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  • Art Rating: B-
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Text/Translation Rating: B-
  • Age Rating: 13 and Up
  • Released By: Go! Comi
  • MSRP: 10.99
  • Pages: 200
  • ISBN: 978-1933617794
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

A.I. Revolution Vol. #05

By Sakura Eries     June 15, 2009
Release Date: March 24, 2009

A.I. Revolution Vol. #05
© Go! Comi

The diabolical scientist Sasaki is back, and he’s up to no good!

Creative Staff
Writer/Artist: Yuu Asami
Translation: Christine Schilling
Adaptation: Brynne Chandler

What They Say
Despite Vermillion and Kira's attempts to erase his negative programming, the assassin AT-6 is killing again! Determined to put an end to the bloodshed once and for all, Kira sets out to kill their creator... but they say love is blind, and loyalty is a powerful thing. Can Kira really kill the man who made him?

The Review!
Kira has a new assignment -- to guard a reporter investigating a rash of homicides. Kira has a strong suspicion of who's behind the murders though, and when his client gets caught in the crossfire, will he take the law into his own hands? Meanwhile, an ordinary shopping trip turns into an encounter with terrorists when Vermilion chances upon the daughter of a foreign diplomat. Between fighting the bad guys and fending off starstruck admirers, there's never a dull moment for our A. I. duo!

Fans of Sui won't get to see much of our human lead in these four chapters of A. I. Revolution. In fact, Vermilion only stars in one chapter, and it's Kira in the spotlight for the majority of this volume as he deals with Sasaki once more. As a villain, Sasaki is starting to remind me of Syler from Heroes or Murdock from MacGyver -- the bad guy that repeatedly returns no matter how many times he’s defeated. However, in this latest encounter, the way he gets away is rather disappointing, considering he is supposedly responsible for a string of murders.

Another weakness of this volume is the inconsistencies regarding the robots' capabilities. In Sancta Maria, the kidnappers knock Vermilion out with a single blow to the head, yet later he is able to withstand gunfire. And in another scene, Kira knocks aside a falling steel girder with one hand but later sustains near-mortal damage in a car accident that doesn't even total the car. Combined with 3 inch floppy disks as the main means of transporting data, Asami's view of the future is less than compelling.

Embedded author's notes, which include some Final Fantasy VII artwork, and the 32-page standalone manga The Glass Slipper Doesn't Fit are included as extras in this volume. 


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