A few weeks ago I was searching for scans or photos of the "K Official Guide Book A MEMORY OF KINGS", but I couldn't find the pages with the info of the female characters.
However I found a person that bought the guide book and I contacted her, surprisingly enough, when I asked her about it, she was very kind and sent me some photos of the guidebook, which are the ones I'm showing you below:
The person I'm talking about is Cieru who is a freelance makeup and hair artist. I really want to thank her for taking the trouble of doing this, I'm sure a lot of K-Project fans will also be happy to see this photos.
The battle against the blind submission man, Lugh, continues in this chapter. Kenichi and Miu are worried about Sieg and Thor, fortunately it seems they're fine. Niijima tells everybody to attack at once, however Lugh notes that none of the members of the Shinpaku Alliance wish for anything other than a one on one fight. Kenichi wants to be Lugh's next opponent, but Takeda stops him and says that it's his turn.
Takeda and Lugh start fighting, but then something strange happens, Lugh starts talking about Takeda's left arm and notes that there was a time when it couldn't move, Kenichi and Niijima are surprised about how Lugh discovered that information just from the movements of the body. Takeda uses one of his special attacks, the "Double Consecutive 3 Part Blow", Lugh dodges it with this "Sliding Feet" technique, but Takeda manages to hit him.
Takeda continues attacking and uses his "Illusionary Left", Lugh dodges it but fails to grab Takeda's wrist. The Yomi member then, uses psychological warfare and keeps talking about Takeda's left arm, this affects Takeda's movements, so Lugh takes advantage of the situation and manages to put his arms around Takeda's neck. Lugh is about to finish Takeda, but the boxer punches him from behind with his "Bolo Rabbit Punch".
After that, Lugh stands up like nothing happened, meanwhile Takeda realizes that his right arm is dislocated, but he puts it back in. Lugh asks Takeda if he is going to escape, the boxer answers that he will sink him with his fists.
+ Takeda and Lugh showing their techniques.
+ Lugh knowing about Takeda's past just by analyzing his movements.
+ Lugh's disturbing eyes.
+ Takeda's attitude.
- The cover, the girl in the right is ok, but I don't like Izumi.
Not much happened in this chapter, but it was interesting. I'm starting to like Lugh's character, his appearance, his blindness and his ability to sense things that others can't, makes him a little bit creepy and menacing (maybe I'm exaggerating), I hope he has a good flashback. About the fight, I think Takeda can win, but it won't be easy, Lugh has no mercy, he has the intention to kill, if Takeda isn't careful he could get seriously injured.
I'll give this chapter 3 out of 5.
The Ryozanpaku masters are still attacking the Yami's base while the Shinpaku Alliance is about to confront Lugh, Kenichi and Miu tell the Yomi member that his master Kensei is a dangerous man that uses his disciples as guinea pigs (they also mention that Tanaka Tsutomu's master was killed by him), but Lugh answers that he knew that already, knowing that, Kenichi tells Lugh that he will use all his strength to beat him down.
Niijima tells the Shinpaku Alliance to attack together and defeat Lugh, however Kenichi wants to fight him mano a mano. Freya and Kisara also show interest in fighting Lugh, but suddenly Ukita attacks him in a reckless movement. Sieg stops Ukita and after observing Lugh's movements, he reveals that the enemy is in fact a blind martial artist, everyone is surprised. Sieg then decides to be Lugh's next opponent and goes for him, nevertheless, Lugh uses a devastating attack on Sieg and (apparently) breaks his neck.
Thor gets angry and is the next one to attack, Lugh dodges him and tries to destroy Thor's joints. While Thor tries to escape from Lugh's attacks, Sieg (who is laying on the ground) kicks (with no effect) the Yomi member, stands up and notes that all the enemy's techniques are locks. Lugh confirms that he had a specialization training in locks and tells everyone that when he was still in a team his nickname was "Submission".
+ The cover as always.
+ More information about Lugh is revealed.
+ Lugh owning Siegfried.
+ Kenichi and Niijima freaking out at Sieg when he woke up after having his neck broken.
- Ukita being reckless as always.
I remember that someone said the previous week that Lugh's eyes looked strange because he managed to control both Sei and Dou Ki without secondary effects, but now it seems Lugh is just blind, however it's still interesting. Also I also want to note that Lugh isn't the first blind martial artist that is introduced, Jiseo Ro, Ma Sougetsu's old friend, is also blind and he is a master, which surprises me more. Lugh looks like a tough fighter but I think Kenichi and Miu can defeat him.
I'll give this chapter 2.5 out of 5.
The Ryozanpaku masters go wild and start attacking the Yami's lair which is home of Kensei of the Nine Shadows. While fighting, the masters comment that Kensei's underlings are quite strong and that his ability to relay techniques is frightening. Shigure notes that she can't feel Kensei's presence and tells the other masters to split up and look for him.
In other place, near the Yami's lair, the Shinpaku Alliance and Yomi are face to face. Niijima informs everyone that according to Loki and Number 20, after Ragnarok was disbanded, Kitsukawa Shougo (aka Berserker) entered Yami as part of Kensei's Yomi. Meanwhile everybody is wondering who is the new guy that accompanies Berseker and Ryuto, so Kenichi asks him: "who are you?". Kensei's disciple introduces himself as Lugh, member of the team Mabinogion.
Ryuto, who is talking on the cellphone, is informed about the situation in Kensei's villa that is under attack and tells Berserker and Lugh to retreat to another base. Niijima, despite of sensing something strange in both Yomi members, tries to provoke Berserker to fight and tells him that he has become a dog just to get martial arts off Kensei. Lugh corrects Niijima and explains that Berserker was taught neither techniques nor style by their master, however he was trained with methods from ancient martial arts to develop his own abilities, this is called the Garyuu or "Self Taught Style".
Ryuto tells Lugh to get in the car for the second time, but he decides to stay and confront the Shinpaku Alliance by himself.
+ Freya's cover at the beginning of the chapter.
+ The Ryozanpaku masters attacking the Yami's lair.
+ Berserker's true name is finally revealed.
+ Lugh giving some interesting information about Berserker's training.
- Nothing really important happened, aside from Kenichi's masters fighting against underlings and the information that was revealed.
- Berserker being inactive in this chapter.
Kensei have been always been around but we have never seen him fighting at full capacity, this Arc is the perfect opportunity for that, nevertheless I don't think he is going to fight alone, Mikumo Kushinada and/or other masters from Yami will probably help him. I also think it's interesting how Kensei gives special trainings to his disciples. I want to see what is Lugh's "special ability" and how strong is he.
I'll give this chapter 2 out of 5, it was OK, but I want to see more action.
This is the first review that I write, I'm following the same structure that Destinyheroknight uses for his reviews, I hope he doesn't get angry xD. Sorry if my grammar is bad.
Kenichi is training (as always) along with Miu and the master Ma Kensei who is teaching him a new technique called "Bake Rasetsukei". The Ryozanpaku masters then gather and the elder reveals that they have found another one of Yami's lairs and tells the other masters that he wants to attack the base before the police do. There isn't any information about how many Yami fighters are there and who, so, this time the whole Ryozanpaku is going to participate in this attack. Meanwhile Miu is having trouble with her Dou Ki and hurts herself after hitting the straw post they use for training, the elder then tells Kensei to teach Miu some Ying-Kungfu for tendons and muscles in order to help her body to catch up with her Ki.
In other place, inside a limousine, we finally get to see the face of Kensei's third disciple while he tells Berserker and Ryuto about how his master is using them as guinea pigs. Time later, the Ryozanpaku along with the most important members of the Shinpaku Alliance arrive near the Yami's lair. The Ryozanpaku masters want the Shinpaku Alliance to don't interfere, Kisara and Takeda don't agree with this but they accept after Freya tells everyone that they could end up being in the way and that it would be better if they just watch because it will be safer and still interesting.
The masters start their attack to the base while Kenichi and his friends are left behind, then Niijima notices a limousine identical to the ones that came to pick up the Yomi members in the previous chapter. The limousine stops and seconds later it heads towards Kenichi and the others, 2 people come out of the vehicle, Berserker and the other Kensei's disciple that we met in this chapter.
+ Kisara's cover at the beginning of the chapter.
+ The last of the 3 new Kensei's disciples is finally introduced, thought his name is still unknown.
+ Miu's fanservice.
+ Berserker looking evil.
+ All the Ryozanpaku along with the Shinpaku Alliance is going to fight in this arc.
- After the events that happened in the previous chapters Ukita still doesn't have a Judo master, which means that he isn't getting stronger.
After it was confirmed that Berserker is one of Kensei's disciples, I got really excited and now that he is going to fight we can finally see how strong is he now. The last time we saw Berserker fighting (in the Ragnarok Arc), he was really strong, even without a master, but now that he has one, he might be at least as strong as Kenichi. I'll be very disappointed if something interrupts the fight between Yomi and the Ryozanpaku causing Berserker to leave early.
I'll give this chapter a 2.5 out of 5, nothing really important happened but it is a set up for the next chapter.