Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Manga/Science Fiction
Length: 550 pages
Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
Release Date: November 4, 2014
Stand Alone or Series: Stand Alone
Rating: 5/5 stars
“When the alien Mimics invade, Keiji Kiriya is just one of many recruits shoved into a suit of battle armor called a Jacket and sent out to kill. Keiji dies on the battlefield, only to be reborn each morning to fight and die again and again. On his fifth iteration, he gets a message from a mysterious ally— the female soldier known as the Full Metal Bitch. Is she the key to Keiji’s escape or his final death?”
I got this book for my birthday last year and was excited to finally get around to reading it. This ended up being a very well done science fiction manga that I enjoyed a lot.
Watching Keiji puzzle out what was happening with time loops and learn how to turn this to his advantage was interesting. It reminded me of the movie Groundhog Day, but more violent and science fiction themed.
I really enjoyed Keiji as a character; he changes and grows so much as the novel progresses. I also enjoyed the Full Metal Bitch aka Rita. The two have an interesting relationship together that enables them to take on the Mimics in a very intriguing way.
I loved that not only was this manga full of mystery, action, and aliens but also had some heart to it as well. It was an intriguing concept and the engaging characters really made it fun to read.
The illustration is really well done too and this only added to my enjoyment of this manga.
Overall a fantastic science fiction manga. This is an intriguing idea that really came alive because of the awesome characters and the way they grew and changed throughout the story. I would highly recommend to fans of sci-fi manga.