Saturday, July 18, 2015
Review: 07-GHOST Volume 17
VIZ MEDIA – @VIZMedia
MANGAKA: Yuki Amemiya and Yukino Ichihara
TRANSLATION: Satsuki Yamashita
LETTERING: Vanessa Satone
EDITOR: Hope Donovan
ISBN: 978-1-4215-7794-4; paperback (July 2015); Rated “T” for “Teen”
216pp, B&W, $9.99 U.S., $12.99 CAN, £6.99 UK
07-Ghost, the debut manga from creators, Yuki Amemiya and Yukino Ichihara, has come to an end. The series is set in the Barsburg Empire and focuses on a slave boy who will save the world from a rogue god.
Once upon a time, the Barsburg Empire destroyed the Raggs Kingdom. Teito Klein is a slave and a cadet at the Barsburg Empire Military Academy. He discovers that his father was the late Weldeschtein Krom Raggs, the murdered King of Raggs. Teito escapes to the Barsburg Church of District 7, where three bishops and seven legendary ghosts attempt to guide his destiny. Teito hopes to uncover the secrets of the world's murky past, as well as his own.
As 07-Ghost, Vol. 17 (Chapters 96 to 99) opens, Teito tries to find a way to free himself and Bishop Frau from the scythe of Verloren the death god. Teito's final confrontation with the death god will pit him against the personification of Verloren, his nemesis and former tormentor at Barsburg Military Academy, Chief Ayanami. To save the world, however, Teito may have to make the ultimate sacrifice.
[This final volume contains the bonus story, “Seven Ghosts.”]
I read the first volume of the 07-Ghost manga in November of 2012. A little more than two-and-a-half years later, the series has come to an end. Series creators, Yuki Amemiya and Yukino Ichihara, have rewarded those who followed the series from the beginning with answers and a resolution.
Please, allow me to be the fly in the ointment. 07-Ghost Volume 17 is quite satisfactory, but I am usually ambivalent about the final volume and final chapters of a manga. I find that the ends often feel incomplete, and 07-Ghost ends, with the hint that there is more. In fact, those are the last words of the final chapter. So I accept this closure and wait to see what comes next... if something comes next.
Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux (Support on Patreon)
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