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  • Art Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A
  • Age Rating: 16 & Up
  • Released By: Go! Comi
  • MSRP: 10.99
  • Pages: 200
  • ISBN: 978-1-933617-53-4
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Black Sun, Silver Moon

Black Sun, Silver Moon Vol. #05

By Danielle Van Gorder     July 08, 2008
Release Date: April 30, 2008

Black Sun, Silver Moon Vol.#05
© Go! Comi

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

What They Say
As Taki finds out about Shikimi's past, secrets of his own family come to light... leading him to actually strike a deal with Grey! How long can Taki keep his pact with Grey a secret from Shikimi, even though it's for the priests's own good?

The Review
After finally revealing the full truth about his past, Shikimi seems almost like a different person - more relaxed, even more human. He even goes so far as to actually take some responsibility for the messes he makes around the church. Taki, though, seems almost driven - certainly not the same relaxed, easygoing boy he was at the beginning of the series. When Grey, after learning something interesting about Taki from an unexpected source, offers to train Taki, he jumps at the chance to hone his undead-killing skills.

When the thoroughly telegraphed truth about Taki is finally revealed, Grey is the only one not shocked at some level by this revelation, all though the full implications - especially about Taki's parentage - haven't really sunk in for any of them. Laz, meanwhile, has not given up on her pursuit of Shikimi, even in the face of Shikimi's total devotion to the dead Amaria. The course of true love doesn't always run smoothly, but Laz isn't the type to give up easily. A humorous side story deals with another aspect of how Taki has changed since he first came to the church.

The volume concludes with "Red Shoes," a short unrelated story that takes a rather interesting look at loss and obsession.

With the end of the extended flashback sequence and the return to the present, the story has taken on some interesting new dynamics. It's especially interesting to see how all of the characters have changed (or not, in some cases) and grown over the course of the story. Something else that came clear in this volume is that nothing in this story is accidental - it's much more carefully plotted than the first couple of volumes might lead you to believe. Little throwaway events from the very first volume have surprising relevance here, which was really an unexpected surprise.

This volume felt very much like an interlude, a pause between major events that allowed for some character exploration and quite a bit more humor than the previous volumes had room for. For me, the humor comes from both the expected (based on the already-established character dynamics), but also from a few unexpected sources ("NOM NOM"). Readers who are hooked on the characters should really get a kick out of this volume, and fans of a certain undead puppy will have no complaints at all. The general impression that I had after reading through this, however, is that things are due to take a much more serious turn, so if you're reading this for the dark, bloodsucking, zombie-killing action, don't despair.


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