Please Save My Earth 3
September 25, 2011
Saki Hiwatari – Viz – 2004 – 21 volumes
You know, this series has been pretty great so far. Amazing, in fact. But I’ve been able to restrain myself. One volume a day. But then I read this volume.
THAT SCENE BETWEEN RIN AND HARU.
Now I have to read the rest as fast as possible. Seriously. That scene was amazing. I was beginning to lose faith when the characters began frequently lapsing into Saint Seiya armor. But then that scene happened. I’m a fan for life now. And it’s only volume three. I can’t even imagine how much better it will get from here.
Everything about that scene was amazing. The reversal of the earlier past-life confession. The rain. The accusations. The revenge taken. What actually happened to everyone on the moon, and the reason for the age gap. The reason for Rin’s general creepiness. All of it. I can’t get over just how wonderful it was.
One thing about this, and some of Hiwatari’s author commentaries up until this scene… I guess younger readers than I read this, but was it really not obvious who Shion was? She mentions the evidence during the first Mokuren scene, and I assumed that’s when she let us know that, yes, that’s who Shion is. As if the whole… situation between the two the last few volumes wasn’t enough of a clue. I was confused when the initial confession went the other way, especially since it ended with an illustration that was clearly Mokuren and Shion embracing (as she says, Shion is the only one with dark hair). It’s hard for me to believe that anyone could think Shion was another character.
Anyway, the sad thing is, that amazing scene wasn’t the only excellent confrontation here. I really liked when Issei had to admit he was in love to Jinpachi. That scene was great until he and Jinpachi turned into Shun and Hyoga at the last minute.
I started getting a little confused when the lengthy flashback started in the middle of the volume. I had a firm grasp of Gyokuran, Enju, Mokuren, Shion, and Issei, Jinpachi, Alice, and Rin. The other characters, introduced last volume, I wasn’t as familiar with, so when the flashback began tossing around names, it became a little harder to follow. I love the character sheet in the front of the book for that, though, and after three pages, it became much clearer what was happening, so that turned out to be fine. I like the way Shukaido entered the story here, and Haru as well. I’m not opposed to Enju jumping into the flashbacks, or Shusuran/Sakura and Hiiragi/Daisuke entering the story in a larger role. It’s just gotta happen slow for me. The current pace is pretty much perfect, though.
Okay. One more volume tonight, but I probably won’t write it up here.