Land of the Blindfolded Vol. #05 (

By:Sakura Eries
Review Date: Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Release Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Sakura Tsukuba
Translated by:Sheldon Drzka
Adapted by:Jonathan Tarbox

What They Say
Summer vacation is a time for sun, sand, and getting swept away - literally! When Kanade and her friends head to the beach, she and Namiki fall prey to the vicious undertow, causing them to disappear into the great big sea. Now, Arou must channel every last shred of his power and resourcefulness, or he might lose his true love forever!

The Review
Summer vacation and a chance for Kanade and her friends to go to the beach together means carefree fun in the sun, right? Wrong! The mood gets significantly dampened when Arou has a run-in with some of his old classmates from middle school. Not only do they know about his "power," they shunned him because of it! And if reminders of Arou's painful past aren't enough, things take a drastic turn for the worse when Kanade and Namiki get swept away by the ocean! What lengths will Arou go to in order to save the one he loves?

Except for the very first chapter, which is a one-shot story about the relationship between Kanade's classmate and one of the high school teachers, this volume is entirely about Arou. Tsukuba reveals that the field of people cognizant of his power is a lot wider than it originally appeared. Their attitudes towards him range from fear to opportunistic, and I'm glad Tsukuba doesn't just assign a single blanket response to the whole lot. Honma, Arou's former classmate, only shows up briefly for two chapters, but even though he doesn't stick around, this rather complex character stirs things up quite a bit.

While the flashbacks of Arou's life and the way his past complicates his present add depth to Arou, other aspects of this arc are lacking. After all the dramatic buildup to Arou's desperate search for Kanade, the way it finally ends is a bit weak.

This volume includes a table of contents, a six page mini manga about Namiki and his dog, and Tsukuba's usual "Sakura Mail." Unfortunately, it appears as if the final Sakura Mail page with the mangaka's closing remarks is missing.

Mania Grade: B-
Art Rating: B+
Packaging Rating: C+
Text/Translatin Rating: B+
Age Rating: 13 & Up
Released By: CMX
MSRP: 9.99
Pages: 200
ISBN: 1-4012-0528-3
Size: B6
Orientation: Right to Left