Nai is a young boy searching for someone important to him, and all he has for a clue is a valuable bracelet that may entangle him with a secretive organization known as Circus. First, he finds himself being saved repeatedly by Gareki, a young man himself who has a tragic past and who society had not treated kindly. Gareki isn’t exactly a law-abiding citizen, having a strong affinity to making and dissecting explosives, and running afoul of Circus himself, the two nevertheless find themselves in the sights of the organization and somewhat on their way to finding Nai’s important person, and finding more about themselves along the way. Set in a world that is past fantasy, past steampunk with flying airships, magical creatures, and possible chimeras.
As we’re at the beginning of the story, there is a lot of world building and character introduction that had to take place, and so that somewhat bogged down this book overall but there was still a lot of action to drive the story forward, and most of the characters we meet this far are interesting. there were a couple background characters that sort of became blurry and indistinguishable because of lack of development overall, so hopefully they get some more page time and more distinction in further volumes. This story also has to rectify a lack of time passage - sometimes in narratives, especially when there are travel stories, we see characters move from one place to another, and there is nothing to note the passage of time, like sun setting or events happening in the evening. I hope future volumes start to include some visual cues for days passing even when characters are on the airship.
The omnibus collects volumes one and two of the Japanese release. There is some violence and bloodshed but nothing too gruesome. This volume would be appropriate for high school libraries.
Sara's Rating: 9/10
Suitability Level: Grades 9-12
Publisher: Yen Press
Publication Date: March 24, 2015
ISBN: 9780316383097 (Paperback)
Tags: Rating: 9/10, Suitability: High School, Manga, Fantasy, Action Adventure, Steampunk, Yen Press
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