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  • Art Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: Go! Comi
  • MSRP: 10.99
  • Pages: 200
  • ISBN: 978-1-933617-49-7
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Night of the Beasts

Night of the Beasts Vol. #05

By Danielle Van Gorder     January 08, 2008
Release Date: October 30, 2007

Night of the Beasts Vol.#05
© Go! Comi

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

What They Say
Old friends and old grudges are revealed as Aria and Kuguri go up against the demon Kagara. Though she's determined to get Sakura back, she realizes that fighting may not be the only answer - but will this new tactic work, or simply leave her vulnerable to the ruthless demon within Sakura?

The Review
With the help of Nei, Aria is finally able to discover the truth of what happened between Kagara and Mikage four hundred years before. Kagara was a huge beast, feared wherever he went and frequently attacked without provocation. As a result, he had developed a habit of killing his attackers wantonly, which only served to increase his monsterous reputation. Mikage went into the woods to attempt to talk him out of his killing ways, and the two formed a close bond.

Some of Mikage's followers, worried at her extended absence, followed her into the wilderness and set up an ambush to kill Kagara. Kagara assumed that Mikage had planned the whole thing, and his bitterness at what he saw as a profound betrayal set the stage for the current conflict.

Back in the present, several of the blood relatives have decided to take matters into their own hands and followed Aria and Kagara, unwittingly setting up a repeat of the very event that triggered this four hundred years earlier. Kagara's rage at this second betrayal sets off a chain of events that seems likely to bring this entire saga to a close, for better or for worse. The volume concludes with a standalone story about the importance of connecting with others, even in a brutal and bloodthirsty post-apocalyptic world.

While every volume to this point has been packed with action and a fast-moving plot, this one went above and beyond on that front, bringing a number of plot threads together and setting the stage for what looks to be an eventful conclusion. While a happy ending seemed more likely towards the middle of this volume than previously, events towards the end continued to turn events on their heads and keep the reader guessing.


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