What They Say
Sick of being targeted, Fuuko and Andy decide they would rather be the hunters than the hunted. So they set their sights on joining the ten-member Union. But to snag the second seat they need, they’ll have to defeat their would-be assailant, Unchange!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
After a perfectly Fun volume 1, Undead Unluck volume 2 comes out of the gate stumbling right into a home run, as far as I’m concerned.
The first few chapters of the volume wrap up the cliffhanger left at the end of volume 1. Andy and Fuuko finish their fight with their opponent Unchange and, after defeating her, the two are granted seats at the “Round Table” where negators (people with powers like Andy and Fuuko). The introduction of the lovable members and ultimate goal of the Round Table is where Undead Unluck really begins to kick into gear.
The members of the Round Table have been tasked by the book of Apocalypse, speaking for a creator God, to complete routine quests where they must complete some form of objective – defeating an enemy, capturing a target, etc. If they succeed, they are rewarded. If they do not complete all of the quests by the deadline, they are punished. The ultimate goal of the Round Table is simple – they want to defeat the creator God responsible for the trials beset on humanity.
Andy and Fuuko, upon joining the Round Table, are thrown from the oven into the fire when they’re tasked with one of these quests, to defeat the creature Spoil, the physical embodiment of rot and decay, kicking off the first truly great stretch of the manga. It’s full of great fights and great character moments. I’d say that this volume, when I was reading the series for the first time last year, is where I truly fell in love with the series and began to really see its potential.
The arc introduced in this volume is really fun, the characters shine bright, the art is energetic, and the action is top tier. The second volume takes a Fine series and elevates it almost immediately into a Great series, with the best yet to come. Undead Unluck really has the capacity to become an instant classic in Jump’s extensive library, and nowhere is it more apparent than the creativity and slick action present in volume 2.
Content Grade: A-
Art Grade: A-
Text/Translation Grade: A+
Age Rating: Teen+
Released By: VIZ Media
Release Date: July 6th, 2021