Maoh: Juvenile Remix 10

August 23, 2015

Kotaro Isaka / Megumi Osuga – Viz – 2012 – 10 volumes

Okay, so the last volume of this series was AWESOME.  There’s a face-off with Fraulein.  The son of the leader sends a group of crazy hobbyist murderers after Junya’s friends.  Junya has to protect them, somehow stop Fraulein, and also somehow have his hands in the major speech Inukai is giving at the same time.

It is incredibly messed-up, violent, shocking, and awesome.  I was blown away by the number of little twists and details that went into the anti-Fraulein plan.  That was some powerful stuff.  It’s kind of what this whole series is about, and that was one of its finest moments.  Really.  It’s why this series is worth reading.

But then… I didn’t like the weak stance the story took on Junya/Inukai at the last moment.  I was actually fairly unclear what most of the epilogue was about.  And the ending.  That was disappointing.

Part of that may have to do with the adaptation?  I either forgot or never knew that this was based on a novel.  It has actually flowed quite smoothly, despite that.  I often dislike adaptations.  Perhaps the ending just didn’t translate well into a manga?  That was very disappointing.  This series was great, and fairly smart.  That the first half of this volume was so good made my hopes for the ending skyrocket.  It’s a shame it didn’t happen as good as I imagined.

But don’t get me wrong, this series is still worth reading.  At 10 volumes, it’s not much of a commitment, and it’s a mystery series nobody read as it was coming out.  The ending fizzled, but the rest of it was fast-paced, strange, and very much a compelling read.  It had fantastic artwork as well.  Very dark, detailed backgrounds, odd character designs, deranged-looking facial expressions, and great fashion sense.  Give it a try, if you are so inclined.

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