Not much to say here so...
Onto the review!
A man punches at you with all his might so you....punch him in the fist!? Who taught these guys how to fight?
This week starts off with Sangeen, Yontsu, M-21, Tao, and Takeo all investigating the site of M-24's last little tussle. They agree that whoever is doing this damage isn't particularly strong, strong being a highly relative term, but are concerned with what other things the investigators the union is likely to send will find out. With this in mind, Sangeen and Yontsu decide to handle the KSA end of this incident themselves to make hiding anything easier.
Meanwhile, a battered M-24 continues to run the gauntlet across the city and gets ambushed by 3 more of Crombel's goon-squad. This 3 finally bring him down but not far away the whole gang from school is walking home from a night of gaming. Regis, Seira, and Raizel notice the commotion and vanish; surprising Shin Woo and the rest.
When they arrive M-24 is down and helpless but he seems to recognize Raizel. One of goons yells at them and Regis asks that he not yell, as it's "inelegant". The goonsquad takes this as a provocation and attacks. Which, needless to say, does not go well.
Just after the goonsquad is defeated (a.k.a. 1 second later), Sangeen and Yontsu arrive. They suggest taking everyone into custody and passing along where so Tao can come work on sorting things out later. As they are speaking, Raizel looks at M-24 but it's unclear if he recognizes him and M-24 looks increasingly uncomfortable; and is covering his ears for some reason. What does all this mean, we'll have to wait until next week to find out.
He says, as he looks at a man-sized hole in the wall of a building....
Things are moving along, a little. M-24 seems to be at his limit but without knowing what was done to him by Crombel there is no telling what surprises may be in store from him. He's in good hands now but I suppose he's likely to think the KSA's group are no better than Crombel's goons.
Despite Tao's expectation of investigators from the Union, with Crombel keeping this situation off their radar it will be interesting to see if they actually arrive or if he sends Yuri or another one of his people instead. Also the 9th Elder was also directing his attention in this general direction, so seeing him or his people arrive with no knowledge of this incident wouldn't be a surprise either.
Not much else to say really.
The art seemed back to "normal" this week. For the past 2 weeks it's looked fairly shoddy by Noblesse standards. While there wasn't anything I would call spectacular, the detail was there and the lighting and shading was solid. The backgrounds were unpolished but they were there when they needed to be.
Pacing was fine, though it's hard for me to rate this accurately this time as I'm just not a fan of this M-24 storyline which results in this whole mini-arc dragging almost from the start; but I attribute this more to "me" than "the chapter" because everything seems fine from a technical viewpoint.
This was a relatively short and intensely average chapter. Which makes it an improvement over the last few weeks. Hopefully that will turn around now that the plot is moving forward a bit more than it has been.
I give it a 3 out of 5
- M-24 will go berserk on the KSA people (possibly killing Sangeen *fingers crossed*)
My Previous Predictions(Current Record 17-18)
Nothing proven or disproven.
Thread Question of the Week
What will be M-24's fate?