(Image by Titiaka)
Volumes 12, 13, & 14. (making it book 23, 24, and 25)
The ending of my favorite manga series did not disappoint, except in one small respect.
I couldn’t believe that Noriko and Izark didn’t get a kiss at the end! Evidently, the creator never saw Princess Bride. Because if she had, she’d know it’s OK to put in kissing, and people don’t mind it so much.
I went online to look for fan art of the couple kissing but I couldn’t find any. Other than this grievous error, the last 3 volumes were just about perfect.
Noriko comes under the power of the boss villain, Rachef. There is a tense confrontation between Noriko and Rachef. I was completely disturbed because he is a real sociopath, and sweet, helpless Noriko couldn’t protect herself. But it was interesting to see his point of view because it made him scarier than he was before.
If I didn’t already adore Izark, then his reaction to Noriko’s injuries would have completely won me over.
Of course, there was a huge battle with ugly monster-things popping up all over the place. Izark battled his arch-rival Keimos in a big fight. That Keimos guy never quits.
But I have to say, I really wasn’t expecting it to resolve the way it did. I feel a little too cynical to fully embrace the sheer goodness and love that poured out of the last book. But I accept it within the context of the story. Plus, Noriko gets to be cool for once.
There were lots of postscripts showing what happened in the aftermath. I have a feeling the creator didn’t want to let them go.