Story & Art: Shouji Sato
Translation/Adaptation: Christine Dashiell
What They Say
Kaoru and Kaori are superpowered twins, the product of an unhinged, unethical maker. Their shadowy past merges with Hitsugi’s own origins, a burden she carries as heavily as the coffin on her back. But Hitsugi is breaking free of her past and committing herself to doing Black Label’s good work. The first order of business: wiping out a pair of red-haired blemishes on the face of the city!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
This is another great book from Yen Press. Where most releases from U.S. publishers have lost the inclusion of color pages over the last few years, Yen Press continues to treat us to glossy color inserts and this insert is a small foldout poster. This is an awesome inclusion when it comes to Sato’s beautiful artwork.
The Yakuza captured detective Suzue in the last volume, and they torture and drug her into giving up all that the cops know. It is a messed up scenario, and hits home that the Yakuza play for keeps no matter who you are. Unfortunately, the Ampule units prove to be too late to save Suzue from the worst of her torture, but they won’t leave without her.
Sayo finds the psycho twins from Syringe trying to kidnap detective Suzue from the Yakuza. Sayo plans to get both her revenge and end all this here and now. She has a new attitude on life and some new arm shield/weapon combos in her arsenal, and they are seriously awesome. She can block any attack with them and then use them to bash in her opponents heads. But before she does that, she tricks the dumber psycho twin into revealing that they were born super strong through the same drug that made Sayo so strong when she was a young girl. But before she can get anymore out of them, the big spear-wielding member of Syringe shows up and extracts the psycho twins from Sayo’s grasp.
Much of the rest of this volume is dedicated to the most epically hot bath scene with all the women of the Mochizuki Hospital. The scene is impressive, very little steam and all kinds of nudity intermixed with discussions of their enemies. Seriously, this scene alone is worth the price of admission!
I have read my fair share of manga over the years, but I am pretty sure that I have never come across a volume with a 31-page bath scene! On top of that, the scene actually manages to move the story along as the characters discuss how things have been going down. I mean seriously, I don’t think I have ever seen a bath scene that long, not even in eromanga. This volume doesn’t have the same drama and character development as the last, but the bath scene has every female character lounging about, and that’s some good fanservice. On the other hand, we still don’t know much more about the bad guys, but that they have a penchant for escaping. We will have to see what the next volume has to reveal.
Content Grade: B
Art Grade: A+
Packaging Grade: A+
Text/Translation Grade: B
Age Rating: 17+
Released By: Yen Press
Release Date: March 24th, 2015