Artist/Writer: Natsume Ono
Published in: 2006–2010 (Japan), 2010–present (America)
American Publisher: Viz Media
Genres: Seinen, drama,
Volumes: 7, still being released in America
What about volume 1? See my previous review.
What’s the premise? Akitsu Masanosuke, our timid samurai protagonist, has fallen ill and is being tended by Goinkyo. We learn more about Goinkyo and several other characters’ backstories, which sheds some light on the origins of the Five Leaves. Anything further would be spoilers.
Does it still look weird? Yeah, even more so than in volume 1.
The atmosphere in this volume is even more quiet than the earlier one, as Akitsu remains
Is it confusing? The plot itself is clear, but the characters use a lot of nicknames. I had some trouble keeping track of them at several points.
Can I show it to my Mom? Sure. She might like the odd art and colorful cast.
Can I show it to my kid brother? Yep, but it probably wouldn’t do much for him. Lots of talking.
Can I show it to a
Does it have any memorable moments? Several. The story involving Goinkyo’s back story, and how that relates to several other characters, creates a tense, dark plot. The payoff satisfied my sense of justice, while remaining ambiguous enough to keep me thinking about the ethics of it all.