December 21, 2009
Izumi Kawachi – Digital Manga Publishing – 2009 – 19+ volumes
Hmm. There haven’t been any new volumes of this since February. We can probably assume that it doesn’t bode well for the future of this series in America. Can’t say I’m all that surprised, given the fact I hardly ever see the series discussed and don’t think it did too well, but I have a soft spot for it.
I’m kind of torn about what’s going on here, because what I liked initially about this series (the magical systems and the enchanter/demon system used to make magical implements) has fallen by the wayside in favor of character development. While the series does have a tendency to introduce a lot of random characters and not come back to them, they always wind up interacting with Eukanaria and Haruhiko, so those two always wind up getting developed at least a little while the side stories focus on the other characters. In this volume, we get introduced to yet another new character and his sister. The new boy interacts with Eukanaria quite a bit while he searches for Mercurio, and by the end, he’s decided to take the offer of another demon to become her Enchanter. But while all this is going on, we see more of the childlike joy Eukanaria seems to take in everything, and we see Haruhiko interact with her, and Yuka, and start to try and figure out why it is he does what he does. Interesting stuff.
Admittedly, there are far better series for character development, and this still has quite a bit of t&a in it. It’s pretty manic, and keeping up with the manic energy of all the characters, as well as keeping track of all the side characters, tires me out. There is an overarching plot, but the stories rarely return to it. And the storytelling is a little disorganized in general. But there’s something kinda fun about it, too, and I think it’s just that I’ve grown attached to Haruhiko and Eukanaria after all this time and would love to see how they end up.