Just as idealistic young Alice Malvin is graduating from military academy in not-quite-Germany, all gung-ho to fight in the ongoing war... a cease-fire is announced. Five days later, across the country, the news finally trickles down to the scarred and weary soldier Randel Olend.

Several years later, Alice is with the reconstruction division of the army, called Pumpkin Scissors apparently because it sounds cool. The war may be over, but the country is still a mess, plagued by hunger, unemployment, crime, a ruined infrastructure, and former soldiers with nothing to do. But amazingly, Alice has not lost her can-do attitude, and pounces upon the disillusioned Olend-- who either possesses or is himself a creepy secret weapon-- as an asset to her team. Together, they fight crime and attempt to reconstruct the country.

The visual style and the examination of small and large acts of human kindness and cruelty remind me of Urasawa's Monster; the characters remind me of the military in Fullmetal Alchemist. Pumpkin Scissors isn't as deep or subtle as either of those, but then again, it's only on book one. Though the morals can be obvious, the way they're conveyed is just unexpected enough to make the whole story feel very real and human. Alice and Randel have a lovely dynamic that, at least so far, is much more companionable than romantic.

I'll definitely keep reading this. There's an anime too but I haven't seen any of it yet.
Just as idealistic young Alice Malvin is graduating from military academy in not-quite-Germany, all gung-ho to fight in the ongoing war... a cease-fire is announced. Five days later, across the country, the news finally trickles down to the scarred and weary soldier Randel Olend.

Several years later, Alice is with the reconstruction division of the army, called Pumpkin Scissors apparently because it sounds cool. The war may be over, but the country is still a mess, plagued by hunger, unemployment, crime, a ruined infrastructure, and former soldiers with nothing to do. But amazingly, Alice has not lost her can-do attitude, and pounces upon the disillusioned Olend-- who either possesses or is himself a creepy secret weapon-- as an asset to her team. Together, they fight crime and attempt to reconstruct the country.

The visual style and the examination of small and large acts of human kindness and cruelty remind me of Urasawa's Monster; the characters remind me of the military in Fullmetal Alchemist. Pumpkin Scissors isn't as deep or subtle as either of those, but then again, it's only on book one. Though the morals can be obvious, the way they're conveyed is just unexpected enough to make the whole story feel very real and human. Alice and Randel have a lovely dynamic that, at least so far, is much more companionable than romantic.

I'll definitely keep reading this. There's an anime too but I haven't seen any of it yet.
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