By Kazunari Kakei
Viz, 200 pp.
Rating: T + (Older Teens)
As the battle with Fall continues, Nora’s body has been put under the control of Fall’s ally, Deuce, whom Fall later kills without a moment’s hesitation when she is overcome by the combined efforts of Nora and Kazuma, an action which shocks Nora to his core. When Fall uses his power to transport their battle into the human world, Nora’s determination not to let any more of his friends die lends him enormous power, but in the end it is his relationship with Kazuma that gives him the power he needs to fight against Fall’s efforts to absorb his power.
After two volumes of action, revelation, and fairly significant character development, this volume, which consists mainly of action without all that much of the other two, is a bit of a letdown. Granted, there are some new developments for Fall, especially in terms of his relationship with the former Cerberus, Deigree, but Nora’s big declaration, “I’ll win ’cause I’ve got something worth fighting for!!!” seems anticlimactic now that his awareness of the importance of friends is a couple of volumes old. The relationship between Nora and Kazuma is still the most compelling thing about the series and there are definitely advancements made here, but they are a bit lost in the din of battle.
What would have been a pretty exciting volume earlier on in the series fails to quite live up to the new heights reached in the last two volumes, but the conclusion to this storyline is still quite satisfying in the end. Whether Kakai can continue to build on the series’ new strength from this point forward remains to be seen.
Review copy provided by the publisher. Review originally published at PopCultureShock.