Art: Yusuke Murata
Translation: John Werry
What They Say
Despite just finishing a martial arts tournament and immediately dealing with the Monster Association invasion, Saitama is still so incredibly strong that he feels empty inside. King lectures him on how to live like a hero, but it doesn’t help. Meanwhile, servants of the Monster Association close in on Speed-o’-Sound Sonic!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
As it falls in between big events, this volume is more or less one of a number of smaller parts, both for squeezing in little gags and setting up things to come. Like, to start with, we get Puri Puri Prisoner facing off with a porcupine monster for a few pages. The result is a fairly dumb little gag, but it’s still nice to be back with this sort of stuff after the martial arts tournament. But then we get one of the focal points of this volume, which is King and Saitama having a discussion on the latter’s excess strength. It’s obviously a bit of a retread of old ground, but King definitely makes it, as he’s always an enjoyable character to have around. Plus we get a nice little gag to cap things off that’s probably the best moment in the book, as it really plays well off all the serious buildup we’ve gotten lately.
After that Sonic has a run-in with some fellow ninjas who have joined up with the Monster Association, then in the aftermath runs into an amusing issue related to monster cells. Oh, and we get a cute little gorilla gag that I definitely appreciated along the way. The real “main event” this time around, though, occurs when the Monster Association sends a messenger to the Hero Association… by parasitically taking over one of the staff! It’s actually a pretty nice scene, showing a mix of childishness and cruelty from the villains that just kind of fits. But more importantly, it’s also a great little bit for showing the ramping up of hostilities between the sides. Which isn’t quite as exciting as the main event itself, but at least it’s something.
But just what will happen when Garo ends up surrounded by a group of heroes while hiding out injured with a kid in a shack? Will he cross the point of no return and act as a true monster, or is there still a bit of humanity left in the man?
This volume isn’t completely awful, with a few gags and neat enough scenes throughout. In particular, we at least get some stuff with King, which is always a treat. But… with that said, it’s definitely an in-between point before the action heats up again. Sadly, that means there’s not really much in the way of cool flashy combat here, and frankly not a whole lot happens in general. Still, at least it’s not the martial arts tournament, I suppose. And it looks like things will definitely get exciting again next time, which will hopefully get the series good and back on track.
Content Grade: B-
Art Grade: A+
Packaging Grade: B+
Text/Translation Grade: B+
Age Rating: 13+
Released By: Viz Media
Release Date: January 1st, 2019