Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Alice & Zoroku Volume 2 Review

Sana now abducted by the ex U.S. military officer and Alice's Dream User Miriam C. Tachibana who works for the mysterious K&C Pharmaceuticals the company that once held Sana captive seeks to return Sana to the laboratory of the company. While also questioning whether the little girl in her custody with mysterious powers is really human or not. While Zoroku wants only to protect the little girl he has taken under his care even if she is not the textbook definition of human. With volume two Tetsuya Imai covers questions of the nature of humanity and what it is to be human found more often in dense Sci-Fi novels like Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick Or Mamoru Oshii's Ghost In The Shell. I have to give respect to a series that seemed like it was going to simply be a cute slice of life series with some magical realistic elements. Offer to ask questions this complex and not become overly cerebral or self-impressed ultimately I think this is thanks to the entire moral core series being Zoroku and his stubborn commitment to do what is right for Sana. This keeps the series big-hearted and kind. Even Tachibana is not so much evil as morally ambivalent about tactics she uses to stop what she sees as a potential danger to all of mankind. It reminded me of the rule people in Screenwriting classes you have to understand why the villain thinks that they are the hero or that their actions are good or carry some sort of justification for them. While ultimately for all it's references to the Chinese Room thought experiment and pondering of the nature of humanity Alice & Zoroku is about one of the most basic and seemingly cliche ideas in fiction and life family what it means to have a family what constitutes a family. It's simple but it hits hard and the series never feels as if it's trying to play on the audience's sympathies for one side or the other and while ultimately I felt the right choice was made one can see while the tactics of Tachibana and her handlers are ethically dubious at beast the concerns are not unrealistic. While the character design can have this rough-hewn design with quick scraggly lines and simple character design while the concluding action scene while not overly complex capture the pandemonium of two super-powered humans fighting each other. Giving food for thought and a kind conclusion to this arc of the story Volume Two of Alice & Zoroku continues to be a series that may never gain a wide audience much like I said about Generation Witch but for those that give this series a chance one will find a sometimes thought-provoking and charming story.

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