Title: Kamui #2
Author: Shingo Nanami
Publisher: Broccoli Books
May contain spoilers
Atsuma defeats an atanan and gives NOA a break from the attacking monsters. Anzu, saved by Atsuma during the attack, has developed a crush on the moody boy. As Atsuma settles into life with NOA, he tries to stay focused on his mission of locating the okikurumi. With all of these new distractions, like the annual festival, will he be able to return the okikurumi to his village, and save the world for destruction?
In this volume, we get to know Anzu, a clumsy, awkward girl who’s pining for her life before joining NOA. She misses her family and friends from before the Big Sinker destroyed her comfortable existence. She’s a very ineffective fighter and she puts her comrades’ and her own life in danger because she is really a timid girl who has no will to fight against the monsters that are marauding through Eden.
After she’s saved by Atsuma, she develops a crush on the new NOA member. Atsuma scorns her attentions, preferring to keep to himself. He has a mission to complete, and he’s not going to let a flighty girl get in the way. Though he resists becoming involved in the personal lives of his new companions, he finds himself caught up in their lives against his will. With the annual festival fast approaching, it’s becoming even more difficult to remain aloof from the proceedings. When Anzu is attacked at the festival, the terrible powers confined within Atsuma are released, and total destruction reigns.
This volume was a little slow moving at times as the author focused on some character development. I wasn’t convinced that the festival was such an important event in the NOA scheme of things, but since Atsuma caused the atanan attacks to stop temporarily, I guess they needed something to occupy their time. It was a nice build up for the chaos and destruction that would mar the happy festivities. I really wished that I had the next volume of the series when I came to the last page of this book!
The art is really nice, with lean, angular characters and clean, uncluttered backgrounds. The page layouts had a lot of variety, and the action was easy to follow.
I enjoyed this volume better than the last. There was more character development, and with the focus more on Anzu, a likable, though somewhat helpless character, there was someone to cheer for. Atsuma is too emotionally distant, even from the readers, to illicit much sympathy.
Grade: B (A for the last 2 chapters)
Review copy provided by Broccoli Books
Recommended for Ages 13+