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review 2018-01-01 13:33
Lady Mechanika, Vol. 3: The Lost Boys of West Abbey
Lady Mechanika TP Vol 03: The Lost Boys of West Abbey - Marcia Chen

[I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.]

Beautiful artwork like in the first two collected volumes. I didn’t notice the same ‘eye-candy’ level during action scenes as in the first volumes, which is good since it makes those scenes more believable. Exception made for the illustrations at the end, these are all fine since they’re meant to depict the character posing anyway. Also, they’re beautiful. The art and colours remain as enjoyable as ever.

While there’s no resolution as to Mechanika’s past here either, we do get a few glimpses into what she has been through, thanks to her nightmares and memories. I can only hope that at some point she’ll get to find out the information she’s seeking.

This volume dealt with body transfer into what appear like a mix of golems and automata, which means that of course I got sold on that idea pretty quick. There’s a mix of dark experiments with magic and technology, action, and conundrums about what defines life, that I tend to enjoy. There’s a tall, dark and somewhat mysterious detective (Singh) that for once I felt more connection with than I usually do with that character archetype. Oh, and creepy toys, in a sense, considering the golems are doll-like and can easily be mistaken for toys.

This third instalment felt darker to me than the second one, and more interesting even though there was no trip to mysterious temples or adventures in the jungle; I guess that’s my natural preference for urban settings speaking, along with the themes explored in this ‘Lost Boys of West Abbey’ story.

The one thing I really regret is how short this volume was compared to the others. The plot deserved more.

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review 2017-11-17 20:00
12 Days of Death Note: Finis
Death Note, Vol. 13: How to Read - Tsugumi Ohba, Takeshi Obata,Eric Searleman,Akira Shiwawa

In the end it ends like they always said it would. So no big surprises, but to be honest I was a little bit underwhelmed. It had built up to a great big finale, and while there is a finale, I felt like it could have been a bit more.

Nevertheless, I really enjoyed the series and would recommend it.

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review 2017-11-16 20:00
12 Days of Death Note: Kindred Spirits
Death Note, Vol. 11: Kindred Spirit - Tsugumi Ohba,Takeshi Obata

The penultimate volume. You can feel the plot starts to thicken but at the same time there is still quite some filler. On the one hand, by now I feel ready to finish the series, on the other hand I will miss it when it's done.

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review 2017-11-15 20:00
12 Days of Death Note: Deletion
Death Note, Vol. 10: Deletion - Tsugumi Ohba,Takeshi Obata

I had completely deleted Mikami in my memory for some reason. Guess he deserved it.

The story is nearing its end, and you can feel it. Two more books to go. Brace yourself for the last and final battle...

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review 2017-11-14 20:00
12 Days of Death Note: Contact
Death Note, Vol. 9: Contact - Tsugumi Ohba,Takeshi Obata

I like this series, which is a bit weird, as there aren't really any likeable characters left.
You can feel that Light is already losing a bit of his touch, though he's still able to outwit everyone, but he's so annoying!


Mello and Near are weird, but not very nice characters either.


Okay, Matsuda is a complete idiot and obviously comic relief, but he's the only one who wouldn't classify as mad/psychopath, I guess...

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