Everyone wants the girl with red hair.
Story/Art: Sorata Akiduki
Translation: Caleb Cook
Touch-up Art & Lettering: Brandon Bovia
Design: Alice Lewis
Editor: Karla Clark
What They Say
The banquet in Tanbarun begins, and Shirayuki and Obi are dressed to impress. But it’s not all frills and lace, as Zen learns that those aiming to kidnap Shirayuki have pinpointed her location. Against his brother Izana’s wishes, Zen rides for Tanbarun! But will he reach Shirayuki before danger strikes?
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
Shirayuki is the most eligible bachelorette in the land… except she is already in a relationship with Zen. While various people like to wonder at her relationship with the men around her, there are a few who covet her for other reasons.
I have to wonder why Raj’s father let his son act the fool at the beginning of the series. Was he out of the country when Raj attempted to make Shirayuki his concubine? Raj’s siblings and retainers are intelligent, his father is intelligent, why did all of these people let Raj get away with potentially tarnishing the royal name with stupid decisions? It doesn’t really matter anymore, chalk it up to Raj’s spoiled upbringing and youthful stupidity. He finally managed to step up and act princely in this volume, and he proves to be a talented violinist as well.
When Zen learns that the boy who was stalking Shirayuki has discovered her location in Tanbarun, he can no longer remain calm and collected. He admits his love for Shirayuki to his brother to prove how serious he was about making sure no harm came to her. Izana, to his credit, allows Zen to ride out for the neighboring kingdom.
The pacing in this volume is a bit stilted, especially when it comes to the scene of the kidnapping itself. One moment Obi is in the hallway, the next in Shirayuki’s room and then all hell breaks loose. A mere moment passes between Obi and Shirayuki receiving the warning about the potential kidnapper’s arrival to being attacked and ultimately, kidnapped. The manga panels don’t give enough context of how time is passing and the timing would be suspect in any form of storytelling.
The Sea Snake, the lady pirate who has Shirayuki stolen, is supposed to be a terrifying threat. I would have thought she’d have been smart enough to research the target of her kidnapping before snatching her. She just knows that she’s valuable. Had she known she was a member of the Clarines court she could have at least planned accordingly, maybe set up a ransom. But nope, she treats Shirayuki like a sack of potatoes. It’s almost more enjoyable to see her fail for not realizing the value of the prize she had stolen, rather than for the safety of our heroine.
It appears that Shirayuki’s fan club has united over their love of their future Queen. Now, how did Kazuki know about Shirayuki to begin with and what is the Lion’s stake in all of this?
Shirayuki has her knight in shining armor come to her rescue, which is a bit tiresome. The getting kidnapped thing was already done once before in this series, and getting lost in the castle passageways was apparently not enough drama for the current plotline. Shirayuki isn’t a warrior, and her brave face does break down at the prospect that she may never see her loved ones again. I can forgive her for crying in Zen’s arms while her failed bodyguard gets off with a backhanded slap. Although I do wonder if we’re gonna reach a point where Obi goes full Lancelot to Zen’s Arthur for the hand of the future princess. The most curious question is, what do the mountain mercenaries and their Robin Hood-like leader want with Shirayuki anyway?
Content Grade: B
Art Grade: B +
Packaging Grade: B
Text/Translation Grade: A
Age Rating: Teen
Released By: Viz Media
Release Date: March 3, 2020
MSRP: $9.99 US / $12.99 CN / £6.99 UK