Story/Art: Yoshiki Tonogai
Translation: Alexis Eckerman
What They Say
All rise for the final verdict…
With everyone playing it close to the chest, the courthouse is teeming with murderous intent. Lives are cut down, one after another, until the final four remain. At long last, the bell to signify the end of the game rings out. Will those left standing truly be able to make it out of this place alive?
Content:(please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
The lawyer, Takizawa, has been a calculating cold-hearted bastard since the beginning of this Judgment game, and it turns out to run in the family. As the surviving members of the two different Judgment games come together, it turns out that Takizawa’s father is among the other group. Not only that, but his father is a court judge and had been manipulating his group to get them to kill each other to better his chances of survival. With Takizawa paired with his father, they see it as a good opportunity to finish this game by killing Hiro and one more other person to get the numbers down.
But there is plenty more backstabbing waiting in the wings. Takizawa has always hated his father, who has been taking bribes for certain court cases for decades. See, Takizawa is a bastard, so his father has never treated him or his mother very well. Thus, his plan to kill his father and side with Hiro is not only surprising, but believable. Now, the question is, will Hiro be willing to kill one of the other women to get the number down so that both he and Takizawa can be part of the final group that escapes?
From here, the rest of this final volume moves quickly as one twist after another is revealed from why the people were chosen for this Judgment game; who the people in the second Judgment game were; who the devious person(s) behind the Judgment games was and why they created the game.
This final volume of the Judge series is, well, just plain awesome. There is a lot to absorb once the ball gets rolling as the two Judgment game groups come together and everyone’s connection to each other is finally revealed, and it is impressive. The bodies don’t stop dropping with that, there are still two more people that have to die to end the game. Then we have the final reveal for who is behind this whole twisted thing, and why they created this Judgment game. I have to admit, I wasn’t surprised to see who survived the game, but I was blown away by the whodunnit part and the reasons for their depravity.
A great series for mystery fans, and at only six volumes, an easy investment to make. Highly recommended.
Content Grade: A
Art Grade: A-
Packaging Grade: A
Text/Translation Grade: A
Age Rating: 16+
Released By: Yen Press
Release Date: February 24th, 2015