Mankind is losing the war against the Mimics: mysterious, alien creatures that arrived without warning, leaving a trail of death and destruction in their wake. Hope lies only with the United Defense Force, a military division that holds the front using special powersuits. In Japan, new UDF recruit Keiji Kiriya and his team are set to engage in a special mission to take back Mimic territory, joined by none other than the Full Metal Bitch: a legendary American soldier renowned for her red suit, special battleaxe and high body count. But after being mortally wounded on the battlefield, Keiji gets caught in a time loop that forces him to revisit the battle over and over, retaining his memories each time around. Now, Keiji must live, die, and repeat the same day, becoming a stronger soldier each time, in hopes of someday defeating this alien menace.
All You Need Is Kill Some stories are good,some are good for relaxation,some try to mix the first two,but the masterpiece will always be the one that abides by its principles.Plain effiecient. There couldnt have been a better story involving time conundrum,war,mecha,some elements of a love story with a good twist and ending.The story itself is refreshingly unique and the elements of time loop are explained well.The story keeps the details to minimum about the settings,backgrounds etc.It would be little better if it had been elaborated,but it doesnt diminish the beauty of the story in any way.Overall the manga is quite short,could have been a little longer,but a masterpiece. The Art is amazing.The protagonist is similar to Light from Death note(same illustrator),and you get that familiar rise of heartbeat as the story progresses to its climax.The details done on the rest of the cast,Rita,the battle scenes are all very vivid. The characters just get stuck in you.I just loved each and every one of them.Keiji is just like Light from Death Note minus the delusion,analytical,sharp,his growth is potrayed very subtly,there isnt much of those 'war hero' moments,i dont hate them it just derails the seriousness of every war movie/anime/maga. Rita is amazing,i just loved the way her character comes into the story ,the cutesy side to her,the feeling she finally gets to share with Keiji,the ultimate soldier. Overall I would kill to have a sequel,but the story is just perfect,no unnecessary drama,just plain effecient story.If Only the Hollywood adaptation would stick to the original it would be worth dying for.
It may be short, but by no means does that mean it loses anything. All You Need is Kill somehow manages to sweep you up in a rollercoaster of a story in only 2 volumes, and I love it for that. Set in what appears to be the relatively near future, Earth has been invaded by Mimics. Once they take over an area, it becomes uninhabitable to humans, so they have been fighting against them for years. Unfortunatly, humans have made almost no headway in the fight against them. That is, except one team, who seem to be the only ones capable of fighting the Mimics. The main character, Keiji, one day wakes up from an extremely vivid dream of dying on the battlefield the day before he is set to go out onto the battlefield for the first time. Only he quickly discovers it was not a dream, but in fact he is looping back into the past at the point he dies. After he realises he cannot escape from the loop without surviving the fight with the mimics, he becomes determined to escape. This is an extremely psycological series, and it takes you on a serious emotional rollercoaster. Due to it's short length, of course there are many things that are not revealed, but everthying important is covered, and the ending feels very satisfactory. Within only a small length of time, I fell in love with the characters, the premise, and basically everything about this series. I would highly reccomend it to anyone who likes psycological and gory manga. Review for November 2016 DMMC
You get some of the things you would expect from a time loop: a variety of deaths, the slow degradation of basic human pleasures, and the eventual improvement in combat that comes from having fought in the same battle so many times. In addition to that, I was impressed with their attempt at a scientific explanation for the time loop, and the way that explanation made the worldbuilding so much stronger and led to plot developments. Obviously, I can't say much more than that without giving spoilers away, but it was well done. The characters aren't a strong point; they're alright, but they feel sorta generic. Beyond even the interesting story, I think the true strong point is the artwork. The mimics and the mechas both look really cool, and then the action scenes and gore are intense and well-drawn. There are a few cute girls thrown in, but the true love interest (as it were) is Rita. The romance scenes (as they were) feel a bit underwhelming, and I would've liked to see more of that. To make this story a 10/10, I think they would've had to make the romantic elements tug at my heart more and also make the characters feel more unique and engaging as people. But it's still a riveting, relatively short story that's difficult to set down once you pick it up.
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