After the cliffhanger of volume one, we conclude the fight that Kiddy was in the middle of and learn a lot more about her and how she came to have super-human strengths and abilities that make her an asset to AMP. Next, we get into an adventure with Katsumi. A powerful Lucifer Hawk has targeted her because of her family legacy of magic use. After the being injured and temporarily vanquishing the Hawk, Katsumi is led through mind control to a talking obelisk that is also interested in her because of her family. This volume also leaves on a cliffhanger with another member of the team, Yuki, left in a dangerous situation that is reminiscent of her childhood, which is only hinted at, but could be the reason she has some supernatural abilities as well.
This is a solid Shōnen action title staring a cast of strong females, so this could bring some diversity to the action shelves that are typically full of male characters. So far, all of the male characters are either bad guys or side characters, so there’s plenty appealing to female readers of Shōnen. Each adventure really stars one of the team members at a time, so it’s a nice chance to get to know their backstory and see them in action with their unique gifts. However, at this point in the series, Katsumi and Kiddy are very much the same person to me, personality wise, which is problematic, especially when Katsumi’s characteristic bun falls down (at which point, her hair style is pretty much the same as Kiddy’s). We don’t know much yet about the Chief or Lebia, but Yuki, whose adventure we’re just getting into, and Nami are completely unique characters with some interesting backstories. Hopefully, there becomes more of a distinction between Katsumi and Kiddy in further volumes.
Udon rates this for Older Teen, which is appropriate. This story is full of action sequences and several characters losing quite a bit of blood on page. There are a few more instances of nudity in this volume than the first, and one pretty heavily suggestive scene. Kiddy appears on panel naked (although detail is really only from the waste up) as she explains how she is so strong, and Katsumi is also on panel, naked from the waste up.
Sara's Rating: 8/10
Suitability Level: Grades 11-12
Reviews of previous volumes in this series: vol 1
Publisher: Udon Entertainment
Publication Date: December 23, 2009
ISBN: 9781897376225 (Paperback)
Tags: Rating: 8/10, Suitability: High School, Manga, Science Fiction, Action Adventure
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