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3.0 out of 5 stars An Average End to an Average Series, November 5, 2009
This review is from: Tetragrammaton Labyrinth, Vol. 6 (Paperback)
Gore.
This is a series often times driven by the lust for gore. & said gore, heavy & detailed, could even be equated to the level one would find in a series like Battle Royale or Gantz. At the very least it is tasteful: no rape or torture. Me: I don't care for gore. I don't necessarily mind it, but I'll never specifically seek a title out for it. But for those of you with an infatuation for cartoon blood, your thirst will certainly be quenched with Tetragrammaton Labyrinth.

But enough of that.
The plot---battling demons to save humanity---was always the weak point of this would-be epic: it's been done a thousand times before & here it isn't even particularly well-crafted. & yet, what boosts this mediocre manga to the ranks of other, better-constructed action titles such as Blame! or even Kamiyadori is the surprisingly well-defined cast.
By TL's conclusion, it becomes clear that the theme of this violent, blood-soaked tale is that beautiful, ugly, honest, all-consuming emotion known as love. Almost every character is motivated by it. From the somber villain, to the insane Detective Wise, to the lonely German sisters, to finally our 2 desperate protagonists. This only leaves Hisame, a character who never felt organic to begin with. But even she manages to gain enough of a distinct personality in her own right.

Now, what about the stinkin' yuri?!?!
No, Mr Itou never truly explores the sexual chemistry between Angela & Meg---but frankly, as I've stated before, the way the 2 hold each other is just too intimate & charged, even for Eastern culture or 'sisters.' & besides, doesn't anybody remember that panel in volume 4? If you've followed this series for the yuri, you should know exactly which oh-so-suggestive panel I'm referring to.
(On another note, the very end of this last volume of TL is quite similar to the ending of another subtle shojo-ai title: Stray Little Devil, sans the implied kiss. I doubt this was intentional, but it makes for an interesting parallel.)

The art has steadily improved over the volumes, mainly in the paneling. Where it was at times confusing & sloppy in volumes 1 - 3, the layouts become more brisk & direct in the later books.
The actual backgrounds & character designs have remained stable, clean, &---in the case of the female cast---`cutesy.'

Pure potato-chip manga to the very end.
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