Book Review: Bloody Monday Volume 5

June 3, 2012


We are on a roll now. Of course, it would not look very good if nothing were posted this month. Anyway, as I said in the last post, I got some books recently from Barnes & Noble recently. Today, I will be reviewing another one of those books, which is called Bloody Monday Volume 5 by Ryou Ryumon.

As I went over the series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.

In this volume, the terrorists successfully removed the Christmas Massacre file from Third-I's system, or so they thought. However, Fujimaru decides to play a bluff, in order to rescue his sister from enemy hands. When he meets the strategist that is calling the shots, he thinks that he has succeeded, but the terrorists have other plans.

I enjoyed this volume a lot. Things seemed to dramatically improve quality-wise, as the preview for the next volume was announced, instead of what happened in volume 3. Also, it was nice to see how Fujimaru thought the strategist he met was not good enough, as he was not an adult. However, people tend to underestimate Fujimaru due to his age, so it is kind of hypocritical that he can do so much, yet not accept the fact that somebody else could do the same thing. After all, there are many special people out there in the world. It is also funny when considering what happens in the future, as the series has now finished with a total of 23 (Possibly a 24th, known as 0, exists but I cannot find any official or unofficial English translations for it) volumes (officially separated out into three seasons). However, I do not want to spoil anything, so I am not going to say until season three arrives in my country. The manipulation of human nature by the terrorists was pretty interesting, but a kind of obvious technique to camouflage a get away. The action is still good, as is the story, which is nice. Things have improved from earlier volumes a bit but the story has stayed good so far.

Even though I did like the volume, it is not perfect. However, aside from my complaint about terms being defined that have not been used in a chapter that has been present for a few reviews, which is a minor annoyance in this volume, I cannot really think of anything that warrants any mention right now, if at all.

With things going smoothly, I can say that this is definitely a good release. The story still has a decent pace. I recommend this series to those interested in computers, technology and fiction that deals with terrorism.

What are your thoughts on Bloody Monday Volume 5? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.

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