MegaMan NT Warrior Vol. 3
by Ryo Takamisaki
5 out of 5
MegaMan and Lan venture into the UnderNet in this third installment of Ryo Takamisaki’s manga. And it’s this UnderNet (the “under/darker” side of the Cyber Network) that’s the realm of the black shadow and home to PharoahMan, plus four deadly NetNavis that are each more powerful than our blue-clad hero.
This is manga action, bang-bang-bang-zoom!
This third book is the darkest one so far, the majority of the story taking place in the UnderNet. Takamisaki did a fine job when designing this realm of villainy, its awkward shapes and harder angles a sharp contrast to the more round and smooth motif of the Cyber Network. Really an up meets down, white meets black kind of contrast, this difference in places setting the tone of the entire story.
Volume three is a little more goofy, too. Everyone seems to be making jokes, not just Lan and MegaMan. Fortunately, the jokes weren’t campy and I found myself smiling at most of them. Only once or twice did I think, Okay, didn’t really need that joke there.
This story also further explores the Full Synchro concept, where the Netop joins their NetNavi in a NetBattle. Cool stuff.
Don’t expect a resolution to the story though. There’s a cliffhanger ending, but if this latest volume is any indicator, volume four won’t be disappointing.