Sat, Apr. 17th, 2010

oyceter: man*ga [mahng' guh] n. Japanese comics. synonym: CRACK (manga is crack)
It's been so long since I've read these that my memory is extremely hazy.

...why did I think it was a good idea to try and catch up on at least some of my review backlog?

Anyway. I first read vols. 4 and 5 in Chinese and had no idea what was going on. I suppose robots and mass murderers and worldwide plots is too much for my Chinese. These volumes continue Urasawa's trademark ever-expanding plots; just as soon as we get one answer, three more questions pop up.

Spoilers )

I'm curious to see how Urasawa will wrap this up in two volumes; my current impression is that he could probably keep going with the story for at least ten more. Although I think this series starts off better than Monster or 20th Century Boys, its length may be its strength and its weakness. It's short enough to not be daunting or confusing, but it also means we spend less time with the characters and therefore feel less strongly about them.

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