Please Save My Earth 19

November 17, 2011

Saki Hiwatari – Viz – 2006 – 21 volumes

Well, after Alice dropped that bomb at the end of the last volume, you had to read this volume next in order to see the scene in question in light of that new perspective. And this volume leaves off with Mokuren’s last moments on the moon, and Alice kidnapped by yakuza in the present. So of course you have to read the next one right away.

In this volume, Alice finishes remembering, and Rin springs a plan that takes almost the entire volume to set up, but when it happens, it is absolutely masterful. He moves every single person exactly where he wants them, and he winds up with the result he expected. And he does a major part of it with children, and while acting like a child himself. This is quite possibly the creepiest Rin scene in the entire series, and the best part about it is that you don’t get the full effect until all the pieces fall into place well after the actual Rin scene. Yet another amazing bit of storytelling.

The Mokuren flashback winds up here, and we get both the rape scene fallout and the events leading up to her death. Her rehearsed speech to Shion… this is the third time we’ve read it, right? The second time was definitely a slap in the face, because you realize it might not be sincere, but the third time is just painful, after you know just why she says it, and what she’s feeling and covering up. The whole situation is far uglier and sadder than it initially seems, and it was pretty damn ugly the first time through. Again, I love that the retelling here is shifting everything around so much. It’s really amazing stuff.

I’m going to stop here for now, without dwelling on the characters too much, but I promise I’ll make up for it in 20 and 21. How can I not?

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