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Moriking #28 Review

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Moriking still has me enjoying it a good bit more than I expected I would but I'm also wary of it
© 2020 Tomohiro Hasegawa / Shueisha Inc.

“Training”

Creative Staff
Story/Art: Tomohiro Hasegawa
Translation: Paul Starr

What They Say
Third-grader Shota Aikawa’s pet beetle evolves from a larva to a pupa to a superhot human! The wacky adventures of the Aikawa family and the fabulous beetle who would be king now begins! You’re gonna LARVA this new comedy manga!

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
Admittedly, the idea of the Hoshiking thing that was setup in the last couple of chapters isn’t really my thing. But Tomohiro Hasegawa set this up early on as a tournament series and one that had its own particular way about it so I knew it going into it. What helped was that it took time to do weird and silly things along the way and not to focus constantly on the tournament side. That’s been its strength for me but it has naturally leaned more into the tournament aspects recently which has been amusing. Here, Hasegawa is ready to take it to the next level as the tournament is set to get going this coming weekend in a few days and that means it’s time for training.

Amusingly, it’s Shota that sets things up as he goes to the man who has helped him with insects for some time with Koichi over at Pet Heaven. He’s great with insects but is utterly battled by what he sees in Moriking and Oga. It changes his view of things completely when it comes to insects but it’s also why he’s all in on helping to train them and to get to know them. Setting up at a dojo near the edge of town so they can get a good rural feeling, Koichi does all the right stuff at the start, such as proper nutrients and the like. This starts bulking the two of them up a good bit and it’s definitely hilarious to see them both bigger and buffer in classic training form.

There’s a great moment where Oki walks in to check on things the next day but Moriking and Oga have become completely unrecognizable by this point. Their evolution is definitely done really well for comedic effect as we also get them as 30-meter-tall creatures in the back hills to a point where Moriking is an oversized egg. All of it eventually brings them back to their regular size and their training doesn’t seem to do much to really train them in the classical sense. But we see both of them are in a far better place now and feeling much better, refreshed and all, that they’re definitely ready for what’s to come next.

In Summary:
Moriking is getting ready to hit its next big fight sequence quickly and that again has me wondering just what kind of lifespan this series intends to enjoy. I can still see it being a couple of solidly enjoyable volumes that closes out cleanly and I’m admittedly kind of excited by that. There’s a lot to like with this training installment as it goes for the laughs in all the right ways, from showing how Koichi handles all of it and just what our newly bound together friends of Moriking and Oga go through. The small details and comedic elements really land well and make for a very fun time.

Content Grade: B
Art Grade: B
Text/Translation Grade: B

Age Rating: 13+
Released By: Shonen Jump
Release Date: November 15th, 2020

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