Story & Art: JinHo Ko
Translation: JiEun Park
Adaptation: Arthur Dela Cruz
What They Say
When Ethan of the East District reunites Noh-A with her long-dead father, only to threaten to kill him again if Noh-A does not cooperate with the East District, she reluctantly agrees to go with Ethan. But securing the mirror image for himself is only half the battle, as Ethan soon finds himself under siege from the other districts of Amityville as they attempt to steal her away again. While battle rages around her, a gnawing doubt grows in the pit of Noh-A’s stomach…Is Jack truly the ally she’s believed him to be? Or was he responsible for the loss of everything and everyone she once held dear?
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
Now that Ethan has successfully returned to his district with Noh-A in tow, he can rest from his fight before trying to decipher how to harness Noh-A’s power. This is an aspect I still can’t figure out about this series, why can’t Noh-A harness her “mirror image” power herself? Assuming there is something there other than the ability to open the Pillar of Solomon. If everyone is trying to use her as a weapon against the other districts, then why can’t she be badass herself? Or what will it take to push her to the point of harnessing her own powers?
Now that Ethan has the prize, the other districts aren’t going to sit idle. But if Ethan and his East District is the weakest, then how is he going to fight off the other districts, even with Noh-A’s power? Sure enough, Ethan’s district finds itself under attack on all fronts. This forces his him to take drastic measures in trying to harness Noh-A’s powers. Considering he doesn’t actually know how to take her power, he decides to just start carving her up with a knife. Normally, Noh-A most certainly would have put up a fight, but she’s just learned that Jack was the one responsible for her father’s death. Or at least, her less than sane father claims he was killed by Jack. Now Noh-A is so confused and hurt, she is more than willing to let Ethan carve her up if it will eventually end of her pain.
Outside, in the surrounding East District, the most powerful fighters from Ethan’s force are fighting the best fighters from Siegfried’s South District. It is a momentous occasion as these warriors haven’t fought since the last war, and now they are ready to battle until the last man standing in order to harness Noh-A’s powers. Cool weapons abound, and it looks like Siegfried is going to take this battle and win Noh-A, but Helmina and Jack and the North District have their own surprises set up. Will Ethan be able to fight off Siegfried and the South District? More importantly, will either of them be able to keep the South District and the seemingly invincible Jack at bay?
Still a lot of mysteries remain in this series, plus more added as we get a glimpse of Solomon and how he passes his time while trapped inside his Pillar full of demons. We learn more about how intelligent and devious Helmina is, but still nothing about the extent of her powers and why she has complete sway over Jack. Nevertheless, her devious maneuvering during the battle at Ethan’s East District is incredibly impressive and entertaining once it all plays out. Add to that, Noh-A finally losing her sanity at the end of this volume, and the next book looks like we might finally get to see what her “mirror image” power really is and what role Solomon might play in the wars between the Districts.
Content Grade: C
Art Grade: B-
Packaging Grade: B+
Text/Translation Grade: B
Age Rating: 16+
Released By: Yen Press
Release Date: September 25th, 2012