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  • Art Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: A
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A-
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: Go! Comi
  • MSRP: 10.99
  • Pages: 200
  • ISBN: 1-933617-37-4
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Train+Train

Train+Train Vol. #03

By Matthew Alexander     September 26, 2007
Release Date: July 31, 2007

Train+Train Vol.#03
© Go! Comi

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Hideyuki Kurata / Tomomasa Takuma
Translated by:Christine Schilling
Adapted by:Christine Schilling

What They Say
Students of the Special Train are faced with their most dangerous lesson yet in the city of Silverado - but when an avalanche traps them on a snowy mountain, they get an impromptu course in survival! Silverado's generators fail, yet the mountain people refuse aid. Trapped and slowly freezing, the Special Train's students and staff have one desperate chance to save the people... and themselves!

The Review
This volume does an excellent job displaying character development (and lack of) in multiple secondary characters.

For me, a good manga is one that makes me think, allows for good character development, or hits me over the head with great art or action. This volume of Train+Train does a pretty darn good job on the character development part. Lou, the ultra-violent psycho nun, shows how a character sticking to their guns can be just as entertaining as one learning from their mistakes. Lou thoroughly enjoys beating the snot out of �unbelievers' until they give into her religious beliefs. To help her quest along, she follows around the weakest male on the Special Train until bullies step in to pick on him. That's when Lou jumps in and kicks ass. The irony of the whole situation is that she makes the bullies repent their violent ways. Not being a terribly big fan of any religion, I found tremendous humor behind the idea of using violence to preach non-violence. So in the end, the weak little boy realizes he needs to stand up for himself. Yet, Lou seems almost oblivious of her own foibles.

During a heavy snowstorm, the Special Train rolls into another station for another test. This station is inside a mountain, and all the inhabitants are full of pride and essentially hate the outside world. Reiichi meets a young boy that embodies his culture's strong penchant for stubborn pride. During a power outage, Reiichi and the young boy mirror each other's character development to a certain extent. Reiichi is on a long path to changing his place in the world by becoming more decisive and ultimately finding his place in the world. On the other hand, across a span of a few chapters the young boy learns the downfall of putting one's pride before his own welfare and that of others around him. The boy's only dream is to see the outside world and Reiichi points out to him how that dream will be impossible to reach if he's dead. Ultimately, the young boy's personality and actions help Reiichi examine some of his own shortcomings.

Turns out, Reiichi isn't the brightest bulb on the Special Train. Because of this, he has to take a makeup exam. While studying on an old laptop, Reiichi meets the computer's hologram AI. Surprisingly, the AI exists in the real world, and specifically at the Special Train's next stop. The AI character asks Reiichi to meet her off the train in the station. The only problem is the station is rife with terrorists. Will Reiichi be able to find the AI character in the station before he's targeted for his money or beliefs?


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