**spoiler alert** This graphic novel starts off with a fairly interesting premise: alchemists open a rift that calls beings from another world that al**spoiler alert** This graphic novel starts off with a fairly interesting premise: alchemists open a rift that calls beings from another world that almost destroy all of humanity and civilization. Even the process of killing these beings known as kaiji, using their remains to make weapons, leaves carcasses and desolate areas that are largely uninhabitable. Into this world, the author introduces a young kid who is determined to be a ninja and is more curious and daring than his circumstances should allow. He gets into trouble looses most of the fingers on one hand and joins a street gang. Then the real trouble starts, he steals from a band of mercenaries. The sword, one of the weapons made from the kaiju, protects the owner. He and two of his fellows try to run from the mercenaries whose current employer is trying to gather all of the weapons made from one kaiju. In the end, the kid manages to do it by accident, but nothing feels ended despite the impression that there won't be another book.
The action was a bit disjointed. There were plot elements that didn't entirely make sense largely because they felt like they were part of something that was incomplete. Things also felt a bit rushed.
Finally, I had trouble deciding what age group this was targeting. Some of the elements and art style seemed to be aimed at 9-12 year olds, but the severity of the violence and gore was definitely intended for older readers no matter the style. The language and the colors are unusual for comics for older readers, but the content is just not suitable for younger readers. Even if the book felt completed or I thought there might be a sequel, I wouldn't know who to recommend it to so I don't feel comfortable putting it in the library. It really wouldn't appeal to our adult graphic novel readers and our YA readers mostly like manga....more
There isn't a lot of plot movement so far in this manga. The fight between Jack the Ripper and Sebastian crossed over into this volume. After that, thThere isn't a lot of plot movement so far in this manga. The fight between Jack the Ripper and Sebastian crossed over into this volume. After that, there was a funeral and then more of the antics of Ciel's household staff. While they are somewhat amusing, I would have never stopped myself from firing them all the way Ciel and Sebastian have. Especially since they are just barely prevented from embarrassing their master in front of his future mother-in-law. I'm either not getting this brand of humor, or just not finding it funny. Also, I keep waiting to figure out what Ciel does for the Queen, but other than hunting Jack the Ripper, they haven't specified. The cursing is still rather frequent although the f-bomb doesn't make an appearance. This one has more blood in the violence than the second volume. The fight scene involves a chain saw. Finally, the reaper desperately wants to be female and mentions it constantly along with bringing up cutting out female reproductive organs because he is jealous. ...more
This volume feels a tad disjointed to me. It could be because I keep expecting things to follow the English dubbed version. Some of the changes so farThis volume feels a tad disjointed to me. It could be because I keep expecting things to follow the English dubbed version. Some of the changes so far to this arc are at least simplifying things. I remember there are more enemies and the side plots (including Sailor Uranus and Neptune) took much longer to develop. I am torn between really enjoying the pacing and thinking that the pacing is overly quick by sacrificing character development. Otherwise, a good introduction into a new arc of a series.
I don't remember previous volumes including cursing, but this one has a couple of minor ones (as in ones you can hear on daytime TV). It also has a character originally referred to as a guy, who is, not only definitely a girl, but probably dating another girl. She definitely kisses another girl at least once. I was glad to see those scenes because I was disappointed when they changed this in the dubbed version of the anime (instead of being lovers, they were cousins) and they took out as much of the teasing between Haruka and Usagi as possible without making the show look disconnected....more
There were quite a few differences between this and the anime. For one thing, in the anime, they go back to the present for the big battle and there aThere were quite a few differences between this and the anime. For one thing, in the anime, they go back to the present for the big battle and there are more Black Moon people. The extra Black Moon people eventually lead to the redemption of some of them, whereas this manga is more black and white about the enemies being evil. They also fight Wise Man in the future (view spoiler)[and meet Neo Queen Serenity (hide spoiler)] which is a bit weird to me. I suppose the changes make things simpler and eliminate some of the more lengthy parts that weren't necessarily needed for the story. I did miss some of the characters though. The creepiest thing about this volume is that Chibi-usa turns into an adult who is still fascinated by Mamoru (who is going to be her father in the future) and controls his mind so that he will follow her as well as "love" her. This includes allowing her to kiss him more than once. I already get a little unnerved by the age difference between Usagi and Mamoru, which is only three or four years in these, and then the author throws in an Elektra complex (which was in the anime, but still). The violence is a bit more pronounced. One of the enemies tries to choke someone, the enemies are trying to destroy the planet and make everyone disappear and attacks throw or dissolve targets. Still no cursing.["br"]>...more
This volume focuses on Natsume's relationship with the youkai much more than people (probably because the previous volume did the opposite). In additiThis volume focuses on Natsume's relationship with the youkai much more than people (probably because the previous volume did the opposite). In addition to the increase in intensity from the local youkai, Natsume must deal with his father's home, which the family wants to sell. He decides to go see it one last time and this look into life before he started to be shuffled around is so painfully sweet. You can also see just how much he tried not to make trouble for the families he stayed with despite being constantly harassed by things they couldn't protect him for or even see. There really isn't anything terribly objectionable in this one. Even Nyanko-sensei's drinking is toned down. There are some harsh things said to Natsume by one of his cousins, but nothing with actual cursing. You can also see some painful family dynamics, but most parents shouldn't be too upset by any of it....more