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  • Art Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: A-
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A
  • Age Rating: 16 & Up
  • Released By: Dark Horse
  • MSRP: 15.95
  • Pages: 205
  • ISBN: 978-1-59307-571-2
  • Size: A5
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Cannon God eXaXXion

Cannon God eXaXXion Vol. #05

By Andrew Kent     October 10, 2007
Release Date: June 07, 2006

Cannon God eXaXXion Vol.#05
© Dark Horse

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Kenichi Sonoda
Translated by:Dana Lewis & Adam Warren
Adapted by:

What They Say
Life has started to look up for Hoichi Kano. Sure, he's Earth's only hope of resisting an insidious alien colonization/invasion. Sure, he's had to deal with the fact that every time he uses his super-powered gunsuit or the mighty robot Exaxxion to fight the aliens he puts the lives of everyone he loves in danger. But every high school student has issues, right?

Now, Hoichi is kicking butt and taking names, and it looks like he has the Riofaldians on the run. He's got the girl, the guns, and his father - a depraved, eccentric genius who commands a war room full of voluptuous androids - on his side. What more could a hero need? But in the shadow of a tenuous cease-fire a battle still rages, with both sides desperate to win the support of the masses, Human and Riofaldian alike!

With so much propagandized mud being slung, will anyone know who the true enemies are at the end of the day? And will anyone notice just how close the Riofaldians are to breaking through the Kano family's defenses?

The Review
My reading’s been running low on Sonoda lately, so I was really looking forward to some improbable-yet-cool gun action with this new volume of Exaxxion. But, to my horror, there wasn’t any to be found. Okay, no problem, I can settle for cool giant robot action. What, there’s none of that either? What’s Exaxxion without gunplay and giant robots?

Naked women interspersed with plot, evidently.

Okay, okay, it’s not actually porn. But “first time” complete with running commentary? Frank discussions of schlong size in the hot tub? Gratuitously lesbian robots? Hey, I like cheesecake mixed in with my manga as much as the next guy, but enough is enough. I feel like I should be hiding this thing in the closet, not putting it on the bookshelf.

I could forgive it if the plot developments were gripping or imaginative. Alas, what we get is a retread of ground already covered. Propaganda war with faked video? Somewhat pointless school scenes? Sinister alien plot involving nanotechnology? We’ve done all that already, thanks. Isn’t it a bad sign when you’re reusing plot elements in the fifth volume? Not a total wasteland, but it’s hard to take the sinister alien political situation seriously when it’s interspersed with so much I don’t care about, combined with enough pandering that it’s not even really fan service anymore.


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