Story: Yu Sasuga
Art: Ken-ichi Tachibana
Translation: John Werry
What They Say
A giant swarm of Terraformars is bearing down on the escape vehicle where Bao from Division 4 is holding Akari and the others captive. Virtually defenseless, Bao contemplates a horrific course of action. Meanwhile, Marcos and his team head underground with a plan to hack into the Annex’s communications array and attempt to contact Earth. But Bao’s treachery and his unique ability may be the end of them all, if the Terraformars don’t kill them first!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
The chaos continues as our heroes find themselves stopped by a bullet ant Terraformar. Both Akari and Michelle leap into the fight, with the latter taking her father’s stolen abilities rather personally. This fight actually singlehandedly takes up almost the entire volume, and it’s certainly a blowout. Though it seems Akari has things wrapped up quite literally and easily with his strings, a second foe soon appears, this one having the ability to dissolve our hero’s threads.
This second Terraformar is a ground beetle type, and is surprisingly neat. I suppose it’s actually not that odd considering all the actual high tech stuff they’ve stolen already, but this one wears pants, which feels unusual but distinctive, and plays a little into the tactics of the fight. Furthermore, the idea seems to be more of an almost scrawny martial arts master, adding to the unique feel of the creature even more. The roach simply feels crafty, and pulls out some rather cunning moves before he finally goes down.
Will the addition of their specialized weapons prove enough to tilt the odds in our heroes’ favor? Or will their foes prove to be too much? And just what will happen when the China group catches up?
Though it’s not a perfect volume, this volume packs a definite punch, and includes probably the best battle with the Terraformars yet. In fact, this brawl takes up so much of the book that there’s actually little else to discuss here. And yet it’s definitely worth it, as it’s a great fight that manages to really push things to the limit. On the one side, you have Michelle and a foe that makes things quite personal for her, which also allows the book to delve into her past at least a little. And then to add to it, Akari ends up facing down an enemy that finally helps to add some individuality and character to a separate Terraformar, which is really nice to see. It may not ultimately reach the highs that some past entries have hit, but this volume is still a great read that’s sure to please fans of the series.
Content Grade: A-
Art Grade: A
Packaging Grade: B+
Text/Translation Grade: B+
Age Rating: 17+
Released By: Viz Media
Release Date: November 17th, 2015