It’s been a while since I read the first two volumes of LIMIT, but I didn’t have any problems jumping back into the series again. This is a survival story; a bus of high schoolers is headed to the mountains for a camping trip. There’s a terrible accident, and the bus plunges off the road and down the mountainside. There’s only a handful of survivors, and they are all girls. Bickering and power struggles begin at once, and Morishige, the only one with a weapon, quickly takes charge. Morishige has issues. She has grudges against the other girls, and establishes herself as the leader of her battered, hungry, and terrified classmates. When Isui changes to power dynamic by running off with Morishige’s scythe, there’s a rebellion against Morishige’s cruel leadership.
Things are pretty grim for our tiny group of survivors. Usui has run off into the fog and hasn’t been seen since. There’s only a little food to share, and Morishige is still trying to keep herself in control through threats and violence. Since she doesn’t have her weapon anymore, that is only getting her so far. She and Ichinose fight, bickering about how misguided Morishige’s behavior has been. In a fit of rage, Morishige storms off.
In the morning, Konno goes off in search of Isui. Weak and cold, she falls into a lake and almost drowns. At the last minute, she’s saved! By Hinata, who everyone thought was dead. And boy am I glad he’s not, because I really like Hinata! If I was stranded on a mountain with bleak prospects for rescue, I’d want to see his cheerful face. Hinata is a force of positive thoughts and good vibes, and if anyone can make the impossible come true, I firmly believe it’s him. Of course, his sudden resurrection doesn’t sit well with Morishige, especially after he calls her out for her previous “leadership” skills. Morishige, getting back to her issues, has a real problem with males. After a flashback to her dreadful homelife, one can’t help but understand where her lack of people skills stems from. The victim of abuse, she doesn’t know how else to deal with her problems other than to strike out against them.
LIMIT is a very fast read that will keep you on the edge of your seat. It’s brutal, suspenseful, and creepy. The dire situation isn’t bringing out the best in everyone, and in fact, the utter hopelessness is turning some of the cast into evil little monsters. There’s very little one for all and all for one until Hinata shows up. There’s a lot of self-destruction and back-stabbing, as well as resource hogging, because who wants to share when it means that you may not have enough to eat and starve to death? Desperate times means really, really bad behavior!
I love the art, which matches the tenor of the story perfectly. It’s detailed and expressive, but also dark and brooding. Moods change in an instant from hopeful to oh my gosh we are all going to die, and the art clearly reflects that.
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In the third volume of The Limit the survivors’ worst fears have come true. One of their members has fallen. And this death amongst them will test the limits of their unity. New fears will be born from this tragedy and instead of using their combined strength to search for a way home, their lack of trust will force them all to retreat into their own micro-cliques. The balance of power is now undone, and a new face-another survivor-will eventually turn things upside down!