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  • Art Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: B+
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A
  • Age Rating: 16 & Up
  • Released By: Go! Comi
  • MSRP: 10.99
  • Pages: 200
  • ISBN: 978-1-933617-50-3
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left
  • Series: Night of the Beasts

Night of the Beasts Vol. #06

By Danielle Van Gorder     April 23, 2008
Release Date: February 26, 2008

Night of the Beasts Vol.#06
© Go! Comi

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

What They Say
Sakura is finally free of Kagara, but at a terrible price. As Aria holds her dying love, she makes one last attempt to free the demon from his own rage and hatred. As they fight desperately for their lives as well as the four thousand blood relatives, which one of them will have to make the ultimate sacrifice?

The Review
At the end of the last volume, things were looking dire for Aria and Sakura. Sakura is finally free of Kagara, but he's on the brink of death. Kuguri is seemingly gone for good, and there's no one else to prevent Kagara from taking a new body and carrying out his revenge for past wrongs...or misunderstandings.

Aria's on her own, but even when things seem darkest she's not willing to simply give up. As she fights Kagara she comes to understand that defeating him won't necessarily save the Mikages from his curse - it would only postpone the inevitable until Kagara could once again muster his strength. With everything she's learned so far, Aria has to find a way to not only defeat him, but break the curse for all time.

After the main story there's a side story about Sakura's past, and another woman named Mary who couldn't save him from his inner demons. Rounding out the volume is a cute and slightly incongruous story about a family and their new (and unlucky) home, built on the site of a former shrine.

This has been a hard volume to talk about, because there's not much that can be said without giving the whole thing away. And after the ride that the first five volumes have been, it would be a shame to spoil off the incredibly satisfying conclusion. There's a nice blend of action and drama that's sure to appeal to male and female readers alike, and the character development from beginning to end has been top notch. The bond that's grown between Sakura and Aria is almost palpable, and utterly believable. While some of the other characters show up, they're almost an afterthought, to assure the readers that they're still alive and well, despite everything they've been through. The focus here is on Aria, Kagara, Kuguri, and Sakura - and that's exactly as it should be. Go Comi has managed to find quite a gem in this one - recommended.


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