Characters & their development: 5
Personal enjoyment: 4.5
What did I like
– The characters, specifically the change in the MC
– The idea behind it
– The Sci-fi elements !
What didn’t I like
– The ending was abrupt and not well explained.
When the alien Mimics invade, Keiji Kiriya is just one of many recruits shoved into a suit of battle armor called a Jacket and sent out to kill. Keiji dies on the battlefield, only to be reborn each morning to fight and die again and again. On his fifth iteration, he gets a message from a mysterious ally—the female soldier known as the Full Metal Bitch. Is she the key to Keiji’s escape or his final death?
All You Need Is Kill is a manga set far in the future when horrible aliens called ‘mimics’ start to attack. By the point of our main characters entry to the army, the mimics have begun pushing humans back to the centre of their lands, poisoned the water and wiped out entire countries. We meet our main character, Keiji the day before he and his team are to be sent out to the edge of Japans land mass to take on the mimics, but he dies on the field and wakes back up. Eventually, he learns he is stuck in a time loop, but he’s not alone.
I loved the characters in this. Both Keiji and Rita had depth outside of what was needed to flesh them out as soldiers. It was interesting to see Keiji begin to deteriorate as time went on, and then relate it to Rita. Also by the end, you see some growth in them both, it’s most visible in Keiji in physical ways, but it was truly enjoyable to see him grow into a better person.
The plot was one of the strongest points in this. Because while yeah, it’s a sci-fi, there is just enough reality that the story is grounded on that you can’t help but imagine that one day this could be our future. We don’t really get an insight into how to whole world is dealing with this situation, however we do get a glimpse at how America and Japan are and it makes for truly interesting reading. I think the world building isn’t visible, but it’s strong and that really shows through in a good plot.
Overall I think this manga did a really good job. It had interesting characters, a strong plot, good world building and an emotional ending that left you thinking about this manga long after you finished it.
However, the ending was abrupt. A decision was made and then our main characters were thrown into it. There wasn’t really enough explanation for why the decision happened, nor did it feel like a suitable ending for everything the characters had gone through, but then, even in life, good people don’t always get what they want.
I would recommend this to dystopian and sci fi fans, seinen manga lovers, and those who want to try our a two volume (often combined into 1, as in the case of the copy I was given) Manga.