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Manga Review: Unbreakable Machine-Doll by Reiji Kaitou

Studio JG Published Oct. 24, 2014 8 Books
Studio JG
Published Oct. 24, 2014
8 Books

Raishin Akabane is a puppeteer with a mission. Traveling from Japan to Liverpool with his automaton Yaya, he begins attending Walpurgis Royal Academy of Machinart. Once every four years, the Academy conducts a “Night Party” This “party” is a competition where puppeteers use their automatons to fight until the last person stands. The prize? To become the “Wiseman” the most powerful puppeteer in the world.

 But Raishin can careless for the title; his mission is revenge and the only way to get it is to get into the “Night Party”

I had very little hope in this series. Something about it, while reading the summary, threw me off. But once I started reading my mind shifted. This is actually a pretty decent story. Slightly predictable but nothing too bad, where I have to stop reading it.

Raishin is different from the rest. He is blunt and has a one track mind (his mission) or at least in the beginning. Despite this, he isn’t a jerk; he has some kind of consideration for other. Although he comes off humorous, he is genuine. The predictability comes in with Yaya. She is in love with him despite the fact that she shouldn’t. In the beginning this is known but it is not known if Raishin actually knows this. He treats her like a companion and is affectionate with her as well. Does he have feelings for her or is he just the brotherly type? Can’t tell you but what I will say is the line is a bit thin for me.

Just because their relationship is spoken about in the first two books, does not mean this is a classic high school love triangle (yes, another girl is in this series) with some special effects. The line between the puppeteer and the automaton is huge. The fight scenes are on point. I would have preferred it to be more graphic and much more intense but the scenes were good. As the series progresses the artwork becomes less cliché and more sexual.

As far as the rest of the story, I love the complexity of it and how it twists and turns. It is almost perfect. I say almost because there is deeper emotion missing for me. It isn’t intense enough.

 

Overall, I would recommend this read for those 17+ mainly because the sexual content that occurs.

 

3.5 Pickles

Graphic Novel Review (Spoilers): Alex + Ada, Vol. 1 (Alex + Ada #1-5) by Jonathan Luna, Sarah Vaughn

 Image Comics Published July 16, 2014 128 Pages
Image Comics
Published July 16, 2014
128 Pages

In the near future, robots are a real thing. But the last thing Alex wants is an X5 as an companion. When Ada arrives at his door, Alex realizes that his outlook may not be as accurate as he thought.

Let’s cut right to the chase. This graphic novel is predictable but it is one of those I know what is going to happen but I like reading it anyway.

As stated the story-line was predictable and I really didn’t like Alex. The whole concept is he went through a bad break up and is lonely, so he receives the X5 as a gift from his grandmother, He doesn’t like the fact that Ada is a robot, so he gets her hacked to be a human.

I think that is ridiculously because you want a human girl but you don’t want to put in the work to be with a human girl, so you use a robot and make her more human.  -_-

The story moves really fast and Ada falls into a fast stereotype of over-reacting female faster than any none human can.  But what I liked about this series despite the character flaws was how it showed that given the opportunity humans may not act so human at all. Granted this is not a new concept but it still was not horrible to read. It showed how jealous and petty people can really be when they don’t get what they want.

I enjoyed the artwork very much. It was bright and detailed not cliche in the least. It wasn’t sloppy and other than Alex being stale face most of the time, other characters displayed emotion in a realistic way.

As stated before this series is very basic but there something like-able about that you just keep reading it. This a I happen to see it read not I need to buy it read. So much more could have been done.

 

3 Pickles

Book Review: Cinder (Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer

To be perfectly honest, this is my first science fiction book. I’m not exactly sure why I have never picked up a science fiction book before but . . .  yea I just never did until Cinder.

Cinder by Marissa Meyers (goodreads)
Cinder by Marissa Meyers (goodreads)

Cinder is a cyborg and she lives in a world where most if not all people do not like cyborgs. But Cinder is special she is the best mechanic known in her land and she also happens to be 16 years old. But that is not the only thing that makes her special. To Cinder her past is unknown and her future becomes even more cloudy when the Prince comes to her stand looking for her services.

Cinder seems to be a play on Cinderella but in science fiction. She has the mother that hates her and the evil stepsister (she actually happens to like the other one).  What I loved about this book was Cinder herself. She was strong but not that strong in which she makes things difficult for herself or those around her. She also had a plan for her life and I don’t mean college or anything of that matter. I mean she knew she wanted to get from under her Stepmother and didn’t cause her any harm or mistreatment to do that. I thought that showed Cinder as a thoughtful and overall a person of good heart.

What the author was able to do for me (since I usually stay away from science fiction) is make me like Cinder so much I kept reading. Also the ending was actually really good; you find out the biggest mystery of Cinder’s past but I am not sure about how exactly that information helps her because when I previewed the second book she doesn’t seem to really do anything with it. Like it is really a huge piece of information.

Overall, I think if you’re into science fiction perfect read. This book gets a 8 out of 10.