The only thing people might find objectionable is that ten year old kids go on long journeys without supervision to imprison and make creatures fightThe only thing people might find objectionable is that ten year old kids go on long journeys without supervision to imprison and make creatures fight in battles against each other. There is a Pokemon fan club that objects to the battling, but they still catch Pokemon. Personally, I always thought that the way Red/Ash treated his Pokemon was more as friends or partners rather than slaves. If the series never brought it up, most kids would never have a second thought about it because Red calls out trainers who treat their Pokemon poorly and fights against Team Rocket who exploit Pokemon. Overall though, there isn't anything that I wouldn't let someone who watches the cartoon read. The violence level is pretty tame with the Pokemon getting knocked out instead of killed or seriously injured. The manga is actually less sexual than the anime so far because Brock isn't traveling with Red staring at and trying to get a date with every pretty girl he sees....more
This volume actually mentions cloning and that Pokemon eventually die. These might be slightly harder subjects for some readers. My biggest issue was tThis volume actually mentions cloning and that Pokemon eventually die. These might be slightly harder subjects for some readers. My biggest issue was that the female trainer Green was so devious as to be almost evil. That and she wasn't even that good of a trainer even though she knocked out at least one of Red's team. I did appreciate the display of Blue's training versus Red's. It was nice to see the effect on Blue's Pokemon....more
This would make an excellent collector's item. It would also be something that most fans would love to read at least twice. The pictures are highly deThis would make an excellent collector's item. It would also be something that most fans would love to read at least twice. The pictures are highly detailed and let you exam things in the game you usually don't get a very good look at. My only complaint is that viewing the book on Adobe Digital Editions made it slightly blurry (such that some of the captions were unreadable). Unfortunately, when I tried a smaller version on the same platform, the details weren't blurred, but they were too small to read comfortably.
Since this is Legend of Zelda, the amount of cursing is almost nothing (in fact I think the whole series might have a couple instances of jumbled symbols, but nothing else). There is violence. It is largely against monsters and not very realistic (even in Twilight Princess, which is known for realism). This particular book contains a manga short story with the hero in a dungeon (in chains) and also the most realistic death scene I've seen in the series (usually you just end up crumpled on the floor). There are some characters with slightly risque clothes including one version of Impa who is rather plump with excessive cleavage (of course the Ocarina of Time version is rather skin tight too). Other than that, you don't get anything you don't see in the games. In fact, there seemed to be less innuendo than in the games (Ghirahim from Skyward Sword seems to delight in being particularly sleazy for the games' standards).
All in all, I would want to see the binding before I even considered it for my collection at the library. I'm getting rather tired of purchasing books designed to fall apart after handling and many of these character guides or special books are designed that way. If it is an exception to that, I think the teens in my area would love the book....more
So, first off I really should have read this three months ago when I first got the ARC, but I got caught up with summer reading and other reading... TSo, first off I really should have read this three months ago when I first got the ARC, but I got caught up with summer reading and other reading... This was about to expire from my e-reader, so I figured I better read it before I lost my chance (I don't think any of my libraries have it...).
It was completely awesome! (even though I didn't catch all the references) I don't think anyone who was only 3 or 4 at the end of the 80's could really have gotten all of them without being some kind of scholar (or obsessive), but they didn't detract from the story when they were too obscure for me.
What did somewhat distract me was that very little was said about what could be done with the world as badly off as it was (only 30 years from now). Art3mis wanted to feed everyone and Parzival wanted to escape, but neither of those are actual solutions to the problem and Art3mis couldn't see that her solution was no more mature than his. The story was fascinating in that it was very much like a video game, but it also had the same lack of depth with which some game plots struggle. It had quite a few really good ideas for jumping off points but then didn't quite go anywhere from them. Even the in-game world had some issues (such as why would people continue playing once they were max level and could basically do whatever they wanted; there is an addiction and community factor, but would it really be enough), that after thinking about them don't quite work.
Luckily, the story is immersive enough to keep you hooked from beginning to end without giving you time to consider the inconsistencies. I especially loved little touches like MTFBWYA as a sign off even though I had to Google it because I'm bad with acronyms.
I don't remember there being as much language as I expected there to be, but there might have been curse words that I didn't catch because I was reading this as an adult novel and not really looking for them. There was mention of masturbating with a life size doll/robot/joystick thing, but other than that and mention of wanting to meet and kiss in real life there wasn't any sex or sexual innuendo. Oh, and discussion that masturbation was a key to society forming because it let our higher brain cells have a chance to function that I thought was hilarious. There was quite a bit of violence including murder, terrorism, blowing people up in real life and in the game (which in this book was almost as bad), a character was killed in real life and several were threatened with kidnapping and eventual death. The battles in the game were actually fairly epic and cool rather than bloody and violent, but still there were battles....more
Despite having an awful lot of plot points and action, this volume didn't feel rushed at all. I actually thought I had read two volumes on my reader,Despite having an awful lot of plot points and action, this volume didn't feel rushed at all. I actually thought I had read two volumes on my reader, but no this one was just really jam packed. I could have done without the extremely pervy toddler. He ups the rating on this one. I can't imagine any 10 year old reading that, but that was the target of the TV show. Other than that, the action was awesome, Anzu is extremely corny and I'm not a fan of her at all, but everyone else is absolute gold. The level of violence is a bit more graphic in the mental torture area, but other than that it's about the same....more
Given that the first set of Kingdom Hearts manga didn't cover everything in the first game, I don't hold much hope that these two volumes had all theGiven that the first set of Kingdom Hearts manga didn't cover everything in the first game, I don't hold much hope that these two volumes had all the content of the game Chain of Memories. I couldn't get through the game because I was hopelessly confused by and bad at the card system the game uses. I think these two volumes provide a good overview of the game, but they probably aren't the same. The manga show Riku and Sora's journey's through Castle Oblivion side by side with each of them battling different members of the mysterious Organization. I would have liked to see more character development of the Organization members because they were fairly one dimensional. I also don't think we saw enough of the Riku Replica. Of course, those things could be issues with the game as well. There's some more cursing, but still no sex. The violence this time is against people (the people are Nobodies who supposedly have no hearts/souls). It still isn't terribly graphic though with them tending to disappear after one good hit....more
Reviewing all four volumes at once, so beware of spoilers.
I didn't like the manga as much as the game. I usually like the book/manga better than the mReviewing all four volumes at once, so beware of spoilers.
I didn't like the manga as much as the game. I usually like the book/manga better than the movie/anime, but this is one of those exceptions. For one thing, they cut out several worlds and some of the scenes that I enjoyed in the game. For another, I don't remember there being much if any cursing (especially from Donald Duck) in the game. I'm surprised that Disney allowed one of their signature characters to be portrayed this way (even though we all knew that when he dissolved into quaking that he was cursing). Of course, the kind of cursing you get from Sora and Riku is appropriate for a 14 and 15 year old. There is no sex and most of the violence is against non-human entities. Some of the humor is a bit off color, but I think younger readers wouldn't understand most of it. I liked the manga, but it just wasn't the game, which for me was surprisingly brilliant. If anything, the manga has inspired me to want to play through the game for a third time (or maybe a fourth or fifth, can't really remember)....more
This book is Science Fiction to the core. It takes place on a different world in the future with people whose ancestors fled Earth to develop a new waThis book is Science Fiction to the core. It takes place on a different world in the future with people whose ancestors fled Earth to develop a new way of life. This way of life has existed without serious changes for generations despite the fact that only a handful of people actually benefit from it. The story focuses on a teen who recognizes more about the game and his world than everyone else and uses the knowledge to benefit first his family and then the rest of the world. There is a slightly alien entity, but there is a question about whether it evolved from the game or from the people playing the game. The violence more resembles a fantasy novel than a science fiction novel, but the sheer fact that it takes place in a video game makes it pure science fiction. The action is pretty fast paced, although it does not have quite the dark mood that sci-fi can sometimes mire in.
This book grabbed my attention at the beginning and held it throughout. It could be taken as a commentary on the way some people play online video games today as well as the idea of societies without violence. It brought up several interesting ideas in a way that was a bit obvious, but not boring or pedantic. The characters were interesting, a little one dimensional, but the book is targeted towards young adults and fits into that finding my place and my way scenario. My biggest problem was that everything seemed to tie up a bit too neatly at the end despite all the machinations of the CA as well as questionable motives from other characters. So, I was a bit disappointed in the end, but I am hoping that everything is resolved in the sequel SAGA.
A fantasy reader might like this because the in game action, despite breaking some kind of fourth wall, runs similarly to a fantasy adventure with warriors, mages and thieves. There is not much mystery, horror or romance, but there is a bit of adventure and political intrigue. The idea of a society that has abandoned violence might intrigue someone interested in different cultures....more