No. 6 4
August 30, 2015
Atsuko Asano / Hinoki Kino – Kodansha USA – 2013 – 9 volumes
Huh. I just realized that Atsuko Asano also wrote Manzai Comics, a series that probably nobody remembers or read. One volume was published by Aurora in 2009, and it disappeared after that, but I really liked what I read in that one. It’s cool that we have a little more of her work in English, and that it was still pretty good. I really wish Kodansha would release the No. 6 novels. That doesn’t really seem to be their thing, though.
Anyway, I still love No. 6. In this volume, Rat finds out that Shion is planning to go by himself to save Safu. Shion tries to play it cool and leave Rat without him knowing, but Rat catches him, beats him up, and makes him promise to never say goodbye to him again. Shion punches him back, and makes him promise never to hide things from him again. It’s adorable.
Later, they capture someone from high-up in No. 6 and make him divulge plans for a new facility, and what is going on in the city. The man seems to honestly have no idea what they’re asking him. He claims there’s no way Safu was kidnapped, that nobody knows what the new strange bunker is about because the health department built it themselves, and he also has no knowledge of the bee outbreak. Shion’s interrogation techniques wind up being more effective than Rat’s.
We also learn about the manhunt, which should take place next volume.
This is a pretty straightforward section of story, though if you’re at all a fan of Rat/Shion, there’s about as much as this series has to give in here. Which is not much, but it’s still adorable. And the series is very focused on the pair of them, which is awesome, even if it isn’t necessarily romantically. The interrogation scene I mentioned above is pretty intense. Shion eventually stops it, and tries it his way. We get a little peek at Rat, and Rat gets a little taste of Shion being right. It’s a great scene, and one of the nice bits of character development this series offers pretty frequently.
Again, as an adaptation of an anime that was adapted from a novel series, this is pretty good. The novels are a little long-winded, so I like this more concise version of the story. And the art is nice, clear, and readable. Nothing fancy, but I like how quick these read.