First published by Monthly Ikki a now suspended seinen magazine which serialized the story since it started back in 1999, until its closure in 2014, it was followed by Hibana, a new magazine produced by the same publisher, Shogakukan. Since then, the story has been on several hiatuses. However, thanks to its cult manga status, the original ending was postponed to spawn four more volumes.
Hole, a dreadful city where humans live in fear thanks to the constant attack of the Magic Users, beings from another dimension which resembles humans in every way. Still, they can use and test Magic on the residents of Hole, killing or disfiguring them for the rest of their lives. The Humans got used to this meaningless life, knowing there is nothing they can do to stop the sorcerers from using them as guinea pigs. But this changes when Kaiman, a man with no memories about his past, stood against them and started to kill Magic Users to find the one responsible for his reptilian face, for which he has to use a gas mask to cover his entire head. With the help of Nikaido, Kaiman's only friend, they patrol the streets of Hole interrogating every sorcerer they find before killing them using the strange being inside Kaiman's mouth. They ask them a simple question "What did the guy inside my mouth say?".
Backgrounds and Character Design
One of the biggest appeals in the manga is its highly detailed scenarios. These backgrounds express the world's mood around the characters with as much as the character themselves because everything its hand-drawn. All the visuals show some sketch or rough lines, suiting the dirty and convoluted environment.
As much as the scenarios, the characters are designed in a wide variety of forms. One of the most suitable examples is Noi, with a design that goes from a brute gimp-looking bouncer to a beautiful muscular woman just with a change of clothes. Most of the characters are surreal or brutal in appearance, but with a charming and quite warming personality, showing them as normal, real people, but with rough exteriors.
Their design is inspired in Motofumi Kobayashi's Omega series, King Gonta's Soten Koro, and even Puripuri-ken sense of humor. These mangas gave Q Hayashida her typical touch in design and character development, for example, Kaiman's militaristic looking clothes and overall detailed weaponry comes from Motofumi's work.
Q Hayashida is quite free in terms of how she put the manga together, sometimes even in a way different from how it is supposed to be. During an interview in 2006 she said:
"I just draw it, however, I feel like drawing it, always. I’m really inconsistent about that stuff. And sometimes I might color with paint that’s supposed to be used for plastic models, stuff like that. I pretty much always use tracing paper, though... ...Without even planning the layout, I just started drawing it from scratch, and then after a while, I got to a point where I felt it was time to end it, so I did... ...I guess I didn’t really have any overall story. I just went on drawing scenes that I wanted to draw".Reference