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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Lenni Reviews: “Gigant” Vol. 2, by Hiroya Oku

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This manga is recommended for mature readers.

While Chiho gets used to her powers, Rei finally gets up the nerve to ask her to be his girlfriend. Meanwhile, the E.T.E. (Enjoy The End) website continues to send strange and horrific events to Tokyo; including a giant that arrives the same day Rei is in the city with his parents.

Most of this volume is Rei and Chiho dating and the action is a cliffhanger at the end. While mundane, it is a chance to get to know Chiho, which I think is important because both in and out of this universe, people sex workers are human beings deserving of respect. However, this could have been done with less downtime and less sex scenes. I get that Rei is a horny young man but I don’t need to see every time he gets laid. I’m here for the giant woman punching giant monsters. 3 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Gigant” Vol. 1, by Hiroya Oku

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Rei Yokoyamada is a student who wants to make short films of his own but is more likely to watch porn, specifically from the adult film star known as “Papico.” “Papico” is the stage name for Chiho who happens to help a very odd man after he is hit by a car but ends up with a strange device attached to her wrist that can make her change her size.

This is… Strange. And kinda all over the place, which makes sense since this is the same author as GANTZ. It’s hard to judge as this volume throws a ton of information and I do wonder where all this is gonna go. I am tentatively intrigued by the premise and Chiho and Rei are ok characters so far but I haven’t connected with them enough to say whether I like them or not. 3 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Made in Korea” by Jeremy Holt & George Schall

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*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

In a future where there’s some cause to less children being born, Proxys have been invented to fill the void. When an American couple adopts Jessie, a 9 year old Proxy, they have no idea a Korean man named Chul who works with AI has snuck something unique in Jessie’s code.

This graphic novel starts off strong but then it tries to do too many things at once. This covers the ‘what does it mean to be human’ question that most AI plots go for but that part needed more development. Everything felt like it smashed together in the end. Even though I did enjoy reading it and I think if you like AI future stories, it won’t be something you regret reading. It’s pretty ok. 3.6 out of 5. 

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Lenni Reviews: “Fist of the North Star” Vol. 2, by Buronson & Tetsuo Hara

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*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

As Ken continues his journey through the wastelands, he faces evil wherever he sees it; including a man named Rei: The South Star on a mission to kill Ken.

Now, while I like this series, volume 2 is heading into repetition. Bad guy comes, does bad things, Ken kicks his ass, yay for good guys. The types of villains change but the end results are the same: Ken wins. It’s only a matter of how and how much collateral death happens around him. It’s alright but I’m hoping for some new things. 3.7 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “The Sacrifice of Darkness” by Roxane Gay, Tracy Lynne Oliver, Rebecca Kirby & James Fenner

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When the sun is replaced by an ominous red crease in the sky after a Hiram Hightower flies into the sun, a town flounders for answers and someone to blame.

This is a great concept; the sun being put out due to greed and desperation; the same feelings that lead the town to shun the Hightower family after the sun goes out. The main plot really is the relation ship between Hiram’s son, Joshua, and a girl named Claire who befriends him despite the rest of the town hating him and his family. The art is soft and beautiful, the story is compelling, and this book is worth checking out for something unique. 3.9 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “No Guns Life” Vol. 9, by Tasuku Karasuma

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*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

In an attempt to repair Juzo, he and Mary end up trapped in the weapons vault with May trying to save her brother as well a Juzo from the twisted horrors contained in the vault trying to destroy them.

Of all the characters, I find myself appreciating Olivia more each time she makes an appearance. She may be designed like a typical fan service character but, she is smart and capable; so you engage with her as a part of the story and not an ornament.

Overall, this volume left me satisfied in terms of dealing with Violet but unsatisfied in general. I feel like some plot points went by too fast. I liked it but not as much as previous ones. 3.5 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Gunpowder Moon” by David Pedreira

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Set in the year 2072,  in Veteran Caden Dechert is in charge of a US mining operation on the moon. When a bomb goes off and kills a crew member, already strained international relations may turn the moon into a warzone unless Dechart can find the culprit first.

While I like Dechert and his crew and I wanted to find out what happened, this felt like a dry read. Not unenjoyable because Dechert is a relatable guy thrust into a crazy situation and has to figure out what’s really going on but I get the feeling you need to heavily be into space scifi to get into this. The conclusion delivers on some action though to make it all worth it. 3.9 out of 5.

 

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Lenni Reviews: “Paris 2119” by Zep & Dominique Bertail

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Set in the far future, Tristan Keys is one of the few who still looks back on the past with nostalgia; avoiding teleportation devices in favor of walking and loving printed books. But when he see what appears to be a duplicate of his current boss wandering around insane, he is sucked into a noir-ish mystery witn dark sci-fi elements.

I like the concept and Tristan is an interesting character to follow through this adventure but it just… Stops. I expected more; maybe taking down the big baddie or exposing a really dangerous secret but, nope. It just ends. It felt too anticlimactic for me to give this more than a 3 out of 5, even if the art is really good.

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Lenni Reviews: “The Prey of Gods” by Nicky Drayden

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Set in a futuristic South Africa where everyone has a personal robot and designer drugs are a frequent past time; we have a seemingly unconnected cast of characters slowly drawn into what could be a cataclysmic series of events.

I really can’t say too much more about the plot without spoiling the experience of how a young man named Muzi, his layabout friend, Elkin, a nail technician named Sydney, a superstar singer named Riya, a politician named Sydney, and a young girl named Nomvula are all connected to the end of the human race. You just need to read this. It’s ruthlessly creative, character-driven, thrilling, and almost perfect except for some aspects of the ending I didn’t like; which I won’t spoil. I loved it and highly recommend it if you’d like some futuristic sci-fi in a unique setting. 5 out of 5 and I hope there is more to come.

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