Warning: Spoiler for Do Retry Chapter #4A Shonen dance series called Redo which initially set itself apart from most shounen manga by portraying itself as a period drama with a deep base in reality, has now blown all of that away in a twist. totally bizarre direction.
Although still taking place during World War II in Japan, protagonist Aozoro Okami gets into a fight with a guy named Ikuno Izumi, who has a comically giant right arm that can blow Aozoro into the sky in one shot. when hit, in Do Retry chapter #4 by mangaka Jun Kirarazaka, translator David Evelyn and letter writer Finn K. The arm is so massive and effective that Ikuno is nicknamed Warhammer.
Do Retry extends its realism with new villain Warhammer
This is an unexpected development as nothing until this latest chapter has even hinted at the possibility that Do Retry will incorporate anything unrealistic. In fact, Aozoro recently got into a fight with a guy who inserted nailed iron plates into his boxing gloves to his advantage. Aozoro’s opponents don’t rely on special powers like most shounen fighters. Everything else about the manga suggests it will be entirely grounded in reality. It takes place during the Second World War, and the majority of Japanese citizens are struggling to survive because of American control over the country.
That said, there are a number of actual conditions that Ikuno’s Green Giant-like arm can simulate, such as Marfan syndrome, acromegaly aka gigantism, and several forms of deformity. blood vessels, among other possibilities. Other real-life examples exist in the novel. Despite being a fantasy psychological thriller, The Lady in the Water explores a similar phenomenon in a more realistic way. A character named Reggie only has one toned arm because he only exercises that arm and leaves the other arm alone.
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But even taking into account the aforementioned practical conditions and the possibility that Ikuno might be able to focus solely on one-arm training like Reggie, that still doesn’t explain how an Ikuno punch is. Aozoro can still be thrown into the air at the end of Do Retry chapter #4 in Shonen Jump. That’s unrealistic, especially considering the first three chapters of the series are all based on reality.
Of course, mangaka Jun Kirarazaka may be trying to differentiate his new series from blockbusters like Hajime No Ippo which share some similarities with Do Retry. Before Ikuno’s giant arm was revealed, the fighting style was in line with that of Hajime No Ippo as both series were based mainly on real life techniques with some highlights. Either way, Redo went from one of the Shonen Jump Its most grounded to most outrageous series with one character.
Read Redo chapter #4 on Viz.com.