In the conclusion to the series, truths are uncovered, motivations revealed, and loyalties are tested as Ian fights to save Rin, and the world.
Writer/Artist: Kaori Yuki
Translation: Gemma Collinge
Adaptation: Kristina Blachere
What They Say
Will Ian save Rin? Can he stop Tokage? Ian has one chance left to get his life back!
Also includes the full story of Psycho Knocker, the sequel to Fairy Cube!
In an attempt to lure Ian out of hiding, his enemies are controlling Rin, using her to compete in the Fairy Queen Contest while they work to complete Elysium. Because of a tragic accident, Shira's father's body was taken over years ago by Balor, an ancient Fairy God, who wants to open the demon door between worlds to regain his original physical body and reign over a new realm of both humans and fairies. To do this, he needs two things - the power trapped in Ian's body, and the seal, which turns out to be none other than Ainsel herself.
Tokage, meanwhile, is confronted with the truth about his past. Rather than being unnecessary and unwanted, cast aside without thought into the fairy world and not even named, he discovers that he was stillborn, and had a name all along. His mother had sent him to the fairy world where at least his soul could live on in an attempt to give him some sort of life, rather than none at all. As events play out, more hidden motivations are revealed as the various players align and realign, but the fate of the world ultimately results in Ian's hands.
I went into this originally hoping that it was going to be an Angel Sanctuary style epic, but with the benefit of Yuki's more mature art and storytelling abilities. At only three volumes this really doesn't count as an epic, but it's a very well-executed story that, while not flawless, was still enjoyable. There were several points in this volume where I had to go back and read a page again to figure out what exactly was going on or who was speaking, but compared to the last couple of volumes of Angel Sanctuary, the conclusion here was much cleaner. The Psycho Knocker story at the end did a nice job of wrapping up a few loose plot threads and showing what a few of the characters would be doing in the future. While not perfect, this was an entertaining dark fairy tale, with all of the blood and horror (and beautiful artwork) that Kaori Yuki is so well known for.