Saturday, December 6, 2014

[BOOK REVIEW] Black Cat: A Carefree Tomorrow Volume 20 by Kentaro Yabuki

Title:  Black Cat:  A Carefree Tomorrow Volume 20

Author:  Kentaro Yabuki

Genre: Action / Adventure / Comedy / Crime

Year Published: 2006

Year Read: 2014

Series: Black Cat #20

Publisher: VIZ Media

Source:  Library

Content Rating:  Ages 8+ (Fight Scenes)

Buy on:  Amazon  //  Book Depository 

FINALLY!  THIS IS IT!  We have finally come upon the final volume of Kentaro Yabuki’s “Black Cat” series and this is definitely one volume that you should check out whenever you can!

 In this volume, Creed and Train finally battle it out to the death and Train is having a hard time trying to break through Creed’s god like new powers.  Meanwhile, Eve and Sven started fighting a new powerful force from Creed’s Apostles of the Stars, the Demon Star Force and it seems that these new androids are much more powerful than Sven and Eve could ever imagine!

Can Train defeat Creed and finally bring an end to Creed’s reign of terror?

Read this volume to find out!

Whew! I thought that I would never get to the final volume of Kentaro Yabuki’s “Black Cat” series!  I have been enjoying this series ever since the first volume came out and it has been an honor to read through this series and appreciate the characters’ efforts in stopping Creed’s war against Chronos and the world, while also developing each character along the way.  I really loved the way that Kentaro Yabuki tied up everyone’s story lines in this volume as it is a perfect way to end a series and I really loved the fact that the characters came a long way (especially Eve and Train) from their original goals in the first few volumes to changing their goals as their characters progressed throughout the stories.  I really enjoyed the fighting sequences between the characters, especially between Train and Creed, as they were all intense and they really raised the stakes for the characters.  I was quite surprised that this is the most action-packed volume of the entire series as the series as a whole managed to balance both action and character development in the same panels, while the majority of this volume was focused on the fighting sequences.  Kentaro Yabuki’s artwork is as usual gorgeous to look at as the expressions shown on the characters’ faces whenever they are angry or frightened are extremely realistic and they made me feel so much emotion for the characters themselves.

The biggest problem I had with this volume was that I felt that the ending was a bit too anticlimactic, meaning that I wish that more was done with the characters after the big battle with Creed and how their lives had changed after that event.  I also felt that the ending was a bit rushed as we do not see much of what happens to the Apostles of the Stars and Chronos after Train’s battle with Creed and I would have liked it if they had explained more about how Chronos and the Apostles of the Stars had gotten on with their lives after the battle with Creed.

Overall, “Black Cat: A Carefree Tomorrow Volume 20” is a truly fantastic finale to the “Black Cat” series and anyone who is a huge fan of Kentaro Yabuki’s “Black Cat” series should definitely give this volume a whirl!

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