Definitely not Shirow's best work. The art shows how skilled he can be, but comes of as half-hearted. Aside from that the only other thing I can say a...moreDefinitely not Shirow's best work. The art shows how skilled he can be, but comes of as half-hearted. Aside from that the only other thing I can say about this is "incomprehensible". Literally. There's lots of stuff about techno-magic, referred to in various mystical, pseudo-scientific terms. For example: "It's an aqua-loco type with a twisted hydro-element, an incredibly powerful vajra-naga force on this planet! In sixty-four harmonics it'll reach it's threshold and everything will disintegrate!!" What does that even mean? Nothing. Nothing at all.
The plot seems to be something about collecting all the negative karma of the universe in one place in order to destroy it. Of course things go wrong, there's a big fight between gods and sorcerers and deities and magicians and whatever and eventually cosmic balance is restored between good and evil, chaos and order. Or something.
I like Shirow's work and even when he sort of half-asses his art, it's still pretty great, but the story was such a confusing mess of techno-babble and mystic mush that it was literally chore to read. Such a chore that for probably the last 40 pages or so I just skimmed the dialogue, since it really didn't seem to make any difference to my comprehension of the plot.