Wild Adapter 5

January 26, 2012

Kazuya Minekura – Tokyopop – 2008 – 6+ volumes

I thought the story had skipped a bit weirdly in volume 1-2, so I was happy that this volume covered the “missing year,” where Kubo picked up Toki and the two get used to one another. The vehicle for the story this time is a little boy named Shota that lives next door to Kubo. He doesn’t have any friends, and winds up with Toki as a best friend by the end of the book. He’s a good narrator, though slightly too wise for his years at times.

It’s a pretty dark story, since Toki is dealing newly with his memory loss and has nobody but Kubo, a stranger, to help him. He doesn’t like Kubo and doesn’t trust him, and all his instincts tell him to run. He actually does run away, but Shota finds him passed out and helps Kubo bring him back. It’s Shota that helps Toki and Kubo get together. Toki won’t trust “adults,” so Shota is the one that brings him his meals and entertains him initially. All three characters have mini-drama events by the end of the volume, one of which is a beating for Kubo that involves all three.

This is a somewhat slow volume compared to the others, since there’s not an overarching yakuza plot or anything that Toki and Kubo are trying to unravel. It’s very character-focused, and the development happens slowly. I quite like it, and especially in a story like this about Toki and Kubo getting together. A lot of time and effort goes into the relationship here, which makes it that much better.

Again though, it took me two or three readings to parse some of the metaphors the characters were using, particularly anything Kubo says. What’s wrong with that guy? They’re nothing too complex, and I think I’m trying to read too much into them, but still, they slow the story down a bit for me. But that’s a relatively minor nitpick, and it’s hard to imagine that Wild Adapter would be as good without them.

I don’t have that much to say about this volume since the premise is so simple, and saying more would probably spoil it. As good as this was, it also suffers from being in between two really, REALLY great volumes. Volume 6 was a fine volume to leave off on, though.

3 Responses to “Wild Adapter 5”

  1. I really loved this volume. At first, I wished the volumes were in chronological order, but after a few reads, I’ve realized I like it where it is. I love Shota’s arc, and his manga versions of Toki and Kubo are a real hoot. : )

  2. Connie Says:

    Shota was my favorite of the incidental characters, and it cracked me up the way he was translating Toki’s beast hand and strength into a manga character. I wish we’d seen a little more of it, but I guess that would be a little too weird in this kind of series.

  3. It was definitely fun while it lasted. :)

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