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Though You May Burn to Ash Vol. #04 Manga Review

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Never has the evil angel’s devious games been as cutthroat as this game of tag; those that are “it” at the end will be killed instantly!

Never has the evil angel’s devious games been as cutthroat as this game of tag; those that are “it” at the end will be killed instantly!

Creative Staff
Story/Art: Kakashi Oniyazu
Translation/Adaptation: Garrison Denim

What They Say
As the game of tag nears its end, a cruel death awaits the three players who are “it”. Plans are put into motion, and the first casualty is revealed… The brutality continues in Volume 4 of Though You May Burn to Ash!

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
The hide-and-seek game of horror continues.

The one thing I find odd about this game is how poor the players are at actually hiding. In the beginning, the players that are “it” need to run around and find someone to tag. But those that started out “safe” should have been able to find a hiding spot and stay quiet. Albeit that would be a boring story arc, but I’m still surprised that not a single player was able to stay hidden for the full-time limit on this game.

While Yuki has to worry that one of the other players seems to have a good guess to his true identity, which could kill him. The character with the more immediate problem is Reina and Recette, with both of them being “it”. Not only that, but the eternal pot-stirrer, Niseko, outed them as being “it” to all the other players. This will make it nearly impossible for Reina and Recette to sneak up on any other player and tag them.

Perhaps the most devious of all the players is Kiran. She is annoying in her attempt to act as an idol. Highly intelligent, focused on winning as much money as possible and using every other player to her own advantage. I suspect that her attitude will catch up to her if the others find out she is trying to deceive all of them while pretending to be magnanimous. Only time will tell as this game quickly approaches the time limit and everyone is still running scared!

In Summary
The cast of characters in this series continues to grow more interesting. Recette is an odd character that is almost robotic in her actions and it is creepy to all the other contestants. She receives a lot of screen time in this volume and a fascinating revelation of the key moments in her life that made her this way. It was a horrific lead up to her entry of Kroel’s game, but it completely makes sense why she acts the way she does. I hope this story can keep sprinkling in the character development chapters as this game of horror plays out.

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

Age Rating: Older Teen
Released By: Yen Press
Release Date: February 19, 2019
MSRP: $13.00

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