Title: Black Bullet Vol. 3
Author: Morinohon (Art), Shiden Kanzaki (Story), Saki Ukai (Characters)
Publisher: Yen Press
Genre: Shounen, Battle
Publication Date: March 22, 2016
The third volume of Black Bullet has arrived and the story picks up with the aftermath of Rentaro’s battle with Kagetane. After the battle’s conclusion, Kagetane has fled and now the Civsec officers initiate a manhunt for Kagetane to retrieve the stolen case and to stop him from summoning a catastrophic stage five Gastrea that can annihilate all of humanity!
This was a relatively slow volume compared to the others, but a necessary slow down nevertheless as it provided some great information and backstory on Rentaro as well as Kisara. Rentaro isn’t the only character to get some development here as Shougen and his initiator Kayo both had their personalities fleshed out to make them a bit less rough around the edges compared to when we were first introduced to them. It is often necessary to do a bit of world building and this volume accomplishes that rather well. We also get a little more insight on Kagetane, too, so in the end the majority of the characters that have been introduced so far have some sort of connection with the reader.
What I’m enjoying most about this manga is the fact that they maintain a nice balance between a story that draws you in, action that keeps you interested, and the development of its characters. The only disappointment I had with this volume was the second battle between Kagetane and Rentaro. The two of them are depicted in a standoff and that’s when we switch gears and learn a bit more about Rentaro (which sets up a pretty interesting aspect about the character) and then when we return to the fight, Rentaro is already defeated. We weren’t treated to any action to see just how Rentaro was beaten, but before we get completely disappointed by that, the backstory on Rentaro paves the way for the second stage of the fight, but in classic cliffhanger fashion, the volume ends right then and there.
This definitely gives readers a lot to look forward to in Black Bullet volume four. The cliffhanger really wants to you learn about Rentaro’s true abilities and to see just how much of a match he is for Kagetane. It’s another great entry in the series and I recommend you to go and check it out!
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