3.5 stars! Bumping it up a little because something about this title was ... Magical.
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Seriously. I kind of knew what3.5 stars! Bumping it up a little because something about this title was ... Magical.
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Seriously. I kind of knew what to expect. The description does a bang-up job of what you're in for. However, the level of extremity it's taken to was quite a surprise. This isn't your soft-baked Zombie Apocalypse. It's not even an exceptionally sequenced B-Horror Movie. This is it's own monster, and I'm intrigued.
If you have soft stomach, I would not suggest this title. The bloody rampage begins nearly from page one and rarely lets up. You will not have a reprieve. These Magical Girls mean business, and they're about to blow up, disembowel, dismember, and all-around mutilate anybody in their path. No hesitation, no explanation. You get within their eyesight, and you're pretty much doomed. Most horror manga stories have a loop hole. A way out of the mess. Some kind of weakness for the enemy. At this point, there is no weakness for the Magical. They reanimate - even if you bludgeon their heads in. Nobody, not even our "hero", is safe.
This volume is filled with non-stop action. The run-for-our-lives starts off rather quickly, and the small band of survivors are put to the test on every page. We get a little backstory, not much. I think there will be more to come later. The only thing you have to cheer for is their survival, because we don't have enough characterization to feel attached. I was willing to let that go, because I got a great apocalypse story that didn't shy away from "This is seriously the end of everybody."
My only gripe would be the character of Yoruka. She's the staple "busty girl." And I don't care how much the author likes big boobs, he needs a lesson in anatomy and physics. These are human-defying breasts, and sometimes it was hard to overlook that. It became gratuitous in a few scenes, along with a handful of unnecessary panty-shots. That really could have been left out, but that's a risk you have to take in this genre (especially from a male author). Hopefully that subsides throughout the plot, because it's not helping the art. I think it's harming it. I mean, sure, those images are dark and gory, and some of them are honestly fucked up (excuse me). But it's still well done! So, leave the blimpo boobs out of it, please. For everyone's enjoyment.
I'm still looking forward to future volumes. I like a good bloody romp, as horrible as that sounds. And I really liked the original and twisted take on the end of days. Taking something so kawaii as Magical Girls (though some of those stories are dark, too, people), and making them mindless killing machines. We still need a reason behind this mess. We still need a bit more depth for Kii Kogami. From this exciting first installment, I can only hope the race for survival continues at an equally fun rate....more
I truly only skimmed this volume. This story is falling down hill, and fast. It started so strong and there was really good character development. AllI truly only skimmed this volume. This story is falling down hill, and fast. It started so strong and there was really good character development. All the relationships had a steady progression and exciting tension. Now it's just a mish-mash of one-offs that go nowhere. Sure, we get a few nice backstories here and there, but it's still not worth it anymore. So many things are overplayed and overdone. I'm sick of reading the same thing over and over for the last few volumes from Nisekoi. Count me done....more
Girl power is nothing new these days. I grew up in the slow surge of it, reveling in the gradual increase of spunky princesses and superheroes who tooGirl power is nothing new these days. I grew up in the slow surge of it, reveling in the gradual increase of spunky princesses and superheroes who took no shit from nobody, be they man, woman or monster. I saved the world and kicked butt with Sailor Moon and the Powerpuff Girls. You can even throw in some kind of Spice Girls reference in here, but I'm not sure how to word it (in a way, they had the Elements of Harmony before My Little Pony). I'm actually reading Wrede's Dealing with Dragons at the same time, and the parallels are uncanny. I really wish that I had Princeless and the books like it when I was younger, when the Girl Power movement was just starting to get its running legs. Because I think it would have progressed that much quicker. Princeless is excellent. That said, it doesn't trash boys, which makes it even better. True feminism is not about squashing males and being dominant over them; it's about freakin' gender equality. And some boys are shown in a rather unflattering light here, but that's not because of their gender. It's because they also happen to be evil. Adrienne's dad for one.. not the best guy around. But her brother? Love him. He could totally be a fighter, and he's proven that he can handle it. But as he watches his father and how he treats his daughters, he realized he doesn't want to become his father. Way to go, Devin; way to not fall into the mold. These serious themes, though, are wonderfully covered with great comedy. You will not be bogged down with glorious purpose. You will be laughing at all the exploits of both Adrienne, her blacksmith friend, her trusty dragon, and even the bumbling knights who try to save her before she saves herself. This story is one great combo. I can't wait to read volume 2....more
EL. OH. EL. This is one hilarious and awesome series, and it's only the beginning. Imagine if My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and Gravity Falls hadEL. OH. EL. This is one hilarious and awesome series, and it's only the beginning. Imagine if My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and Gravity Falls had a love-child.
Heard such great things about Lumberjanes from countless library journals and booklists, so I'm really glad it stood up to such high praise. Can't wait to read more of these characters. So much potential. ...more
3.5 Stars. Very strong start. I've heard such great things about this series, and I was not disappointed in this first volume. I have high hopes for t3.5 Stars. Very strong start. I've heard such great things about this series, and I was not disappointed in this first volume. I have high hopes for the rest....more
As a whole, a good start to what I hope will be an interesting complete arc. As a starter, it was still a good story, just not fanta3.5 Stars Overall.
As a whole, a good start to what I hope will be an interesting complete arc. As a starter, it was still a good story, just not fantastic-great. Thanks to a recent road trip, I was able to listen to Legend in two chunks, and I think that played in its favor. I am not sure I would have enjoyed it as much if it were broken into a few chapters here and there. Either way, it was a rather quick read, and the action sequences were excellent. Many of the characters moves and the plot advancements were predictable, but I will hold out for more surprises in the sequels. They better be there...
For me, the character of Day is the main character in this series, not June. I honestly liked him better and looked forward to his perspective. June obviously has an important role to play in this story, but if Day hadn't come into the picture, I doubt she would have had the drive we see at the end. She very much went with the flow of things, but I can see why. Heck, she grew up believing everything the Republic told her, and being on the top of their Celebs list didn't hurt. She did what came easy to her, and that was being part of the elite. However, I am glad she had an inquisitive nature. Protagonists who don't ask questions bug me, but June took the time to look at both sides. I still don't have a solid image of her, though,.. perhaps I missed it? Day has more development over the course of Legend. He already knows where he stands, so we only see that getting stronger. And by the end, his convictions are even more strongly rooted. It would be weird to see that back-track. His only major flaw, for me, was the insta-love for June, but I'm willing to let that slide just a little bit. He kind of has that Dread-Pirate-Roberts feel. As for both characters, it honestly irritated me that both were supposed to be insanely beautiful. Why did they have to look perfect? Just so they'd for sure notice each other? I dunno.. could have given her buck teeth or something.
I am interested in this world, and the building of it was sort of put to the side in favor of the characters. I will cross my fingers for more expansion in book two, especially looking into the Colonies and some more intricate mapping of both the Elite and the Slums. Is there a reason other than the tests that the world is separated from Rich and Poor? Why not middle class? Is the plague simple for germ warfare to to keep the poor subdued? Lu left many questions unanswered, so that alone is a good reason to continue.
Oh, and as for Mathias' death? CALLED IT! (early on)
Something about a tween adventure book in which a boy and girl discover a new species of flying cat while fending off pirates in an awesome airship thSomething about a tween adventure book in which a boy and girl discover a new species of flying cat while fending off pirates in an awesome airship that tickles the fantasy buttons. Imagine if Peter Pan and Stardust had a baby. I knew I liked Oppel's style from This Dark Endeavor, so I was not disappointed on that front. Airborn is such a different story, and it is still written so excellently. Yay. Read for great characters; read for vicious flying kitties; read for the sheer enjoyment of a high-flying adventure. ...more