Lesley Aeschliman

Manga Review: 07-Ghost Volume 17

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07-Ghost Volume 17 sees Teito Klein discovering his destiny and bringing the series to an end.

07-Ghost Volume 17

07-Ghost Volume 17

Written by: Yuki Amemiya and Yukino Ichihara
Publisher: Ichijinsha
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: July 14, 2015

Volume 17 spends a lot of its time throwing out revelation after revelation, until a final and unexpected event happens that brings about the story’s conclusion. While we get some background for Frau, many of the flashbacks and reveals in this volume actually focus on the antagonist, Verloren. I was very surprised by something that I learned about Verloren, but this piece of information end up being crucial and explains an action that Teito takes during the climax of the story. While it was nice to learn all of this background information, I thought it felt dizzying as I read this volume. In some respects, it almost felt like the authors were trying to throw a lot of information out there in order to wrap up the story.

Even though I felt like I was being inundated with a lot of information, I was satisfied with how the series concluded in 07-Ghost Volume 17. The epilogue at the end was a nice touch, because it allows the reader to find out what happens to the various characters after the overarching story is resolved. However, the ending of the epilogue is written in such a way where it leaves open the possibility that another series could be set in the future. I don’t know how likely another series for 07-Ghost would be, but the door seems to have been left open for the possibility.

But the remaining chapters of 07-Ghost weren’t enough to fill out an entire volume, so a one-off is also included. This one-off manga takes some of the events and information from the beginning of the series and attempts to present a humorous version of the story. Unfortunately, it was decided to use the regular art style instead of something a little more exaggerated to accentuate the humorous nature of this telling. I think using a different art style also would have made this one-off story a little more interest to read. Personally, the one-off manga didn’t do too much for me, but I understand why it was included.

07-Ghost Volume 17 presents a conclusion to the story that I think readers of the series will appreciate, even with all of the exposition that’s thrown in. It seems to wrap up the various loose ends that long time readers of the series know are out there.

The reviewer was provided a review copy by VIZ Media

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