Battle Angel Alita: Last Order, Vol. 15 Paperback – Oct 11 2011
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About the Author
When he was only seventeen, Yukito Kishiro was nominated for Japanese publisher Shogakukan's Best New Comic award. Creator of other popular VIZ Media series Aqua Knight, Ashen Victor, and Battle Angel Alita, Kishiro is known for his strong characters, original settings, and intricate, lifelike artwork.
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Kushiro where are your fantastic characters? Their moments of true understanding and emotion? As echoed by others the ZOTT is just OTT.
That being said it is a good battle, well thought out, exciting, with some cool twists and turns, even if everyone spends way too much time narrating how their fighting technique works.
The other good news is Kishiro is back at work. For a while he was fighting with his editor and the series went on hiatus but now it's continuing again.
So Last Order is pretty much where it has been for the last few years, big epic 200 pages battles and not much plot. So if you've come this far you'll probably enjoy Vol 15 as well.
EDIT - I had the chance to pick up the next few Japanese volumes and it looks like we have 2 more books before the ZOT Tournament finally ends and the plot starts to move again.
This manga has great artwork, some very interesting combat situations that the characters solve through trial and error, and a very great scene with Sechs and Zekka as their rivalry goes to even greater proportions.
As always, I'm appreciative that these are being translated and made available for purchase - great read and a must have for Battle Angel Alita and Kishiro-san fans.
While the original series was Alita's journey through the ruined Earth, Last Order follows the "battle tournament" motif of the Rollerball arc, with the fate of the Earth at stake. Although this severely limits the series in many ways, we are still meeting a slew of interesting new characters as well as the history of the Battle Angel universe left unrevealed in the original series. This volume is concerned largely with the beginning of a match between Alita's team and a collection of independent karate masters, with the Earth's sovereignty as the prize.
The battles are interesting, but I'd really like to see what happens at the end of this tournament and beyond. I hope the series doesn't just end when this tournament does.
I have hopes for the final two volumes, but Last Order kind of points out why the Battle Angel OVA (now on DVD!) only covers the episodes it covers. ...it went DBZ, then went YYH, and we stuck around hoping it would come back.