Hey all, Dani here.
Okay, okay, welcome back to Manga Monday. I am here with my second post for the day, and I guess today is just a day where I talk about Hiro Mashima. Obviously you know that I’m a fan of Fairy Tail, but I finally decided to try out one of his other series, and I picked up this one because it’s a newer one.
And…wow. I actually am really excited to talk about this one, so let’s not waste any more time with this intro section of the post. It’s time to jump into the review.
Publisher: Kodansha Comics
Publication Date: November 6, 2018
ISBN: 1632367564 (ISBN13: 9781632367563)
PATH TO DESTINY
At Granbell Kingdom, an abandoned amusement park, Shiki has lived his entire life among machines. But one day, Rebecca and her cat companion Happy appear at the park’s front gates. Little do these newcomers know that this is the first human contact Granbell has had in a hundred years! As Shiki stumbles his way into making new friends, his former neighbors stir at an opportunity for a robo-rebellion…And when his old homeland becomes too dangerous, Shiki must join Rebecca and Happy on their spaceship and escape into the boundless cosmos.
Rating: 4.5 stars
If you’re a fan of Fairy Tail and you want a number of quite similar characters, plus all the friendship and camaraderie and action…but all in space, then this is definitely the series for you. Happy is even a character, though he is a bit different too. And obviously Rebecca and Shiki are pretty similar to Lucy and Natsu. Oh, and an Erza doppelganger also makes an appearance.
Even more than that, at the end of the book, Mashima does call out the fact that there are some cameo appearances by some popular characters within the pages. I easily saw Levy, Jet, and Droi, but missed some of the others.
Basically, what I’m saying is this can go two different ways for fans of Fairy Tail…either you’re going to enjoy all the callbacks like I did and find it to be amusing, or you’re going to get annoyed at the fact that there’s not as much originality going on with this one.
Look it would be easy to say that this is simply Fairy Tail in space. But I see all the differences and the potential for it to become even more in future volumes. I like that we see Rebecca pulling Shiki out of his lonely little life where he’s only surrounded by the robots he’s been doing maintenance on them for years. I like the spaceships and interplanetary adventuring. I like that Rebecca and Happy are this universe’s versions of YouTubers.
I think this is the start to a really cool adventure. I’m also looking forward to learning more about Elsie Crimson, because she really just appeared towards the end.
After reading this volume I pretty quickly ordered up Volumes 2-4, but I need to get my hands on 5-7, because Volume 8 will be out in August, and I’d like to be all caught up on the series.