Story/Art: Abi Umeda
Translation/Adaptation: JN Productions
What They Say
Chakuro and the other Marked children have freed the Unmarked from the Amonlogian dungeon, but their rescue mission is far from over. The people of the Mud Whale still need to get back to their island home, and the path to safety is blocked by imperial soldiers. Even worse, Orca is determined to secure Ouni in order to carry out his cataclysmic plans!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
Ouni and Orca’s fight was temporarily postponed while the Marked and Unmarked reunited, including Mayor Suou. Ouni insists no one go with him to follow and fight Orca, but Shuan decides to be back up for the Ouni. Shuan encounters Orca first, who easily out powers him and is deeply wounded. Ouni shows up and Orca uses Kyma against Ouni. Kyma reveals more about the nous and that Orca and the Empire’s goal to reunite all the pieces of nous. Kyma’s hallucinogenic powers cause Ouni to face his deepest fears and succumb to Orca’s desire to capture him. Ouni refuses Orca’s invitation and they battle once again, but in the end Ouni is captured anyway.
Meanwhile, Liontari is in a position to kill Lycos, but he struggles to go through with it. Chakuro finds her and takes on Liontari by himself. He’s not very good at using thymia, so he uses a physical attack. This upsets Liontari and things almost get out of hand until Ro shows up for backup. Chakuro manages to stir up his thymia against Liontari, but Orca shows up with Ouni and Shuan in tow. His plan is to take Lycos with him.
This volume did not progress the story much but was full of action. We’re at volume twelve, and it seems we might finally be getting to the heart of the story. This volume also left on a note that makes one think maybe Chakuro’s role is more important than we think. However, I still feel that while I like the story, I’m not in love with it. It’s enjoyable and beautifully crafted, but there’s just something a bit tedious about the story that makes it a little tiresome read at times. This was a better volume than most, but every issue I wonder if I should continue this series, yet somehow, I keep reading it. I guess that says something.
Content Grade: B
Art Grade: A
Packaging Grade: B
Text/Translation Grade: A
Age Rating: Teen Plus
Released By: Viz Signature
Release Date: September 17, 2019