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  • Art Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Text/Translation Rating: A-
  • Age Rating: 13 and Up
  • Released By: Viz Media
  • MSRP: 9.99
  • Pages: 208
  • ISBN: 978-1421526959
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to LEft
  • Series: Gestalt

Gestalt Vol. #06

Gestalt Vol. #06 Manga Review

By Kate O'Neil     June 01, 2010
Release Date: April 20, 2010

Gestalt Vol. #06
© Viz Media

It’s a face off against Ouri’s final sibling, but Ouri might have won the game before it even began.

Creative Staff
Writer/Artist: Yun Kouga
Translation: Christine Schilling
Adaptation: Christine Schilling

What They Say
Ouri and Father Olivier are together again, but they're not about to live happily ever after, not quite yet. Olivier's nemesis, Ender, is back, and even the deadliest dark magic may not be enough to slow him down. He's determined to bring Olivier back to his Order and force him to face up to the crimes of his past, but Olivier, himself, has another plan in mind. His best chance at redemption may be hidden somewhere in the forbidden realm of G.

The Review!

After the disturbing moments of the final chapter in the previous volume, Ouri is acting more like her old self.  Shazan decides to stay behind in Titania for the time being to finish their original goal of finding the book of P.  Ouri heads back to Barbaros to find Olivier and confront the reality of the decision she had to make.
The reunion goes about as you’d expect, with Olivier not remembering Ouri or anything that happened up to this point.  Ouri tries to play it cool but completely breaks down when she sees Olivier’s restored hands.  For some reason, Suzu decides to treat Ouri as a stranger instead of going with the easier explanation of “this is my friend Ouri.”  The situation becomes very awkward when Ouri gets too forward with Oliver and he gives her a calm lecture about her hang-up with her “former master.”  
The reunion is broken up when Ender and his knights arrive to try to bring Olivier in again.  (Sometimes I think that Olivier must have LoJack attached to him.)  Ender reveals that Father Messiah is dead and lures Olivier out, but this revelation also causes Olivier’s dark side to appear once again.
In the middle of this conflict, the action pauses to show what Shazan’s been up to.  He discovers the location of the Book of P and heads off to retrieve it.  It turns out the book was destined for Olivier and only Olivier was supposed to be able to remove it.  Shazan gets some time to shine after the unsettling way he behaved in the last volume.  
The break in the middle of the ongoing battle isn’t a clean one.  No explanation is given as to how Olivier regained control over himself or how everyone survived Ender’s attack.  There have been less of these jump-cuts in recent volumes but it’s frustrating that they’re still present.  The action resumes in a confusing mess as Ouri’s last sibling, the eldest sister of the family, Tsukishiro, arrives.  She has little sister Takera in tow and they still want to win the contest.  The conflict shifts as Tsukishiro interrupts the ongoing fight and begins to summon demons to take out everyone.  She immediately gets in over her head and Olivier has to save her from herself.  Ouri uses the usual tactic of summoning overpowered minions to take care of the rest as the group makes their escape.
With the siblings in a temporary truce, the group returns to the ruins of the church.  Ouri realizes something about the contest that she hadn’t even considered before, which really would have made the whole contest a forgone conclusion.  Olivier finally reveals part of the reason why he set out to journey to the Land of G to begin with.
In Summary
All of the various plot points of “Gestalt” are starting to coalesce.  The motivation for Olivier’s quest and the secret behind the mysterious voice Ouri is always talking to are finally starting to become clear.  On top of that, it looks as if they might finally make it to Gestalt in the next volume!  The action is still messy, reckless, and often confusing, but if you’ve stuck with the series this far the good news is that the story and art have shown improvement.  I just hope the pay off is worth it in the end.


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