This will be the first review for this series as well as my first review, so i'll just go straight to the review.
(Beware ! The review below contains some light spoilers)
Heavy Object takes place in a world where the UN(United Nations) has collapsed. And as the result, the world is thrown into the chaos of war. Since the downfall of UN, the concept of independent countries is no longer existed and instead, there are 4 different major world powers with different ideologies and of course, holding several territories that used to be a country. And because of this, they're at war with each other due
to natural resources,territories, conflicting ideas, and so on.
So what makes these world powers so feared ? The possessions of Objects.
Objects are giant war machines that brought the concept of clean war, where the casualties of human soldiers are nigh to zero in a war. Their roles are no longer to risk their lives on the battlefield, but to maintain and protect these Objects so these things could do their job.
I found the story is rather interesting because it doesn't only show flashy oversized mecha fights but it also showed some intrigues behind the creation of Objects and several political matters that are one way or another involving the Objects. The only thing that i disliked is the lack of significant development on it. The volumes i read so far pretty much has 'enemy of the week' format.
- We have two boys as 'primary' main protagonists, Quenser and Heivia. And they're pretty much the main reason i read this LN.
Quenser is a battlefield student whose main objective is to become an Object designer and he joined the 37th Batallion to study Objects. He has a stong sense of justice but not naive enough to believe that he could save everybody in need.
Heivia is a noble who joined the same battalion with Quenser because of some family issues. Unlike Quenser, he often prioritized his well-being over everybody else but still care enough for his comrades.
Both are coward yet brave when the situation needs them to be, and both have perverted tendencies towards their commander. With Quenser's knowledge about Objects and Heivia's analytical ability about enemy tactics, both will carve their own name as the first humans that crazy enough to face an Object and destroyed it, without using one.
- Milinda, or being commonly referred as 'princess', is the pilot of the Object for the batallion where Quenser and Heivia are belonged to. She's an emotionless girl who has a thing for Quenser after being saved by him in a certain incident. I can't say much about her due to her lack of important roles aside from being an Object pilot.
- Froleytia is the commander of the 37th Battalion. She has an abnormal obsession of Japanese culture and always being troubled by some chaos caused by Quenser and Heivia.
Aside from Quenser and Heivia, there are nigh to zero development for the others, which is pretty much a letdown for me.
Actually there's one more protagonist but it'll be a huge spoiler
The lack of detailed illustrations about Objects really disappoint me. Overall the illustrations are good although it's nothing groundbreaking.
Despite all the drawbacks i have mentioned, i greatly enjoyed this series. Quenser and Heivia antics are really fun to watch, as well as their efforts to save the day. I can feel the suspense whenever they're engaging an Object and also the twists that involved.
I also like how the author showed the conflicts between these world powers, and how he described the terror brought by the Objects. Although there are some fanservices here and there, it didn't really affect the main story and purely just for the sake of entertainment.