Title: For the Kid I Saw in My Dreams Vol. 6
Author: Kei Sanbe
Publisher: Yen Press
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Publication Date: June 8, 2021
Volume six of For the Kid I Saw in My Dreams sees Kazuto in the hospital recovering from his accident. Wakazono wants to pay him a visit; however, when he gets there, an explosion goes off. Suspecting it’s the Fire Man, he rushes inside to see that Kazuto had already been taken.
Meanwhile, Senri sets off on another journey to find Kazuto after Enan digs up information on a shrine that he might be at. Something seems off about a text he receives. It turns out that Enan has been kidnapped and instead of trying to find Kazuto, he’s off to rescue Enan. When he gets there, he comes face to face with the Fire Man who has Enan tied up above a burning building at the shrine.
The two of them end up in a fight with the outcome being something that Senri didn’t exactly expect. Meanwhile, Kazuto has a bit of a discussion where he warns the person he’s talking to that if he tries to involve any members of his family, he would kill him. Kazuto is getting a bit desperate as he knows that he’s running out of time!
There hasn’t been much in the way of character development with the exception of Kazuto. We learned a little bit more as to why the police refer to him as Three Eyes. We also see that he still cares about Senri and his family. Not only that, but we also get a pretty big glimpse into both Senri and Kazuto’s past and where everything started… how the two of them got separated… and a mystery behind someone who claims to be Senri’s father’s brother.
I have to say, though… Enan looked like a complete and total badass here. Despite the circumstances that led her to looking like one, just the fire and determination in her eyes along with the clothes she was wearing (or in this case, not wearing) made her look like some legit tough badass from an action movie. Standing in front of some fire kind of helped with that, too, though. What’s even better is that we get a full-color page at the beginning of the volume of that very same scene which makes it even better!
While most of the volumes in this series have been great, this one felt like it was just spinning its wheels. Enan getting kidnapped was a rather short arc that resolved a bit too quickly and, lo and behold, the Fire Man is still at large without any evidence as to where he is. It’s just another wild goose chase that went nowhere.
While the backstory for Senri and Kazuto was nice… I’m pretty sure Kei Sanbe just told us who the Fire Man was with it. I really hope not because Sanbe had a bit of a hard time keeping the mystery alive in ERASED and if the Fire Man really is Renji, then it’ll be two series in a row where the biggest hook and mystery of the series was spoiled by the author.
Whether or not it was intended or not, it would be a pretty big letdown if it was just revealed like that. Then again, it would also be a bit of misdirection, too. I’m hoping for the latter because I like to be kept in the dark about the identity of a character. I want to follow the clues and figure it out on my own.
We’ll have to see how this plays out in Volume 7 but for now, this was just a quick arc that kind of felt like filler than actual progression.
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