Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Manga Review: MPD Psycho Vol 2 by Eiji Otsuka and Sho-u Tajima

Every Tuesday I'll post either an anime or manga review.

The last volume ended in a cliffhanger/ambiguity and Vol. 2 picks up from where the first left off. For some time, the morality of our main character is put into question after the events of the previous volume but Vol. 2 makes clear what side of the law our protagonist belongs to as well as answering some questions. However, the sense of mystery continues to be pervasive and for every facet revealed, more questions pop up. As usual, the artwork is consistent and morbid at times, fitting the tone of the story. Unlike the previous volume, Vol. 2 seems to pack a lot of stories into it but nonetheless feels that it ended too short. Perhaps the series would be a better and smoother read when all the volumes have been published. As it is, what we merely have are teasers to a much more complex story arc. Certainly a must-read for those who got hooked to the first (and I doubt if you can resist picking up the next volume) and those who are new to the series shouldn't read this book. Chronology plays an important part and one might easily be confused with what's going on.

Rating: 3.5/5.

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