Orion is set in an alternative timeline in which the universe
is directly impacted by magic and karma. In an attempt to
counteract all the bad karma the Greater Galaxy People's Empire
has gathered, a scientist/sorcerer tries to destroy it through
his experiment. Master Fuzen, a legendary priest, brings his
daughter Seska in, in hopes of averting the possible apocalyse
that might be caused by the scientists flawed experiment.
Unlike previous sci-fi based stories from Masamune, Orion
doesn't use technology or cyborgs to populate it's world.
Characters use magic and magical and demonic entities are
abound. Some Lovecraftian overtones are hinted in these otherworldly
Overall, this is a nice change of pace from Shirow's mainstream
work in Ghost in the Shell and Appleseed. Some of the side
text trying to explain the view on the balance of karma and
internal energies tends to get a bit "heady" and sometimes
bogs down the story. The action is reserved and the outcome
of the story is in doubt until the end.
Consider this one a good read, even with the obtuse story