If you want an realistic and accurate Kaiju vs. Humanity, this is for you. No MC turning half-hybird bullshit, no finding some random supernatural weapon to counter such monster, just pure unbridled mordern warfare. You can also expect a lot of politics, which I personally really enjoyed them duking it out with words. For those of you worried about another GATE, don't worry, as far as I've seen there isn't much propaganda 🤓.
Now theres a reason why I rated the characters so high. I'm just absolutely in love with Konoe, she is strong willed and would do anything to protect and save others, just like how she was rescued after being stuck under the rubble for hours on end due to a tsunami. Maybe I'm biased but she felt like the embodiment of a female Chad, shearing away at the Giant creature's 'tentacles' (weird looking tongue(s)? idk it just grabs ppl and drags them to its mouth) while also trying to remain calm and help people.
Hell the best thing might be that a female character in this genre is finally not used as cheap B&B fanservice (B&B: boobs n blood, i just made that up😁). TLDR: i just like her a lot.
Art perfectly shows the creature as this Lovecraftian monstrosity, something that just seemingly appeared out of nowhere and is a direct threat to human life. Especially love how the author employs real life organizations into this, as well as actual political friction happening in between countries. Mystery is also an important factor in this manga. Where did the monster come from? Are there more of it? Was it always there until it decided to pop up into the surface? Or did someone 'create' it?
Conceptwise, I feel like I should enjoy this manga, but it's been somewhat of a drag. It's an attempt to show a more realistic military response to kaijuu attacks than what, like, monster movies do. It goes behind the scenes into the decision-making processes--the vertical chain of command and political considerations and those types of things. The dialogue almost puts me to sleep. It's stilted and feels unnatural (though I guess the stiffness can make sense for some of the military people). The dialogue is also prettty heavy-handed with how it integrates exposition and nationalist propaganda into the conversations. And I think this sense of the author having an agenda fe is trying to push is probably a large part of what makes this series less compelling. I can't just enjoy the strategic struggles against monsters--I have to be bombarded with constant jabs against civilians who ignore the instructions of those in charge or against those in executive positions who are too hung up on appearances to be able to efficiently react or against the media or other small things the author has beef with. I'm also not sure if I care for Sakimori Konoe's heroics. Like, I understand that fe's the protagonist and acts as one of the troops on the ground, but a lot of what fe does just comes across as corny.
Other than the prequel chapter, there have been two story arcs so far: the large monster and the cruise ship (ch. 1-8) and the baby monsters in the city (ch. 9-current). The basic story structure has involved trying to protect nearby civilians from harm while waiting for the main military force to be able to take the threat out. New details about the monsters' anatomy or behaviors are learned along the way and those lessons are applied during the skirmishes and attempts to destroy the monsters.
[Reviewed at chapter 18]