Hoshin Engi 23
May 16, 2015
Ryu Fujisaki – Viz – 2011 – 23 volumes
Ah… it should have ended three volumes ago, and I liked it a lot better ten or so volumes back. But it’s always nice to finish up a series like this, especially one I used to like so much.
I was bummed that there was… no fight with Dakki, really. Literally and figuratively. In fact, Dakki winds up saving the day. To be fair, her ultimate end didn’t make much sense. But man. I would have liked to have seen her foiled even once. Her last gamble was fairly entertaining, though.
The final fight with Joka was… what fights in this series usually are. Energy being shot from paope. I’m kind of over that, so this fight was rather anticlimactic for me.
I’m also kind of over the dozens of characters. There are story resolutions for everyone that stuck around.
What I did like was the very, very end. It was funny, in character for Taikobo, and brought everything back around to the beginning.
Would I recommend the whole series? Ehhhh… I don’t know about that. The style’s pretty funky, and I like the designs for characters and clothing. I loved the beginning of the series, too. But I think Chokomei’s ending was more fun than what actually happened. It was fun for awhile, and I don’t regret reading it, but I don’t know how many other people would enjoy jumping into this one now.