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  • Art Rating: B-
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Text/Translatin Rating: B-
  • Age Rating: 16 & Up
  • Released By: Go! Comi
  • MSRP: 10.99
  • Pages: 200
  • ISBN: 978-1-933617-72-5
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: A.I. Revolution

A.I. Revolution Vol. #03

By Sakura Eries     July 21, 2008
Release Date: April 30, 2008


AI Revolution Vol. #3
© Go! Comi

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Yuu Asami
Translated by:Christine Schilling
Adapted by:Brynne Chandler

What They Say
A trip to America turns dangerous when the plane is hijacked! Luckily everyone's favorite robots are on board to help out, and they make it to their destination unhindered. All is well until Sui decides to vacation in Hawaii... leaving her robot friends behind!

The Review
Although Vermillion is a robot, Sui's influence has made him more softhearted than some humans.  So when a misguided teenager kidnaps Vermillion on behalf of military opportunists, Vermillion decides to spend time with him instead of escaping and winds up influencing him for the better.  However, while Sui is Vermillion's source of strength and courage, she is also his primary weakness.  When she is delayed returning from a trip to Hawaii, Vermillion become so distraught he starts causing all sorts of trouble for the other members of the Makihara household!

Volume 3 of A.I. Revolution presents four chapters, each of which is its own self-contained story, and the themes they cover go all over the map. Chapter 11 is a highflying drama involving terrorists while Chapter 13 is all comedy as Vermillion completely loses focus without Sui around. As I noted in my review for Volume 2, this futuristic series, which was released in 1996, has a number of anachronisms, and in this case, it shows up in the way the terrorists simply waltz into the cockpit, which would be locked from the inside in this post-9/11 era.

Chapters 10 and 12, predominantly focus on Kenzo, the boy that kidnaps Vermillion. In fact, Chapter 12 doesn't really involve any of the Makihara household at all. Although Kenzo is one of the very few characters that has managed to show up in more than one chapter, the way Asami presents his story is confusing.  Both chapters involving Kenzo include flashbacks about him and his guardian Misako, but it is unclear when events occur in relation to one another.  In addition, in the climax of Chapter 12, Kenzo's robot tells Kenzo they can use the infra-red detector in his head to search for Misako, but I can't tell from the subsequent panels whether it is Kenzo's robot or Kenzo that finds her in the end.

Translation notes, a one-page comic from the mangaka expressing her thanks, and the 11-page standalone manga Make-Believe Reality are included as extras in this volume. 

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