Story/Art: Abi Umeda
Translation/Adaptation: JN Productions
What They Say
The Mud Whale has finally reached the shores of Amonlogia, but it quickly becomes clear that Sir Rochalízo wasn’t entirely up-front when he said the people of the Mud Whale would all be welcome. His father the duke has placed harsh conditions on their citizenship, and they have only three days to agree…or face the consequences!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
The Mud Whale finally docks safely in Amonlogia. The citizens of the Mud Whale are told that thymia users are enemies of Amonlogia, so precautions are being taken for now. Only the unmarked are able to board and go into Amonlogia. Mayor Suou is mistaken for a girl and gets a proposal and the marked await on the Mud Whale for news that they may have a new home.
The lord of Amonlogia’s terms are severe for the inhabitants of the Mud Whale. They have to give the Mud Whale to the lord and all the marked to serve him and protect Amonlogia from their enemies. Suou immediately declines, but it turns this isn’t a proposal, but a command. The unmarked are held hostage and the marked will be forced into being soldiers. Things get heated, but Shuan, an older marked who comes along uses his thymia to give them a way out. Not everyone makes it out alive and some of the elders are shot. In the end, none of the unmarked make it back to the Mud Whale.
Now, it’s the marked’s turn to decide if they will come to Amonlogia and become soldiers and set free the remaining unmarked or not. The marked had three days to accept the proposal and none of them were in agreement. Lykos takes a small boat to Amonlogia with the plan to find the unmarked and release them. The last one left to get in the action is Ouni and he seems very serious.
Such a strong and action-packed volume of this series. Previous volumes have moved remarkedly more slowly, so it was a treat to have such an intense part of the story this time around. It definitely leaves off on a note that makes reading the next volume very attractive thought. I do continue to enjoy the art style very much. I also continue to feel that the cost for these signature versions of manga are not worth it. Other publishers consistently across the board add many more features and a set a price. These signature volumes have a slightly better cover treatment and bigger in size, but that’s the only thing you get for approximately $3 more per volume, so maybe the digital version, if one is available, is a better bet?
Content Grade: B
Art Grade: A-
Packaging Grade: B-
Text/Translation Grade: A
Age Rating: Teen Plus
Released By: Viz Signature
Release Date: March 19, 2019