My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This volume is grim dark and so very good. There isn’t much I can review without ruining everything so I’ll keep it brief. Hiyori is facing a tough challenge: what she wants to be when she grows up, i.e. it’s time to start choosing schools for her continuing education.
In the meantime, Fujisaki (Yato’s ‘father’) wants her to end her relationship with Yato, believing she’s the reason Yato is trying to change from a God of calamity to a God who brings happiness. He promises Hiyori nothing but pain unless she does what he tells her to and Hiyori’s response is basically “bring it on.”
To her horror, Fujisaki does just that. I’ll leave it with ‘terrible things happen” and Bishamonte, still tracking the god who stole the Word (i.e. Fujisaki), enters the fray, once again not entirely on Yato’s side. This one is going to have long reaching consequences, making you wonder can this story possibly have a happy ending. The art, as ever, is lovely. This is one of my favorite series that I’m currently reading.
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文豪ストレイドッグス 2 [Bungō Stray Dogs 2] by Kafka Asagiri
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This volume picks up after the bloody aftermath of the mafia’s attempt to grab Atsushi leaving the boy in the hospital. Atsushi thinks it’s all his fault – helped along by Kunikida who doesn’t know the meaning of sugar coating or comforting – so he pulls the idiot move of leaving the group to keep them safe, not taking into consideration the mafia would already have the armed detective agency in its sights as they are ‘skills’ users and therefore an ever present danger. At least with Atsushi this bone head move make a little bit of sense. He is young (they have nice character bios at the end of ever chapter and I have to say I would have put him at five years younger than his eighteen years so he must be a tiny dude). In addition to having a teenager’s mentality, Atsushi was raised by an orphanage who repeatedly told him he was worthless and caused nothing but trouble and he should just die. That massive inferiority complex the abuse created is threaded throughout the volume.
Atsushi quickly learns he shouldn’t underestimate his new friends. We also meet two new characters, Ranpo who is basically Sherlock Holmes and his chapter was more or less comic relief, and Yosano the group healer (who is feared by the rest of them. I don’t want to ruin why but she is delightfully creepy). She and Atsushi’s story arc takes up the second half of the volume as Atsushi learns the mafia is not nearly done trying to get their hands on him. In the meantime Dazai has gone missing which the team writes off as one of his frequent suicide attempts which always fail. I have to say that part of his character causes me some inner conflict. It’s played as a joke (because Dazai is so bad at it) but he talks of it all the time. I’ve known too many people who’ve committed suicide to be okay with a character dedicated to the act.
I enjoyed the story. I’m looking forward to more. The artwork in this is very nice and the group, over all is fun. Atsushi is a sympathetic character and I’m looking forward to seeing him grow.
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