Tatsuya Hamazaki & Yuzuka Morita
TOKYOPOP, 2008 (2008)
Reviewed by Ricki Marking-Camuto
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, with its story by Tatsuya Hamazaki (who also wrote the story for the PlayStation 2 video game) and art by Yuzuka Morita, is the latest manga series about a massive multi-player online role playing game (MMORPG) called
n the year 2017,
has evolved into
The World R:2
, now a dangerous place where
(PKs) run wild. One PK, Tri-Edge, has taken player killing to a new level – his victims wind up injured in real life. After his friend is
by Tri-Edge and winds up in a coma, Haseo goes vigilante and becomes the
Player Killer Killer
(PKK) known as
The Terror of Death
. When Haseo is attacked by Tri-Edge himself, he learns that there are players in
that even the company that owns the MMORPG cannot control, and that these players are attracted to players like Haseo, who learns he is an epitaph user. If Haseo wants to keep surviving
, he is going to have to face enemies stronger than he ever imagined.
his was my first exposure to
, and even though at some spots I was a little lost, I was able to follow the story pretty well without having read or experienced any previous stories or games. The first volume of
gives some background, but is mostly full of action, making it a very fast-paced read. Morita's artwork is perfect for this type of story as the bold drawings help keep the reader's eye focused, even during the fight scenes. I think
fans will be pleased with
and that fans of SF shonen manga will also find something to like. Being a shojo fan myself, I appreciated the artwork, but just could not get into the story.
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