First, let me begin by redundantly apologize for the temporary hiatus, as exams, Spring Break, and other things on my busy schedule led me to take a short break from doing this, and for that, I'm sorry.
Anyway, back to business. So for this weekend's post, I have a webcomic that's a slight combination of Monster Hunter and Fairy Tail. And I say that because I couldn't come up with anything better to compare it to or describe it atm, so bare with me. The series is called "The Hunters of Salamanstra," which was started back in May 2014 by John Joseco. As with most series that lack creativity in their titles, the name basically says it all. No offense to the creator of the comic. While I love the series, I also love nitpicking shit just as much, so this is my obligatory "shots fired" at him for it.
So, as you would expect, the story takes place in Salamanstra, a seemingly peaceful world that is actually bordered by badlands inhabited by vicious, gruesome, deadly monsters. Many people take on the profession of being Hunters, as they are called, joining guilds in the pursuit of hunting and killing the monsters that threaten their people. It's not an easy job, though, as most Hunters and guilds thrive off of collecting a bounty on monsters. It doesn't help that relations between guilds are far from friendly, pushing them to fight against one another for money, resources, and maybe even glory.
The story follows a girl named Kessah, who is the younger sister of Salamanstra's greatest Hunter ever known, "The White Wolf." Dianna, as she is formally known, has a sometimes-close-sometimes-distant relationship with her sister, having hidden the truth of her profession from Kessah for years. Her reputation as a legend has brought her and her guild on many quests, but at the cost of being away from the only family she has left. Unfortunately, the story begins on a grim note with a crushing blow dealt to the guild. Despite the successes from many challenges set before them, The White Wolf and her group are easily slaughtered in battle by a powerful monster. The only survivor of the failed raid fulfills Dianna's dying request to find her sister and inform her of Dianna's demise. Kessah, now learning of the secret that was kept from her for so long, wants to follow in Dianna's footsteps. She sets out into the world to become a Hunter and hopefully live up to her sister's reputation, no matter the cost...
It's quite an interesting series. The concept is detailed and the story/storytelling has improved from the beginning. Not to mention that it's not another slice-of-life series, thank goodness. Other than that, there's not much more I can say on the comic, but if you're into monster hunting and Final Fantasy- and Berserk-esque stories, then I'd recommend THoS to you as a good read. That about does it for me. If you're interested you can find the link to the comic below, and if you're still reading this you can find the outro towards the end. Take care.http://salamanstra.keenspot.com/
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