This volume introduces us to the Japanese version of Bonnie and Clyde!
Story & Art: Satoru Noda
Translation: Eiji Yasuda
What They Say
Sugimoto and his friends head for Kushiro in order to escape Lieutenant Tsurumi’s pursuit. Meanwhile, Lieutenant Tsurumi himself leads members of the 7th Division to Otaru following rumors of the tattooed skins. Awaiting them are two of the most desperate and dangerous outlaws of the north—the Lightning Thief and his wife, the wicked Viper O-gin—and they’re both heading straight for Lieutenant Tsurumi!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
Lieutenant Tsurumi manages to find as many sycophants to surround himself as some real-life politicians. I don’t know how he does it, but his soldiers are extremely loyal to him. This gives him and his soldiers a distinct advantage of Sugimoto and Hijikata and their respective comrades. In the long run, I would have to say Lieutenant Tsurumi should be the victor in this race for the tattooed skins and the Ainu Gold.
But these three groups aren’t the only vagabonds running wild over the territory. They are about to run headlong into the Japanese version of Bonnie and Clyde. This male and female duo is known as Lightning Theif and Viper O-gin. They murder and rob their way across the countryside at will. They could probably keep their head down, but the fact that Lightning Thief is one of the tattooed prisoners means he won’t be able to avoid those after the Ainu Gold forever. After all, even someone so fast they were named Lightning can’t outrun bullets.
In the meantime, Sugimoto needs to clean up the mess one of his party has gotten into. One of his men has been mistaken for the guy killing wildlife and leaving it to rot around an Ainu village. If Sugimoto doesn’t find the tattooed prisoner responsible, his companion will have his feet cut off by the villagers!
With a big cast of weird and quirky characters, it amazes me the author can still introduce new characters more twisted than any before. While most new characters are weird, this volume introduces a new tattooed prisoner that takes the cake for being sick. I’m more than happy to see this get put out of everyone’s misery. But will it be Sugimoto’s group or the 7th Division that does this prisoner in first?
Content Grade: B+
Art Grade: A
Packaging Grade: A-
Text/Translation Grade: A
Age Rating: Mature
Released By: Viz Media
Release Date: August 20, 2019