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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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: “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: “Ghost Reaper Girl” Vol. 2, by Akissa Saiké

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While Chloe seems to become an official reaper to help contain escaped souls, Nyarlathotep has some ulterior motives and plans working behind the scenes. As she adjusts to her new role, we meet other hunters including a necromancer with a deadly reanimated assistant.

The art is fantastic in the battle scenes. It’s easy to know what’s going on and exciting. Chloe is just the right mix of irreverent and serious when facing these scary spirits. With stories like this, the main character can be flat and angsty or too silly for the situation but Chloe has a good balance and natural reactions to all the crazy stuff she deals with now. This volume also rounds out the main cast and hits at the larger threat to come. I can see this shaping up to be a cool series. 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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Lenni Reviews: “Bleach 20th Anniversary Edition” Vol. 1 by Tite Kubo

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Ichigo Kurosaki was born with the ability see ghosts but when a hollow attacks his family, he encounters Rujia Kuchiki; a soul reaper who battles malevolent spirits to save humanity.

While I have seen a lot of the anime, I never got around to reading the manga. I’m glad this is being re-released so it gives me a chance to experience it. I do like it; although I find it a bit shouty. Particularly Ichigo but that’s ok. It’s high protagonist energy and I expected it since I’m familiar with the show. And considering my previous knowledge, I already connect with the characters and have interest in the next volumes. The creature design is well done; they look dangerous and enough to provide a threat to our main duo. 4 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Rooster Fighter” Vol. 1, by Shu Sakuratani & Syu Sakuratani

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Lethal demons are plaguing humanity but a single rooster with impossible strength is on a mission to defeat them and avenge his sister.

First off, there’s more bird sex in this than I expected or really needed. Just… Why?

Other than that… This is certainly a thing that happened. And I mean that in the best way. It’s a silly premise that manages to work since it’s played straight. You have the classic ronin character traveling around killing demons due to a personal grudge only the ronin in question is a rooster. It’s wacky, absurd, and I kinda love it. What a great ride if you just let the crazy happen and have fun! 4 out of 5.

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