Bet you weren’t expecting this huh? I felt a little bad that we had four shounen battle manga being blogged on the site but not my favourite weekly serial so I slapped Stilts with a glove, we jousted a bit, and here I am (Stilts is still alive in case you’re wondering). Just in time for the new arc too!
It’s going to be extremely hard for Wakaki to top the recently concluded arc – I’m sure I’m not alone in considering it the best arc of the manga to date. It had everything I’ve come to love about KamiNomi, from Haqua to conquests, from Goddesses to psychotic Vintage members, and from some solid (tear inducing) character developments in Keima (that final scene ;_;) to the blooming of true love outside the regular conquests. My only gripe with the arc was that there wasn’t enough Mio (obviously a very very minor gripe since there was plenty of Haqua, Chihiro and Yui! Also Tenr- no I’m going to stop there before I end up listing every character).
It would appear that everything was somehow neatly resolved in the aftermath of the previous arc – the plot to revive Old Hell thwarted and all the Vintage members apparently captured. Seems a little bit vague for now, but perhaps they’ll elaborate on it some more in future chapters (I hope they do – it feels a little unresolved to me right now). In addition, Haqua has (thankfully) been reinstated as a member of the Runaway Spirit Squad, though it would appear Nora managed to take most of the credit for the resolution of the issue (which is just like her!) resulting in her promotion to the Head District Chief.
I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who’s glad to see we’ll finally have Elsie back in a regular role now that she no-longer has to stand in for Kanon! Everything appears to have returned to normal (or rather as ‘normal’ as things were before the Vintage arc), at least on the surface. I can’t help but feel that Keima’s decision to confine himself in his room might be just as much to do with the depression resulting from the events of the previous arc as it is him returning to his normal self. He also seems a little too quick to assert that everything is fine when Tenri pressures him on the subject.
So we come to the important questions left in the wake of this chapter. Elsie (and Keima) seems to imply that now the Goddesses are free again, it’s up to them to take care of any remaining runaway spirits and thus their hunt is finally over. However, if that’s the case, why is Keima still wearing the guillotine collar that ensures his continued participation? Shouldn’t it have been removed when their work was done and the contract expired? I guess this is a sign that there’s still more to be done – much like the triggering of Haqua’s sensor at the very end of the chapter. While this is one topic for speculation, I think the big question this week is in the identity girl we glimpse midway through the chapter. Is she a new target for conquest? A vision from Keima’s past perhaps? A single panel in the last chapter did tease a shouta version of Keima, so the latter of those two options is definitely plausible. One thing’s for certain – given the title of the arc, it seems unlikely that the focus will shift from the Goddesses anytime soon!
tl;dr: @MoombaDS – At last, the return of Elsie as a regular character! But if the hunt is over, why do the collars remain? #TWGOK