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  • Art Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Text/Translatin Rating: B+
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: Go! Comi
  • MSRP: 10.99
  • Pages: 200
  • ISBN: 978-1-933617-25-1
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Night of the Beasts Vol. #03

By Jarred Pine     May 09, 2007
Release Date: April 01, 2007

Night of the Beasts Vol.#03
© Go! Comi

Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Chika Shiomi
Translated by:Kathy Schilling
Adapted by:Brynne Chandler

What They Say
The raging beast within Sakura takes form and a new villain joins the scene! Our tale moves to the remote location of Sakura's lineage's temple, where Aria is ready to stand her ground against the now-materialized demon. But this new transformation has made a swap with Sakura's form. Without him by her side, will Aria have the strength to protect the thousands who depend on her...?

The Review
This third volume of Night of the Beasts places all its players on the battlefield with their ambitions and strategies now in place. While all the blood relatives scramble for refuge from the black demon now in control of Sakura, Aria chooses her battle to be not one of conflict but rather rescue. With Sakura's soul still clinging on inside of Kagara, Aria will fight not to save the blood relatives, but Sakura himself. The same goal just different motives, although this places Aria at odds with the blood relatives as they would like Sakura dead to save their own hides. The battle at the center of this story is no longer just Aria vs. Sakura, but is branching out with more participants pulling at the strings and making their own plays. Chika Shiomi illustrates her action sequences with a gracefulness and smooth fluidity that elevates the supernatural familial conflict into an operatic performance (I can almost hear the pounding orchestra!), complete with an ass-kicking heroine swiftly kicking her opponents in the gut as she spits out her gutsy resolve like some shounen action hero.

However, the pace of this volume made me feel as though I was reading to the ticks of a metronome running at a simple 4/4 time signature. Aria fights, pouts, dreams of Sakura, finds her resolve, and then goes out to fight again, each time bringing home a tiny new bit of information before we wind up and start all over from the top. And while I do enjoy other players taking stage in the battle, their influence and involvement are still completely overshadowed by Aria and Kagara/Sakura. The artwork can often feel quite cramped and struggling to breathe when not giving the reader the beautiful action sequences. It's kind of ironic; when the storyline is trying to collect it's breath, the artwork and page layouts are keeping me from being able to relax and take in the quiet moments.

For the most part, Go!Comi's production on the title remains quite solid. I did notice that some of the grey background tones were looking a muddied and a little dark, and the adaptation does seem to use ellipses a bit too liberally. Covers continue to look sharp and a one-page free talk fromChika Shiomi about her vomitous puppy is included.


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