October 27, 2009
Naoki Urasawa – Viz – 2008 – 18 volumes
Curses. We still don’t get to see the less pleasant side of Anna, something I’ve been waiting for the past couple volumes. I’m still not clear on whether that will come or not, but it would be a wonderful twist if she wound up being just as much a twin to Johan as she looks.
The story is just teasing me at this point, showing those flashbacks again and again and not really explaining them. I know the explanation will be grand, and that the conclusion will probably take all of the two volumes that are left to tell, but man, talk about suspense. I need to know what’s going on between Anna and Johan. Seriously.
There was a new character introduced last volume, and we got his backstory here. Again, I’m not a big fan of the endless amounts of time that is spent fleshing out these side characters, but his backstory ties into one of the major players, and his current role has a lot to do with that fire that Tenma was part of at the beginning of the series. This character also isn’t around very long. I wasn’t terribly moved by his story since I am just desperate for the conclusion at this point, but his past and current role were well-done, as always.
I really don’t have too much to say about this volume. It mostly seemed to serve to hype the ending up even more and make additional sense of all the different stories and explanations we’ve had all this time. I’m ready to put the pieces together, I must say.