Tyrant Falls in Love 8Posted: July 14, 2013
Hinako Takanaga – DMP/June – 2013 – 8 volumes
I’ve been refreshing akadot.com for the last month, waiting for this book to appear. I may not have been reading very much manga lately, but I made damn sure I picked this one up. Making me wait six months for the last book… on a cliffhanger! Are you serious?! But it only made getting my hands on the book that much sweeter. And I’m thrilled that we got it at all, honestly, as that hiccup made me worry terribly.
And it was as good as I had hoped. Very, very good. Everything’s resolved. It stays true to Souichi’s character and still had a happy end. It had an appropriately apocalyptic “relationship moment” that seemed like a good crisis to end on. There were some touches of humor at the end, but if I really had to level any sort of criticism at it, it’s that the funny character moments that made the series so much fun to read all the way through weren’t in this final volume. But I’m a fan of drama, so I was all for this stuff.
The other thing is that it feels like it could keep going. And it apparently does! I think Takanaga has continued to write side stories about these two, which I hope she does forever. The characters are so good that you could throw pretty much any situation at them and have it be funny, so I could see occasional volumes of their continued lives together being quite the treat. I only hope we get to see them in English as well! AND! It looks like she decided not to write that sequel series about Morinaga’s brother after all! Or, at least, hasn’t gotten around to it yet. That makes me happy, because that couple was creepy, and I would have read it to see if there was more Tatsumi and Morinaga.
I don’t want to say too much about the plot or characters in this volume, since most people reading this will either have already read it or not want to be spoiled. But if you’re trying to figure out if the ending is worth it, it is! I couldn’t have been happier. This is especially cheery considering the fact that I just wrote up the last volume of xxxHolic, which was… less than satisfactory. But they can’t all be winners.
This was one of my favorite BL series of all time, and I’ve already gushed about it plenty, so I’m just going to leave the ending at this. I do hope to see more of it, but for the time being… YES. I couldn’t be happier to have the whole thing in my hands. I’m going to re-read it right about… now.