Wednesday, January 30, 2008

A.I. Revolution, vol. 1

By Yuu Asami
Published in the US by GoComi

Slugline: In a world of robots, there does not seem to be very many of them.

Sui's father is the scientist-entrepreneur in a near-future world where household robots are commonplace, but has just finished a prototype of one that could pass for human. Sui is asked to help Vermillion adapt to interacting with humans. But Vermillion not only looks human, he also has advanced technology that allows him to interface with any computer. This ability attracts the wrong attention at times, putting Vermillion and Sui in danger even as they try to help each other.

Some bits of this near-future is already out of date, just another example that even a decade ago the consequences of WiFi and broadband was not really understood. Vermillion's technology that makes him a target is conceivably now within the grasp of anyone with a PDA (or considering the direction of technology, cell phones.) The art also shows, well not its age per se, but certainly the fact that it feels old, or more precisely out of fashion. But once you accept those limitations, the story is solid though treading over well-worn ground and the art itself is fine.

A.I. Revolution, vol. 1 is also available from Right Stuf, Intl., an online retailer specializing in anime and manga.


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