Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Manga Review: Ultraman, Volume 6, by Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi

Rating (Out of 5): ~3
Publisher: VIZ Signature (VIZ Media)
Release Date: November 2016
Volumes: 8+
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 4. 7.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Ultraman is a half-forgotten legend, but when aliens threaten Earth, a new generation of heroes must become Ultraman!

Decades ago, a being known as the Giant of Light joined together with Shin Hayata of the Science Special Search Party to save Earth from an invasion of terrifying monsters called Kaiju. Now, many years later, those dark days are fading into memory, and the world is at peace. But in the shadows a new threat is growing, a danger that can only be faced by a new kind of hero—a new kind of Ultraman…

Who is Hokuto really, and why has he shown up in the middle of a battle wearing an unsanctioned and unidentified Ultraman suit? His appearance is just another question on Shinjiro’s list of unsolved mysteries. The machinations of shadowy enemies begin to emerge, and Shinjiro finds himself even more shocked as events unfold.


I'm not following this series at all, and have only read one volume before. But this is still a pretty simple series to get into, and I can see the attraction to it.
In this volume, Shinjiro is struggling with his crush on the idol while she's obsessing over Ultraman. He's also dealing with a new Ultraman who's shown up and keeps taking over his cases. To me, Shinjiro seems very much like a kid, and one who doesn't take his job and secrecy very seriously—not too surprising, as he is a teenager. The whole crush matter, though, feels like it's going to cause major problems.
This isn't a series that I'm particularly interested in, but it is easy to read. The artwork is nice, though a little messy during fight scenes.

A review copy was provided by the publisher, VIZ Media, for an honest review. Thank you so, so much!

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