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review 2014-11-02 19:05
Not liking this more as I read more
Knights of Sidonia, Volume 3 - Tsutomu Nihei

Actually, just the opposite, I'm liking it less and less.   


Which makes me wonder



I'm definitely not going to continue with the manga, although I'm intrigued enough by some of the ideas - genetic manipulation, new genders - that I'll probably give the anime on Netflix a shot. 

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review 2014-11-02 16:56
Different volume, same issues...
Knights of Sidonia, Volume 2 - Tsutomu Nihei

Even with the extra background, it's slight enough that I feel like much of this is left unexplained.  In a void so to speak. 


And it's still just as disjointed.  I'm going to finish up volume three, but, blah.  It's kinda like this: 



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review 2014-11-02 15:16
Disjointed Sci-fi with a hint of Horror
Knights of Sidonia, volume 1 - Tsutomu Nihei

First of all, I'm not sure why this was included in the horror Humble Bundle.   The horror aspects pale in comparison to the science fiction world that was built here, and weren't all that horrific.   Really, this is about the humans - relationships, how they react when thrust into a new situation.   


But the real problem I had wasn't with the classification but rather with how disjointed this book felt in the end.   It's composed of short chapters, none of which set up this world well enough for me to feel as if I truly know it.   Some of the chapters feel open ended, and they don't fit together very well in my opinion. 


Still, there are aspects that intrigue me, like the new genders.  I'm going to keep reading in the hopes that these are explored more fully.   Like so many other aspects, mentions of these are thrown out, and either briefly explained or completely glossed over, which is a shame.   There's a lot that could be explored, and I suspect the author could do something amazing with them if they tried.   


This was a disappointing first volume, partly because I was expecting more gore and horror, and partly due to the fact that so much was left unexplained or unexplored.   Here's hoping to a more coherent second volume that I can really sink my teeth into!

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text 2014-06-14 21:05
So…Animes? Yes.
Sword Art Online: Aincrad (manga) - Reki Kawahara,Tamako Nakamura
Fate/Zero(1) (角川コミックス・エース) (Japanese Edition) - 真じろう,虚淵玄(ニトロプラス)/TYPE-MOON
Knights of Sidonia, volume 1 - Tsutomu Nihei

So, I've been getting back into watching anime this month and man have I been loving it. Best thing about having Netflix? Anime. Without further ado, I've got three new animes that I'd like to discuss today.


The first is Sword Art Online, which can be found conveniently on Netflix. This is the first new anime that I've gotten into in a long time and it spurred a domino effect of binge watching. Basic premise: video games have become a fully immersive experience with the release of Sword Art Online; however, thousands of players discover that once they've logged on they can't log out and the only way to get back to the real world is the transcend the games 100 levels without dying. Any in game deaths result in the real-world death of the player. Pretty intense. I really enjoyed this anime. Great animation, great premise. Only one season is currently out, but the second season is due to air next month. I would give the first season four and a half out of five stars overall: five out of five stars for the fist half and four out of five for the second. Definitely worth checking out.


After Sword Art Online, I jumped straight into Fate/Zero, also on Netflix. Basic premise: in order to obtain the Wholly Grail, mages resurrect heroes from ancient history to fight on their behalf. Really really good. I'm not going to go into much more detail because it's more fun to go in not knowing much. Five out of five stars. 


And finally, I just started watching Knights of Sidonia. I'm not far enough in to have any solid opinions, but the basic premise involves gigantic space monsters called Gauna who threaten the last of humanity, now residing in a space settlement known as Sidonia. So far, I'd say its about as brutal as Attack on Titan. I'll let you know more once I've finished watching.


Happy watching!

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