All out attack!
Story/Art: Yuki Amemiya and Yukino Ichihara
Translation: Satsuki Yamashita
What They Say
The Seven Ghosts, guardians of the seal on the evil god Verloren, have lived hundreds of lives over the span of a thousand years. When Teito is thrown deep into his memories by the Eye of God, he meets their previous incarnations. But back in the present, Teito and Frau are in serious danger when the Black Hawks, led by a healed and stronger than ever Ayanami, ambush the Hawkzile race!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
After a rather cruel declaration of war, the enemy finally decides to put their weaponized princess into standby. Though the loss of their companions stings dearly, our pair of remaining heroes continue on until they can meet up with the Seven Ghosts of the day. This is followed by an overly long flashback to material already covered in other flashbacks before we finally learn that the Land of Seele is actually a space created to erase Verloren. As the flashback ends the two depart on their journey, and we’re then yanked back to the present.
The race continues on, only to be abruptly interrupted by the enemy, resulting in an all out brawl! Teito and the Ghosts put up a good fight, but eventually our hero ends up face to face with Ayanami himself. Frau rushes in to help but that turns into a disaster as well. We then surprisingly get a quick glimpse at Verloren’s past before returning to the present, where Ayanami is able to calmly walk away with Teito in hand.
As the volume closes down, Teito finds himself awaking as Ayanami’s Begleiter, a member of the Black Hawks. Will Teito be able to break free of this new manipulation, and just what actions can he take even if he does?
This volume makes for a bit of an interesting mix. Though there are a few intriguing moments peppered in, the flashback in the first half of the book spends far too much time recapping things we’ve already seen before. The battle in the middle, however, is quite nice and provides for some great action. Perhaps what’s most interesting, though, is the situation Teito finds himself in by the end of the book. It will definitely be exciting to see just how that plays out, and if we’re lucky perhaps it could even provide a needed look into the enemy group as well. For now, though, this volume remains a bit unbalanced, with some nice moments combined with some definite drag, making for a decent yet unexceptional read overall.
Content Grade: B
Art Grade: B+
Packaging Grade: B+
Text/Translation Grade: B
Age Rating: 13+
Released By: Viz Media
Release Date: September 9th, 2014