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84%Al Jensen

3×3 Eyes


Mangaka: Yuzo Takada 高田裕三
Born: 21st of Mar, 1963 Tokyo Metropolis, Japan
Original Publisher: Kodansha
English Language Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Published: December 1987 to October 2002
Status: Finished
Number of Volumes: 40
Serialized: Weekly Young Magazine 週刊ヤングマガジン
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure
Demographic: shonen

    A pulp classic of the 1980s and early 90s, 3x3 Eyes is the story of Yakumo Fujii, a teenager who dies and is reborn as a wu, a sort of zombie servant. His new master is Pai, a magical immortal being that possesses a powerful third eye.

    Together, they (of course) embark on an epic quest to become mortal humans, and to prevent the resurrection of the evil demon king Kaiyan Wang. Throughout the series, Pai is herself the target of foes both regular and supernatural, as drinking her blood renders one immortal.

    Yuzo Takada successfully depicts an occult underworld just out of sight of the everyday modern world we live in, filled with gorgeous illustrations, original baddies, and a respectable amount of incidental late '80s fanservice.
    Background & Impact
    With over 3 million copies sold, 3x3 Eyes was a staple of the manga and anime scene in its heyday. In 1993, the manga received official recognition when it won the Kodansha Manga Award for shōnen.

    The OVA adaptation received mixed reviews, but was translated and dubbed twice in English.

    There were several video game adaptations for the PC Engine and Super Nintendo, as well as later for the original Playstation and Sega Saturn.

    Later volumes dropped somewhat in terms of originality, but the original run was a fantastic mix of high-concept 80s action films such as Indiana Jones and Ghostbusters, with an intriguing amount of occult lore thrown into the mix.