Title: Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers Vol. 3
Author: Kei Toru (Art), Ishio Yamagata (Story), Miyagi (Character Art)
Publisher: Yen Press
Genre: Shonen, Mystery, Fantasy
Publication Date: August 22, 2017
Volume three of Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers picks up with the battle between Chamo and the combination of Adlet and Hans. After coming up with a plan on the fly, the two of them subdue Chamo. Adlet questions her about the barrier and suspects that they were set up from the beginning. When Adlet when into the temple, the barrier hadn’t been activated yet. Then, the entire area became covered in a fog and when they all rushed outside to see what had happened, the seventh slipped into the temple and activated the barrier. Also, the information they were fed about the barrier’s activation was false and a ploy be the seventh all along.
The only problem with this theory is that it was impossible for the Saint of Fog to cover the entire forest instantly and thus that theory got shot down. With this theory disproved, attention is refocused on Adlet as the Seventh. Meanwhile, Adlet has a heart to heart with Fremy in an attempt to get her on his side, but when Mora broadcasts a lie about Hans being severely injured at the hands of Adlet, all of that trust goes right out the window as Fremy begins to suspect Adlet once again. Adlet becomes cornered, but explains how a solution given to him by his master can detect demons. There was no reaction on the barrier activation stand in the temple so that means Fremy never touched it, thus not making her the seventh.
After Adlet disproves Fremy as the seventh, Fremy trusts Adlet enough to fire her weapon at Mora, getting her to back off. She tells Adlet to run and this is where our volume comes to an end. The battle with Chamo felt a little bit on the short side, but it was nice to see some mind games being played here. Mora is dead set on Adlet being the seventh and it seems like no matter what he says, she’s not going to believe him which is going to complicate things for Adlet greatly.
The Adlet x Fremy relationship got a little more development this volume. Adlet confessed all of his feelings for her, but Fremy wasn’t completely buying it. The one moment where it looked as if she would accept him, Mora ruined it with her broadcast. Fremy was convinced that Adlet was lying to her and that she was a fool for trusting him, but when Adlet disproved her of being the seventh, it touched her to the point where she finally believed him… despite still proclaiming her disdain for him.
Everyone else remained the same except for Nashetania. Once she heard Mora’s broadcast, something in her snapped. She wanted to know what it would feel like to experience an anger great enough to cause her to mercilessly slice through her enemy. She did a complete 180 about wanting to protect Adlet to wanting to kill him. I don’t know about you, but that’s seventh material right there. Switching personalities on a dime like that isn’t normal. She didn’t hesitate or question Mora’s words at all. How can someone believe in Adlet so much and then turn on him instantly because of what someone said? That’s highly suspicious if you ask me.
Volume three of Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers was a little on the shorter side, but the mind games continued and stirred the pot with Adlet even further. It’s getting harder and harder for Adlet to clear his name, but it seems like he made a friend in Fremy. With Fremy and Hans on his side, the toughest shell to crack is going to be Mora. Chamo is firmly on Mora’s side which means that the seventh is either Nashetani or Goldolf and I don’t see Goldolf being the seventh… especially with that wild personality change Nashetania went through.
Then again, I may be completely wrong! I can’t wait to read volume four to see how all of this continues. Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers has been doing a great job of taking the game of Clue and putting it into a fantasy setting. It’s definitely interesting and worth checking out if you haven’t done so already!
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