Manga: Linebarrels of Iron
"It's not 'what I should do,' it's 'What I want to do.'"Linebarrels of Iron
is a Japanese manga series created by Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi. The series was first serialized in Akita Shoten's monthly shōnen manga magazine Champion Red
in 2005. It has since been compiled into 21 tankōbon, as of January 18, 2013.
The Linebarrels of Iron story takes place in a fictional alternate future, centering around a junior-high school student named Kouichi Hayase, who escaped his daily life of being bullied as a child by constantly daydreaming about being a hero. His life was forever changed during a class trip in the year 2016 when an artificial satellite fell from orbit. Due to this "accident", Kouichi was left in a coma for half a year, and upon awakening, found himself with strange powers, including superhuman strength. Then, in 2019, a mysterious robot called "Linebarrel" appears before him. It is revealed that the accident from three years ago was not caused by a satellite, but rather by the Machina robot Linebarrel, and that this turned him into a "Factor", which is the name given to Machina pilots. This leads him to encounter Emi Kizaki, a mysterious amnesiac girl whose unknown past seems to be related to Linebarrel. He joins her in fighting for JUDA, the world's largest medical equipment maker, which happens to secretly own several other Machina robots.
So sayeth The Other Wiki
Linebarrel looks to play the charmingly cliched Mecha Show
straight to the hilt. In the opening chapters a Hot-Blooded emotionally underdeveloped brat
finds himself piloting a giant robot into all kinds of shiny looking awesome while shouting trite oneliners about being an Ally Of Justice
and Hilarity Ensues
. Then you start to notice the veneer is chipping away.
Shimizu and Shimoguchi make it painfully clear how much of a prick the protagonist really is and just how hollow those words about justice ring in his mouth.
Then - and this is the kicker - they make him mean every damn word.
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