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Children of the Whales Vol. #08 Manga Review

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Peeling back the layers of truth.

Peeling back the layers of truth.

Creative Staff
Story/Art: Abi Umeda
Translation/Adaptation: JN Productions

What They Say
The promised haven of Amonlogia is closer than ever, but the dark history of the Mud Whale still poses a terrible threat to its people. Somehow, learning the truth about the past has freed Ouni’s thymia from all constraints, and he is forced to lock himself away to avoid hurting the others. But even with that precaution, his very presence is a danger to his people as imperial forces prepare to capture the daímonas and kill everyone else on the island!

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
The residents of the Mud Whale are looking for clues to help Ouni, whose power is not well controlled. More and more of the history of the Mud Whale and its past inhabitants is revealed. Souh soothes Ouni, but he’s devastated by his lack of ability to control his Thymia. The entire Mud Whale finds out about Ouni and the question on everyone’s mind is what to do with him next.

Some try to protect and other try to use Ouni, but as begins mastering his powerful Thymia, he realizes he is not like others at all. But, the Mud Whale residents are not the only ones interested in Ouni. Orca is very interested in the Mud Whale and Ouni. Orca wants to take Ouni’s powers and use it against the Emperor to create his idea world.

The Mud Whale is heading to Amonlogia with the hopes of living a more stable life. Masoh has not been feeling well and suspected he might die. Ouni has isolated himself. The Commander, Shuan, has resigned from the Vigilante Corp and he chose Ginshu to replace him.

In Summary:
This series, in my opinion, is interesting with its unique setting and large cast of characters and interesting backstory, but the flow is a bit too tedious to keep my interest for very long. Thankfully, there is a summary, glossary and list of major characters at the beginning of the book to keep oneself oriented to the story. I think some of the art is very beautiful, yet, again, as a whole, it’s just not enough to keep my fully vested in the story. I’m reading it at this point more out of the drive to complete what I started instead out of pure interest.

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

Age Rating: Teen Plus
Released By: Viz Signature
Release Date: January 15, 2019
MSRP: $12.99

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