One Pound Gospel 4
April 20, 2009
Here’s the last volume, which actually does wrap up with a conclusion. The conclusion is a recent addition to the series (2007, I believe), but it’s always nice to see a writer going back to finish an old work. It also gives me hope that she’ll one day conclude her fantastic Mermaid Saga series.
There aren’t really any surprises here, but again, it’s pretty awesome that she finished it. One thing that bothered me was Sister Angela’s meddling relative. While I can understand Kosaku’s stubbornness in accepting the fact that a nun isn’t allowed to have a romantic relationship with a man, I don’t know why the relative keeps trying to set her up. Sister Angela can be Kosaku’s friend and keep going to his matches as long as she keeps shutting him down like she does, but that relative had no excuse to take her to host clubs and out on dates and stuff. And to add insult to injury, she would force Sister Angela to go, then blackmail her by saying she would tell the Mother Superior where she’d been. It was… bizarre.
Kosaku and Sister Angela’s respective choices in the final story segment were most heartbreaking. Kosaku’s because you knew he understood Sister Angela’s position after all this time, and Sister Angela’s because… well, just because. That’s hard.
A fine ending, truth be told. I’m always pleased when my Takahashi series have a concrete conclusion.
This was a review copy provided by Viz.