Hoshin Engi Vol 4 by Ryu Fujisaki Manga Review

Title: Hoshin Engi Vol 4

Author: Ryu Fujisaki

Publisher: Viz

ISBN: 9781421513652

May Contain Spoilers

This can be a very difficult series to get into.  There are so many characters and so much going on that it can be overwhelming.  I am ever thankful that there is a glossary at the back of each and every volume, because I would be spending an awful lot of time on Wikipedia if it hadn’t been included.  Because of the massive amount of activity going on, I really have to be in the mood to concentrate on what I’m reading before delving into another volume.

Dakki is still up to no good, and she gets a little put out when her powers don’t have any effect on Sho Ko’s oldest son.  In a fit of pique, she takes out her rage on him, and also on the Buseio.  She just keeps racking up those enemies!  Taikobo is quick to offer help to those abused by her, hoping to gather enough powerful allies so that he can put an end to her evil plots once and for all.

A lot of this volume was devoted to displaying just how mean and petty Dakki can be.  Here is a manga character that you quickly develop an intense dislike for.  She doesn’t have one redeeming quality that I can think of.  She’s turned a good and kind ruler into a mindless puppet who couldn’t give a fig about his subjects, and she is quick to dispose of anyone who stands in the way of her goals.  What are her goals?  To live the high life and make everyone miserable.  Yup, she definitely needs to die.

Taikobo takes the backseat so that the Buseio and Bunchu can steal a little of the spotlight.  The best of friends, they are soon to become bitter enemies.  Even though Bunchu sees through Dakki and vows to destroy her, ending her reign of terror, he can’t forgive the Buseio for abandoning King Chu.  Never mind that the Buseio is more than justified in his actions.  He has betrayed his position and Bunchu won’t forgive him anytime soon. 

Dakki’s machinations are slowly being put into play, and unfortunately for everyone else, she is clever and devious.  She has no regard for anyone save herself, and the thought of carelessly ending the lives of her subjects brings nothing but delight to her.  Though I am finding the story a little ponderous to wade through, I am interested enough in Dakki’s demise that I’ll follow along for at least a few more volumes.

Grade:  B-