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Moriking #34 Review

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Hasegawa has things move along nicely here

© 2020 Tomohiro Hasegawa / Shueisha Inc.

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):
Moriking returns after a skip-week and we end up in a situation where, for all intents and purposes, the series should have ended. Honestly, this is the perfect jumping off point to the book and part of me thinks that may be for the best for some readers because the project has completed its story. There is more story to come because it ends with a panel centering on the Aikawa household with the tag of “Six Years Later” on it so we’re at least getting a time-jump and potentially some interesting changes with it. Aging up the kids alone could provide for a very different series, but I’ll admit at fear of a potential relationship between Shoko and Moriking. Or Moriking and any human woman.

This chapter is a lot of fun just for the celebratory aspect of it as everyone is there, including the most recently defeated opponent, and everyone is having a good time in general. It’s a good time until Moriking and the rest from the insect kingdom reveal that they’re heading back to their homes after this because it’s right and they don’t want to make for long and sad goodbyes. But what changes things is the arrival of Mr. Menelaus out of the blue as he’s been watching over everything. While there was obviously something more to him in general as the referee of sorts for some of the matches, he’s definitely part of the bigger picture of this event and some of them recognize this. Since Moriking did win, he’s able to grant a different kind of wish if he doesn’t want to radically change the world by winning, and with all of the other insects wanting to stick around with their friends… it’s no surprise.

In Summary:
Moriking has a pretty light chapter here but there’s a lot of fun in watching the group just enjoy themselves at first and then cope with the realization that everything is about to change. As I said at the start, this is an easy jumping-off point in a big way and I’d likely be doing it myself if it had just left the last panel as normal or said “one week later” or something. But by advancing the story by six years, well, that has me hugely curious as to what Hasegawa has in store for at least a couple of chapters because there’s a lot of potential there.

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

Age Rating: 13+
Released By: Shonen Jump
Release Date: January 3rd, 2021

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