Manga Review: Gate 7 Volume 2

Manga Review: Gate 7 Volume 2Gate 7 Volume 2 by Clamp
Series: Gate 7 #2
Published by Dark Horse Comics on December 8th 2011
Genres: Manga
Pages: 192
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A strange dimension overlaps with our reality, sending magical creatures and bloodthirsty spell casters against the forces of Hana and her team of Earth's protectors. As the newest member in Hana's strange group, awkward high schooler Chikahito Takamoto is looked upon with puzzlement and suspicion. His teammates have no idea how he can be immune to their special powers, and they wonder if Chikahito has any latent powers of his own. Finding himself in the middle of a high-stakes mystical war, Chikahito tries to make sense of the quirky, moody allies he's found himself aligned with and his own feelings for Hana--a strong, short, and awfully cute warrior!

Gate 7 is a series I most likely am giving up on. I usually like Clamp's graphic novels and I really enjoyed the first volume and thought I would get used to the names and references more quickly than I am. Here's the problem, there is a lot of references to Japan's history in this series. There are countless notes at the end of each volume explaining every name in history among other things. 

I like the story line, but with the large tie to history and the lack of background knowledge in the time period where all these characters reincarnate from, it is starting to grate on me. As it goes on and more characters are added, I'm sure I will get even more confused. It's sad because I love the illustrations and characters in the story. 

Has anyone else read this series and gotten any farther? Does it get any better? I don't think Gate 7 is for me and I'm going to give up after this volume.

Kristen

Kristen is the co-blog owner of The Book Monsters. Kristen is an Elementary School Library Media Specialist in the Chicago suburbs who loves reading. Why else would she be a librarian?

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4 responses to “Manga Review: Gate 7 Volume 2

  1. I have not read the series, but I can appreciate the question of wondering if you should continue with a series. I have had some authors whom I loved and decided to read series that I did not enjoy because I loved the author and thought it would get better.

  2. I have tried many of CLAMP's mangas and the only one I could say that I enjoyed was Card Captor Sakura.  I just struggled with the stories- they felt a little disjointed. And now I need to go read Meru Puri and Fushigi Yuugi 😉

  3. Gate is one of those series I think I'll eventually read when it's over, but it's too confusing in pieces. I LOVE Clamp's plot twists, so it's not that it's too complex to enjoy it. I would just rather read it all at once instead of while it's being serialized chapter by chapter. Tsubasa and Holic are some of my favorite manga series EVER, but I came into those series in 2008, so I got to read a LOT of the story and then only wait a year or so for the ending.

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