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March 8, 2010

Toshimi Nigoshi – CMX – 2009 – 3 volumes

As promised, here’s a link to my full series review over at Manga Recon.

I think I’ve said all I want to say about this series.  Basically… meh.

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February 23, 2010

Toshimi Nigoshi – CMX – 2009 – 3 volumes

Again, I’m writing a full series review for this at the Manga Recon, so these will just be some brief notes until I can elaborate further.

What appears to be the plot and central conflict in this series resolves itself early on in this volume, and something else takes its place.  That alone was strange enough for me, but the new plot (a conspiracy to accumulate clones with special abilities for a possible military purpose) was even more uninteresting than Aoi’s quest for vengeance.  It also doesn’t help that the whole government conspiracy/military thing isn’t fleshed out that well.  It’s more of a vague threat than a solid plot, though the substory with Shirakusa was suitably exciting.

The characters were also still not growing on me at this point.  Shirakusa was fun, and Tris is developed into something of a villan here with what seems like a Faustian bargain for Aoi, but nothing that seriously grabbed my interest.  Most of the focus continued to be on Aoi and Dis, who continued to just be nice to each other.  There’s some discussion on the brevity of Aoi’s life and what death means to those left behind, but… you know how that goes in a manga.

Despite there being almost nothing at all remarkable about it, however, I still found myself fairly interested.  It does build up nicely, and it’s never outright boring, though it teeters on the brink an awful lot.

And… yeah.  The rest will be in the form of the long review.  I’ll link it here with the volume 3 review.

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February 22, 2010

Toshimi Nigoshi – CMX – 2009 – 3 volumes

I’m going to do a full series review for this over at Manga Recon.  That should appear within the next couple days, and I’ll link it over here with the volume 3 review.  Since I’m writing up the whole series, I’m just going to post brief thoughts on the first two volume here, then go into more depth in that article.

Basically, Aoi is a fast courier who gains clients by being the only one who can walk through a magnetic field generated by an artificial ring that was put up around the Earth.  But as a kind of clone, he’s not allowed to walk around without an owner, and when he is nearly busted, Dis and Tris show up and save him, taking him to the one country that allows the artificially made humans to walk around free.  Dis doesn’t want to stay, however, since he’s made it the mission of his extremely short life to find and kill an old war hero.

My initial impression was a little bland, which is unusual since I rarely dislike series published by CMX.  But it’s got a bit of a drab futuristic setting and some well-worn situations, like Earth in the near-future and a kind of clone boy who doesn’t have long to live running into the arms of his saviors.  There are four main characters: Aoi, the clone and former courier; Dis, a nice man who runs a restaurant; Tris, a priest who takes care of younger and abandoned clones; and Shirakusa, a cranky doctor.  Of the four, Dis and Aoi are the two we see the most, and they are the most bland.  Aoi is driven by revenge, and he and Dis are little more than nice to one another.  Tris is slightly more interesting since it’s clear that more will be revealed about him later, and Shirakusa is funny, but not terribly interesting.

Things get more interesting by the end of the volume, and a simple twist leaves things on a pretty big cliffhanger for next time.  Volume one never really coasted out of mediocre territory for me, though.