Project Arms Vol. #07 -

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  • Art Rating: A-
  • Packaging Rating: A-
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A-
  • Age Rating: 16 & Up
  • Released By: Viz Media
  • MSRP: 9.99
  • Pages: 220
  • ISBN: 1-59116-522-9
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Project Arms Vol. #07

By Jarred Pine     June 03, 2005
Release Date: November 01, 2004

Project Arms Vol.#07
© Viz Media

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Ryoji Minagawa and Kyoichi Nanatsuki
Translated by:Katy Bridges
Adapted by:

What They Say
Ryo, Hayato, Takeshi, and Kei are Arms-kids implanted with nanotech limb enhancements that cause them to transform into grotesquely deformed and out of control superweapons. In a desperate attempt to dispose of a neutron bomb on the verge of exploding, something is triggered within Takeshi's body which causes him to transform into his ultimate form...

The Review
Cover art is from the original Japanese release which features Ryo, Yugo, and Kei amongst a fiery pile of rubble, with the claw marks covering the illustration. The English logo is presented at the top of the page with the Japanese katakana translation above in smaller font and the English volume subtitle underneath. A small black bar with the Viz action logo streaks the top while another black bar streaks the bottom with the creators' names and volume number. The covers for this series have never been my favorite, but the colors look very nice.

Inside there is a summary of the story so far and no extras. The print job is nicely done, very clean and not overly dark, which is always a worry with this title since it uses a lot of dark tones.

I am still quite impressed with Minagawa’s artwork. Many may balk at his character designs, which are not the prettiest by any stretch, but his action sequences and background art are stellar. The action just explodes right of the page with very clean and stylish illustrations. The backgrounds are rich and finely detailed, giving the reader a very nice perspective and feel for what is going on.

SFX are left untouched with a glossary in the back of the book. The dialogue is clear and concise without any spelling or grammar errors. The dialogue also feels quite character appropriate. The Knight, Hayato’s ultimate ARMS form, speaks with very proper, almost middle-age, English and fits that persona quite well. There’s a lot of discussion about various sciences, nanotechnology, and grand consipracies that all comes across very clearly.

Contents (Watch out spoilers ahead):
The battle in Aisora City and the 2nd Revelation story arc come to a close in this volume with plenty of ARMS action and answers, but more questions are opened up in the end to carry over into the next story arc. As Colonel Gauss Gall of the Redcaps continues his Snark Hunt, Hayato and Takeshi are learning about their ultimate ARMS forms, the Knight and White Rabbit respectively. Awoken by their display of selfless courage, these ARMS serve to protect and guard others, which makes them different than Ryo’s Jabberwock, who seems to thrive on destruction. The Jabberwock is different, and it may one day come down to Knight and White Rabbit having to destroy Jabberwock to save others. A nice hint of foreshadowing that should provide some future conflict.

Meanwhile, Ryo is fighting with Colonel Gall and his legion of genetically altered human zombies, but his battle is also with the Jabberwock inside of him. As Ryo gets shot with a dart full of an anti-nanomachine virus, the Jabberwock takes over and begins to fall apart. Ryo must subconsciously enter the Jabberwock’s AI to try and save him, and it is here that Ryo begins to understand how the Jabberwock was born. From Ryo’s anger, hostility, and sorrow, the Jabberwock awoke, and now Ryo has learned to accept this part of him and the Jabberwock vows to be there at Ryo’s side. Also inside of the AI is Alice, an image of a little girl who is the mother of the ARMS, a mystery that is left for answering another time.

The end of the 2nd Revelation story line wraps up nicely with some good progression of the ARMS kids and some answers regarding Egrigori and their plans. Hayato has now put away his vengeance and Takeshi has found his courage. Kei still seems to be fighting herself, and she hasn’t awoken his ultimate form, but she now has developed a friendship amongst these ARMS and Yugo, the X-Army telepath. Ryo has come to terms with the Jabberwock and now is on a mission to stop Egrigori with a fire lit inside of him. In the end, the Snark Hunt may have seem pretty elaborate and overdone, but I think it helps illustrate Egrigori’s power over the public. After Col. Gall is defeated, there are a few TV scenes with reporters explaining the event as a terrorist attack, showing just how much control Egrigori has over the media as well as other things.

Just as questions are answered, many more revelations bring up even more questions as the story progresses into its next phase. The Bluemen’s existence is explained, with quite a shocking scene with the founder of the group. The Egrigori is more fully explained, but there is still enough mystery behind them that keeps the ARMS kids’ quest interesting. They must now travel to the United States, where the main headquarters of Egrigori lies, as the ARMS kids vow to stop them from hurting anymore innocent people.

The 2nd Revelation story arc ends with plenty of action and answers, but opens up just enough twists and questions to keep the story interesting, progressing into the next arc which begins in the next volume. I am pretty happy overall with how this story line wrapped up, as the ARMS kids all had some good development and personality changes. The answers about Bluemen and Egrigori thicken the plot, but there are still holes that need to be filled in and I am very interested into figuring out all the missing information.

Project Arms still continues to be quite a satisfying dish and is something that I desperately look forward to with each volume. It’s blend of action sci-fi, cyberpunk technologies, global conspiracies, genetically altered superhumans, and exceptional artwork all fill a void that I find within the current English manga market. I am very much looking forward to the next story arc and what mysteries and revelations lie ahead. Definitely recommended.


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