Crimson Spell 3
May 16, 2015
Ayano Yamane – SuBLime – 2014 – 5+ volumes
This volume is surprisingly serious, given the light tone of the early volume. Havi is bewitched beyond saving. Vald is trying to fight a sorcerer, who has possibly captured his younger brother and is making him fight Havi. A few very bad things happen. This takes up the first 2/3 or so of the volume. It was nice.
Later, Havi and Vald are sort of at odds, and Vald is trying to come to terms with the fact that, maybe, he kind of likes Havi. Havi is as brash as always about it, but Vald fought hard enough as a demon in the previous fight that he apparently kind of transforms while still himself, so he has to accept the way Havi bound him. And he’s not really mad about that. He’s more mad about the fact Havi is a brash jerk, which is an excellent thing to be mad about.
The major demon plot that started last volume still isn’t resolved, and there’s a newcomer at the very end of this volume. I’m not sure if he’s evil yet. Maybe! Probably.
There’s also a silly short story in the back about how Vald and Havi met (maybe?) when they were children. Yamane usually puts silly one-shots at the end of the main story, so I don’t put a lot of stock into it. It was a cute story, and unlike her usual ones. Yamane usually goes for the nonsensical sex one-shot, and I was expecting it this time too, since there was only one sex scene in this volume. This may be a record for Ayano Yamane, two sex scenes in two volumes. But the one-shot set in the past is a nice change of pace. And Yamane makes up for it with her cheeky end notes. It’s obvious she doesn’t take her smut too seriously, which is why she’s so great.
I like this series a lot. I’m going to burn through the last two volumes quickly. And then I’ll have to wait a bit. Oh well. In this volume, she makes it sound like she wanted to finish the series before they did a drama CD, so it can’t be that long, right? Right?