October 19, 2009
Naoki Urasawa – Viz – 2009 – 18 volumes
Happily, more pieces fall into place in this volume than are introduced, which means that we’re probably getting ready for the climax. I’m glad things are gearing up this far back, because I think I’m going to requre a lot of explanation in order to make sense of everything that’s happening. Of course, the main plot – Tenma needs to kill Johan because he is a psychopath – is very clear, but you know. I need the mystery parts explained to me. The Red Rose Mansion and how Johan and Anna’s mother played a role and all that.
To tell you the truth, there are a few pieces introduced here. Anna is cared for by a puppeteer, who seems to know an awful lot about what went on at the Red Rose Mansion, and apparently Anna has memories there as well. There’s a few different pieces to the Red Rose Manor puzzle, one is what the puppeteer says went on, one that Anna remembers, the true identity of the puppeteer, his relationship to the children’s book author of interest, and of course, what is actually happening.
One very interesting thing in this volume is that we finally get to see the night that started the whole story from Anna’s point of view. We actually hadn’t seen the events (as far as I remember), but being told was more than enough to carry the story. It’s got a lot of impact to see it from Anna’s point of view after all this time, especially after we get to read a few more children’s books to inform Anna and Johan’s situation even more.
I’ve got a theory about Anna, so now I’m curious to see what her final role will be.