Phantom Thief Jeanne 5
September 20, 2015
Arina Tanemura – Viz – 2014 – 7 volumes
this is a 5-volume edition
THIS SERIES IS SO FREAKING BEAUTIFUL. I think I like the ending to Sakura Hime more, but man, Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne will always be my favorite. I think it’s my favorite magical girl series, period.
Some good things in this volume: The story of Adam and Eve is retold so that God lives with them in the garden, and Eve’s consumption of the apple meant that she gained knowledge that she and Adam were different from God, and the two of them fell in love and decided to leave Eden in order not to hurt God, who also loved them both. It was really sweet. KKJ has the power to shoujo-fy even the Bible.
Also good: Maron and Chiaki have sex before the final battle, which is Maron proving once again that it’s your perception of yourself, and not your virginity, that makes you a good person (in this case, a “pure” enough person to fight/seal demons as God’s rep). I still like that detail, since I find the barrier of virginity as a sign of “purity” in series like this to be ridiculous.
Somewhat unexpected: Maron and Chiaki have sex before the final battle, which NEVER HAPPENS IN MAGICAL GIRL SERIES.
Also: Finn Fish, you made me cry. I didn’t think I was going to do that, but again, there’s just something rather beautiful about KKJ.
Also also: The friendship between Miyako and Maron was very beautiful. The cliffhanger from last volume was resolved in such a friend-positive way as to make even Tomoyo Daidouji weep.
Finally: I adore how completely obsessed Chiaki was with Maron throughout the whole series. That doesn’t stop here. He’s adorable, and again, it’s nice to see a non-creepy love interest pursuing the heroine so ardently. It rarely works like that.
I… kind of liked the final battle, it was very clever, and resolved the themes of the series well. We got to see how Maron grew as a person. But there’s part of me that turns away from somewhat side-step-y sentimental stuff like that, too. Tanemura made it up to me in Sakura Hime, so I’m all about this ending in KKJ.
Lots of short stories afterwards! I’m not sure that I liked any of them as much as the Finn Fish stuff in this volume, but it’s fun bonus stuff for sure. And I think there’s a new story just for this 5-volume collection (I’m too lazy to check right now, though).
I don’t have a whole lot else to say. I can’t spoil anything, and I’ve already talked a lot about why I like this series so much, and about its themes, in previous reviews. I’m glad this has withstood the test of time.
My heart is already shrinking away from my bold declaration of this being my favorite magical girl series, though. I love Cardcaptor Sakura hard, but I haven’t read it in a long time. Part of me thinks that Sakura and Syaoran may beat out Maron and Chiaki, but I hate that little jerk Syaoran, so Chiaki has that going for him. But is Maron and Miyako better than Sakura and Tomoyo? That’s a close one. I also don’t remember the themes well enough, though memory is only serving me card battles right now, and while they are cute, I don’t know if they work the same as this series.
Well, guess I’ll have to re-read CCS and see. It’ll be a good follow-up to KKJ, as both are such classics.