Manga Review: Dead Mount Death Play Vol. 7

Dead Mount Death PlayTitle: Dead Mount Death Play Vol. 7
Author: Ryohgo Narita (Story), Shinta Fujimoto (Art)
Publisher: Yen Press
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Pages: 258
Genre: Supernatural, Action
Publication Date: April 26, 2022

The Story

In volume seven of Dead Mount Death Play, things take a bit of a shift as we are introduced to a new character named Soara who is part of an organization known as the Bastard Children of Sabaramond. She is also Chief Superintendent Habaki’s illegitimate daughter who was dumped off at the organization as a sacrifice. After a bit of a standoff between Iwanobe and Chief Habaki, Habaki ends up escaping; however, after he meets up with his contact from the Organization, his daughter is unveiled to still be alive and she has some daddy issues!

Clarissa pays Corpse God a visit and they go to the site where Habaki had been killed. Here, Corpse God uses his powers to bring his spirit back so that they can prod it for information. In the process of doing so, a childhood friend of Corpse God’s appears in the world!

Meanwhile, Solitaire has captured Moth and is told that he is one step closer. What is curious is that people are now using the phrase “On the Other Side of the Sky,” and when Solitaire hears it, he’s thoroughly confused but it means that everyone is aware that Corpse God is not of this world… or at least not him specifically, yet. They know that someone crossed over into their world but this raises WAY more questions than it answers. In the last volume, the name Sabaramond was being tossed around and now, we have some sort of clue that the people of Japan know of the other side that Corpse God came from but we don’t know how or why yet.

The next big event sees a bonding between Corpse God and Xiaoyu. Nothing says bonding with another person than watching them fight a 2-headed white tiger! Upon measuring Xiaoyu’s abilities, Corpse Bond gifts him something rather unique and because as such Xiaoyu says that he trusts him!

The volume ends with our mysterious sorcerer and Soara popping their heads into Corpse God’s fortune-telling business!


Just when you think the cast couldn’t get any bigger, Narita has decided to create, yet, another faction! The unnamed girl who is a sorcerer that Habaki met along with his daughter Soara are now roaming around. The sorcerer just arrived in Japan but there is no telling what she wants just yet. What we do know is that she is affiliated with the Bastard Children of Sabaramond and since he is a sorcerer, one can assume that she is from “the other side of the sky” just like Corpse God.

Iwanobe is continuing to dig into Hosorogi’s murder; however, he doesn’t get the kind of information that the reader does when we witness the scene between Clarissa and Chief Habaki’s spirit. A lot of details are unveiled about Hosorogi that are quite interesting to say the least; however, Iwanobe does learn that Hosorogi had an important hand in something… a certain case that he was just about to crack before being 86’d!

I like the bonding between Xiaoyu and Corpse God. The fact that CG opened up to Xiaoyu and let him in on his secret was a good sign of trust. Plus, the little sparring match he had with him through the 2-headed white tiger allowed him to offer up quite the generous gift. It’ll be interesting to see how these two mesh in the future.

Final Thoughts

I’m missing a lot but that’s because, once again, there is SO MUCH going on in one volume but it’s all nothing more than controlled chaos. Everything flows well and makes sense and if you thought Narita was good at making tons of factions and tying them all together in Durarara, he seems to be trying to outdo himself in Dead Mount Death Play. So many factions… so many different goals, and yet, so many of them that could actually be similar and intertwined.

Most people have a branching flow chart for their stories. Narita spins massive spider webs for his and this series is a great example of that. I’m unsure if we’re going to get more characters at this point but between the Shinomiya Clan, the Police Force, the Code-named Supervillains, the Agakura family, the Heilei Clan, Clarissa’s Unit, and now the Bastard Children of Sabaramond, there are a LOT of factions each with their own agendas, stories, and goals.

One thing is for sure, though… it really does keep things interesting and with all of the new developments happening, I’m thinking that we will start to lean into how people of Earth known about the “other side of the sky,” in the next volume.

Unless we get, yet, another faction!

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This item was provided for review by Yen Press