Lenni Reviews: “Fist of the North Star” Vol. 7 by Buronson & Tetsuo Hara

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Ken faces the Holy Emperor, a tyrant who kidnaps and enslaves children.

Now, I like this series and I understand that in order to be a threat, the villains have to actually show they’re dangerous but I’ve never been a fan of a lot of collateral damage surrounding the main conflict. And the main showdown didn’t even happen so this ends on a cliffhanger. It just didn’t seem as thrilling as other volumes; it just felt like disaster porn. 3.8 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Gigant” Vol 8, by Hiroya Oku

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As “Satan” closes in on Japan, Chiho teams up with the time travelers to defeat the creature.

This volume is mostly action, which makes for a really fast read. The Time Traveling Underwear Brigade did teach Chiho some new tricks besides exploding out from the inside of the demons. That’s a spectacle to see, of course, but these new guys are a fighting force familiar with these creatures, so it’s nice to see how they’ve been handling fighting them in their time. This was fun and I’m looking forward to the next one. 4 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Gigant” Vol 7, by Hiroya Oku

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After it’s leaked that Chiho was in a relationship with a high schooler, they decide to end things so Rei can be a normal teenager while Chiho withdrew from public life. However, a group of time travelers appear in her apartment who want her help saving humanity.

Finally we find out what the ETE is, how it came to be, and who the weirdos in their underwear are. It’s ok reasoning but the majority of this volume is the set up for the battle against “Satan” who’s destroyed most of the U.S. at this point. I thought the time travelers were going to be an American team that were gonna get overwhelmed and ask Chiho to come help but this is alright. 3 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Crazy Food Truck” Vol. 2, by Rokurou Ogaki

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Gordon and Arisa are still traveling the dry apocalyptic wastelands, following the trail of various ingredients to use in Gordon’s cooking. But a former subordinate of Gordon, Kyle, is sent to retrieve them and is paired with a young woman with abilities like Arisa’s named Myna. Myna also happens to be Arisa’s little sister.

I think it’s funny that this is part post apocalyptic adventure and part cooking tutorial. There’s a good balance of the food stuff and action so one doesn’t overpower the other or grinding the story to a halt to have a random cooking session. I can tell there’s a bigger story brewing but this volume is some good, goofy fun. 3 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Levius/est” Vol. 10, by Haruhisa Nakata

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It’s Levius versus Arthur battle in an underground arena where the secrets behind MMA are exposed.

While the action is cool, I got confused when it came to the MMA and the heart and what the steam is. I was just coasting through the volume without much investment. When I have time, I may go back and start the series from the beginning and see if I change my mind but the ending left me feeling neutral about the whole thing. My lasting impression wasn’t deep enough for me to say much about it when it came to writing down my thoughts for a review. Not a bad series overall, though, 3 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Gigant” Vol 6, by Hiroya Oku

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Now that Chiho is famous worldwide, her relationship with Rei has added stress; especially since he still a high school student years younger than her. They try and go on vacation to get away from it all but the world is still in danger.

Still waiting to get filled in on these randoms running around in their underwear who can turn into giants and have powers. This volume is all filler. I bet you could skip it since the main takeaways from this are the weirdo team likes instant ramen and Chiho shouldn’t be dating a high schooler. I just saved you a bunch of time. I really want this series to get back on track with Chiho beating down monsters. 2 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Gigant” Vol. 5, by Hiroya Oku

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The three “Gods of Destruction” have descended on Tokyo and Chiho is released from government detention to help battle them.

The cat is fully out of the bag now. Chiho is famous worldwide but she keeps her relationship with Rei a secret. The fame completely changes her life and attracts people who want to take advantage of her. Meanwhile, a similar group of heroes in America are in trouble with a demon on the loose despite the ETE website supposedly shut down.

I’m not surprised at the dramatic turn in Chiho’s life and it’s good to see her (mostly) happy. This is clearly moving in the direction of other super beings teaming up with Chiho to beat the demons and I look forward to the reveal of how that all happens. Fanservice and sex scenes aside, this is an interesting adventure. 3.7 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Fist of the North Star” Vol 6, by Buronson & Tetsuo Hara

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This volume’s main focus is the showdown between Ken and Kenoh/Raoh, the most powerful of the brothers who trained together. After it ends, (spoilers, kinda?) Ken goes back to beating down various baddies across the dusty landscape. We do get to know Mamiya, who finally does something for a bit before getting sidelined again. I’m glad to see her around more and being involved in the plot in ways that aren’t cheerleader or hostage (although that still happens) and the volume ends at a point where I wonder if she will be more integral to the plot in the future.

Aside for that little nitpick, the battle between Ken and Roah is amazing; great art and action even though the dialog is very bombastic. But, it all fits together well. 4 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Gigant” Vol. 4, by Hiroya Oku

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With Chiho in prison, more monsters rage through the city, killing thousands. Rei and his family are almost inured to it, waiting to go about their lives once the Self Defense Forces to mop up after they release Chiho to kill the creatures. But the threat escalates, leaving Chiho struggling in her efforts to defeat them.

First off, as a well endowed woman myself, seeing Chiho run around without a bra makes my chest hurt in sympathy.

There’s a good bit of action in this volume and we’re moving towards Chiho becoming a hero that works for the government. We don’t learn much more about anyone, least of all Chiho but fanservice aside, she’s brave and strong. I like following her through this madness. 3.5 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Gigant” Vol. 3, by Hiroya Oku

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With Rei in danger, Chiho decides to come out of hiding and defeat the creature attacking Tokyo. Now the connection between the E.T.E. website and these insane events are public knowledge as well as Chiho’s identity and abilities.

This series is bananas. It’s madness and I’m somehow completely okay with that. I’m invested in Chiho and how she’s going to factor into these weird requests to the E.T.E. and we see there are other giants like her in other countries. So, there’s some moves happening that we don’t know about and I am here for the ride! 3.7 out of 5 because we’re getting more sex scenes than I’d like. I kept skipping them to get back to the story.

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