boys-love romance adventure to any Japanese cinema lover.”
For those who are looking for a well-crafted ride with thrills and twists, finished off with some subtle melodrama, this narrative fits the bill.
“The likeability of Gou Ayano as Tatsuhiko and surprisingly dense narrative makes sure that Shinjuku Swan is better than your average manga-adaptation”