Wild Adapter 6

January 31, 2012

Kazuya Minekura – Tokyopop – 2008 – 6+ volumes

So. Volume 4 was about what Toki does when Kubo disappears. This volume flips that around, so that we see what Kubo does when Toki disappears.

A story like this has a lot of factors. When Kubo disappears, since he’s the one that earns money and puts a roof over their heads, it’s likely either a police matter (because he’s a shady character), or some sort of mob revenge thing. Kubo lives a dangerous life, so there’s a lot of bad things that could happen to him at any time. But that’s not true of Toki. Not even the major players in the story seem to know much about Wild Adapter, and it doesn’t look like anyone is missing Toki, or knows who he is. Kubo thinks it might be an issue of Toki regaining his memory, and if that’s the case, he’s willing to let things go.

But of course it’s not. Toki is kidnapped by Kubo’s old yakuza gang. Kubo being the apathetic nihilist he is, and Toki being the only thing in life that means anything to him, he goes to get him back.

This was so epic I couldn’t believe it. There is a side character story told this time, about the leader of the yakuza youth gang that took over after Kubo left, and how he and his friends came to join this gang. Actually, these characters have been hanging around the fringes since volume one, which impressed me. One of them was a gang member that Kubo took revenge for in volume one, and another was a man that saw Toki and Kubo in an arcade a volume or so ago. That short, almost inconsequential scene has consequences in this volume, and affected the leader of the youth gang deeply. We also get more insight into the youth gang, and the leader of that particular yakuza group in general. There was an implied relationship between he and Kubo. We learn of the master/unquestioning servant relationship that the youth gang leader seems to be maintaining with him. It’s a bit of a mystery why these gang members want to make an enemy out of Kubo, when they know full well he blew away their rival gang singlehandedly.

Kubo tracks down Toki, and then he does indeed go on a rampage against his old gang. It’s an ugly, fascinating trail. He doesn’t know where Toki is being held, so he goes to the headquarters first. Then he learns about their supply route, and sneaks on board the tanker where Toki and the entire youth gang are. The whole thing is… very intense. Exquisite action and ugly emotion all twist together, and most frightening, Kubo really does seem to feel absolutely nothing while he’s doing all this. He doesn’t stop until he gets close enough to ask to hear Toki’s voice.

It’s absolutely amazing stuff. This is a good volume to leave off on for the time being, both because the story here is so satisfying and because the loose threads almost seem inconsequential after this. What is W.A.? Who is Toki? Not important. Not that I still don’t wanna know, but I’m curious to see how the plot will continue after a story this intense.

A series this good always leaves me craving more like it after I’m finished. Banana Fish is almost as close as it comes, I think, but I’m going to keep looking.

3 Responses to “Wild Adapter 6”

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  2. I have enjoyed reading your reviews of this series SO MUCH, I can’t even tell you. I’m going to add them to the WA MMF archive, because they are just that much fun to read.

  3. Connie Says:

    Thanks so much! I felt bad when I didn’t get a chance to read it for the MMF last year. It’s a shame I put off reading it for so long, though. It’s just so good!

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