May 11th, 2015

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Book 54

Until Death Do Us Part Omnibus (2-in-1 Edition), Vol. 3: Includes Vol. 5 & 6 (Until Death Do Us Part Omnibus, #3)Until Death Do Us Part Omnibus (2-in-1 Edition), Vol. 3: Includes Vol. 5 & 6 by Hiroshi Takashige

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


I have to say that with the exception of a few panels where I think Double S turned over the art to someone else, the art in this is fantastic. That said the story is becoming one that isn't quite as engaging as it was in volume one. I think that's because I don't have much patience for endless battle scenes which is what this is turning into. I get that Haruka is wanted by various bad people who want her for her ability to predict possible futures but a steady diet of nothing but fight scenes to keep her safe is going to get boring quick, at least for me.

For instance this being an omnibus containing 16 chapters, the first 8 were all Mamoru and Haruka on the run and fighting with the assassin Fang while Sierra and Igawa run interference. The last 8 chapters were what the crime boss Turus does next, offer up 100 million to take out Mamoru so we have nothing but criminals chasing him down and Mamoru's weird plan to deal with them. In fact the more interesting things had nothing to do with Mamoru and his mighty sword (take that as you will).

Mild spoilers from here on in.

The one thing that annoyed me a bit was that Sierra got captured but to be fair there are only two warriors and it stands to reason Fang wasn't going to mess around with Mamoru. Sierra ends up shot and strapped to the grill like a deer. Mamoru does rescue her and it does make for a good mental torture because Haruka has quickly become attached to her. Igawa is useless in this sort of thing. He is tech guy only. The other portion of the story is Detective Genda protecting Haruka's grandmother and getting more and more involved in all of this.

Once Fang is dealt with and Turus calls in ALL the guns across the world with his insane bounties on Mamoru and Haruka, the Wall step back in and send in a replacement for Sierra who is hospitalized. Like Sierra she's got hello, look at ME boobs (always good for undercover work). Juilet's work is as a spy (apparently the James Bond come screw me school of spying from the looks of her) and she spends most of her on screen time running down Sierra irritating everyone and doing nothing of note yet.

Mamoru's big plan to handle this bounty is to lure them all into a park to minimize innocent bystanders getting hurt unlike Fang's in-town attack with drones. (so yes for this whole thing you have to use your suspension of disbelief that a blind man using high tech glasses to 'see' can do what Mamoru does but for this story idea it works). Igawa isn't particularly impressed but Alfa (I swear this has to be a mistranslation by Yen. Surely they mean Alpha) has come back to Japan to watch for the really big guns and that was the interesting thing.

Wiseman, a professor slash assassin made for an interesting character especially in his interaction with Alfa, far more interesting than Mamoru beating up a shit-ton of bad guys again. And it ends with Genda coming face to face with Mamoru as he's been helping out. And that's about the one thing that will make me get the next volume just to see if it starts balancing story with action. Since issue one it's been hinted that Genda knows who Mamoru is and he too fights with a baton that could be a sword if he wanted to use one. I want to know how they know each other and I still want to know what happened to Mamoru since his face is terribly scarred and I assume that cost him his sight. So I guess I'll check out one more omnibus.

And I must say the cover on this is absolutely gorgeous and slick too with Haruka reflected in Mamoru's glasses.

There is one more thing that bugged me though, Haruka's insistence (and young girl trying to act all adult for an older guy) that Mamoru will be her future husband bugs me. Yes, it's fairly normal for young girls to crush hard on older men but since they're all living together, it's a littler creepy. To be fair, Mamoru and Igawa find it a little creepy too since he has to be at least 10-15 years older than her. When he's 40 and she's 28 it will be less creepy but she's in middle school...



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books 16 through 51

I have come to accept that I am too far behind in logging my books and am not likely to ever go back and catch up, so I am just going to list them. If someone wants to know about a specific one, leave a comment. I will happy to write a blurb on an individual title if someone is interested.

16-38. Ranma 1/2 Volumes 14-36 by Rumiko Takahashi
39-42. The Gentlemen's Alliance Cross Volumes 8-11 by Arina Tanemura
43. Geek Love by Katherine Dunn
44. Slammerkin by Emma Donoghue
45. The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
46. I Knead My Mommy and Other Poems by Kittens by Francesco Marciuliano
47. Crash by J. G. Ballard
48. Postmortem by Patricia Cornwell
49. Loveless Volume 12 by Yun Kouga
50. Skip Beat Volume 33 by Yoshiki Nakamura
51. The Wilderness of Grief Finding Your Way by Alan d. Wolfelt
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Book 3- Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

Pages: 400

"Taken from the poverty of her parents' home in Portsmouth, Fanny Price is brought up with her rich cousins at Mansfield Park, acutely aware of her humble rank and with her cousin Edmund as her sole ally. During her uncle's absence in Antigua, the Crawford's arrive in the neighbourhood bringing with them the glamour of London life and a reckless taste for flirtation. Mansfield Park is considered Jane Austen's first mature work and, with its quiet heroine and subtle examination of social position and moral integrity, one of her most profound." (Taken from amazon.com)

I absolutely loved this novel. But I really enjoy reading Jane Austen, so maybe that is a bias. I recommend this book if you like to escape to a simpler time and don't mind a little scandal. I got really aggravated with Fanny Price from about the mid point on because she was very judge-y and holier than thou, but the other characters balanced her out during this time, so it wasn't as bad as it could have been. I want to say more but don't want to give the story away! (these are the times a book club would be nice)