‘MM9’ Book Review: A Fun Tale of Kaiju

by on March 17, 2012

in book reviews, Entertainment

MM9 is from VIZ Media/Haikasoru… and written by Hiroshi Yamamoto, translated by Nathan Collins.

The book is rated “T” for Teen, but I have to say, teen rated or not, this was a fun and entertaining read.  But I’m a bit biased on the genre covered by the publication.

MM9 Book Review

MM9 is a book for the giant monster fan in all of us.  We are taken to a world where giant monsters exist and are are treated like weather phenomenon or earthquakes.

This is a world that reminds me very much of what I anticipate will be like Guillermo del Toro‘s upcoming movie, Pacific Rim, that has to do with giant monsters and how humanity deals with them.

But MM9 is different and is a fun read.

In MM9, the world is populated by monsters of different shapes and sizes and an organization is set up to discover and deal with them.  The monsters can range from plant size to, well, monster-sized big!

The monsters are tracked by the staff in the Meteorological Agency, Monsterological Measures Department (MMD), an anti-monster squad.  And they call their monsters kaiju.  When the MMD discovers a monster, they rank it, depending on a combination of destructive potential and size.  The monster scale ranges from up to MM9… Monster Magnitude 9.  This is the biggest and baddest of the monsters.

The story or set of stories takes us through a few cases with the MMD, ranging from a simple but fascinating sea monster to one big daddy of a monster that threatens the very fabric of humanity.

The read was fun and quick and as the story progresses, the monsters get more complicated, until THE BIG ONE starts to come to life, and it’s a doozy!

It’s not all about monsters though.  There is a group of folks that do what they can to make the MMD look bad… in surprising ways.

Yet what I really enjoyed was the “scientific” understanding that Yamamoto describes in how these monsters can exist in our reality.

Most fans of the genre know that there’s always that underlying need to just believe and ignore the physics that would normally restrict the existence of kaiju.  Monsters are too big to move as fast as they do.  Their powers have no basis in reality. But there’s a theororetical “mythic” set of physics.  Physics that allow the monsters to exist in our “Big Bang” universe.  Or as it’s coined in MM9, “the parallel anthropic principle.”  It’s brilliant.

But that’s all I’m saying… no spoilers here.

I loved the explanation and I can feasibly see it adopted in some fashion by many other franchises somewhere down the road.

No matter your age, if you’re a fan of Godzilla and his flying, crawling, atomic-breath breathing peers, I think you will enjoy this take on the genre.

MM9 on Amazon

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