Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Manga Review: Golden Kamuy, Volume 4, by Satoru Noda

Rating (Out of 5): ~3
Publisher: VIZ Signature (VIZ Media)
Release Date: March 2018
Volumes: 14+
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 2. 5.
Goodreads Synopsis:

A tale of high adventure and survival!

In the early twentieth century, Russo-Japanese War veteran Saichi Sugimoto searches the wilderness of Hokkaido for a hoard of hidden gold. With only a cryptic map and a native Ainu girl to help him, Saichi must also deal with every murderous cutthroat, bandit and rogue who knows about the treasure!

Tetsuzo Nihei, the legendary Bear Killer, is determined to become the hunter who kills Retar, the last remaining Ezo wolf. Asirpa will never allow this, and she and Immortal Sugimoto race to stop his bloodthirsty quest. Meanwhile, in the port city of Otaru, Hijikata, the relentless head of the reborn Shinsengumi, leads a band of death row inmates against Lt. Tsurumi and his 7th Division. In this clash of iron resolve, only the strongest will survive.


There's even more blood and death and awfulness in this volume. I will admit, though, that the wolf attack was very well-deserved.
I also didn't really understand what they were all fighting over until this volume. Now I understand the whole gold-search thing, and it even makes sense why exactly there's so much brutality. It's still awful, but I get it.
We get a backstory for some characters, and then we meet a new, truly terrifying character.
The use of humor, and food, mixed with all of the fighting and history is admittedly well-placed. And I don't mind these volumes, but I do think they aren't really for me.

 A review copy was provided by the publisher, VIZ Media, for an honest review. Thank you so, so much!

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