Kodansha. Nov. 2018. 192p. pap. $10.99. ISBN 9781632367563.
Gr 10 Up–Shiki has never known any other existence aside from life in an abandoned amusement park in the Granbell Kingdom, where his only communication is with the bots that reside there. Adventurer Rebecca (also a B-Cuber—a pun on v-tuber—seeking a million subscribers on her channel) and her feline partner Happy get Shiki off planet Granbell and show him that there’s an entire cosmos full of places to discover and explore. Shiki’s life will never be the same again. After joining up with Rebecca’s guild, a whole new world of action and dramatics await. This title inevitably will draw comparisons to Mashima’s smash hit “Fairy Tail,” though this series takes place in a science fiction setting. However, due to the lack of differences among the plot, characters, and artwork, this title doesn’t stand out much, especially with so many other shonen adventures readily available and, frankly, more interesting.
VERDICT If readers don’t mind the obvious similarities to Mashima’s other works, they’ll eat this title right up. This genre will always have its die-hards, as will this mangaka. However, fans looking for something new may walk away disappointed. The first season of the anime concluded September 2021.

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