Translation: Lillian Olsen
What They Say:
Japan’s greatest seer, the blind prophet Hinoto, has foretold the end of the world. At the center of her prophecy is a young man named Kamui Shiro, who possesses startling psychic powers. But Kamui is far from alone in this destiny. Armies are gathering, other people with unique powers: the “Seven Seals,” who seem to be Kamui’s allies, and the “Seven Angels,” who might be his enemies. All are somehow linked to the destruction to come, and all are now coming to Tokyo to choose sides in the upcoming battle.
In this deluxe collector’s edition of X, the pages have been recomposed in the original right-to-left reading order and restored to the highest quality. Each volume contains three of the original graphic novels, along with gorgeous, full-color illustrations never before published outside Japan!
Fuma starts the volume brooding, trying to figure out what his relation is to Kamui, and why he must murder his own friend. Fortunately, Kotori is there to comfort him when he snaps out of it. While eating with the others at a restaurant, Kamui learns a disturbing secret: his mother was a shadow sacrifice, someone who lived to absorb the misfortune of another. After a little more discussion on the matter, the group heads out for the National Diet Building, under which sleeps the dreaming prophet Hinoto. There he sees the desert wasteland that is Tokyo’s future and is taught that it is caused by an earthquake brought about by the Seven Dragons. The only ones who can fight these Dragons of Earth are the Seven Dragons of Heaven, the Seven Seals. Of course these aren’t actual dragons, but people of great power who will shape the world. However Kamui can be either a dragon of Heaven or Earth, one who hunts the might of gods or serves them. The great power of the Kamui turns out to be that he uniquely possesses these two futures to choose between.
When Kamui hears this revelation he begins to act up, but another of the Seven Seals abruptly appears and stops him. This young girl, Yuzuriha Nekoi, possesses a kinship with a dog spirit known as Inuki. The young man who was with Kamui introduces himself as Sorata (or Sora) Arisugawa, and the girl reveals herself to be Arashi Kishu. After fending off an attack from the Sakurazukamori, one of the Dragons of Earth, Kamui leaves to mull things over. Later, Kamui makes up with Kotori, and Sora reveals that Arashi is the one he “chose” to die for. When Sora and Arashi are getting acquainted, a scantily clad woman known as Karen Kasumi appears and reveals herself as another of the Seven Seals.
Fuma continues to act strangely, Kotori foresees her own morbid fate, and Kamui fends off more attacks. As the volume closes, Kamui’s Aunt Tokiko appears before him bloodied and battered. After offering an explanation on the matter, she births the second sacred sword, destroying her own body in the process.
A lot certainly happens in this volume, with a large number of characters being introduced and some rather huge revelations. The larger conflict certainly seems to be coming into view, and it definitely looks interesting. Meanwhile, though Kamui remains a bit of a prick, he’s becoming at least bit more likable with some of the memories of his past that we get to see. On the other hand, it’s a bit of a shame that the sides seem so clearly defined, and it seems obvious what “choice” Kamui is going to make, even if it’s supposed to be an important and confusing decision. When the villains’ goals are so evil and the heroes are the ones getting friendly with him, it isn’t hard to figure out which side the main character is going to end up on. Fortunately, this is still a beautiful volume packed with content and action combined into a rather well-made package.
Content Grade: B+
Art Grade: A-
Package Rating: A
Text/Translation Rating: A-
Age Rating: 16+
Released by: Viz Media
Release Date: April 17th, 2012