Lenni Reviews: “Ragna Crimson” Vol. 6, by Daiki Kobayashi

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Crimson and Ragna team up with the Argentum Corps to defend their stronghold against the hordes lead by Olto Zora and Taratectra in the Dragon Monarch’s big move to kill every human in the land.

This volume has quite the body count as it is entirely the battle taking place on the multiple fronts where the dragons are attacking. There are some interesting tactics by both sides, aside for Crimson, who – without spoilers – is just chaotic as he works to his own ends. 4 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews:”Mao” Vol. 8, by Rumiko Takahashi

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*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

Mao and his group work to uncover Yurako’s true identity and what really happened to Sana while also investigating the Kagami family; whose members are inexplicably committing violent acts. 

I like how the group members interact here and Nanaoka gets some great “screen” time; showing she’s more than competant when shit goes down. I hope we see more of that in the future. Her and Mao would make a great team in battle. 4 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Beastars” Vol. 21, by Paru Itagaki

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After defeating the Doku-Gumi, Legoshi must contend with the all female gang, Inari-Gumi. But the lovable goof that is Legoshi still fells like he can’t face a woman head on.

This also has Legoshi and Melon fighting and while it pains me to see Legoshi get maimed further, the fight between them is badass. It’s amazingly drawn and full of action. We even get Gosha and Yahya dealing with the chaos erupting in the Black Market. This volume will take your breath away. 5 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Rooster Fighter” Vol. 2, by Shu Sakuratani

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As he continues in his journey, Keiji encounters a young chick who sees him as a hero and his ex, Elizabeth. Despite Keiji’s loner nature, these two join him on his quest.

I have to comment on the creature design. The enemies are fantastic, insanely creepy and detailed. The addition of Elizabeth is great. She’s smart, funny, and gives Keiji a way to be understood by humans. This story is just wild madness but it’s good! Especially for such an off the wall concept, but it somehow works to be entertaining. 3.9 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Bayou” Vol. 2, by Jeremy Love

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Lee is traveling with the Bayou; a sort of swamp giant, looking for Brer Rabbit who may be able to help find her missing friend. But Stagolee, a ruthless killer, is hunting her.

This volume show more of the way the real world and the fantasy world Lee is in parallel each other. I found this follow up much better than the first one but unfortunately, there is no next installment. From what I could fine, there’s no volume 3 or anything about this series other than more people asking the same questions I am. I like this graphic novel but I hesitate to recommend it, especially if unfinished work bothers you. If you’re ok with that, I’d check this one out. It’s really good. 4 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Bayou” Vol. 1, by Jeremy Love

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In Mississippi in 1933, Lee Wagstaff’s white friend goes missing and her father is accused of kidnapping her. Lee goes in a surreal journey to find her friend and prove her father’s innocence.

This is an interesting concept; like Alice in Wonderland but with higher stakes, much more danger, and a lot more racism. the art style merges the real and fantastical really well and the characters are unique and I enjoyed following them. Lee’s adventures are fantastical and I do look forward to what happens next. 3.9 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “The Devil’s Red Bride: The Complete Series” by Sebastian Girner, John Bivens, Iris Monahan & Jeff Powell

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In 16th century Japan, Ketsuko takes on the mantle of “Red Devil” after her father dies and her entire clan is killed.

While this is action packed with some cool fantasy elements in the story, I feel like it needed more room to grow. I like the comic overall but I don’t get the chance to get to know everybody or what exactly is the sword and what it’s doing to Ketsuko. I like the art style; it fits the story but there are some strange expressions here and there. This comic sprints to the ending with multiple twists but I wish there was more. It’s worth checking out if you’re looking for some samurai action. 3.7 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Mao” Vol. 7, by Rumiko Takahashi

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Old rivalries from Mao’s past come to light with even more exorcists from his days at the temple come back into his life.

This cast is getting big and I wonder if they’ll all finally get to the truth of what happened the night Mao was cursed and a bunch of people ended up dead. After all this buildup, I really hope the reveal lives up to it. This is an exciting volume and I have so many questions. Takahashi usually pulls everything together in her stories so I’m trying to trust the process. 4 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Beastars” Vol. 20, by Paru Itagaki

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Gosha and Yahya are in the Black Market where Legoshi prepares to work his way through the various gang leaders; starting with the Doku-gumi – a gang of Komodo dragons.

The action in this volume is top notch for this series. Even with Legoshi’s classic goofy moments, it’s a real page turner. It’s cool to read but I find it a little bit of a buzzkill for Legoshi to need to go through so many other people to get to Melon but it gives us a change to see what Legoshi has learned so far and apply it in combat. We did read through all that training he was doing so, it’s to see it pay off. 4 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Call of the Night” Vol. 9, by Kotoyama

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The secret we’ve been building up to in Nazuna’s past puts all vampire kind in danger as Uguisu sets her sights on killing Nazuna and her vampire friends and Ko as well.

I have to say Uguisu’s backstory and her dealings with vampires was not what I expected it to be but it’s interesting. It fits in well with the unique way vampires function in this universe. It presents a problem that makes me wonder if the solution will be satisfying to the plot. Uguisu is set on killing all the vampires and doesn’t fear putting crazy stunts in crowds of people. We’ll have to see what Nazuna decides to do in the next volume because all this exposure is clearly not a good thing. 4 out of 5.

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