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  • Art Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: A-
  • Text/Translation Rating: A-
  • Age Rating: 13 and Up
  • Released By: Yen Press
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Nabari no Ou Vol. #04

Nabari no Ou Vol. #04 Manga Review

By Kate O'Neil     August 31, 2010
Release Date: July 31, 2010

Nabari no Ou Vol. #04
© Yen Press

Miharu finally shows that he's not the unfeeling and apathetic kid everyone thinks he is, while the rest of team Banten slowly start to show their true selves as well.

Creative Staff
Writer/Artist: Yuhki Kamatani
Translation: Alethea Nibley and Athena Nibley
Adaptation: Alethea Nibley and Athena Nibley

What They Say
In the midst of the climactic confrontation between the Banten shinobi hired to assassinate Dr. Frosty and the Grey Wolves hired to protect him, Togakushi's chief turns her heart-reading powers upon the tortured Yoite. But even though she underhandedly gains knowledge of his secrets by doing so, little does she expect that her actions will unleash the Kira Master's wrath and send Yoite flying out of control! As the ninja of Banten look on, each with a different purpose at heart, their paths will diverge under the pressure of two forbidden arts coming head-to-head'

The Review!
This volume picks back up in the middle of the showdown between the ninja of the Grey Wolves, Togakushi, and Banten. Yae thinks she has the dangerous Yoite just were she wants him, but her threats cause Yoite to loose it and he starts blind firing his explosive powers at everything. Yae realizes too late that Yoite might just decide to kill everyone rather than have his secrets exposed, and Miharu jumps in to block her. Exhausted and at a stalemate, Dr. Frosty (excuse me while I laugh) almost gets the drop on Tobari, until he's stopped point blank by Kouichi. Suddenly, Kouichi's actions against Miharu in volume one don't look so innocent.

After the end of the mission the action shifts to Raimei. She sat out the last mission to try to track down her brother. It doesn't look like she's been doing much except goofing off with some of the Fuuma clan girls.

We finally meet Raimei's brother, Raikou, and his assistant Gau. Raikou's easy smile and calm nature don't make him out to be the cold blooded killer his sister thinks he is. Gau, on the other hand, is arrogant and quick to anger. They've been working with the Grey Wolves to track down wayward members of that clan. Raimei wants her own brother dead because she believes that he killed their entire family. A fact that he doesn't seem to deny.

The truth is probably more complicated than that. There's a small explanation as to why Raimei has such a hard time with facial recognition, which up until now has been a running gag. Raimei is just as deeply troubled as the rest of the Banten ninja. She's out of her league going up against her brother and pays for it by the end of the volume.

As Miharu and Tobari head back to Banten the tangle of secrets and anxiety start to take their toll. Miharu demands to know what Tobari won't tell him about what happened ten years ago, and Tobari remains illusive. Miharu finally lets his carefully crafted facade of apathy fall and tells Tobari that he can't sit by and do nothing any longer.

The first printing of this volume contains a color title page.

In Summary:
If the first few volumes of Nabari didn't grab you, this one won't make you change your mind. Casual readers might feel bogged down in the back and forth politics and terminology of the Nabari world. The pace of the action hasn't slowed but revelations about each character's pasts are being slowly revealed to the reader. It looks like Miharu is finally going to take some initiative in his own destiny, but we have to wait till volume five to see if he's really going to step up or not.


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