Released: May 25th 2007
Megatokyo Volume five contains chapters seven and eight of the popular webcomic series. However, like the volumes that precede it, this volume also contains a ton of bonus materials such as one-shots, single artworks (mostly of the characters or their gamer equivalent), and a readers guide.
There’s quite a lot going on in this volume, and it isn’t all the romantic interests running around each other (though that happens quite a bit as well). I sort of feel like this volume really perfected the stride of the series; with a steady flow and regular updates and new tidbits of information to keep things rolling along smoothly.
The more I re-read this series, the more I remember what I loved so much about it. This volume really gets us into the thick of all the plots, revealing information that’s both shocking and logical to the plot. I’m starting to remember the rest as a read, but I’m trying really hard not to, so I can have a fresh re-reading opportunity.
I feel like they spent more time developing the other characters in this issue. While there is still some focus on Largo and Piro (of course), I feel like the secondary and tertiary characters were allowed to show more emotions and character development. And honestly, that’s really where this series shines. The character interactions are priceless, and I don’t just mean that I love seeing all of the romantic leads try and sort themselves out. Even the characters with no interest in each other have interesting interactions here, and I loved every moment of it.
I’m sure we all have our favorite plots and focuses; for example up until this volume I was most interested in Piro and all of the romantic confusion he was dealing with. However, my curiosity quickly flipped to Erika and her plot progression (and everything that entails). I’m anxious to see how all of that plays out, in the end.
There’s still one volume left to Megatokyo, but you can sort of get the feeling even now that we’re starting to head towards the conclusion of the series. I’ll be sad to see it go (again) of course, but it’s nice seeing a series that knows when and how it wants to end.