Reflection: All You Need is Kill, Ch. 6-10

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It seems like it has been ages since I last discussed All You Need is Kill. One of the worst things about following a series as its being published, it takes forever to get through it. Still loving All You Need is Kill though. Warning, there are a few spoilers in the ‘Synopsis’ and ‘My opinion’ sections.

 

Synopsis:

Chapter 6 continues the story on from where we finished chapter 5. Keiji is still trying to figure out how to defeat the Mimics and get out of the time loop he is trapped in. In the last pot I made I said I had a suspicion about Rita, well it only took until chapter 7 for this to be confirmed. Rita has experience of the time loop as well. Chapters 8 through 10 tell her story of the first time loop she was caught in and we find out some details of how it occurs. In chapter 10 Rita discovers that the reason for her entrapment is that she keeps killing the Mimics server resulting in them using their backup to reset the battle. She discovers that there is a particular order to killing the mimics that has to be followed in order to get out of the loop.

 

My Opinion:

I was happy that the revealing of Rita living in a time loop as well was not dragged out too long. It was fairly obvious from chapter 1 so it’s good that the author didn’t try to hide it for too long. As well as that, the cause of the time loop being the caused by mimics resetting the server. That’s great. An enemy that returns to the start of the battle until they are victorious is really good. It’s like when I was younger and would loss a battle in Pokemon.  Simply turn the game off and on again and start the battle over. Can you imagine being on the other end of that, losing a war because your enemy has the power to reload the battle until they win? I really like that idea and really want to see if the humans can win the war against an enemy who has that capability.

 

Rating:

Check out this series. It is really interesting to read, and the artwork is fantastic. After just ten chapters I actually want to go and get the novel and read it as well. There’s a film adaptation coming out at the end of next month as well that I’m excited for. Hopefully it isn’t too Americanized but either way I really want to see it now. Go read this series now, it’s currently being serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump, which you can get on your phone every week for a very reasonable price.

 

Turtle

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Reflection: All You Need is Kill ch. 1-5

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Five chapters in and I think I have a new favourite series. I guess I no longer have to choose between Bakuman and Btooom, All You need is Kill takes the ball, hands down. Check it out.

 

Synopsis:

Set during a future war between mankind and an alien race known as the ‘Mimics’, this story follows Keiji Kiriya. Kiriya is a new recruit preparing who is killed in his first confrontation with the Mimics. However, after dying he somehow awakes the previous day with the feeling that it was all a dream. This cycle continues and every time Kiriya is killed he finds himself reliving his last two days again and again.

Chapters two through five follow Kiriya as he trains himself to a level where he can defeat the Mimics. Through training he studies new battle techniques and tries to understand just how he can defeat the Mimics. Each time he goes into battle he continues to die, but his training means he is improving each time.

 

My Opinion:

The story is absolutely fantastic and words cannot express what I think of the artwork. You may notice that I am a big fan of Obata’s art, and this was one of the main factors that got me to check out this series.

All You Need is Kill has really sparked my interest and I’m so excited to see where the story is going to go from here. I am also interested to see what the story is with Rita Vrataski. I have a suspicion about her that I am interested to see if it is true, but I won’t say anything here about it just yet.

 

Rating:

Stop reading this blog and go read All You Need is Kill. Then return here and let me know what you think. Absolutely amazing, and a must read. Also, at the end of the last entry on this series I mentioned that Warner Brothers is making a film based on this series starring Tom Cruise. I was wrong about the release date then, it will actually be released in the UK on May 30 of this year and early June everywhere else. Titled ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ it is going to be quite Americanized, but seriously, I can’t wait to check it out.

 

Turtle

 

First Impressions: All you need is Kill, chapter 1

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To start this off bluntly I am just going to say that after just one chapter, I am already really excited about All You Need is Kill. Chapter 1 really starts off good and I can’t wait to read more.

Illustrate by Takeshi Obata (Death Note, Bakuman, Hikaru no go) and storyboarded by Ryosuke Takeuchi, this manga adaptation of the novel by Hiroshi Sakurazaka is simply brilliant. The story follows Keiji Kiriya, a soldier fighting on the frontline against alien invaders known as ‘Mimics’. After dying in his first battle Keiji finds himself living in a time loop where every time he is killed, he re-awakes the day before and has to relive the battle over and over until he lives. The first chapter ends with him realising this time loop and determined to use it to his advantage and defeat the Mimics..

I really am looking forward to reading this series further. The story is fantastic and artwork is amazing (as expected from Obata). However, I don’t know how long the series is going to run for. It started in Shonen Jump in January and as it’s an adaptation of a novel it will have an inevitable end. A film is also currently in the making as well if you are interested and will star Tom Cruise, with a release date apparently sometime towards the end of this summer.

Expect many more updates on this series, and I strongly recommend you go check it out. You can read it online, and chapter 1 is available in the current Starter Pack from Shonen Jump’s website. Do check it out.

Turtle