Knights of the Zodiac 27
September 28, 2011
Masami Kurumada – Viz – 2009 – 28 volumes
What can I say? All those cameos in Please Save My Earth reminded me I only had two volumes to go to finish this series. It sorely deserves it. It’s brought me a lot of pleasure over the years.
Alas, there wasn’t very many instances of the over-the-top, insane magic that makes this fun to read. There is a really funny story about Pandora that turns her into a good guy while simultaneously referencing mythology (it was the myth reference that made me laugh), and some strange business about her mother birthing a “soul,” but somehow not birthing a body with it. Whatever.
Elsewhere, Seiya fights Thanatos, who is a surprisingly unexciting villain for being the God of Death revealed at the end of the series. He’s a pretty standard shounen bad guy, powerful and full of trash talk, and he and Seiya trade blows in a fairly uninteresting way. I suppose it is amusing that he can kill people with his thoughts, no matter the distance. He uses this in an extraordinarily unlikely fight that involves all the Knights watching in Greece.
It is notable that Shun lands a punch. I don’t think he’s done that in about 15 volumes.
At the very end, all of our favorite Bronze Knights join up in Elysium for one final fight. That final fight… will take place in GOLD CLOTHS. It will happen in the next, and final, volume.
I can’t be the only one who’s excited that Shun got the Virgo cloth.