It was a bit more graphic than I generally prefer especially in full color comic books. Although the story was over all interesting, I had trouble rel...moreIt was a bit more graphic than I generally prefer especially in full color comic books. Although the story was over all interesting, I had trouble relating to any of the characters. They seemed hyper sexual to me and although that could just be me being a prude it could also be the result of a guy trying too hard to write strong women that he overstepped into men in women's bodies (at least for me). At times, Violet seemed the easiest to understand, but then at the end she is just as focused on sex, drinking and drugs as the others. I might be willing to give the next volume a go, but only if I had another opportunity like Netgalley. If I still had mixed feelings after that, I would probably be done.
This comic features full color illustrations of fantasy battles that are drawn in gleeful detail. The author also delights in as much colorful cursing as he can fit in around the innuendo and jokes about fantasy cliches. There isn't any on screen sex, but several of the women have large busts that are exposed by their armor. Also, several of the non-story images are just blood soaked pinups. I was impressed by the detail and variety in the characters, but not so impressed by the tendency towards blood, drinking and mushrooms.(less)
The only thing people might find objectionable is that ten year old kids go on long journeys without supervision to imprison and make creatures fight...moreThe 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.(less)
This volume actually mentions cloning and that Pokemon eventually die. These might be slightly harder subjects for some readers. My biggest issue was t...moreThis 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.(less)
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 far...moreThis 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.(less)
This volume focuses on Natsume's relationship with the youkai much more than people (probably because the previous volume did the opposite). In additi...moreThis 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.(less)
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 de...moreThis 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.(less)