Monday, November 28, 2016

Manga Review: Big Hero 6, Volume 2, by Haruki Ueno

Rating (Out of 5): ~1.5
Publisher: Yen Press
Release Date: 2015
Volumes:  2.
Spoilers?: Yes.
Volume: 1.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Hiro teams up with Baymax to resolve the mysterious disappearance of his brother and role model, Tadashi. With four reliable friends and an upgraded Baymax by his side, Hiro finally confronts the masked man, the one who holds the key to the truth!! Spurred by his desire for revenge, Hiro corners the masked man,but then something goes wrong with Baymax?! Read the wonderfully miraculous conclusion to the story of a boy and his kindhearted health-care robot!


This volume brings this small series to a conclusion, and I’m just so disappointed.
The big moment where Hiro’s revenge and sorrow grow to climax happens, but it’s not as powerful as the movie. The reveal about who is behind everything happens, as are his reasons, and it’s not powerful at all. There’s no more development with the side characters, little development with the villain, and even with Hiro.
There’s one change from the movie—the villain’s daughter and his reason for revenge, is changed to a kid in this version, as opposed to an adult in the movie. And this just makes no sense to me. The little development behind it doesn’t make it any more powerful, any more sympathetic. But mostly, why would he put his daughter in such a terrible position, one where she could die? And how is it okay for him to do that to her, when she’s not even old enough to decide for herself to do it, unlike an adult? How could he do that?
My biggest disappointment, though, is that Tadashi’s ending isn’t any different from the movie. He’s still dead. Why change his death to one of uncertainty, instead of absolution like the movie had it? That’s just hurtful, for no reason.
Then there’s the whole resurrection of Baymax, and how Hiro and his friends are superheroes now. But by that point I was done, and it was so briefly mentioned, there was no importance or power behind it.
I’m just disappointed with this whole thing. I almost wish I hadn’t picked it up in the first place. Ugh.

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