Manga Review: Graineliers V 2 by Rihito Takarai @yenpress

May Contain Spoilers

Well, I had at least one question answered with this volume. There is a two-page spread advertising Graineliers V 3, so I guess there will be more, though I can’t find any information about when the 3rd volume will be published by Yen Press. If anyone has any info about this series beyond V 2, please drop a comment in the comment section.

Luca and Abel have been taken from their home to work on the construction of a new grainelier facility. They discover to their dismay that Nicolas, the head of the Grainelier Special Education and Research Institute, has spiked the water with an herbicide meant to flush out any seed carriers that might be hiding in the work crews. Luca, of course, is quickly found out, and because he wants to know more about what he is, he agrees to go to the grainelier headquarters in the capital, in shackles. In return, he has hopes that Nicolas will give him the information he craves.

This was an interesting volume. Turns out, Nicolas and his subordinates are all seed carriers! So we have the guy who routinely exposes other seed carriers, sometimes killing them in the process, and he’s the very thing he hunts. That’s a pretty fun twist. And to keep things from getting boring, there is an anti-grainelier group, that operates as a terrorist group trying to put an end to the Graineliers. We don’t know much about them, but Hugues has promised to help Abel find and free Luca – if he’ll agree to swallow a seed and join their little rebellion.

Wait, wait, wait! It turns out that certain seeds are more compatible with certain people, and even then, the person only has about a 3% chance of surviving the transformation. How do they get followers? I mean, no offense, but is it worth risking almost certain death the gain some plant abilities?? I want to know more about the seed carriers, and what kinds of powers they absorb from the seeds. And what is up with Nicolas hunting down seed carriers when he’s one himself? Just think of a group of government soldiers, all imbued with powerful abilities from plants, pretty much running the show. What they want, or don’t want, is all that matters. They have already terrorized most of the populace, convincing them of the awful things they will do to them if they cultivate forbidden seeds. They want to keep all of the power for themselves! I don’t think I’m going to be fond of Nicolas.

The art continues to be attractive, and I do love Nicolas’ character design. It’s the military jacket, I’m sure. I am a sucker for a well tailored uniform. And he’s not hard on the eyes, either.

I’m looking forward to the next volume, and hope I don’t have to wait too long for it’s arrival.

Grade: 4 stars

Review copy borrowed from my local library

About the book:

Luca and Abel are rounded up to work on the construction of a government research facility, but it’s actually a trap to identify carriers! The Grainelier special research chair Nicolas has laced the canteen water with an herbicide that’s harmless to humans, but disastrous to any seed carriers in their midst. With suspicion hanging heavy over the young men, will Luca’s secret be discovered?