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Loveless Vol. #09 Manga Review

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Loveless Vol. #9
Loveless Vol. #9

Kio ends up a pawn in a game he had no idea anyone was playing.

Creative Staff
Story/Art: Yun Kouga
Translation: Ray Yoshimoto
Adaptation: Lillian Diaz-Przybyl

What They Say
Seimei is very much alive and has torn through the Seven Voices Academy like a whirlwind. As Septimal Moon struggles to right itself and keep its secrets from spilling out, a new enemy takes center stage: the unit named “Bloodless” wages a crippling psychological war, ending battles without spilling a single drop of blood. Yet Ritsuka and Soubi must emerge victorious against them—or lose Kio.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
After the violent reunion with Seimei in the last volume, you would think that Soubi and Ritsuka would be given a chance to lick their wounds.  That almost happens, until Soubi is suddenly reminded by Nisei that Kio had come along for the trip, and has now fallen into enemy hands.

Seimei has assembled quite a collection of fallen warriors to suit his purposes.  His invasion of the Academy was meant as a diversion so that he could steal some data.  What his true goal is none can say.  He sicks a pair of his own on Soubi and Ritsuka when they arrive at the meeting point to trade Nisei for Kio.

Ritsuka is undaunted in wanting to reunite his family, no matter what.  That desire is challenged when the pair that he faces use psychological warfare in their words to bring to light Ritsuka’s doubt about Seimei’s past actions.  It turns out that Ritsuka, despite his claims otherwise, is having a hard time reconciling the idea that his brother could very well be a murderer.  It makes me wonder what he’ll do if he finds out that Seimei does have innocent blood on his hands.

The newest fighter and sacrifice introduced don’t exactly get along.  Yurio is another blank slate like Soubi, while Hideo was only matched up against his will.  Why Hideo continues to fight when he clearly didn’t want to is just another mystery to add to the weird society of secret word fighters.  They are a pretty unlikable pair, but not beyond redemption, as Kio finds out first hand.

We spend a lot of time in this volume reminiscing about how Kio and Soubi became friends.  Probably a bit too much time.  The back story mostly amounts to Kio forcing himself into Soubi’s business, and Soubi eventually giving in to Kio’s overtures of friendship.  They do bond over art a bit during the process, showing that the two at least share one thing in common.  Most of the time I just felt bad for Kio, who once stripped from his obnoxious ways (and stripped of his glasses) seemed much more relatable than he had been in previous volumes.  The most interesting part of volume occurs around a surprise visitor that shows up just prior to Kio’s reunion with Soubi.  Perhaps no one can escape this weird game.

The extras in this edition are a couple of side stories, one featuring a pair we haven’t seen for awhile and the other a conversation with Yuiko about english lessons.

In Summary
A new volume of Loveless means a new fighter/sacrifice pair and a new challenge for Soubi and Ritsuka to face.  The difference this time is that Kio has been turned into a pawn in this game.   It looks like he’s going to have a larger role to play in the story going forward.  The same goes for the two younger zeros, who keep coming back to follow the leads around and act as a greek chorus.  This schism in the Academy has turned one lone wolf’s actions into a revolution, now we just have to find out what the motivation for the split is.

Content Grade: B
Art Grade: A –
Packaging Grade: B +
Text/Translation Grade: A

Age Rating: 16+
Released By: Viz Media
Release Date: September 11th, 2013
MSRP: $9.99