Book Review: Bloody Monday Volume 7

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For those of you who thought I was only reviewing Detective Conan (Case Closed) these days, I have some good news. Recently, I received three books from Barnes & Noble and it was not all Detective Conan this time. Today, I am going to review one of those books, which is called Bloody Monday Volume 7 by Ryou Ryumon.

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

After having found the location of the antivirus to be in Third-I, Fujimaru, now at Third-I headquarters, requests access to the main server room, in order to find out where exactly it is in the complex. However, Fujimaru and Third-I are not the only ones who know that the antivirus resides in Third-I headquarters. Meanwhile, Otoya, Aoi, and Rynosuke are still on the run from the people who want eliminate Rynosuke from the board, but due to certain circumstances, they decide to hide out in the school. At the same time, not even the school seems safe. Two battles are waged and Fujimaru and his comrades must survive both.

I enjoyed this volume. Things certainly seemed to be well paced and engaging. Also, my issue from volume 6 with not all the titles being listed in the Table of Contents does not seem to be present. I felt the tension the characters were feeling and quite amazed with a few things. For example, when trying to get the antivirus to the people who had been infected, Fujimaru created an explosion that he claimed to have read from the Internet. However, I will say that even though there is a lot one could learn via the Internet, not everything must be taken as fact. After all, it is all too easy to setup a website, especially one that is hosted by the person who created it, instead of being hosted by a third party. On the other hand, Fujimaru is most experienced in the field of computers, so he should be able to tell what is and is not true. Even schools try to tell us what we can or cannot trust, but even their list of credible sources must be met with some scrutiny. After all, that is part of the brainwashing that does go on there. I also liked how Otoya saw through a lot of the things on his end. Then again, he and Fujimaru seem to always be the ones who notice, so that is not so surprising. However, the most surprising part was that Jack Daemon is back. Funny, how he did not die in the last confrontation. On the other hand, he is quite a demon. Things were well paced with a good bit of tension, which certainly makes this volume good.

While I enjoyed the volume, there were a bit of things that were wrong with it. First, there are no extras. While in some ways this would be good, there are those that want all the extras they got from the time Del Rey Manga released Kodansha titles. They usually have ads for manga and a preview, but that is better than the situation we experience with volume 3, so I will classify this as a non-issue. The biggest issue I have with this release is the fact that there are numerous grammatical errors that should have been taken care of during proofreading. Such errors include instances of it in situations where if was better suited. Things do not end there though. Another instance of poor editing and proofreading was the fact that there was an instance of we has which should have been he was. Now, I am not expecting anything to perfect, but errors like this really ruin stories and break the flow, unless one can determine what should have been there instead. If people say that reading helps improve our writing abilities, this certainly is not a good example of writing. The only other thing that I can think of that is wrong with this book, since there is computer stuff that I am not that familiar with to make comments on, is the fact that there is no honorifics definitions listed, but like Cage of Eden Volume 6, this is just a minor issue that will only affect those unfamiliar with manga. It would be nice, after all, if there were an honorific definition list though, since Negima! is not always a series that introduces people to manga. While the omission of extras and the honorific definition list are minor issues, the amount of grammar errors that should have been weeded out in editing and proofreading that are present takes down the quality of this volume a bit.

Despite the grammar issues, the excitement certainly made reading this volume worth my time. I recommend this to those that are interested in computers, technology, and fiction that deals with terrorism.

What are your thoughts on Bloody Monday Volume 7? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.

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