Rating: 2.5/5 – Fun for Final Fantasy Fans, But Not Much For New Readers
by ComicSpectrum reviewer Al Sparrow.
Manga tie-ins to video games tend to be hit or miss, often being must-buys for die-hard fans of the game, while offering little to bring the casual reader (or gamer) on board. This is pretty much the case with The Ice Reaper, a side story set in the Final Fantasy Type 0 realm. Obviously if you go into the book as an avid Final Fantasy fan, you’re likely going to enjoy the nods to the game itself, as well as seeing particular characters rendered in ink. However, if you don’t know a thing about the popular game series, you’re faced with a manga that – to be honest – is too much like other fantasy manga just like it to be worth the effort to read.
Not to say it’s horrible. It isn’t. Takatoshi Shiozawa does a great job taking this licensed property and breathing some life into it, but even then there’s little to distinguish it from, say, The Sacred Blacksmith, as just one example. Great evil, warring kingdoms, mistrust among the populace, one (or four in this case) hero arises to combat evil, etc. You have options when trying to find a story of this nature, so unless you’re a Final Fantasy fan, you might want to do a little shopping around. As a nuts-and-bolts fantasy story, The Ice Reaper falls flatly into the realm of the average, so don’t settle.
Reviewed by: Al Sparrow
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