The Shimizu siblings rematch is at hand, and the truth of their tragic past is revealed.
Writer/Artist: Yuhki Kamatani
Translation/Adaptation: Alethea Nibley and Athena Nibley
What They Say
Stripped of her sword Kurogamon by her traitorous elder brother, the hospitalized Raimei is forced to face up to the demons brought on by the battle with Raikou. Still, Raimei is not one to take life’s blows lying down, and she decides to confront her brother once more. Standing in her way, however, is another member of the Grey Wolves! But instead of instigating another fight, this enemy has a story to tell…a story that will shatter the truth to which Raimei has been clinging for all these years…
Some levity was needed to drag the cast out of the tense conclusion at the end of the previous volume. The sudden return home of Hana, Tobari’s girlfriend, breaks up the tense confrontation between student and teacher. When Yoite is found outside the gate, Hana, with an overabundance of good cheer, decides to take care of all the boys. Yoite isn’t doing well, his kira powers are having a major effect on his health. Time isn’t in favor of Miharu and Yoite, and Miharu is now determined to follow his own path.
The major focus of the volume moves away from Miharu and Yoite to focus on Raimei and her brother Raikou. Raimei has been recovering in the hospital from the duel, mortified by her loss. Meanwhile, Raikou’s partner Gau has been trying to help Raikou get over his guilt. With both siblings at odds with each other, Gau tracks down Raimei to relate the tale Raikou told him of what really happened during the destruction of the Shimizu family.
The details of the past are as tragic as the flashbacks in previous volumes made it out to be. Raikou’s motivations for the position he took then, and his reasons for being with the Gray Wolves now, has become clear. Almost immediately after hearing the tale, Raimei dashes off to find Raikou again. The sudden shift in action and almost immediate rematch was a surprise. There are a few sudden transitions during this volume which make it hard to place certain events in the timeline.
The rematch itself features some great artwork and action. With both of the siblings agreeing to make their own paths, Raimei renews her pledge to assist Miharu in whatever way she can. I doubt she could have foreseen the surprising choice that Miharu makes at the end of this volume. Whether it’s a ploy or trick, the next volume should be very interesting.
It’s a bit surprising to see Raimei and her brother come to an understanding so soon. Raikou and Raimei’s past is laid bare and clears the way to move the plot along at it’s usual quick pace. The character who benefits the most from this volume is Gau, who manages to rise above the role of obnoxious sidekick and is far more likable now for it. Miharu isn’t any closer to mastering his powers, but his decision at the end of this volume is sure to have major repercussions in the next.