Magic Knight Rayearth 3

September 7, 2004

Please, for God’s sake, if you don’t know how this series ends, don’t read this review, and don’t spoil yourself. It’s completely worth it to get the series for the ending alone. Just do it. Really.

The thing about no one being particularly evil didn’t really hit me until I got to the end of the series and reflected. The Magic Knights have to go up against a ton of resistance to achieve their goal, and even Princess Emeraude turns on them in the end. But really… she just wanted a way out, and Zagato wanted to protect her from this. The Magic Knights are put in one of the most difficult situations I had seen up to that point, and it always got to me a little. Zagato turns out not to be a bad guy, none of his minions are acting out of hate, and in the end… the Magic Knights were kind of lied to all along. Perhaps they WERE the evil ones when it comes down to it, since they were the ones that killed the beloved Pillar of Cephiro.

I think the ending and final battles move too quickly in the manga, and I think a slower pace would have increased the impact they carried. But overall I give the series a great deal of credit for its ending. As kiddy and girly as it comes off… it’s really quite amazing, one of my favorites essentially. I don’t like its repetition, I don’t like the giant robots, and I hate the shallow characters, but the story’s excellent. Completely and entirely worth it.

2 Responses to “Magic Knight Rayearth 3”

  1. Ming Says:

    I love your reviews! You’re quite fair and I while I don’t agree with some of your reviews (Furuba is the best manga ever!!!!) I think you’re really good (Join with me my fellow Heroes are Extinct!! fan!).

    Also, this series is a 2 parter. Will you review the 2nd half? It’s called (incredibly creative title) Magic Knight Rayearth II. I like it a lot! But then again, I pretty much worship CLAMP. I even love things like Man of Many Faces!

  2. Connie Says:

    Aw, thanks. I’m glad you like the reviews, and I’m also always glad to hear from someone else who read Heroes are Extinct. I’ve become obsessed with pushing it on people lately.

    I did know that Rayearth was a 2 parter. I didn’t at first though, because the version I have has volumes numbered consecutively 1-6 (along with an abominable translation). I’ve got MKR at home, I’ll probably read it again next time I wind up back there, maybe in a couple months. It has been awhile since I’ve read it.

    Have you read Duklyon: CLAMP School Defenders? It’s really silly sentai comedy, you may be into it if you liked Heroes are Extinct. It sounds like you probably have, but I thought I’d ask anyway.

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