My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This is getting a little better. I am not as immersed in this as I have been with other Arakawa projects but to be fair, she's only illustrating this (well she might be doing more but the story is someone else's).
It opens with Gieve seeing some of the atrocities the invaders are doing and he spots a kick-ass fighter that he wants to know better (it doesn't hurt that's she's wearing a ridiculous mid-drift bearing, thigh exposing, boob popping outfit that belongs on a Marvel or D.C. heroine). Farangis is a priestess who wants to dedicate herself and her fighting skills to keeping Arslan safe.
Soon they have joined with Narsus, Arslan Daryun and Elam and really what this small team does to the soldiers is pretty outstanding (especially if you like fight scenes). They get back to a city where the invaders are busy torturing people, burning non-believers in their faith, betraying the slaves that they promised to help etc. Daryun exposes something about the masked man helping the invaders.
The story is beginning to gel but it is not an easy story. No story about war ever should be. The villains, for the most part, believe they are doing right, killing infidels etc. We can see echoes of this in the world today. I'm not entirely sure I love this story but I am interested enough to go forward. I do hate Farangis's outfit. Arakawa has always avoided this sort of exploitative costuming so I wonder if this was something she was told to do rather than her choice. Ah well.
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