In a universe inspired by Osamu Tezuka's original work, Princess Sapphire must hide that she's a girl and make herself invaluable to the Robots in order to protect her people and her kingdom. But something breaks her and reveals her secret, and now she's sailing the universe as the fearsome captain of a pirate ship! When she stumbles upon a refuge for humans and robots and meets the mysterious Fire, she and her crew become tangled in the survival of these refugees and possibly a greater fate for the universe.
There are some serious time jumps at the beginning that lead up to Sapphire's reveal, and many of them leave out what could be the best parts of the story. I would love to see what happened to reveal Sapphire as a girl, so I really hope that gets told at some point. There could also be some more detail to action sequences - everyone is very bendy and long when they get into fights, so it's a little hard to follow what's happening at times. Once Sapphire and her crew get into the refugee camp and meet Fire, the narrative evens out and the jumping around slows down.
There are some beautifully illustrated panels with some fantasy environments around Fire that make me want to jump into the page and live among a rich and vibrant refugee camp that feels inviting and safe. But the action sequences could definitely use some clarity.
Sara's Rating: 7/10
Suitability Level: Grades 6-10
Publisher: UDON Entertainment
Publication Date: November 21, 2023
ISBN: 9781772942767 (Paperback)
Tags: Rating: 7/10, Suitability: Elementary School, Suitability: Middle School, Manga, Action Adventure, Science Fiction, Udon Entertainment
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