With so much good modern manga out there (someday I will read Death Note!), I have to be a little convinced to go backwards in time. I mean, something can be historically important and great for its day but still a little clunky to modern eyes… which is what I thought flipping through a preview copy of To Terra… Volume 1.
Then it started getting really good reviews, like this one from Shaenon Garrity. I still don’t know, though. It sounds like a plot I’ve seen many times before, and I can’t see that 70s art style (big eyes, flowing hair) without thinking of Star Blazers. I don’t know that the “kid secretly has mental powers with which he will eventually SAVE CIVILIZATION” plot really resonates with me.
I think I’m more in tune with Dirk Deppey‘s review, which says “it does give the story a whiff of the museum artifact — one must overcome a few preconceptions in order to be able to enjoy it” and “Whether you wish to continue onward to Volume Two, then, depends upon your willingness to excuse the elements that work less well — the cliche’s, expository dialogue, and endless information dumps — in order to enjoy the more baroque elements in drawing and design”.
Should I try it? Why do you think I’d like it? What other good reviews of the title have you seen?
(I just realized, I didn’t mean to set this up as Death Note vs. To Terra, but sometimes life does require those kinds of tradeoffs.)