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Ubel Blatt Vol. #01 Manga Review

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Ubel Blatt Volume 1 CoverMeeting the betrayer!

Creative Staff
Story/Art: Etorouji Shiono
Translation: Caleb D. Cook

What They Say
After twenty long years in the dark, the time has come for a confrontation with Glenn, one of the Seven Heroes! Hatred… envy… confusion… Koinzell’s heart overflows with emotion as he moves singularly toward his revenge, blade in hand! But it only takes an instant for the situation to take an unexpected turn…

Collects Japanese volumes 2-3.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
With the wall down, Koinzell is able to finally face his enemies, the Seven Heroes, head on! With an explosive entrance he appears before Glenn, and his rage bursts forth. However, in his haste our hero is quickly detained by Glenn’s entourage and strung up before a crowd calling for his blood. Even so, Glenn “forgives” his attacker, making the crowd love him even more and completely destroying Koinzell’s resolve in the process.

Before our hero can sulk too much, though, he’s grabbed by Aht, out for revenge for the death of her brother. Though he resists enough to protect Peepi, he freely offers his life to Aht. Even so, Wied steps in, as he still needs Koinzell’s help to rescue Aht’s older sister. Later on, Peepi finally finds a place for herself, as she meets a young boy named Zeffi who invites her to come live in a new village being established for their people. Helping out with that is the buff yet kind Geranpen the Centurion, who works in the Landgrave’s army. Though Wied is sure he’s wicked, Geranpen proves himself a good hearted man who trusts the Landgrave and just wants to do what’s right.

When Geranpen’s superior, Fargo, appears on the scene, though, things take a turn for the worse. Though he appears to be a good guy and speaks kind words, it soon becomes clear that he’s a twisted monster who uses forbidden Wischtechian magic. Thanks to this vile wretch being such an awful human being, Koinzell is finally snapped out of his funk and returns to his warpath. When this leads him all the way up the chain to another of the Seven Heroes, will he finally be able to take out one of the targets of his revenge?

In Summary
This volume is a little more unbalanced than the first one, full of some very good highs, but also some definite slow stretches. This time around things are much more focused, centering on a single main story arc. Though this allows things to be a lot more fleshed out, it also means a good amount of pages where the story slows way down to allow for exposition. Thankfully, there are still some absolutely stunning sequences. The meeting with Glenn in particular is done exceptionally well and really pounds in the reality of Koinzell’s situation. Of course there are also some very nice bits of action as well to help keep things from getting too dull, which definitely helps as well. All in all this volume is a bit more sustainable and slower entry than the first, but it’s still every bit as good and certainly worth a read.

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

Age Rating: 17+
Released By: Yen Press
Release Date: January 20th, 2015
MSRP: $19.99

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