No. 6 5
October 25, 2015
Atsuko Asano / Hinoki Kino – Kodansha USA – 2014 – 9 volumes
There’s a cute scene at the beginning of this volume that I didn’t remember from either the anime or novels. Rat is nearly struck down by what appears to be the bee illness, and when Shion is fussing over him, Rat gives him a dancing lesson to prove he’s well and has more stamina than Shion. If that wasn’t enough of a sort-of-romantic-innuendo, Shion gets serious when Rat tells him not to worry, touching Rat on the neck and telling him that’s where he expected the bee. Shion touching Rat on the neck throws Rat off guard, and makes him really think hard about what’s happening in his life.
Then, the rest of the volume is Rat and Shion being collected in a huge roundup (apparently because No. 6 needs live test subjects), and the two of them wandering through horrible piles of dead and dying in the Correctional Facility. This is pretty harrowing in the novel, and is pretty intense here, too. There’s some nice scenes of Shion losing it, and admittedly, this is pretty depraved.
That’s pretty much it. Rat mostly has to bully Shion through the center because the conditions are so appalling, and there’s a lot of Shion stopping to take in just how awful everything is. Judging by the last scene in this volume, it looks like the story will follow the path of the novels, so we’ll get to find out about Rat’s singing.