Item description for Last Hope Vol 2 (Last Hope) by Kriss Sison Michael Dignan...
Handsome and mysterious transfer student Hiroto Nakadai arrives at Maunaloa Academy, but he holds a secret far deeper than anyone can guess. Hiroto is actually a prince from another world, on the run from the evil Lord Kumagai and his dimension-hopping foot soldiers. Together with his newfound friends, Hiroto must journey through space and time, into the realms of the imagination, and beyond death itself in order to escape.
But first he'll have to make it out of high school alive.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.4" Width: 5" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.35 lbs.
Release Date Sep 25, 2006
Publisher Seven Seas
ISBN 1933164069 ISBN13 9781933164069
Reviews - What do customers think about Last Hope Vol 2 (Last Hope)?
Not as good as the first review Aug 12, 2007
Ok so i didn't read the first review due to the fact that I don't want to read all that. But this second book to Last Hope made we reread it and love it over again. The front cover says alot and you will love it so much, you wish you where there, maybe. I'm bad at Last Hope reviews because I can't explain how much I really liked it to reread them and want to know everything word from word and picture to picture. But I must say the things in here came to me off gaurd and I was mad I didn't expect it.If getting mad from not expecting something happens to anyone don't you want ot read it? Cause I'm surely going to go reread the first and second on right now after I post this and I'm going nuts waiting for the third that I want to jump into a pool of water and I hate swimming. So helpful review or not this book is something you should read.
Second volume weaker than first Jan 13, 2007
Last Hope is back after a nearly a 1 1/2 year wait, but Dallas Middaugh has replaced Michael Dignan as the author. This may explain the darker tone of the second volume, as well as the lack of character development.
The second volume of Last Hope starts with Hiroto, Drake, Tom, Alvin, Colleen, and Ikuko escaping from the prison-like school they traveled to in the first volume. Unfortunately, while escaping, one of the kids is left behind, and the others find themselves in the future, where the survival of the human race relies on a mecha no one knows how to pilot.
The art is simply spectacular, far better than some manga that get published (Q-ko-chan and Dragon Knights are two examples). The backgrounds are very detailed and it's clear that a lot of work was put into the character designs. As an added bonus, some of the original artistic designs are in the back of the book. The contrast between the original designs and the published art are not as pronounced as in volume one, nevertheless, it's still a good look at how the characters, places, and costumes have evolved over time.
The story Last Hope borrows its space and time traveling plot from Tsubasa, and Hiccup has an uncanny resemblance to Magic Knight Rayearth's Mokona, but the different worlds that the kids travel to are entirely original (as far as I know).
The characters could have been fleshed out a lot more. The lack of character development didn't bother me much in the first book, because most series take a while to get going. However there has been no character development and we're already two volumes into the series. It seems as though there are too many characters, and the author doesn't know what to do with all of them. However, there are many other manga with large casts (Fullmetal Alchemist, Naruto, and Bleach, to name a few) that have very distinct characters, while managing to pack in a lot of story. So far, the only characters who have back stories are Alvin and Hiroto and the only character who has a motivation is Hiroto.
While the characters are very easy to tell apart visually, most of them have mail-order personalities. Alvin is the smart kid, Colleen is the tough girl, Ikuko is the kind girl, etc. There's no character development beyond that point. Drake (the tough guy) and Tom (the tough guy's tough friend) are the most personality challenged, and seem like minor characters who were suddenly promoted to major roles.
The language barrier is another problem. The school that the kids go to is in Japan. However, Colleen is Irish, Alvin is German, and Hiroto is from another world. What language are they speaking? The two logical choices are Japanese (because the school is in Japan) and English (since kids in Japan, Germany, and Ireland have to learn English anyway). However, Colleen sometimes says supposedly "Irish" things (more on that below) which would not translate to Japanese. That must mean that they are speaking English (or they are speaking Japanese with some "Irish" words thrown in). This brings up two additional problems:
1. How does Hiroto know English if he is from another world?
2. Why would a school that was purposely placed in Japan teach in English? After all, the author could have set the story in an English speaking country just as easily without changing any plot elements. My guess is that the author felt that the story had to be placed in Japan for it to be considered "manga". This is, of course, totally untrue (look at Dramacon).
Sometimes Colleen's "accent" will sometimes disappear for pages on end. She'll be speaking perfect English (or should I say, perfect American?) and then she'll throw in some "Irish" words, like laddy and lassie (which are not really Irish words since people in Scotland use them too). I know people with Irish accents, and they do not speak like that; they tend to swallow consonants, and the vowels sound different. Either Colleen has managed to erase her accent (but throws in "Irish" words anyway), or the author felt that it was too much work to write her accent correctly.
On a note to parents who want to buy the book for their kids: the second volume is quite a bit bloodier and darker than the first and includes a torture scene where one of the protagonists is stabbed by multiple knives. While this may not bother older children, if you are thinking of getting the book for a child who is easily frightened or hates seeing main characters hurt, you may want to think twice before buying.
All-in-all, it's a fun, but inconsistent, series. It's not the best OEL ever written, but if you have time to kill and want to see some really spectacular art, this just might be the series for you.