Volume 4 of Asadora! by Naoki Urasawa is the best volume of the series so far. It starts with another sighting on the kaiju, and then the plan to get the plane out to document it goes wrong as no one is reachable. The whole book is showing all the different characters simultaneously, jumping from plot thread to thread like in a TV show, as their plan starts to roll.
It’s an incredibly fast paced volume of the manga, and even though there’s still chapters, it’s incredibly hard to not read it all in one go. The story is in full force and flows perfectly all the way through, never missing a beat. All of the plot threads from the previous volumes are brought together, and then when you reach the final page everyone is left is a worse scenario than when the volume started with one hell of a cliff-hanger for each of them.
I’ve loved every book in this series, but this is definitely the best one, it’s exciting and has you completed hooked. I was completely lost in the story, reading it as fast as I could but at the same time not wanting it to end, as I don’t have the next volume to jump straight into. Urasawa is just an amazing writer, who has crafted yet another instant classic. It’s a kaiju series where the actual monster hasn’t been properly seen in the four volumes, just glimpses here and there, but there’s still so much mystery. Instead the characters take centre stage and I’m completely hooked on what’s happening, even with Asa’s friends who aren’t part of the main plot just yet. It works as historical fiction, and it works as a mystery kaiju series and I couldn’t ask for more than that. Asadora! is excellent.
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