Summary: The Red King’s forces have been defeated. The twisted Blue King is dead. Just as the rebellion gains momentum, shocking news distracts Sarasa – her mother is alive and General Kazan’s prisoner! Setting their larger goals aside, Tatara’s allies unite in a quest to resue Tatara’s mother.
Review: Wow. This was one hell of an epic volume. The only thing it lacks was some Shuri x Sarasa action. Which I don’t mind because the plot wouldn’t be developed if Shuri got in the way. lol. Asagi, even though he’s evil, got to admit, he’s pretty brilliant. He would sugest a plan, and then he would destroy it in a blink of an eye. He’s an evil guy, but still awesome at the same time.
So this volume consists of Tatara trying to save her mother from the evil cutches of General Kazan. But he isn’t really evil though, in fact, he loves Tatara’s mother. Asagi hinted to Kazan that Tatara put sleeping potion into their soup, and warns him and his army not to eat it. It’s funny because, Asagi is the person that sugested putting sleeping powder in the soup. Tatara and friends ended up being surrounded by the Red King’s Army.
At the same time, Shuri was furious at Kazaan for housing Tatara’s mother behind his back. He gather up his army and attempts to assasinate Kazan. His real motive is to burn down Kumano, because it was a land that was govern by King Ukon. Tatara’s eyes ends up damaged, and Chacha duels Kazaan. Zaki then takes Tatara to safety, and rushes back to try to save Chacha. Tatara has a strong sense of protection for her allies, so regardless of her damaged eyes, she ride her horse back and rescues both Chacha and Zaki. I got to admit, when Zaki threw Chacha to safety, and the floor below him start to fall apart….I thought that he was a goner. Remember in the last volume where the old woman predicted that either Zaki or Chacha will die? My heart leapt when Tatara jumped into the collapsing building in order to saved Zaki.
Basara tends to have a lot of epic deaths, such as Tatara’s family, Shido, and the fake Blue King. But by far Kazan’s death is what got to me the most. Kazan loved Tatara’s mother. She even admitted that Kazan was a good man. He lied to Shuri, in order to protect his love from dying. In the end, he commited seppuku. My heart actually cried a little, because the person that beheaded him was Tatara’s mother herself. What’s more epic then dying for love? Even though Kazaan is technically the enemy, I felt sorry for his death.
On a side note, Sarasa missed out on seeing who the Red King really is. Thank God, if I had a way, I would make sure she would never find out…
Conclusion: I’m on a Basara high right now. I never felt the need to read the next volume as much as I want to read it now. The love between Shuri and Sarasa is fantastic, but what really pulls me into their world is the plot. I never tought that I would enjoy a fantasy based manga this much!
Overall Grade: A+