Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Manga Review: Sankarea: Undying Love, Volume 8, by Mitsuru Hattori

Rating (Out of 5): ~4
Publisher: Kodansha Comics
Release Date: August 2014
Volumes: 11
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 7. 9.

RightStuf Synopsis:
Barely escaping an untimely end, Chihiro is on the run from his zombie pursuers, but to his surprise, he is joined by his grandfather, who has come to ZoMA to right the wrongs of his sordid past - if he can remember what's going on, that is.
Elsewhere, a light is shined into the dark corners of Chief Salva's curious past, bringing insight into his relationship with Darin as well as his deep infatuation with Rosalie. What is it that fuels Chief Salva's intense passion for zombies? Is it pure love or just madness?
Story and art by Mitsuru Hattori.


I don’t know where this series is taking me anymore. I thought it was going to do some big huge surprise, only for it to deflate a little, then go in a different direction.
Grandpa shows up to reveal some surprising things to Chihiro, and then leave us with a cliffhanger. Meanwhile, Rea has lost her memory, and might possibly be better? This is going to be bad, especially for Chihiro. There are surprising things happening to her zombie life. But then there’s also some really bad stuff happening between Darin and her father, who is a horrible person.
This series is just ridiculously exciting. I love what’s happening with the zombie plot, and all the reveals are happening at a great pace. I also appreciate that it doesn’t shy away from being horrible—with the zombie stuff, but also with characters like Darin’s dad.
Then there was a chapter for Mero, in the midst of all this stuff, for her to meet some people and go out and do something, since it’s only her and her father at home. This was an all right chapter, but mostly cause I like Mero.
I’m excited for the next volume, to see what happens next in this series.

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