written & illustrated by Hirotaka Kisaragi
Publisher: Diamond Book Distributors | TOKYOPOP
Release Date: September 4, 2018
Format: ARC from NetGalley
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Hajime continues his job as Keeper to his Hanger Zeroichi, and he continues to search for the perfect partnership between Keeper and Hanger by meeting other Keepers and their Hangers.
The plot continues onto this volume as Hajime and Zeroichi continue tracking down users of super-drugs who wreck havoc in public. We are introduced to other Keepers and Hangers in the Federal Task Force to see how big their division is. Usually such unique task forces are composed of a small unit to showcase how “different” they are from other divisions. As for the relationship between Hajime and Zeroichi, there is some development but I enjoy how slow and steady their relationship grows since they first have to gain each other’s trust as partners (on the work field) first.
The antagonist of the story is introduced in this volume allowing a clear direction of where the story will be headed, but not a clear idea on what their real agenda is. The antagonist is definitely dangerous and I can’t help but wonder who the Federal Task Force will overcome their adversaries. More information is gained about the potential of Hajime’s blood, and more information is also gleamed from Zeroichi’s past.
The artwork is very beautiful and I felt each panel helped to progress the story along. All the male characters are either really manly or very pretty which is very pleasing to my eyes.