Death clouds all judgment.
Story/Art: Keiko Suenobu
Translation/Adaptation: Mari Morimoto
What They Say
After experiencing countless tragedies, the remaining survivors have settled into their roles hoping to make it out of their ordeal alive. Nevertheless, tensions held over from the classroom still linger, especially when death strikes once again taking the life of the remaining six. Now with an actual murderer in their midst will these teens cling on to any thread of faith in one another, or will they ultimately succumb to their collective fears?
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
Limit managed to change things well enough in the third volume to spark my interest in it more after the second volume came across as weak. That book brought in some good changes, from Morishige’s fall from power while still trying to grasp more of it to the arrival of Hinata, bring a male presence into the group which altered the dynamic heavily. Thankfully, in that volume and this one, he doesn’t become a dominant player or takes charge, instead keeping it more to a group effort which helps. And the group really needs to stick together considering what they found at the end with Usui’s lifeless body and the deep cut along her back that indicates she was killed. And killed in a relatively short period of time at that.
What makes it even more problematic is that after the discovery, Morishige stumbles across the group with her new improvised weapon and a lot of blood. Blood that we know comes from her own attempts to end her life since she’s struggling with what she’s suffered as an abused child. That puts all the blame towards her, but she lashes out in a strong way to say it isn’t her, which may be hard to believe but there’s something about the way she approaches it that helps her case. What really makes the whole thing difficult though is that it turns the group against itself as now seemingly everyone is a potential killer and nobody will fess up to it. And everyone, while may not having a reason to kill Usui, certainly had opportunity to do so and that causes a whole lot of angst and anger.
Not so surprisingly, it’s Haru that goes over the deep end for reasons that aren’t entirely clear in some ways. She goes over the edge quickly and starts panicking about how there’s a killer in their midst, which is reasonable, but it’s the kind of method that puts everyone on edge. Her accusations go across the board, though it’s amusing that she realizes that Chikage could rationalize her method of doing it in a convincing way and leaves her out of a lot of it. But everyone else gets the accusations and that just makes it a very difficult situation. Interestingly, it’s when Mizuki and Morishige spend time together and Mizuki unloads her own past on her a bit, apologizing as much as she can for what she did. Morishige wants to take advantage of it and does to some extent, since it gives her power, but it also seems like it cautions her a bit as well after all that’s happened.
Death continues to be a big part of things here and the group has been weened down a bit so far and a bit more with this volume in a difficult way. The breakdown of the group continues on with some small moments where it tries to heal, but there’s just so much stress and tension going on here that the title again becomes clear as the some of them are really hitting their limit. It’s turned deadly quickly once again and that almost feels like too much, but it also offers up a dangerous tease towards the end with Hinata and what’s happening with the rescue, which just opens a whole host of new questions. And that, naturally, makes the next volume all the more appealing.
Content Grade: B
Art Grade: B+
Packaging Grade: B+
Text/Translation Grade: B+
Age Rating: 13+
Released By: Vertical
Release Date: March 26th, 2013