This week’s webcomic is TwoKinds by Tom Fischbach.

Twokinds is one of those comics that is almost a guilty pleasure for me. So much so that I debated even including it on my blog here for fear of riling up the four or five people who read on a regular basis. However, given that I HAVE enjoyed the comic quite a bit, I figred, “What the hell, I’ll post it.”

TwoKinds is an unabashed anthropomorphic/furry comic, so those who are disgusted with such should probably wander away for the duration of my post today. Might I suggest heading over to Library of the Damned and catch up on my work over there. For those of a more eclectic taste in comics who decide to stay, I shall continue.

TwoKinds was started in 2003 and is self-categorized as a “Fantasy Manga” that updates every Wednesday (well, most of the time). In truth, the categorization of the comic is wider than that. I would consider it equally part of the action/adventure and romance manga categories as it is a fantasy manga. It is also clearly a anthro/furry manga, and attempts to classify it outside of the category are people trying to kid themselves. For those who enjoy such manga categories (as indeed I do) there is a lot to like in TwoKinds.

The comic primarily follows the story of two characters. The first is Trace Legacy, a man with amnesia whose sordid past acts as a continual counterpoint to his more chivalrous and understanding present. The other is Flora, a Tiger Keidran (demi-human, anthropomorph, furry, whatever term you want) whom Trace saves in the forest shortly after he awakens with amnesia. The story revolves around Trace both trying to discover his past, and avoid the ramifications of it, as well as the forbidden romance between him and Flora. There are other core characters that help flesh out the plot, such as Keith Keiser, a Bastid who was banished by his people, and Natani, a Dog Kiedran assassin who joins the party through a series of misadventures. These form the “core four” that is a tried and true adventuring party size in Manga (indeed 4 seems to be a pretty common group size in Manga, though 5 and 3 are also pretty common).

Like some of the more fun adventure Mangas (Inuyasha, Trigun, Get Backers, etc), TwoKinds manages to keep a focus on deep plot development and character exploration while still being fun and humorous. While the comic can be quite serious at times, it never looses the fun, light-hearted feel that makes the comic enjoyable rather than over-bearing.

The comic has many adult themes as well as regularly occurring pseudo-nudity of many of the anthropomorphic characters; those disturbed by such things should pass TwoKinds by, as you’ll likely be upset by those recurring themes. However, those of a more stalwart disposition will find a lot to like in TwoKinds and I highly recommend checking it out. As always, I shall let the comic’s actual merits determine whether or not you decide to add it to your weekly reading.

-Confusion is a state of mind, or is it?