October 22, 2009
Naoki Urasawa – Viz – 2008 – 18 volumes
Two women dominate this volume, Eva and Anna. I liked both their stories. Eva, as much of a downer as she is, usually has an interesting story surrounding her whenever she shows up. And Anna seems to have regained her memories.
I wasn’t all that surprised when the purpose behind Eva’s attendance at the parties was revealed, nor was I that surprised when she revealed what she had been doing in regard to the bodyguard’s clothing. I was a little surprised by what happened between her and the bodyguard, however, and I was also surprised by Tenma’s role at the end. I think the purpose of this particular story segment was to give Eva reason to keep going, and also to reveal what exactly Johan is up to and what is going down. More and more of the pieces are falling into place. I was a little worried that when everything was revealed, it wouldn’t make sense since I’ve read the series over such a long time period and have probably forgotten some details, but it seems to be shaping up into something I’ll be able to handle. I’m also surprised by just how much of the story I do remember. Karl and Lotte show up towards the end of the volume, and I was surprised when I recognized them (or Karl, at least, I couldn’t recall Lotte), and I even remember the student of Reichwein who is helping Anna with her memories at the end of the volume. Maybe I’m not a lost cause after all.
I’m really looking forward to whatever it is that Anna’s about to do. I desperately need to know that she is exactly like Johan in every way.