Title: Queen’s Quality Vol. 8
Author: Kyousuke Motomi
Publisher: Viz Media
Genre: Sci-Fi, Romance
Publication Date: December 3, 2019
Volume eight of Queen’s Quality was an insane ride that was, pretty much, a huge info dump. The majority of the volume took place as a flashback as Takaya told the story of Kyutarou’s parents, Toko and Yataro. Of course, all of this is taking place within a mind vault inside of a spirit realm, inside of the world. Now, we’re going even deeper with a flashback. SO MANY LAYERS!
In any event, this will be a shallow review as a LOT of major story spoilers are in here but in the last volume, they talked about how Yataro killed Toko and betrayed the Genbu clan. Through Takaya’s story, we learn every single detail about how and why that happened. Doing so reintroduced a villain we had encountered before… The Silver Sea Snake. It does an amazing job of setting up this character as the end goal and main villain of the series. How and why I’ll let you discover that on your own.
Once we get the story of Kyutaro’s parents, we also learn about the White Queen and her role in this whole story. Kyutaro and Fumi also receive a TON of development that pretty much answers and/or confirms all of our questions and concerns about the two of them. It even includes one of the moments we have waited for a total of 11 volumes for (counting the prequel series Q.Q. Sweeper).
This has to be one of the most amazing and interesting flashback arcs I have read in a manga to date. This series keeps surprising me at the level of (Queen’s) Quality that it has presented itself with. The story is very deeply layered and, in some cases, a bit confusing but this series does an amazing job of tying it all together in points to make everything understandable. Needless to say, we have been waiting for this volume for the longest time as it gives us about 90% of the answers we’ve been looking for since the beginning!
What can I even say that doesn’t spoil anything? Everyone gets development here. Kyutaro, Fumi, Toko, Yataro… even Takaya through his telling of the story. By the end of this volume, you fully understand every single one of their roles and how they get there. It almost seems like they are setting up for the conclusion of this series. That’s how impactful this volume was. Despite that, it’s still ongoing in Japan and has not had an end to the series announced just yet. Still, this just feels like a huge step towards the conclusion with the amount of information we have received this volume.
I have to say that this is, hands down, the single greatest volume in the series. It left one hell of an impression on me and I can see why these reveals were withheld for so long. This volume brought everything together and did so beautifully. This was filled with many moments of clarity and was, as the manga itself actually poked fun at, an information overload that will take a lot to process. It’s like Kyousuke Motomi realized the gravity of revealing everything at once and worked that in as a little inside joke into the text. I thought it was rather tongue-in-cheek since it’s something I do a lot when I write my own light novel series.
Still, this one has to be read to be fully appreciated. You have until Volume 9 because at that point, I’ll be sure to talk about everything that happened here so my review doesn’t end up being “The book was good. The end.”
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