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  • Art Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: Go! Comi
  • MSRP: 10.99
  • Pages: 200
  • ISBN: 978-1-933617-35-0
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Black Sun, Silver Moon

Black Sun, Silver Moon Vol. #03

By Danielle Van Gorder     November 20, 2007
Release Date: October 30, 2007

Black Sun, Silver Moon Vol.#03
© Go! Comi

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Tomo Maeda
Translated by:Christine Schilling
Adapted by:Mallory Reaves

What They Say
More about Shikimi and Grey's past is revealed as the priest tells them of a bet with some pretty high stakes: his humanity! Taki is more determined than ever to save Shikimi, but when secrets from the half-demon's dark past arise, it seems that Grey may win his bet after all...

The Review
Despite, or perhaps because of, the presence of Laz and Taki in the church, Shikimi is getting closer and closer to losing control of his appetites - and losing his bet to Grey. Where he had been opaque and hard to read in previous volumes, Shikimi bares his soul here and reveals more of his true self - and accepts it as well, along with Taki's unconditional trust.

Having finally made this decision, Shikimi takes the next step and starts to reveal the truth about his past to Taki and Laz. When he was a young priest living in an isolated village, accessible only by a single bridge, he also did rounds in the countryside as a demon slayer, something he kept a secret from the village. His family there - a group of orphaned children who lived in the church - knew nothing about any of this. His life seemed to be a happy one, especially where Amaria was concerned.

All of this started to change the day Grey came to the village - or returned, rather, since he had apparently lived there in the past. When he and Shikimi fight, Shikimi ends up winning, but since he's never seen a demon like Grey before, he captures him instead of killing him and writes to the order of demon slayers for further instructions. Grey's behavior is more than slightly strange, however, and he warns Shikimi of something terrible coming towards the village. His motives are, to say the least, slightly murky.

Shorly after this winter hits in ernest, and Shikimi stumbles on an unconscious stranger. Then, the villagers one by one start to fall ill. The symptoms of each person are different, so they don't appear to be related, but Shikimi still seems to have some suspicions.

Where earlier volumes focused on the present, this one seems to be focused entirely on the past that turned Shikimi the way he is. The contrast between his past personality and his present personality is dramatic, to say the least. It's pretty clear why he's so fond of Taki, though. While things are still far from clear, the background that has been filled in just piques my interest in where the story is going. Recommended.


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