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Though You May Burn to Ash Vol. #05 Manga Review

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The slow realization of who competitors are in their real-life begins to spread, and along with it the ultimate power of naming that person and the instant death that comes with that reveal. The stakes in this crazy game grow ever larger!

The slow realization of who competitors are in their real-life begins to spread, and along with it the ultimate power of naming that person and the instant death that comes with that reveal. The stakes in this crazy game grow ever larger!

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

What They Say
The psychological game of tag comes to an end! Joushouji is now “it,” and to get revenge on Recette, she takes on Fugudoku. But there’s one other who’s “it”–Kiran!

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
Recette’s odd behaviors may have been what tipped off Fugudoku as to her true identity and led to Recette’s death. Somehow, all these players were chosen by the evil angel, Kroel, because they knew of each other in their real life. Because of that, any player that has her real name revealed will instantly be killed. It manages to make the danger of every round of this cruel game that much more dangerous.

In a game that is so difficult to trust another person, the death of Recette just as Joushouji had come to trust her is devastating. Joushouji had planned to beat this round with Recette and use their new team to help them make it farther in the game. Not only does Joushouji want revenge on Fugudoku for killing Recette, but now Joushouji is “it” again and plans to take immediate action against Recette’s killer. The problem with that is the game time limit is almost up and Fugudoku is very intelligent and dangerous.

With only ten minutes remaining, the rest of the players are scrambling too. With Kiran’s game she put on, most of the players had figured out Joushouji and Recette was “it” and just had to guess who the third “it” was. But now, all of that is out the door and any three players could be it. So while Joushouji tries to transfer her “it” status to Fugudoku and complete her revenge, Yuki is dead set on taking out Kiran.

With only minutes remaining, will Yuki and Joushouji be successful in killing their targets by forcing them to be “it” when time runs out in this game of death tag? These battles of cunning and intelligence will be both entertaining and deadly!

In Summary
This game of death tag proved to be more deadly than any player expected. Instead of just the players that are still “it” at the end of the game dying, the threat of having your real name revealed by another competitor never goes away. Recette found that out, dying instantly and then having her “it” status transferred to another player with only about ten minutes remaining. The overall length of this death game may take fewer rounds than expected as players begin to realize the true identity of their competition. Only time will tell how ruthless competitors will act against each other. But maybe there is still a way out of Kroel’s cruel games of death?

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

Age Rating: Older Teen
Released By: Yen Press
Release Date: May 21st, 2019
MSRP: $13.00


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