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S-CRY-ed Vol. 3
Seb
Author: Seb Reid

Seb has been an anime fan since the late 90s and is particularly fond of anything post-apocalyptic, amusing, catgirly, ecchi or containing exquisite aerial battles. Living in Leeds with his cats and living up the bachelor life, Seb enjoys whiling the nights away deep in a book, game or a damn good series. 

S-CRY-ed Vol. 3

Distributor
Beez
Certificate
PG
Price
£19.99 RRP
Date
01 Nov 2005

My patience has been worthwhile. A plot has appeared and damn is this series getting good. By good, I do mean better, as so far it has done enough to get me nicely addicted.

The episodes to date have bordered on repetitive with new HOLY members being introduced using battles, and relationships formed as a result. What is occurring in this volume especially, and I expect to a much larger degree in the following volumes, is a collation of the individual threads of the story so far into a firm and more satisfying whole.

As we have seen in the previous volume, the altar forms can evolve beyond their initial states into an “evolved” form. Ryuho has an altar which transforms into its second form in the previous volume before battering Kazuma, and this "powering up" comes into play more and more throughout the next two volumes, and forms the basis of the underlying plot which explores the origin and the motive behind HOLY and the capture of the native altar users.

In terms of story, I'll give little more away. However, if you feel pressed for time, feel free to miss out episode 10. Sure, it’s a good chance to see the power Kazuma develops in episode 9, but overall, it truly makes me cringe. The "Energy" person is perhaps one of the campest people I have ever seen in an anime series and I personally want to kick him, very hard, where the sun doesn’t shine.

Again, I am very much enjoying the dub as it allows me to happily multitask, a feat which I am quickly learning to master.

Overall, it is good to see the series has finally gained a direction. The hints at a plot from earlier volumes are beginning to bear fruit, and I can't wait to see what else this series has to offer.

8
Character personalities are a little thin, but it doesn't spoil the non stop action.
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