Please Save My Earth 5
September 28, 2011
Saki Hiwatari – Viz – 2004 – 21 volumes
I liked that this volume puts increased emphasis on the characters stating that they will not let their past lives ruin the present, even while they apparently begin to fall into old patterns. Or, at least, that seems to be the case for all the main characters save Alice. One of the interesting things about this series is that these characters are their past selves. Knowing each other in the past, with the shared memories, seems to mean that they are all comfortable picking up where they left off. That strikes me as strange and unlikely, but it also makes for good drama. And why would I complain about that?
Several major things happen here. “Shion” meets the others for the first time, but things go badly, since Sakura and Issei have met him before, after he “accidentally” jumped into a river. This wrecks Rin’s plans, and the meeting goes badly. He tries to salvage his machinations by reinforcing his goals to Haru and forcing him to meet Alice, who hangs on every word he says. Rin is uncomfortable at this meeting, though it’s unclear why. Visions of the past are interspersed throughout, just to reinforce what a jerk Rin is, past and present.
Mr. Tamura perseveres in his quest to understand Haru. Despite Haru’s genuinely desperate attempts, Mr. Tamura learns everything about Haru’s past life. What he’s going to do with this information remains to be seen.
Rin… Rin is my favorite character, I think. I do love that he is very clearly an older person trapped in a young body, something he laments constantly. I also like that, currently, as creepy and genuinely terrible as he seems to be, his intentions are ambiguous. Is he really trying to save the Earth? It would seem so, and he’s compelled to do so only because of a promise.
I am completely hooked, though. I cannot wait to read more.