Friday, 1 December 2017

Manga: Aoharu X Machinegun 7

Aoharu X Machinegun Vol 7
Rating: 4/5
Buy or Borrow: Buy
Source: Copy courtesy of the publisher! 

Haruki's spirit is broken once again after his battle with his brother, Haruka. Will Tachibana's offer of assistance reach him in the end? And bewildered Haruka's choice is...

The summer training camp looms ever closer. The members of Toy Gun Gun are trying to overcome their weaknesses in preparation for the next TGC, but even that will bring a tumultuous turn of events...!! 

Yaaaaaaayyyy there's a brand new volume of Aoharu you guyyys! I freaking love this series, I've heard it's a love it or hate it kind of series but I really love it! It's so much fun! 

Haruki is so freaking relatable I can't even! Tachibana is trying to help Haruki this volume, and he winds up back with Toy Gun Gun yaaay! It should be interesting to see how the dynamic changes with a new player. We spend a good chunk of time with Star White in this volume which provided some interesting insight in to TGG's arch nemesis, Ichi specifically. My curiosity about Midori and his past hasn't been sated though! 

TGG are off to a training camp to get prepped for the next competition, and to get used to having four members instead of three. I'm loving the relationship between Tachibana and Haruki, I had my doubts about how they'd work together after everything that's happened. I'm reading the volume like "Go on Haruki...just give in and admit your friends now!". 

If you're worried about the volume not having much action, don't worry. There's plenty to keep you occupied, a nice balance is struck between fun, action and some character backstory. We meet a new team in 11 Dogs....they're not very nice. Our four have a very unfair and shady face off with 11 Dogs and then....something very interesting happens. 

It looks like we might get a White Star/Toy Gun Gun team up next volume and I'm so pumped for it! The volume leaves you with plenty of anticipation for the next. Not to mention poor old Masamune is struggling with Tachibana. Poor guy. It only he'd believed her, he'd have saved himself some angst but his loss is our gain as we get a nice dose of angst with the promise of some romance in the future....and a brilliant reveal! I'm so excited for it. It's going to be priceless. 

The volume and story in general moves along at a nice pace as we're heading towards another TGC, but our group has to do some prep before so they can kick some ass! I'm loving how we're getting more background on the characters, and not just TGG! I guess it's the whole "know your enemy thing", it makes them kind of hard to dislike at points! 

The pace is fast, the art is superb...the fights are drawn particularly brilliantly and I love Tachibana's kind of...other persona when it comes to gun fights. The volume excels at interestingly showing the tactics and strategy to the game, never before have I ever wanted to participate in something so much! I'd probably suck at it though! Things are definitely about to get veeerrryy interesting! 

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