I just finished volume 14. The last volume. I was a little melancholy afterwards, sort of how you get after a...more(Written on my Blog - February 15, 2007)
I just finished volume 14. The last volume. I was a little melancholy afterwards, sort of how you get after a long vacation. Sad to be going, glad you went, happy to have a conclusion. After 12 long years of writing, the series is over. The author/illustrator mentions this in one of her many sidebars. She says that people were always writing/emailing her because they want to know when the next installment was coming out, and she felt so awful that she couldn’t write them sooner. When you think about it, there were 14 volumes over 12 years. That’s less than one a year! You wouldn’t think anything of that if it was a novelist, and she has to illustrate everything too! Still, I’m glad that I only had to wait a little while since: 1) I hadn’t heard of this series up until a year or so ago and 2) I’m not Japanese so I only have to wait the time it takes for the English translation to come out.
The end of the book gets a little strange with lots of talk about the light and dark, but its still very sweet, not counting the people who get killed, or have “evil bits” (my term, not their’s) oozing out of them. It ended very tightly, with every character being covered.
I like this series because all the characters are fleshed out and human. They aren’t all good or all bad. Each one has their flaws, which makes the se...moreI like this series because all the characters are fleshed out and human. They aren’t all good or all bad. Each one has their flaws, which makes the series a more desirable read. Noriko freaks out, but she isn’t the ditsy kind of girl that needs a guy to do everything. Izark is dark and mysterious, but he’s also got a sense of humor.
The plot moves quickly and stays interesting throughout the series. Read this series! Read it now!(less)
Let me start out by saying WOW. This is an intense piece of work. I read this a while ago, but it is still pretty vivid in my mind. Before going any fu...moreLet me start out by saying WOW. This is an intense piece of work. I read this a while ago, but it is still pretty vivid in my mind. Before going any further, I should let you know a couple of things:
1. It is VERY violent 2. There is some sexual tension, that is eventually… released.
Knowing this, I probably definately wouldn’t suggest it to school libraries. I have the series in my teen collection, but it has a big OT (older teen) sticker on it, so that people don’t “accidentally” come upon it and read it. In all honesty, I think it is probably meant for adult collections. However, besides the sex and gore it still really holds up on its own.
A big reason that I knew that this series was going to be really good was due to the dedication on the first few pages. The author dedicates the book to George A. Romero, who is a god among horror purists (or I think that he should be). I won’t wax poetic about Mr. Romero for too long, but one of the reasons that his movies are so amazing, is because while there may be a lot of violence and gore, his movies also make you THINK. Not possible? I beg to differ.
I will use Romero’s original movie, Night of the Living Dead as an example. The movie was made in 1968, the year that Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. There were obvious tensions in the air because of civil rights and equal rights for African Americans. So what does George Romero do? He casts Duane Jones, an African American as the lead. According to IMDB, “This was the first time a black actor was cast in a lead role of a major motion picture that did not specify the part had to be played by a black actor.” I would say that this is not small potatoes.
He also used the opportunity that flesh eating zombies gave him to show how society can break down quickly without order. It breaks down even more when you are running for your life from flesh eating zombies.
Take all of this into consideration when you read the review and when (because you really should) read this series.(less)