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  • Art Rating: B-
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Text/Translatin Rating: B+
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: CMX
  • MSRP: 9.99
  • Pages: 192
  • ISBN: 1401208169
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Tower of the Future Vol. #03

By Jarred Pine     January 10, 2007
Release Date: May 03, 2006

Tower of the Future Vol.#03

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Saki Hiwatari
Translated by:Tim Rogers
Adapted by:Tim Rogers

What They Say
Takeru Matsuyuki always longed for his life to be more like his beloved fantasy role-playing games. But when fantasy becomes reality, every choice you make affects the outcome.

Takeru has finally confessed his love to Ichigo. And although she likes what she hears, she still has feelings for her old boyfriend... who happens to be dating Takeru's old girlfriend Miyabi. But could Miyabi be using him just to make Takeru jealous? Any one of their next moves could lead to heartbreak.

The Review
When Tower of the Future is trying to be a soap opera, the story can be incredibly dull at times. The severe lack of character development really hinders the supporting cast, as I'm pulled along with the drama and given contrived explanations. I'm not a part of this high school romance, and it frustrates me greatly; which is too bad, because I've actually come to enjoy Takeru and his chin-up attitude with which he carries himself.

That brings me to the other part of Tower, the whole sci-fi, reincarnation, role-playing game mystery that is developing at a snail's pace. I do enjoy playing a good poker match with a manga-ka, as he/she holds the cards close and bluffs me into suspense and curiosity, but in this case the bluff is getting a bit tiresome. Because the high school drama side of this manga is lacking, my interesting in this side has increased greatly, but Saki Hiwatari is so hesitant at letting the mystery unravel that it too becomes frustrating. I've waited for three volumes; it's time to make the jump already! The cover for this volume even features some sci-fi, fantasy artwork, so I had my hopes up for a change in the storyline for the better.

If you have a bit more patience, Saki Hiwatari's story is going somewhere, but after 600 pages and a quarterly release cycle, I need to get going already. I will give CMX big thumbs up though for finally properly retouching the SFX.


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