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Title: Patch Song
Series: Shaman King #31
Author: Hiroyuki Takei
Rating: 2 of 5 Stars
Format: Digital Copy
The gang must make their way through the 10 Patch officiants to reach Hao. Ryu fights and loses against the first Patch and Ren and Horohoro step up. They defeat the Patch while using the absolute minimum mana.
The scene then shifts to Manta and his dad. And Manta’s dad is tied up and on a leash held by Anna. All of the shamans killed on the beach have been resurrected and everybody is everybody elses friend all of the sudden.
The second Path catches most of the group in a net but Lyserg and Ren are not caught and fight back. Lady Jeanne comes out of her coffin thingy and she and Lyserg take down Patch number two. Patch number three is being taken care of by Ren while Yoh talks to little Opacho about his skills.
Back on the beach everyone is having a cookout. Anna and Mikihisa are keeping track of the group fighting the Patch via an Oracle pager and realize that Jeanne is out of the running with her resurrecting Ren and Ryu and Horohoro.
Then we move on with another installment from Yoh’s parents past. Part way through it switches to a future installment where a young boy is venerating at a shrine for Mikihisa and calls him “Grandpa”. An older Ryu bursts into the room calling him Young Master and the volume ends with the pictures that the young master was venerating. One was the former owner of the hotsprings Inn that Anna runs. The second was Faust. Apparently he died during the final Shaman Fight and refused resurrection. The final picture was of Mikihasa, who died in a car accident while coming home from a pachinko parlor. He was not resurrected due to his wife being mad at him for something.
At the beginning of the book there is an author’s note where he says “something” is up with Shaman King but he’s going to do the right thing. It sounds like Shaman King got cancelled out from under him and he’s going to have to wrap things up in one volume instead of a bajillion more, ala Bleach.
Yeah, this was feth’ing crap. The manga-ka has lost control of his own story line and even the battles with the 3 Patch wasn’t very good. It was fighting for fighting sake’s and even worse, it was obviously that. I read everything to make sure I wasn’t missing anything important but I just wanted this to end.
The ending with the Young Master venerating at the shrine and the little blurb about each deceased really came across as wrapping things up without having the time or ideas on how to actually wrap it up.
I am very disappointed even while not being surprised by this.