Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Manga Review: No. 6, Volume 6, by Atsuko Asano and Hinoki Kino

Rating (Out of 5): ~4
Publisher: Kodansha Comics
Release Date: April 2014
Volumes: 9
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 5. 7.

Goodreads Synopsis:


A series of strange incidents cast a pall over No. 6 as it prepares to celebrate its "Holy Day." Meanwhile, in the tunnels beneath the Correctional Facility, Shion and Rat meet with the mysterious "Elder," who reveals the perverse origins of No. 6, and their connection to Rat's past. How will Rat react when Shion begins to touch his most secret scars?


“Sadly beautiful in places, hauntingly violent in others, No. 6 [is] worth your time.” – Anime News Network

No. 6 is science fiction the way it’s meant to be – boundary pushing… and completely spellbinding.” —Inside AX


The pace in this series is excellent. Everything we see is important, and it’s all given enough time to develop, for us to understand (and grow attached or hate if it’s a character), without it being too much. I actually wouldn’t mind some meandering for character development, for relationship growth, which is why the extras are nice to have, but that’s still not a complaint.
So Shion, with Rat, is learning more about No. 6, including the people before it existed and the people living underground who Rat knows. Shion’s mother has some connection to it, and I’m intrigued to see where that goes. Rat also has a surprising part in it—or, a very bad part in it. The things we’re finding out are bad, and I’m looking forward to seeing where it’s all leading up to.
At the same time, something is going on with Shion. Something possibly bad, something that I’m looking forward to finding out about. Which leads to the cliffhanger, and that should be exciting, as their plan goes forward some more.
Meanwhile, Dogkeeper is pushed to help Shion and Rat. This could lead to some bad things, we’ll see. But also, I love seeing her with the kid that Shion has left her with. I like that she’s begrudging about it, but she does it anyway, and she even names the kid Shion. She doesn’t act like much of a mother, but she really could be, and it’s nice seeing this side of her.
This series is exciting, steadily moving forward, and I’m fully enjoying it.

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