Story/Art: Yuji Iwahara
Translation/Adaptation: Amanda Haley
What They Say
Five years ago, a fateful encounter brought together two kindred spirits – a duo later known as the Phantom Thief Loser and his daughter. Now, Ellie is stepping out on her own to continue her adopted father’s legacy. But while she’s willing to do what it takes to learn Mira’s and Kyouma’s secrets, the danger that awaits is far greater than Ellie realizes! Can Kyouma, Mira and Ellie survive crossing paths with the Syndicate, the greatest underworld power on Earth?
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
The volume starts by explaining how Ellie and Loser met when she was young, how she is alone now and her determination to best Kyouma. Meanwhile, Kyouma is still on the job and following up a big lead on illegal coils. He ends up tangling with Ripper, who has been selling cheap illegal coils. While Kyouma is off with Ripper, Mira is happily cleaning Kyouma pride and joy, his car. Ellie stops by hoping to tell Kyouma that she wants to start on even footing with him. Mira tries to reach out to Ellie and ask to be friends, but Ellie isn’t interested. It’s not until she’s a little bit away does, she starts thinking about what kind or robot Mira really is.
Mira is captured by the Won brothers, who she had a previous run in with. When Kyouma returns back, he finds Mira missing. Ellie contacts Kyouma and tell him she’s tracking Mira and wants to make a deal. She wants to know more about Mira in exchange for saving the robot. Kyouma reluctantly agrees. Mira was purchased by the Syndicate from the Won brothers and Ripper is part of this organization. When Mira meets the master, Drake Horton, she remembers this man killed her mother and sister, meaning Dr. Yurizaki’s wife and daughter. He goes on to tell her why he did it and that she was one of many models that Dr. Yurkizaki’s wife created. Horton goes on to call Mira and the other models, “sisters”.
Ellie is noticed and one of Horton’s cyborg’s is ready to slice her up. Mira senses her and wishes to go help her but Horton is so strong, she can’t escape. He wants answers and she is not going anyway. Kyouma shows up Koorogi who helped him track down Mira. He takes care of the goons outside and Ellie takes care of herself. She’s severely injured but bound and determined to save Mira.
This new arc in the series is a bit easier to digest and understand. It’s linear and straightforward and yet at the same time interesting. I’m very curious to see where this go as this is already the eleventh volume in the series. I hope though that it doesn’t take another ten volumes to find more about Mira and her background. I’m also guessing it will take some momentum to ramp this arc since the other one just finished.
Again, Yen Press’s packaging is outstanding. The glow-in-the-dark cover and color inserts along with no ads at the back of book make it a treasure to collect.
Content Grade: B
Art Grade: B
Packaging Grade: A-
Text/Translation Grade: A
Age Rating: 13+
Released By: Yen Press
Release Date: August 21, 2018