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Black God Volume 6

October 15, 2009

In the sixth volume of Black God, the Shishigami family faces some critical decisions. Kuro, the sweet and innocent — vacuous, some could say — sister of Reishin, who is being groomed as the successor to the family leadership position.

Black God 6Originally reviewed by Dan Polley
Written by Dall-Young Lim; Art by Sung-Woo Park
Publisher: Yen Press
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: Older Teen
Price: $10.99

Reishin falls into the young upstart whose views differ from those of the leadership council. Kuro reacts, too, to the wishes of the council and is chided for her intrusiveness.

Later, after she and Reishin take a trip and talk, their mother experiences a prophetic dream, and afterward, her actions are a bit incongruous to her words.

Kuro later takes a trip to a nearby city to play, but during the course of her excursion, she takes a slight detour. Unfortunately she ends up in the haven of a killer. And she watches as the killer threatens other young women who have fallen into his trap. It’s hard to believe she would be able to defend herself against a psychopath like Hiyou, and her escape is achieved through other means.

After that ordeal is sorted through, the pace picks up. A threat to the pure home is revealed when Kuro returns and finds blood everywhere. Where is Reishin in a time like this?

In Okinawa is where the rest of the volume is based. In that world, Reishin engages in a battle with a foe while Kuro and her friends are worried about some of their team, who tried to infiltrate the Kaionji Group building. And it’s that battle that begins to heat up for the next volume.

It’s hard to get past the sheer emptiness that is the Kuro character. She just doesn’t feel interesting and hardly feels worth the effort into investing in her character. With a few tweaks to her, this could be much better. As it is, it was lackluster. And aside from Kuro, the sequence at the beginning of the book when she is naked and falls into her brother’s arms is awkward. There’s nudity in other parts of this volume, but that sequence was the worst, considering the relationships between the characters.

The plot, however, is pretty good, if not a bit difficult to navigate. There is some depth there, and it’s intriguing to wonder where the plot will wind in future volumes.

A copy of this book was provided by the publisher.

About the author

Lori Henderson is the writer and reviewer for the manga blog, Manga Xanadu. She also keeps a personal blog at Fangirl Xanadu, and a writing blog at Muse of Xanadu. She contributes to the Good Comics for Kids blog at School Library Journal. As the mother of two teen daughters, she needs all the escape she can get, which reading and writing about manga gives her.

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