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- Art Rating: B+
- Packaging Rating: B+
- Text/Translatin Rating: A-
- Age Rating: 13 & Up
- Released By: CMX
- MSRP: 9.99
- Pages: 180
- ISBN: 1-4012-0701-4
- Size: B6
- Orientation: Right to Left
- Series: +Anima
Seimaden Vol. #03
By Connie Zhang
May 09, 2007
Release Date: December 28, 2005
Translated by:Tony Ogasawara
Adapted by:Tony OgasawaraWhat They Say
While weakened by the air of the human world, demon king Laures is taken prisoner! His most trusted servant seeks to destroy Hilda in a misguided act of loyalty, while Zardi and the Count deliberate on the demon king's ultimate fate.
In the meantime, Roddrick has his own demons to face, as he has earned the wrath of his presumed protector. Love for the same woman threatens both, but can they stay blinded by Cupid's arrow for much longer?The Review
Seimaden shifts to a transition volume with surprising ease.
The previous volume closed with Zadei unleashed to terrorize humanity. Allied with the deranged Count Berk, Zadei lures Laures into the Count's demonically warping castle by dangling Hilda as bait. The Count, holding Hilda hostage, is able to command Laures' obedience in his twisted games. Meanwhile, Roddrick leads the human resistance, systematically destroying the lesser demons. However, his burning love for Hilda leads Rabby - who is not the child he seems - to decide that Roddrick would be better off without free will.
At the same time, Hilda declares her love for Laures, not Roddrick. Despite discovering that Laures is truly a demon in every sense of the word, she refuses to abandon him. During these chaotic events, Tetius watches painfully as his real master prostrates himself to a human's whims for Hilda's sake. But for all his attempts to appear evil, Tetius proves that he's conflicted at heart when he rescues Cheryl from human-spawned demons. While his true plans are murky, it's clearly Tetius who is pulling the strings towards some greater purpose.
CMX's presentation of four more full-color pages is greatly appreciated, although the objectionable cropping of the tankouban cover art and the tangerine yellow frame continues to lower the packaging grade. The rest is on par with the improvements from the previous volume, especially in the pacing, although the scene changes are somewhat jarring. Higuri's art remains largely consistent, in particular, with beautiful drawings of Laures and creepy ones of the Count. The translation is also a winner: every character's speech is unique and colored with emotion, and with the exception of one grammatical mistake, is error-free.
Transition volumes are generally worse for the wear, but Higuri packs in enough revelations and twists to lay the kind of foundation that means great things are in store for the reader. Who will Hilda ultimately choose? What is Tetius really after? How will Laures defeat Zadei? A transition volume should fill the reader with anticipation and to that end, Seimaden achieves its aim masterfully.