ES ~Eternal Sabbath~ Vol. #05 (

By:Patricia Beard
Review Date: Thursday, May 08, 2008
Release Date: Thursday, May 31, 2007

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Fuyumi Soryo
Translated by:Ikoi Hiroe
Adapted by:Ikoi Hiroe

What They Say
Neuroscientist Mine Kujyou has devoted her life to the pursuit of knowledge. When she met Shuro, a genetically engineered superhuman with extraordinary psychic powers, she'd thought she found the ultimate experimental subject. But then the handsome and enigmatic Shuro makes a shocking confession and Mine finds herself deeply divided. Is her fascination with Shuro purely intellectual, or is she experiencing more than just a passion for research? Shuro's powers could save - or destroy- humanity, and Mine's reaction could tip the balance. Now she has discovered an even darker mystery than the human mind; her own heart.

The Review
The retrieval of memory that had triggered such explosive violence in the last volume, takes on a heartbreakingly sad aspect in this volume. Mine, who has put herself through quite a bit of self-examination since becoming professionally involved with Shuro, decides to try to help the abused Yuri. Yuri has come to Mine asking for help in protecting Isaac from Shuro, who has decided to put an end to the threat that Isaac has become. In a memorable scene, Mine explains to Shuro why she wants to get involved with helping Yuri and the intellectualizing, observational and distancing Mine begins to disappear. Shuro, who has observed and "learned", if not felt and realized, empathetic behavior, warns Mine about the dangers of interfering in the lives of others and with Isaac in particular. Mine, fired up with a new zeal, cannot hear his warnings. The aftermath of Mine's interference in Yuri's life leaves her disillusioned and guilty, and is the portent of disastrous things to come.

The relationships that Fuyumi Soryo has set up within and between the ES' twosomes of Shuro/Mine and Isaac/Yuri in the past volumes, come into larger relief with this volume. Shuro and Mine started out as observers and objectifiers of what it means to be human and the mechanism of human interaction. They end up in the most intimate of human relationships - a sexual one- born out of Mine's newfound need for comfort and solace, and Shuro's ability to honestly provide it. These panels are quiet and beautiful, and while the events leading up to this romantic encounter seem to be cliche, the emotional honesty of the scenes redeems them.

Fuyumi Soryo's art continues to serve her subject matter very well. Actions are often realized as they are perceived and experienced by the characters, not as speed lines on the page. Her spare panels isolate reactions and feelings, the internal life of mind and emotion is more important than externals that drive them.

Mania Grade: B+
Art Rating: B+
Packaging Rating: B
Text/Translatin Rating: B+
Age Rating: 16 & Up
Released By: Del Rey
MSRP: 10.99
Pages: 234
ISBN: 9780345491923
Size: B6
Orientation: Right to Left
Series: ES ~Eternal Sabbath~