Earthian 3

August 30, 2015

Yun Kouga – Blu – 2006 – 4 volumes

Ahh… hm.  Hmm.  So, the story ends here.  The fourth volume is a gaiden volume, that sounds like it’s mostly about Raphael and Michael.

Honestly, I’m not really clear on what happened here?  Maybe because it took me a couple months to pick up volume 3 after I finished 2.  But I don’t think that’s it.

The ‘;plot comes back with a vengeance here.  The black angels are suddenly all about attacking Eden.  Also, when I say black angels, there’s also suddenly an army of them.  Some of them are offspring, which hasn’t come up before now.  Elvira also has a new lover who isn’t introduced… he’s just kind of there.  Also, just as suddenly, Raphael decides to attack and eradicate humans/Earthians.  It’s not really clear why he’s doing this, though he does mention offhandedly one time that it may be because the humans are destroying Earth.  But this doesn’t really make sense, since the angels have their own land/planet that is doing just fine, and killing all Earthians won’t save the angel race.  In fact, Michael points this out, and puzzles over it just as I did.

The story leaves a lot of loose ends.  It basically ends in the middle of an explosion.  An explosion that isn’t… really well explained?  They need to cripple the transporter on the Metatron, but since it’s already near Earth, this only makes it so they can’t go back?  Maybe they need to go back because the black angels also damaged the ship?  Maybe they get scared when they realize they can’t go back?  But then Chihaya, Kagetsuya, and Raphael are apparently back on Isana?

???

Hopefully more will be explained in one or two stores in the gaiden volume?

So let’s ignore the hot mess that is the second half of this volume.  What we actually came for is in the first half.  The second volume ended in a rather spicy place, but apparently that didn’t go anywhere.  It goes a little bit of (well-masked, because this is a Wings series) somewhere here.  Hilariously, Kagetsuya and Chihaya are interrupted almost immediately, which is the only way they would get in trouble for their relationship, other than their guilty consciences.  I say this is funny, because Michael and Raphael have obviously been involved for some time, but have never been caught.

The aftermath isn’t that funny though, and is rather heartbreaking.  I felt bad for everyone, but I thought it was a nice touch that Kouga spotlighted Michael here, Chihaya’s foster father.  Michael is torn up about it all, especially the fact that Chihaya and Kagetsuya are scheduled for execution for their homosexual indiscretion.  Again, I’m blown away by the logic in this series.  The race of angels are dying out, so they have strict laws against homosexuality since they want the birth rate to increase.  But to enforce this, they kill members of their dying race?  I suppose I really shouldn’t think too hard about it.

Kouga has some lovely art in this book, and there are even a couple color pages for us to ogle.  Some truly nice layouts, and even a few that incorporate both pages, which I am a sucker for.  That messy battle at the end may be confusing, but since it takes place in the sky, space, and the void, there’s some truly great composition at work there.

Hm.  The Blu editions aren’t pricey right now, and you can also buy the series digitally at eManga.  I suspect most will be disappointed with it.  But it does have lovely art, and there’s a beautiful love story buried in there somewhere (which I suspect will continue in volume 4, I can’t wait to read more about Michael and Raphael).  I’d say go for it if you’re up for a challenge.  If you’re a big book nerd, the Blu editions may be worth hunting down.  They’ve got colored pages, high quality paper, a textured, shiny cover, and are generally Very Nice.

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