Now that the Japan Defense Force sort of trusts Kafka to not lose himself to his kaiju form, they assign him and and Kikoru Shinomiya go to battle against Kaiju No. 9 with their new squad, an elite group headed by Captain Narumi. Kafka has some initial difficulties transforming into his Kaiju self because he’s afraid of the struggle with the Kaiju he's had internally - the fight he overcame was a little too close for his comfort, and he's worried about losing his humanity completely. Kaiju No. 9 has learned some tricks since last we all saw him, and he's able to transform in the middle of a fight with Captain Narumi.
The pacing of this story just doesn't let up, and this is another action-packed, nail-biting volume full of some high-adrenaline moments. Kikoru gets some more opportunity to shine, which we haven't seen much of since volume three, so it's nice to revisit her and see how much she's grown in the last few volumes. Fans of some of the other side characters might be disappointed because they're pretty much left out of this volume. Matsumoto leaves us on a cliffhanger once again, which is becoming a bit of a hallmark of this series, so readers are definitely going to want to devour the next volume to get some closure for this volume.
Sara's Rating: 9/10
Suitability Level: Grades 9-12
Reviews of previous volumes in this series: vol 1*, vol 2, vol 3, vol 4, vol 5
Publisher: VIZ Media
Publication Date: April 11, 2023
ISBN: 9781974736331 (Paperback)
Tags: Rating: 9/10, Suitability: High School, Manga, Action Adventure, Humor, Friendship, Paranormal, VIZ Media
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