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  • Art Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: B-
  • Text/Translatin Rating: B-
  • Age Rating: 16 & Up
  • Released By: CMX
  • MSRP: 9.99
  • Pages: 202
  • ISBN: 1-4012-0745-6
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Testarotho Vol. #04

By Matthew Alexander     September 20, 2006
Release Date: May 02, 2006

Testarotho Vol.#04

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Kei Sanbe
Translated by:Akira Tsubasa
Adapted by:Jake Forbes

What They Say
When Materia's top leaders are captured by Arsenal assassins, it's up to Leonedus to stand against his former masters. The trail of blood Leonedus has left in his life runs deep - can he continue to kill now that he's found his conscience?

The Review
Contains nudity.

For the series as a whole, I would give Testarotho a B-. However, the low grade for this volume is because I did not care for the way it ended.

I enjoyed the overall theme of revenge in this series. Is revenge always a bad thing? If one considers that killing begets killing, then yes, revenge is a horrible thing. But what if an act of revenge takes out someone who, if allowed to live, would kill an untold number of people? I don't know, sounds like an argument for a philosophy course, but this idea is what Kei Sanbe has tried to tackle.

In volume 4 of Testarotho, Leonudus finally comes to the realization of the path he must take in life. Capria, who seemed to be a rather useless character for most of this series, finds her own place in the world and it is not as part of Arsenal. Ginora appears to find a conscious with Lucicci's help. Finally, the reader learns who Doga really is and the identity of Materia's true leader.

Now what I didn't care for in this volume is the plethora of loose threads and lack of a true ending. The book ends without showing a true winner between Arsenal, Materia, and the Corinthians. A few characters run off to battle and some are left as 'I think they died'. Overall the ending is very unsatisfying. Reading the author's explanation in the bonus section explains that the series wasn't selling well and he was forced to rush to an ending sooner that he had hoped.

Being a four volume series, Testarotho is okay but certainly nothing special. If this series had been eight or more volumes and ended as poorly, then I would really feel the author had ripped me off.


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