Artificial Continuum

Monday, February 1, 2010

Let me start by saying if you are familiar with peachpit's work , shouldn't care much about this review. If you don't know Peachpit, think Rozen Maiden. If you don't know Rozen Maiden (this is becoming a pattern) then just keep reading.
To put it simply, the main protagonist Michiru Kita is weak. She is a quiet, meek pushover who hides a rather burdensome secret. Without her glasses, Michiru can see how long before a person dies. It shows up as a ring around a person's neck, "a line to cut along" and when it turns completely black you die. But when two guys in her class, Chicka Akatsuki and Shito Tachibana, are walking around with the black rings, she follows them to find out how. Turns out that both had died in an accident and took out a loan on their lives. Now they are bound to fight along side eachother to pay off the debt(though they hate eachother most of the time) and Michiru is caught in the middle. Soon after, she is catapulted into a world of the undead, running for her life most of the time.
I wish I could say that I was more of a peachpit fan, but their work always loses my attention. Overall the story isn't bad and the art is decent, but its a very typical Shonen battle manga with very little originality. I often find myself bored with it about halfway through (most of the time) and it feels like every tankoban is the same basic story but with different zombies and problems. Originality wouldn't be a problem with a really good combination of art and story but everything is sub par. The dialogue (following the pattern) is okay, but not very interesting.
In the end I think:

Story: 18
Art: 20
Dialogue: 15
Originality: 10

Overall: 63 (ehh):yawn:

Honestly, if you're a fan of Peachpit/Rozen Maiden then you'll probably like Zombie-Loan, but other than that it's probably a hit-or-miss. (which is weird cause I get the new tankoban every time):wala: