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Undead Unluck Vol. #03 Manga Review

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Fast-paced and to the point

Creative Staff
Story/Art: Yoshifumi Tozuka
Translation: David Evelyn

What They Say
Fuuko Izumo has spent her entire life causing misfortune to everyone who touches her, an ability dubbed “Unluck”. Longing for a romance like those in the shojo manga she reads, but knowing she can never be touched, she resigns herself to death once her favorite manga ends. Her plans change, however, when an Undead man named Andy botches her suicide attempt, the two forge a pact – Fuuko is going to give Andy the death he craves!

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
Zipping into a bombastic end to the Spoil arc that started in volume 2, an arc that culminates in an Undead Unluck volume 3 then pivots into the next arc, Unrepair, positioned to be the longest arc in the series up to this point.

Said arc introduces the secondary antagonists that supplement the creator God that the Round Table of Union is fighting, the nefarious group Under. As you can see, there’s a running theme with the names.

There’s not much to say without spoiling it all, but this volume really lets loose with the other members of Union besides Andy, Fuuko, and Shen, and their powers are just as engaging and cool to watch in action.

Although I say it’s positioned to be the longest arc, it’s still one that’s quite short. It’s this quick pacing that really makes the series shine. Each arc up to this point has barely broken the 10 chapter mark, but they manage to really fit a lot into each. It’s a tone that feels similar to a lot of standalone graphic novels almost, but in a weekly series. The closest pacing analogue I can think of is One Piece’s early arcs, actually.

The art also continues to improve in spades. Tozuka’s strange grasp on anatomy begins to level out and his use of perspective becomes much stronger, with many striking two-page spreads dotting the book.

There’s no better time to pick up Undead Unluck than now, as the arc that will be beginning in the next volume is one of the most memorable and engaging shonen arcs I’ve read in a while, and the Unrepair arc that begins in this arc is no slouch either. Undead Unluck’s slick action and fun characters won’t disappoint, and any upfront groans at the early hurdles will quickly be silenced as the series comes into its own as something truly special.

In Summary:
Fast-paced and to the point, Undead Unluck climbs ever closer to greatness. Both the arc that finishes and the arc that begins in this volume are snappy, fun, and pack an emotional punch that lands with gusto.

Content Grade: A
Art Grade: A-
Text/Translation Grade: A+

Age Rating: Teen+
Released By: VIZ Media
Release Date: September 7th, 2021
MSRP: $9.99