Manage Review: Haikyu!! V7 by Haruichi Furudate


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The battle between Karasuno and Aoba Johsai continues! And it may shock you, but it doesn’t end in Volume 7, either! I love the never-ending battles in shounen manga, be it cooking battles, board game battles, battles to the death, or my new favorite – VOLLEYBALL battles! I still don’t understand the rules of the game, but the tension is ratcheted up so high that all I needed to know was that Karasuno has their work cut out for them if they want to progress in the Inter-High Tournament!

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Manga Review: Haikyu!! Vol 5 by Haruichi Furudate



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The inter-high qualifiers have begun! After a frenzy of last minute training, Karasuno is determined to to have a rematch with Nekoma by winning the upcoming tournament. They draw Tokonomi for the first round, and the heat is on! Can they survive to make it to the next round of competition?

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Manga Review: Haikyu!! Vol 3 by Haruichi Furudate,



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This volume of Haikyu!! didn’t hold my attention as well as previous ones.  I’m not sure if it’s because the volleyball match wasn’t as high energy, or if Hinata and Kageyama trying to convince two reluctant upper classmen to rejoin the team just didn’t keep me on the edge of my seat. 

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Review: Fullmetal Alchemist #3 by Hiromu Arakawa


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Edward, Al, and Armstrong are on their way to the boys’ hometown so Ed’s auto-mail can be repaired after his arm was destroyed in the fight with Scar. I enjoyed this lull in the tense drama of the series. Their hometown is isolated and idyllic. Pinako and Winry helped them after they dabbled into forbidden alchemy, and it’s obvious that there is a great deal of affection between all of them. These chapters are also a great opportunity to catch your breath, because the rest of the volume is one shocking revelation after another, followed by lengthy fight sequences.

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Review: Fullmetal Alchemist #2 by Hiromu Arakawa

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As Edward and Al continue their quest to get their original bodies back, they encounter danger, and see how far a desperate alchemist will go to keep his license.

This volume broadens the examination of the dark side of alchemy and the theory of equivalent exchange. What is the life of young girl worth, when her father has run out of options in his research? When he does the unthinkable, Edward realizes how close to the edge of darkness he came during his efforts to perform forbidden alchemy. Does it matter that he only wanted to see his mother again? When you look at what he lost, his brother’s body, as well as his arm and leg, for what he got, a lump of flesh that couldn’t even be called human, the price seems steep indeed. The whole system is rigged to so that the truly power hungry are willing to sacrifice the unthinkable to bend the rules. Alchemy can do so much good, but in the hands of the wrong person, it can corrupt absolutely.

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Review: Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa

 

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I am rereading these; I don’t think I ever finished reading the series. Grabbed the first 9 volumes at the library (it was easier than digging through boxes to find my copies!). I love the concept of equivalent exchange and that magic has a cost. In order to get something through magic, you must be able to sacrifice something equally as valuable. When Ed and Al try to bring their mother back from the dead, their sacrifice isn’t nearly enough to revive her. Al loses his body, and Edward loses a leg. In order to get his brother back, Edward must sacrifice his arm; all he gets in return is Al’s soul, which he bonds to an empty suit of armor.

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