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Terraformars Vol. #22 Manga Review

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Battle with an old friend.

Creative Staff
Story: Yu Sasuga
Art: Ken-ichi Tachibana
Translation: John Werry

What They Say
As Ivan closes in on the alien leader, the Invoker, the Terraformar army attacks in full force. Elsewhere, Shokichi and Hiruma square off in a final confrontation to settle things between them. Now the fate and pride of the human race rests on the shoulders of those who have sacrificed their own humanity to be its defenders. When faced with an unimaginable enemy, what will they do if their inhuman strength can’t save them?

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
This time around we hit up actually quite a few points, so to start us off, the Invoker actually ends up getting taken down pretty much right off the bat by Ivan. However, that doesn’t last for long as its headless body soon gets up and starts wreaking havoc, which is honestly a pretty decent shock and awe horror scene, even if it does end with a weird and abrupt display of buffness from a dignitary. We also get some more from the quirky Newton clan, who frankly just still haven’t clicked great as villains and just are sort of there acting crazy off to the side. And to top it all off, Samurai Sword is on the move for revenge, which seems lightly promising and fleshes out her backstory a bit… but where it’s left for this volume casts a bit of concern as to how that plot point will ultimately play out.

The real focal point for the volume, though, is the showdown between Shokichi and Akari. And I’ll say that for the most part, it works well enough, with plenty of flashy spreads to display all the action going on and really make it feel like a slugfest. Unfortunately, even then I can’t quite say it nails the emotional bits of trying to have Akari reach out and connect, as they just seem to lack the impact you would want. But still, at least a solid fight, and you can certainly feel the blows landed throughout.

Still, will beating Shokichi in battle prove enough to finally bring him back? Or does his crafty controller still have more tricks up his sleeve to complicate matters?

In Summary
While it still has plenty of flaws, this volume definitely at least easily surpasses the one before. The largest strength on its side is having a big blowout battle, which has plenty of punch given to it visually, though not quite as much as I’d like on the emotional side of things. And there is at least one decent scene of horror contained here that’s certainly memorable, which is nice to see. Still, the twists and turns going on here feel sort of half-baked still, and it’s hard to get particularly invested in a lot of the machinations going on. Maybe eventually it’ll all come together, but I guess at least for now, getting to see two men hit each other a whole lot is at least a step up from what we’ve gotten lately otherwise.

Content Grade: B-
Art Grade: A
Packaging Grade: B+
Text/Translation Grade: B+

Age Rating: 17+
Released By: Viz Media
Release Date: December 17th, 2019
MSRP: $12.99

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