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  • Art Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: A-
  • Text/Translatin Rating: B+
  • Age Rating: 16 & Up
  • Released By: Del Rey
  • MSRP: 10.95
  • Pages: 224
  • ISBN: 978-0-345-49937-0
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Alive

Alive Vol. #03

By Matthew Alexander     April 30, 2008
Release Date: February 19, 2008

Alive Vol.#03
© Del Rey

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Tadashi Kawashima / Adachitoka
Translated by:Anastasia Moreno
Adapted by:Anastasia Moreno

What They Say
Taisuke and Yuta are searching for their kidnapped friends when they are ambushed by the wind-wielding Morio. Can Taisuke use his burgeoning powers to escape? Whom can Taisuke and Yuta trust?

The Review
Taisuke may have figured out what his power is and how to control it, but he still isn't a very good fighter.

It seems the leader of the Comrades, Katsumata, wants Taisuke dead. Taisuke is going to have to get a lot tougher, and quick. The first Comrade sent in to kill Taisuke is a wind manipulator named Morio. He has the power to control wind to the extent of creating wind blades capable of slicing almost anything. Morio quickly disables Yuta before toying with Taisuke. This situation looks grim since Taisuke must physically touch his enemy to burn him. How can he get close enough to fight back? Will this finally be the end of the line for Taisuke?

This volume finds Taisuke and Yuta distracted from their goal of reaching the Comrades and freeing Megumi. It seems like every time they turn around, another Comrade is trying to kill them. This scenario takes away the opportunity for Taisuke to develop as a character, other than his fighting skills. However, poor Yuta has the chance to come one step closer to accepting his fate and the death of his mother during one such battle. The last thing his father said to him was 'you're a monster', and that has stuck with Yuta. So, when a new Comrade uses Yuta's memories in an attempt to break his spirit, it is up to him to accept what happened and move on, or drift back into a catatonic state.

Unfortunately, Youko and Megumi are mostly absent from this volume. This story's real tension lies in whether or not these girls are in danger. Therefore, there did not seem to be such a strong sense of desperation in this volume. However, it is still entertaining to see Yuta and Taisuke interact as they learn to work as a team. In addition, the future of this series flashes in front of the reader for a brief moment when Taisuke meets a Comrade with clairvoyance. The old man sees Taisuke's past and future but refuses to share the information. The only thing he will tell Taisuke, is that he will have to choose between a definite death or to be barely alive. Neither sound like very good choices to me.


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