Ritsuka isn’t the only one with strange family issues.
Story/Art: Yun Kouga
Translation: Ray Yoshimoto
Adaptation: Lillian Diaz-Przybyl
What They Say
Although Natsuo and Youji have transferred to Ritsuka’s school to monitor him in the wake of his brother’s bloody homecoming, the unit named “Moonless” manages to isolate Ritsuka in order to propose a scheme to turn brother against brother.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
When Kio first came into this series I didn’t expect him to be anything more than a bit player. I thought he was the normal friend, the one to put Soubi’s strange life into perspective. In a story where virgins have cat ears I think I may have made an error in judgement assuming anything might being normal.
In the last volume we discovered that Kio may have a twin sister he knew nothing about. Starting off this volume he heads back home to try to get answers and we discover that the trip down the rabbit hole is a deep one. We meet Kio’s daughter, who has no cat ears, and seems far to old to be his biological daughter. Unless Kio had her at an extremely young age, and he comments that she was not produced with his consent, which can only mean more weirdness is afoot. Because the relationships in this series weren’t complicated enough to begin with! There’s also something strange about his mother and complicated family politics mucking things up. I’m shocked Kio is as well adjusted as he is.
Ritsuka is trying to get his own life back on track. He’s back at school, and back home dealing with his crazy abusive mother once again. He takes it all in stride, standing up to bullies picking on Yuiko and trying to be extra nice to Soubi. Soubi is concerned about why Ritsuka is taking so much responsibility onto his own shoulders when something more worrying shows up. The zeros arrive back at Soubi’s apartment with the intention of staying. They even go so far as to enroll in school with Ritsuka.
There’s a bit of magical handwaving to explain away why Ritsuka’s teacher doesn’t remember the zeros. The two antisocial lunatics aren’t used to interacting with normal people, and the results are predictably disastrous for Ritsuka’s normal friends. Once again it’s up to Ritsuka to make things right. The two zeroes don’t give a very good reason about why they want to stay by Soubi and Ritsuka’s side. It’s possible they’ve just taken a liking to the two.
Suddenly a new pair of fighters show up to confront Ritsuka, Moonless. The two track down Ritsuka and it looks like a tense fight is about to happen. However the new pair just want to propose an alliance. They are well acquainted with Ritsuka’s brother and would like to team up to take him down. While this seems like it would be a great opportunity, Ritsuka still hasn’t gotten to the bottom of his brother’s behavior and hasn’t made up his mind about what to do yet. The pair decide to help him along in his decision by telling him everything they know about Seimei.
There are two short stories as extras in this volume. First, Soubi helps a fellow student finish her doujinshi comic for Comiket. It has Soubi acting far nicer and more normal than we usually see him and I can’t help but feel that it’s a bit of wish fulfillment from the author. The second extra is ever stranger, as it’s a promotional tie-in for one of the more recent Gundam movies, with the cast gushing over their favorite characters. Considering how slow the releases for this series are, I wish that the author hadn’t wasted her time on cross-promotions.
A return to normalcy is anything but normal in Loveless. Ritsuka has his hands full dealing with introducing the zeros to his normal friends, not to mention more dangerous strangers confronting him about his brother. However, the real head turner here is Kio and his family relations. Is there anyone in this weird world of Loveless that has a normal life? Maybe Ritsuka’s friends but now I’m starting to wonder if anyone is safe from the dangerous games being played out around them. Further down the rabbit hole we go.
Content Grade: B
Art Grade: A –
Packaging Grade: B +
Text/Translation Grade: A
Age Rating: 16+
Released By: Viz Media
Release Date: January 8th, 2013