Title: Nephilim Vol 2
Author: Anna Hanamaki
May Contain Spoilers
This volume kind of lost me. Sadly. I was looking forward to another silly romp with the gender changing Abel and the shameless womanizer, Guy. Instead, there was a mishmash of elements introduced to the series, and none of them were very convincing.
Abel has been searching tirelessly for Guy, who sacrificed himself to save her. For a year she has looked high and low for him, refusing to believe that he could be dead. His body was never found, and despite how unlikely it seems, she’s willing to spend the rest of her days looking for him. She loves him, and wants to marry him. It’s almost enough to make even the most jaded manga reader cry.
During her travels, she comes across another Nephilim, Luca. Luca’s in a bad way, a prisoner at a brothel, where she’s abused and treated like an animal. Abel can’t turn her back on one of her own kind, and she attempts to rescue Luca. What Abel doesn’t know is that a secret organization, LoGuE, was already working on a plan to spring Luca, and Abel’s interference almost foils their rescue mission.
Now, this is where the tale went awry for me. Guy is a member of this secret organization, and instead of a happy reunion, Abel stumbles into a maze of confusion. The beautiful Loraine, one of the LoGuE leaders, gets along a little too well with Guy, and Guy isn’t exactly up-front about their relationship. While this new twist could have been interesting, it took a backseat to the Nephilim rescues, which gave Guy a chance to flex his muscles while saving the suddenly helpless Abel. Though Guy did look gorgeous on several occasions, that didn’t make up for the flimsy plot or the lack of attention given to the love triangle that is interfering with Abel’s dreams of a happily ever after.
Despite some occasionally awkward proportions, it’s the art that kept me the most interested. Guy is hot, especially when his lanky frame is draped with that awesome jacket of his. Loraine wasn’t chopped liver either, and once again, it was her wardrobe that made the woman. Next to her, Abel faded into obscurity. In the trendy world of Nephilim, Abel’s attire just didn’t make the cut.
Though I was disappointed with this volume, I admit that I’m curious to learn the fate of Abel and Guy’s romance. Hopefully the next installment will spend a little more time on that, and less on rushing about trying to create a sense of suspense.
Rated for Older Teen
Review copy provided by Aurora