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I receive review requests weekly. However, my personal schedule is hectic and I no longer review actively. (I also manage another blog called The Toronto Cafe and Food Blog). I do read every request sent but I apologize in advance that I do not reply to them all.

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Sunday, September 6, 2009

Broken Blade by Yunosuke Yoshinaga

Title: Broken Blade
Mangaka: Yunosuke Yoshinaga
Age Group: Teens
Series is: Ongoing with 6 volumes
Volume(s) Reviewing: 1
My Rating: 2/5

In the far future, everyone has a special ability to power-up quartz, which is used to run practically everything. But there may be that rare person out there who does not have that sort of magic. Rygart Arrow is one.

His country is under attack by mechs lead by his old friend, Zess. Rygart is summoned by the King of Krisna, whom he is friends with along with the Queen since their college days. The King requests for his help but what can he do when he has no magic?

The king reveals that they have discovered an old mech from the ancient past. Apparently, it does not run on quartz so they are hoping that Rygart could work it. And when he does, it appears his role in the war is quite vital.

Broken Blade is a gundam manga with giant robots that people control from the inside and are used for wars. I never really liked gundam and Broken Blade didn't change my mind about it either.

It has pretty nice art but there were times where certain angles bothered me. But the art style suits for shonen mangas and the mechs are detailed. The setting is drawn where the land is barren and desert-like and all you will see are rocks. Unfortunately, I haven't really came across a series where I like that sort of manga setting yet. (A little too boring for my taste?)

I really disliked when the characters get together for a meeting about the invasion. Then there are a few speech bubbles with long sentences if which I read them, I would fall asleep. The storyline overall never intrigued me so it's really hard for me to even write this review.

But I think this series will appeal to other fans who are into Gundam Seed and Neon Genesis Evangelion.

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