Story: Megumi Osuga
Art: Megumi Osuga
Translation/Adaptation: Stephen Paul
What They Say
Still trying to recover from the shock of his brother’s death, Junya decides to follow in Ando’s footsteps. First on the agenda is revenge on the ones who caused his brother’s death. Can Junya succeed where Ando failed…?
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
Having chosen to dive the underworld, Junya can’t seem to take two steps without running into assassins. He starts off by arranging a showdown with the Duce bartender, but their confrontation gets abruptly cut off when the Pusher, the greatest killer in the business, interferes. (The images for this scene are pretty intense. You can practically feel the rumble of the truck as it crashes through.) The Pusher’s meddling is a wholly unexpected twist and sends Junya on a journey that takes him to other supernaturally gifted individuals; a sadistic shadowy group known as Fraulein (you’ll be gripping your fingernails after meeting them); and ultimately, Inukai.
As angry and vengeful as Junya is, he’s still very much grieving for his brother. Every now and then, something triggers a memory, and he winds up in tears. It’s proof of his affection for his brother, and with a bond so close, it makes absolute sense that Junya’s the critical link to Ando’s dramatic reappearance when Junya confronts Inukai.
In the meantime, reform in Nekota City isn’t proceeding the way its good citizens would hope. The convenient demises of Grasshopper’s opponents is weighing on the new mayor, forcing him into the very tricky position of striking a deal with unsavory characters to try to gain an upper hand on the underworld. Whatever’s going to happen next, it feels like all involved are going to sink further into darkness.
Junya’s out for revenge, and not even the threat of death or violence can stop him. It’s one gripping encounter after another as Junya gets to the bottom of what happened to his brother. He’s gone through a dramatic transformation in the last few chapters, but that’s nothing compared to what happens when he discovers the truth from Inukai himself!
Content Grade: A-
Art Grade: B
Packaging Grade: B
Text/Translation Grade: B+
Readers Rating: [ratings]
Age Rating: 16+
Released By: Viz Media
Release Date: December 13th, 2011