Story/Art: Abi Umeda
Translation/Adaptation: JN Productions
What They Say
Orca has captured Ouni and Lycos, and seems to have no further interest in Amonlogia or the Mud Whale. But the chaos he left behind continues to reverberate as Rochalizo is forced to make a critical choice and Suou must face the true burden of leadership. Meanwhile, the eyes of the mysterious emperor have turned toward this far-flung battle on the sands, and his attention does not bode well for anyone.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
With the residents of the Mud Whale out of prison, the last thing is to get everyone safely back. Most of them are together, but Shuan, Ouni and Chakuro are after Orca and looking for Lycos. The children who were with Orca are keeping Dachtyla under guard. The children that don’t seem to understand emotions are overcome by them and Rochalizo steps in to save his father. At first, it’s believed Rochalizo is either injured or dead, but he’s safe. Rochalizo implores his father to help the Mud Whale, but Suou states they must leave or more destruction will come to Amonlogia.
Not everyone gets back to the Mud Whale. Lycos and Ouni are with Orca, and he has declared independence from the Empire. Rochalizo and some friends decide to stay with the Mud Whale and help them navigate and learn how to use the guns he brought. Shuan informs that Ouni and Lycos are on the ship that looks like it’s retreating. They try to pursue the ship, but it’s too fast. Suou now has to make a decision on whether to continue attempting to rescue Ouni and Lycos or look for new land, as it is the Mud Whale that is shortening the lifespans of the Marked. Suou bets on the latter and the inhabitants of the Mud Whale are divided.
This story once again spreads further and deeper. The cast of characters is so big, it’s a bit hard to keep up who is who and from where. There are so many divisions of what would be considered good or bad guys that it’s hard to know who to root for. That can be a sign of a good story, but it seems with this thirteenth volume, there is a lot more yet to come. I do like this story, but it’s not at the top of my reading list. I wish I had a strong connection to this story, but I don’t.
Content Grade: B
Art Grade: A
Packaging Grade: B
Text/Translation Grade: A
Age Rating: Teen Plus
Released By: Viz Signature (Viz Media)
Release Date: November 19, 2019