In the near future in Tokyo, powerful supernatural forces have infiltrated our dimension and continue to attack humans. These “Lucifer Hawks” are beaten back only by a specialized police force: The Attacked Mystification Police Department. AMP is a group of six strong-willed, high-spirited women - Katsumi, Nami, Yuki, Kitty, Lebia, and Chief Rally - who use their special power to fight the Lucifer Hawks, and is a force composited entirely of strong-willed, opinionated ladies. In the first adventure, Katsumi Liqueur is targeted by a mid-level Lucifer Hawk who is determined to possess her and take her power. The entire AMP force has to work together to overcome the powerful Hawk. Later, Nami must overcome a trial from her family to prove herself ready to become the true heir of the Yamigumo Clan, a family with deep-rooted power from the Five Spirits. At the end, Kitty goes up against a fierce enemy with deadly razor-sharp cords.
After reading Akira, it’s hard not to see it everywhere. This version of Tokyo looks very much like Neo-Tokyo with the stylized futuristic cars and the lit up city. The mangaka credits Blade Runner as an influence, which was in turn influenced by Akira. With the team of strong ladies, this would be an interesting recommendation for Sailor Moon fans who want to dive into sci-fi and a little bit older storyline. This story was originally released in a "seinen" magazine for older men, but it has plenty of appeal to teens. The illustrations are incredibly detailed, similar to Akira, where the backgrounds have very dense futuristic elements with lots of details.
There is some female nudity in this volume as Nami goes through a purification ritual, but it isn’t sexual in nature. There is a slight bit of fan service in that the ladies walk around in their underwear occasionally.
Sara's Rating: 8/10
Suitability Level: Grades 10-12
Publisher: Udon Entertainment
Publication Date: 1st published May 6, 1999, this edition published September 1, 2009
ISBN: 9781897376218 (Paperback)
Tags: Rating: 8/10, Suitability: High School, Manga, Science Fiction, Action Adventure
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