My rating: 5 of 5 stars
What can I say? This is the end of what I consider to be one of the finest manga ever. It tics all the right boxes for a finale. It ended pretty much exactly how I would have liked it (well I might have asked for a happier ending for my favorite couple but still).
I did see this online when it first came out (and what took me three years to read the last manga? And how is it three years??). There were things I didn't remember (like a scene with Rebecca and Riza while she's being doctored) or that it was 2 years before Al told Gracia about Ed's leg. (that seems unlikely somehow). The translation was a tad dodgy in some places.
It also contained two omakes, one that I remembered with Trisha and Hohenheim and one that I'm not sure I have seen revolving around Al's armor.
If you've never seen this manga, put it on your TBR pile. Seriously.
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Black Butler, Vol. 16 by Yana Toboso
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Take a moment to look at that gorgeous cover of Prince Soma. Wow. It's one of the best parts of this volume. It started out good then sort of took a right turn into ho-hum.
It picks up back at the school. Desperate to see the boys the Queen has sent him to check up on, Ciel needs to find a way into the Purple House (as part of Blue House he's forbidden to enter a house of another color). His solution? Psychotic. He sets the joint on fire but it didn't really help. Now he needs to find the elusive headmaster.
A new plan arises: play in the intramural cricket match which is a BIG deal. Ciel manages it thanks to Sebastian (since Ciel and all of blue house have zero athletic ability). Everyone turns out for this including Lizzie and her parents. Her brother is on another team opposing Ciel.
At first I thought this is very uncomfortably close to Harry Potter with a sports match AND each house parading in showing off in a grand way then I thought wait a minute, maybe this really IS how things go in an English boarding school. I would have no idea. I'm hoping it's that and not a HP rip off.
That said, other than seeing Soma being excellent at cricket (since he's usually the comic foil),it is extremely boring to watch sports in a graphic novel (seriously, I don't get sports manga at all). Of course that's my opinion as someone who pretty much like football and that's it. Hopefully this part will be over soon come next volume.
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