With Kanon in Japan, the stakes suddenly get even higher for the Blade Children, and for Ayumu
Writer/Artist: Kyo Shirodaira and Eita Mizuno
Translation: Christine Schilling
Adaptation: Christine Schilling
What They Say
With Kanone ready to start hunting down the Blade Children one by one, Ayumu finds himself in the thick of things as the hunter vies for his allegiance... at gunpoint! But even when both Eyes and Rio are in his deadly sights, Kanone's plans are thwarted by his own promise to not harm any non-Blade Children when everyone's favorite school newspaper reporter, Hiyono, stops him in his tracks! Why is she fighting alongside the Blade Children? And which side will Ayumu choose?
A new Blade Child is on his way to Japan, and he has the others in an uproar. Kanon is one of the Blade Children, yes, but he's also a Hunter, and dedicated to killing the other Blade Children. The others seem to be concerned for him, but also terrified of what he's capable of, and how much death they anticipate at his hands. He doesn't waste any time, either - when Eyes goes to pick him up at the airport, Kanon coldly stabs him right there and walks away, as cool and collected as can be.
He transfers into Ayumu's school, and presents him with a deal - cooperate in the obliteration of the Blade Children, or die. Ayumu's life is once again on the line, but luckily Kanon's own moral standards prevent him from killing anyone who isn't a Blade Child. Which doesn't mean that Rio is safe, as he immediately starts on the next stage of his plan, which requires that she be dead. Ryouko and Hiyono manage to interrupt him, leading to a confrontation where appearances are just as important as what's actually going on. In the end, everything is going just as Kiyotaka planned.
Anyone who watched the anime and is looking for a good jumping-in point would be well-advised to start here. It's not all new territory, but it starts at a good transition point, and it's pretty clear that there's going to be totally new material coming up pretty quickly. The confrontations in this volume were a little odd. There wasn't as much tension, as they all seemed like deliberate setups to show off how powerful Kanon is. But, it's Spiral - realism isn't exactly the series' strong point anyway. I'm still enjoying every bit of this.