Art: Gonbe Shinkawa
Character Design: Kiichi Taga
Translation/Adaptation: Jason Moses
What They Say
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
After the events of the previous volume where Lecan decided it was time for him to break out on his own in the strange world he now calls home, we follow him as he takes his first few jobs. Though he is more skilled than most on his planet, the one thing he lacks is a reputation, so even he must admit to himself that he’ll need to take some jobs at a lower price than he normally would if he is to build said reputation.
This surprises many of his clients, but they are happy to get someone who will do their jobs for such a small amount of money. It is on one of these jobs that he ends up teaming with the self-professed master adventurer Eda, who is much more high-spirited and friendly than Lecan is (though she may not be as honest as she initially claims). With his days as protector of the princess behind him, Lecan starts to forge his own identity.
It can be risky to set up a scenario and characters in the first volume to only restart everything with volume two. Lecan’s journey is so different in this book that it makes the first book seem almost like a self-contained story. This volume is where Lecan’s journey really seems to be starting to take shape, and it is shaping up to be an exciting one. We see more of his skills being developed in surprising ways. While most series of this ilk would be content to simply highlight his strength, it is refreshing to see a skilled swordsman basically understand that skills without a resume are worthless, and thus he has to take more menial jobs until his reputation grows.
I also really like the addition of Eda, who, yes, is his polar opposite (as is usual for these series), but opposites do attract and provide much-needed conflict for our hero. While Eda’s appearance is brief, I hope the foreshadowing that she will be back to join Lecan turns out to be true, as she adds some much-needed like to the series. Overall, “The Wolf Never Sleeps” continues to be an engaging action fantasy!
Content Grade: B+
Art Grade: A-
Packaging Grade: A-
Text/Translation Grade: A
Age Rating: Teen
Released By: Yen Press
Release Date: September 20th, 2022
This review was done with a review copy provided by the publisher. We are grateful for their continued support.