Friday, 24 November 2017

Manga: Seven Deadly Sins 23


Seven Deadly Sins Vol 23
Rating: 4/5
Buy or Borrow: Buy
Source: Copy courtesy of the publisher! 

With Meliodas out of commission after his battle with The Ten Commandments, it’s up to Elizabeth, Ban, and the rest of The Seven Deadly Sins to avenge him and bring him back. While Elizabeth, hoping to find the key that will bring Meliodas back to her, visits Meliodas’s memories, Escanor goes head-to-head with Estarossa, the Commandment of Love. Will Escanor’s pride prevail and bring him to victory, or will it lead to his downfall?

After the ending of the last volume, the wait for this one was pretty excruciating, I'm not going to lie! This volume certainly didn't disappoint either. There are some reaaaally nice parallels to how the series started, with a scary knight wandering about and showing up at the tavern. I actually really liked that whole scene, it was such a nice touch, and made me all nostalgic for the older volumes! It kind of gave a sense of how much things had changed too! 

The wandering knight heralds a giant plot twist, and I genuinely screeched "WTF?!" out loud at the reveal. I still can't even. I mean technically it's not a new character, but I can't say much else because spoilers. But said newish character is pretty hilarious and I'm looking forward to seeing more of the character in the coming volumes, as well as a certain reunion! 

With Meliodas down for the count, we get to go in to his memories and see what happened after Danafall, something I've been curious about for a long time. There's still a lot of mystery surrounding Danafall and we get a little piece filled in, as long as some background on Elizabeth. But it was nice to get to see more of Meliodas and his life, and how the Seven Deadly Sins came to be. The world and the characters are getting more and more fleshed out and little bits filled in with each of the volumes. Interestingly we get some more information on Meliodas and his curse and how it works. 

While that's all going on, everyone else is pulling together to try to fight the Commandments. We don't see much of Gil, Ban and Howser but we do get a glimpse. Escanor gets a lot of page time this volume, and he gets his badass moment...sort of! 

It really feels like we're starting afresh in this volume, a brand new chapter is beginning, the parallels to the first volume kind of underline it and it feels like everything is being manoeuvred in to place in this volume for the next stage of the story. Some pieces fall in to place with some revelations and everything's ready for the big showdown that's no doubt coming as our heroes you know...heroically fight back. We also get an intriguing little bonus story too that should prove to be interesting! 


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Thursday, 23 November 2017

Manga: Sword Oratoria


Sword Oratoria Vol 1
Rating: 4/5
Buy or Borrow: Buy
Source: Copy courtesy of the publisher! 

Aiz Wallenstein, the Sword Princess, is known as one of the most powerful warriors from one of the most powerful groups in the city of Orario: Loki Familia. With them, she ventures into the deepest parts of the labyrinthine Dungeon beneath the city, stalking the monstrous denizens that lurk there and vanquishing them with the blazing light of her sword. But when she meets a certain white-haired boy, the encounter will change both of them forever...

So, the light novel version of this is completely brilliant, and I've been super excited to check out the manga and see how well it compares! There's some stunning colour pages as well as a full colour contents page and I really appreciate the art I'm not going to lie! It's incredibly detailed and rich and the battles are gorgeously drawn, as well as the magic circles and attacks and so on. The characters are drawn both gorgeous..but also cute. I really do love how the facial expressions have been drawn. Bells in particular are drawn hilariously! 

Something the manga does well, is Aiz's inner decisions over what to say to Bell and so on, they're presented incredibly interestingly and I really loved how they where presented. This volume is action packed, with fighting and battles from the start as well as the beginnings of a mystery and we have Aiz's first meeting with Bell! Quite a lot happens in this volume, without it being rushed and its a fairly chunky volume! There's a nice pace throughout the volume too. It keeps you reading and keeps you wanting more. There's a nice amount of detail too, we do go over things we already know about the world etc from the other series, but it's actually a good refresher! 

I have to say, I think this is one of the best light novel to manga adaptions, it's managed to keep the mystery and intrigue, and all of the characters are presented perfectly!

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Manga: Frau Faust 2


Frau Faust Volume 2
Rating: 4/5
Buy or Borrow: Buy
Source: Copy courtesy of the publisher! 

After narrowly escaping a battle with Lorenzo, Johanna falls unconscious. In her wounded state, the century-old memories of her first contract with Mephistopheles run through her head. In these memories are answers Marion is beginning to understand: what is the nature of his master's immortality, and how is her curse inextricably tied to the body of her demon? Faust, Marion, and Nico's immediate aim is to find Mephisto's right leg, a mission that becomes more urgent when evidence of a young girl using demonic power comes to light. To find the next piece of her precious demon, Johanna may even need to form a tenuous deal with Lorenzo... 

After the cliffhanger of last volume we get to see some of Johanna's past, which I for one, was super excited about! We get a glimpse of what her life was like and how she first met Mephistopheles and came to enter a contract with him. Plus we learn an interesting tidbit about how her deal with him works and why she looks the way she does and so on! It was nice to get a couple of answers straight away, but there's still plenty of mystery left to puzzle out! 

I'm really loving Johanna, even when she was younger she had fire, and she's so sassy and intelligent and kind of sly when she needs to be. Poor old Marion gets left behind bless him, and we get a small smidge of his past too and come to know him a bit better along with why he's so determined to stick with Johanna. Nico appears to be coming along with our duo as well, which I'm thrilled about because I'm really loving her as a character! 

Lorenzo is on the case this volume, along with Vito. They're kind of a hilarious duo and it makes me sad that they're on the opposite side to Johanna and co! I just want them to all get along, especially because I lowkey ship Lorenzo and Nico! They do appear to come to an understanding and start to team up this volume, which I'm excited to see in the next volume! 

As we're on the trail of another of Mephisto's body parts, we meet an old friend of Johanna's. Niklas. I'm kind of wary of him, like I'm kind of expecting him to be dodgy, but he seems like he's okay. We'll see I guess. He's certainly got an interesting family and lineage, shall we say! 

This volume has a nice mystery element to it, with a dose of creepy. The pace is steady, the art continues to be on point and there's some nice historical details and information in the afterword. While we do get a couple of answers, there's still plenty of mystery to keep you hooked and keep you guessing. I'm waiting for Lorenzo to just give in and join Team Mephisto but I guess we'll see! There's a new character thrown in to the mix who could prove interesting, and as we go to recover the next part of poor old Mephisto....we're hit with a tricky situation! All in all, this is an excellent volume, and a perfect continuation that leaves you wanting more! 
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