Book Review: Crimson-Shell


Well, today was kind of frustrating.

I got another ebook from Barnes & Noble and I had troubles downloading it, since Barnes & Noble was not smart enough to realize that all ebooks should be downloadable from a computer and/or mobile device.

Fortunately, I resolved my issue quickly and was able to read it just like any other title I got from them before.

Today, I will be reviewing that book, which is called Crimson-Shell by Jun Mochizuki.

Because of a scientist’s experiments, there are beings with a special flower implanted in them that turns people into monsters.

In order to fight those beings and the monsters created by them, an organization called Red Rose was formed that has allied itself with a girl named who also has a flower implanted in her.

However, when strange things start happening, many suspect that there are traitors in their midst that have their own agenda.

I kind of liked this book. While it is true that I may be biased, because I do like Pandora Hearts, Jun Mochizuki’s other work, I think that I probably would have still liked it if this was my first exposure to the author’s work. I felt like I was drawn in to the world. I think this is something that every reader wants to have. After all, if one cannot be immersed within the world of the story, I doubt that very many people would find it that great. I also liked how I got to know the characters. In fact, I think that I know more about them than I do Asuna and Kirito from Sword Art Online. If I had to say why, I think that is it because the characters were fleshed out through flashbacks and the interactions with other characters, whereas with the Sword Art Online novel series, I apparently have to read the second volume just see who Kirito is, though even that supposedly skips the tragedy that was only glossed over in the first book, according to the Sword Art Online Wiki. The way the characters are handled here is how they should be handled in any series. I should not have to wait for another book to do the work that the first book should have, especially when it covers pretty much an entire arc like the first Sword Art Online novel did. I also liked how the story was pretty easy to follow. Then again, since this series has only one volume, it would have to be, because having the kinds of mysteries that are currently present in the English release of Pandora Hearts would only make things worse. I also liked how the ending was satisfying. There are people that wish this went on longer, but I think extending it would just ruin it all. Now, it could be continued because I am kind of interested in why the premier rose was created and who created it, though I do already have a guess as to who that was, albeit an obvious, and most likely incorrect, answer, yet I do not feel as desperate to find out the answers to those questions like I do with the mysteries in Pandora Hearts. Other than that, I cannot think of anything else that I particularly liked, especially considering the series was short. The fact that I actually felt like I knew the characters and I was drawn into the world, as well as the fact that is was pretty easy to follow, made the book pretty decent.

Although I did like the book, there are some issues. However, there was really only one gripe I had. Things were a bit too predictable. While there were things that surprised me, the villain behind it all was not one of them. I am not sure about the rest of you, but I have seen and read enough that the newest employee or organization member, especially if they were supposedly killed off early on, being evil has become cliché, so in almost every mystery I tend to suspect those kinds of people the most, along with employees and organization members that have been away for quite some time. I really think that Jun Mochizuki could have done a better job in this department. However, when taking into account that this was Jun Mochizuki’s debut work, I am willing to give some slack and label this a minor issue. While there was only one notable issue, it was not bad enough to ruin the book.

Considering that there was nothing that ruined things for me, this was definitely worth reading. I recommend this to fans of Jun Mochizuki’s work, as long as you are not expecting anything on the level of Pandora Hearts, since it is a debut work, and action. As for everyone else, this is worth giving a try, especially if you do not have enough time to follow a long running series.

What are your thoughts on Crimson-Shell? Did you like it or were you disappointed, whether it was expectations that came from reading Pandora Hearts or not? Is there anything you think that needs to be brought up? Feel free to comment.

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