Teito discovers that he is the inheritor of the legendary Eye of Mikhail!
Writer/Artist: Yuki Amemiya and Yukino Ichihara
Translation: Christine Schilling
Adaptation: Mallory Reaves
What They Say
His best friend's fate spurs Teito into trying to master the Bascule - a powerful weapon that can harness and focus his innate power. Friends become enemies and rivals become allies as Teito begins to fulfill his destiny, and protect his fallen country from the minions of his former masters.
Through diabolical means, Ayanami turns Teito's best friend Mikage against him! However, in the violent battle that ensues, the powers of the Eye of Mikhail manifest themselves in Teito, and Ayanami's plans to force Teito back to the Imperial Army fail. Incensed by what happened to Mikage, Teito vows revenge and, at the suggestion of Bishop Castor, becomes a candidate for the clergy to accomplish his goal. However, entering the Church poses all sorts of new challenges for Teito, not the least of which is getting along with his new roommate!
The first two chapters of this volume are full of action and heart wrenching drama as Teito and Mikage are pitted against one another. Fans of the pure bond between bishounen best friends will love Teito's anguish in these scenes, and I admit I got teary-eyed when Mikage made his final exit. As emotionally compelling as it is, the pacing of the story gets bogged down by the quality of the action illustrations. The panels are so busy and crowded it takes several moments (and for some parts, more than one read) to figure out exactly what's going on. For example, parts of damaged buildings magically restore themselves in a few scenes, but at first glance, the structures look like they’re falling apart instead.
The story lightens up in the succeeding chapters, and we also get more glimpses into the connection between the Bishops and the Seven Ghosts as well as the nature of the clergy. Between the Kor training hall and the creatures wafting about the restricted parts of the Church, there's more spiritual activity going on within the Church's walls than one might guess. In Volume 1, it wasn’t clear if the Raggs Church was related at all to the Barsburg Church, but as Teito goes through the clergy applicant process, it becomes apparent that the two Churches share the same canon. As more of Teito's past is revealed, it will be interesting to see what path the father of the Raggs Church had intended for him, and how the Barsburg Church will treat Teito now that they know he is a person of prophecy.
Extras include four gorgeous color pages, including a two-page spread of Teito and best friend Mikage; character introduction and story thus far summary; a sketch of the Church's shop; three postscript 4-panel comic strips; an afterword from the creators; and ads for other Go! Comi releases.