Story/Art: Shiwo Komeyama
Translation: Mari Morimoto
What They Say
Recovering the first Prophecy Book nearly costs Tsukimiya her life, so securing the second will be no small feat. Now that Satsuki has mobilized in the race to collect God’s inheritance, he and Tsuzuki clash violently when the second Book and its key appear simultaneously in two separate locations. Tsuzuki has the conviction, but does he have the strength to defeat the fallen angel, whose determination is such that he is willing to fly in the face of God himself?
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
To kick off the volume, we launch right into the first meeting between Tsuzuki’s group and Arcana. However, just as they start to figure out that there’s another group running around, that group ends up bursting in to assault Arcana. They quickly prove too powerful for Arcana’s guards, and as they make their way to our heroes Tsuzuki decides to go on the attack. However, their leader Tokiwa quickly pulls out an anti-angel relic and downs Tsuzuki with ease while his allies round up the others.
With this, our heroes find themselves held hostage by the group calling themselves Kamuhaburi. They quickly gather most of Arcana’s relics, but they have trouble accessing the most important one, the Chalice of Creation. It seems it will take them some time to break into the vault where they believe it to be contained. However, our heroes’ hands are relatively tied. Even so, Tsukimiya manages to learn that Hinata is alive and gets a message to him. Will he come to the rescue and help prevent our heroes from suffering any further damage than they already have?
Finally, in the aftermath we learn that Nao is still alive and somewhat indebted to Hinata. Though Hinata plans to solely use the half-breed, he gets dragged into the mission as well. As such, the two are sent by Arcana to spy on Kamuhaburi with the help of a traitor. Will they manage to gain some helpful information and make it back out alive?
With this volume, we actually have something of a straightforward group of villains for once. Kamuhaburi bursts onto the scene with a pretty impressive opening and quickly prove rather interesting. The main scenario here is also amusing and provides something a little different, forcing the characters to think their way out of a tight spot. The ending also sets up an intriguing scenario, and it’ll definitely be interesting to see where that goes. This may not be the best entry in the series, especially as the actual characters from Kamuhaburi don’t seem to have much depth yet, but it’s still a solid read that should keep fans amused.
Content Grade: B+
Art Grade: B
Packaging Grade: B+
Text/Translation Grade: B+
Age Rating: 16+
Released By: Yen Press
Release Date: March 24th, 2015