Anyway here are my thoughts (promised):
[details=spoiler] I like how they needed two more people to “fight Friend”. So after they try everyone and anyone, guess who’s their last option? Yanbo and Mabo!! Some last resort huh? And they almost won me over, almost tricked me into thinking they were ganna help Kenji too. They do seem much nicer though at least, pleading for Kenji to not get in too much trouble. They seem to think they were friends with him as children lol. But still some backstabbers they are. It seems no matter what Kenji and the others do, the Friends are already 2 or 3 steps ahead of them!! How do you fight that? And then Kenji ships his cute niece away and prepares for the biggest fight ever, the showdown! We learn what the part in the book meant, the picture was the Japanese Diet building…and BOOM!! Now all other party members of the legislation are dead, only Friends party is left alive. The attack on the Japanese Diet building reminded me a lot of Reichstag fire during WWII in Germany. It helped make sure the Nazis were in complete control of the country, and allowed them to do away with civil liberties and such. And I LOVE how Kenji and his friends get blamed for this now. And so Kenji and his friends start preparing for the big battle when the homeless man comes and tells them to leave at once since he saw into the future and new they were ganna get raided! I like how Kenji’s niece came back on her own, awww, all she wants to do is be with her uncle…and he has to leave her with the homeless people (who rule btw they are very kind), and get ready for the showdown. And then when everything is about to come to a head, the big showdown is about to happen, will it be the end of the world or will Kenji and his pals win…right when everything is about to get amazing, something big’s ganna happen and…TIME JUMP!!! Gahh!!! How can he do that to us? OMG like it was just getting amazing.
That was the BEST part of this series so far, the parts leading up to that time skip. I kinda got mad we jumped into the future right then. But then I was wondering how this could go on for 17 more volumes if the last fight is about to happen now. After I got over being really mad that we jumped into the future, I learned to like it. Kenji’s niece, Kanna, is full of win now. I like her attitude and understand her completely. Feel a little bad for her, but I get her and where she’s coming from. Also she rules for listening to 60’s music on an 80’s walkman! Talk about retro. The manga artists were two very interesting people, remind me of Urasawa and Nagasaki a little ;). I like how they kinda feel like cameo characters. I also like how we meet the detective from volume 1- 3’s grandson. You remember the guy who had everything figured out about the Friends and stuff, he bought a pikachu doll for his grandson then was killed. I just like how his grandson somehow is now involved in all of this, like the guy dying in volume 3 wasn’t for no reason, it plays into the plot. The pieces of the puzzle are slowly coming together. Yeah well his grandson is now kicking ass in the future (which is actually closer to out present then the present time in the book lol! Guess it’s been awhile since this has been written hehe) .
Is Kenji and his friends dead now? The only one who seems to be still alive is Yukiji and damn has she aged. It’s very very sad if Kenji truly died, although I don’t think he did. I mean who else do you think brought the ramen to the gravesite? It’s gatta be him. Still I have a feeling his other friends were not so lucky. Bet they all died . And kenji is in so much sh*t he can’t even come out of hiding long enough to tell his family that he’s still alive. That or he’s planning something… Oh and what a plot twist on the last page! the friends are still in power, and better then ever! And hey now we know who the “girl” in volume one is, you know the one who wakes up to the giant robot. She’s Kanna. I went back and looked at volume 1 and can see Urasawa is playing with us. Kanna shows up on the next page right after that scene, just to mess with you. He’s saying “haha you’ll never guess these are the same person” and I gata just sit back and admire how intelligent it all is. Well dying to see the next volume now! God how will I make it to December without knowing what happens next!! [/details]