Book Review: Bloody Monday Volume 4

February 28, 2012


Well, I apparently received my order from Barnes & Noble quickly. I was going to watch the new episode of Another, but I decided to read my new books. Today, I will review one of them, which is called Bloody Monday Volume 4 by Ryou Ryumon.

Since I gave a synopsis of the series in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.

In this volume, Orihara wants to speak with Fujimaru, after having been given numerous drugs in amounts that break the average person. Supposedly, she wants a plea deal, which Fujimaru thinks only America has as part of its legal system. The move is approved by Minister of Justice, Kujo. However, it seems to be a ploy and questions of the identity of the traitor within Third-I arise.

Although, as I stated in an earlier post, I have read the chapters in this volume, it was still interesting. Orihara certainly seems to be playing her cards well. I can certainly see how she was planning things this time around. Of course, I will admit that I was in constant suspense the last time I read this, but I guess that the detective fiction stories, in both manga and normal novels, I have read recently have helped out a bit. I did not remember very clearly what she did before though, just what she needed to do. Third-I did tell Orihara that she was not guaranteed what she wanted, but she still fooled them. I also liked how Orihara went over the weaknesses of a firearm, such as the hand guns present in the confrontation. In an earlier review, I stated one problem with guns and how they were not fit for stealth attacks. That point is also made here in the fact that a victim can feel the barrel against their back and know its approximate whereabouts. It is difficult to dodge a bullet, if not impossible, even more so at point-blank, but the victim is not helpless, if they know how guns work. Pretty much all modern long-range weapons are the same. With a bow and arrow, which is pretty old in long-weaponry, the arrow can be impaled, if enough strength is applied. Yet again, this is another reason blades are better. They not only can be used in close-range combat, but can also can be thrown, thus turning them into long-range weapons, but the obvious thing of letting the enemy know your location is still there. It was also nice that Orihara also took steps to minimize being found, though that is a bit ruined because they still allow cell phone use temporarily. It was nice seeing how Fujimaru and Third-I could not see precisely how Orihara moved, though they knew that she would make action to gain what I knew she needed.

Story-wise, there does not seem to be anything wrong, but there are problem. For example, I came across instances in which the word should have been "started" instead of "starting" and such. These things are not usually acceptable in writing professionally or even in schools. It is mainly a problem deal with tense and usually my proofreader and I catch these sorts of things during editing of my own work. This blog does not go through those processes though because it is not a professional blog, so these problems also probably appear in various posts. The main problem though is that the audience becomes confused and/or the flow can be interrupted. This is the least of the troubles though. The worst offender in yet again the list of computer and/or technological definitions. These list happen to appear after chapters, but annoyingly it discusses terms not used in the chapter, such as PDF. Almost everyone has come across PDFs, which are utilized in publishing books and sending forms to people electronically, so I hope I do not have to explain what it is. This has been a consistent problem with the release of this series. If one puts up a definition list, it belongs either at the beginning or end of a book or chapter. If the list comes after chapters, the terms defined should only be terms used in the finished chapter. Putting in terms that do not come until the next chapter can confuse people. Yes, we are told on what page the terms show themselves, but that makes it all the more obvious. The problem is the same when one places the definition list at the beginning and most of the terms do not show in the chapter at all, but have in the previous chapter. Books need to have consistency throughout its content. There is a reason why glossaries are normally placed at the end of textbooks. This problem takes down the quality of the release quite a bit. Nothing seems to take down the story too much, if at all, but issues concerning the definition lists still plague the English releases.

Despite the still present issue of definition lists being mixed with terms that have and have not yet been mentioned, I still enjoy this series. I would recommend this to people interested in computers, technology, and fiction that deals with terrorism.

What are your thoughts on Bloody Monday Volume 4? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.

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