Title: Kamui #3
Author: Shingo Nanami
Publisher: Broccoli Books
Contains Lot of Spoilers
OMG! I read this two times, and I still don’t think I understand what the heck is going on. Here’s my best effort to share some of the confusion:
Atsuma is devastated by the aftermath of his rampage on Anzu’s home. After losing control to Kojomaru, the spirit of the sword that has been fused with Atsuma, he is determined to free himself of the vengeful being. With Shui and Sumire in tow, he seeks out Shiki, hoping to learn some of the secrets of the NOA research facility. As Atsuma’s quest to reclaim the stolen Okikurumi progresses, he comes face to face with a ghost from his past. Just who is Utsuho, and what is his connection to Okikurumi?
Despite the confusing presentation, I really enjoyed this volume. There were lots of revelations about the main characters’ backgrounds, and every time a nugget of information was revealed, another question took its place. What is Utsuho’s true purpose? Why did he call Yanagi the only normal human? Why did the confused Aika call out to Kojomaru? What happens once Okikurumi’s awakens?
The atanan, it seems, are gods formed by many kamui gathered together. The true purpose of the research facility behind NOA’s creation is the total annihilation of the gods. Angering the kamui when their research infringed upon their world, the kamui brought about the Grand Sinker and the destruction of the world. Using the Okikurumi, the evil Utsuho fused bits of it into youths, and those that survived possessed the power of the Tohsu, which were then used to fight the kamui. And then there’s all of this talk about food for Okikurumi? Sound confusing? You bet it is!
I was totally shocked by Sumire’s betrayal. Why do women always fall for the wrong guy, and do really stupid things? Anybody could see that Utsuho is all wrong for her; he conducted experimental research on her, for goodness sake! Shiki may be a little creepy, with his desire to keep her “caged”, but at least he didn’t torture the girl!
Kojomaru is my favorite character. Now that he’s been separated from Atsuma, I wonder what will happen – to both of them. What will Utsuho do with the sword spirit, and will Atsuma be able to stop him from doing it?
Review copy provided by Broccoli Books
Rated for ages 13+