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- Art Rating: A
- Packaging Rating: A-
- Text/Translation Rating: B+
- Age Rating: 17 and Up
- Released By: Yen Press
- MSRP: 10.99
- Pages: 192
- ISBN: 978-0-7595-3094-2
- Size: B6
- Orientation: Right to Left
- Series: Black God
Black God Vol. #08
Black God Vol. #08 Manga Review
By Matthew Alexander
April 07, 2010
Release Date: February 23, 2010
Black God Vol. #08
© Yen Press
Keita and Kuro face off in the final battle to save their island paradise, but can Keita kill the Doppleliner with his mother’s face?
Writer/Artist: Dall-Young Lim and Sung-Woo Park
Translation: Christine Dashiell
Adaptation: Christine Dashiell
What They Say
In the heat of battle, Keita and Kuro learn that Shinobu is a minus root... one who must absorb the tera of others lest she be overcome by the raw negative energy within her. With Shinobu latched on to Keita, Kuro is unable to summon her strength as Keita's power is drained away. As no one stands in his way, Hiyou destroys the Hiba family's soul stone, releasing a tidal wave of negative energy that threatens to engulf Okinawa. Is there anyone left to protect the island?
This last battle against Hiyou and Shinobu has dragged on a little long. Certainly not as long as some of those ‘Bleach’ fights, but still long. Even this minor complaint, it is still thrilling to see how devious and evil Shinobu can be, especially when she is the spitting image of Keita’s mother. This ultimately leads to his downfall as he can’t bring himself to attack someone that looks like his dead mother.
Regardless of Keita’s resignation, it may be his grandfather who pays the greatest price as he tries to protect the others. Grandfather is one tough dude, and he isn’t about to let some mortal wound keep him from handing out a good ass kicking, all the while berating Keita for being a weakling. Man I love that guy, reminds me of my WWII vet grandfather, “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”, he always used to say. I think he and Keita’s grandfather would have made a cantankerous pair of drinking buddies.
Not to be outdone, the twin’s Kakuma and Makana won’t give into Hiyou until every last bit of fight has left their limp bodies. They are trying to avenge their family and protect their island after all. Hiyou is a really strong dude, especially with Shinobu feeding him Tera. In the end, will Kakuma and Makana be willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to stop Hiyou? Will Grandfather be able to protect Keita? Will he survive his wounds? The heart-wrenching ending may surprise you.
This series has enough punch to keep any action junky happy, but what continues to surprise me is the high level of emotional impact. Sure, Keita can be a jerk sometimes, but learning how is mother was killed protecting him as a little kid is enough to pull on anyone’s heart strings. Add that to the consistent level of character development for not only Keita, but also Kuro and Akane, and this continues to be one of my favorite series. Plus, the great art doesn’t hurt either.
With the Hiyou/Shinobu story arc coming to an end, it feels like the reader has a chance to catch their breath. The last three or four volumes have been full throttle, so it will be nice to see a slower volume 9 to give the reader and characters a chance to reflect on what has transpired. Albeit, I’m sure it will be a short respite as Kuro’s evil brother Reishin and Akane’s Doppleliner is still out there gunning for them.
If you haven’t given this series a chance yet, do yourself a favor and pick up the first volume.