The one thing you have to say about kills in Ubel Blatt
is that they are never simple; it’s rarely enough to lose a limb or
take a strike to the chest. No, the task isn’t complete until one has
been lopped into several bloody pieces.
comics are sort of like novels, in that it takes skill to represent
fights, small or large; just like most novel authors simply cannot
master the art of writing fights (most of which progress much too slowly
when imagined using the words put on paper or simply result in a mass
of confusion), it takes a truly skilled mangaka to make battle on paper
as close to entertaining as would be experienced in animated format.
In that regard Etorouji Shiono is a master at drawing fights.
Dessida and Ascherit clash, while Ato considers crossing blades with Gunnido to get to her master’s side.
telling that Ubel Blatt chapters almost always sneak up on me; that
means I do not look so intensely forward to them as to keep a close eye
on Manga sites for their appearance.
wise, this battle oriented chapter rocked. Story wise, well, I wasn’t
bored, merely not as engaged. And that had less to do with the focus on
action as it did with who was actually doing the fighting. In other
words I didn’t really care for these Order of Gungnir members.
That doesn’t make this chapter a complete waste though.
-What actually Mattered?
Koinzel; any follower of the series knew that these two would eventually
meet, and that makes this chapter sort of momentous. The last two
chapters hinted as much.
Just as important was the story behind the present and coming conflicts, which this chapter chose to elaborate upon; Ubel Blatt
is often rarely about good and evil in its purest sense, instead
choosing to emphasize the loyalties involved within each plot, typically
devoid of any ties to morality. One need only look at the seven lances,
that they knew of the evils of the heroes they served and still chose
to maintain their allegiance because of their personal ties with their
Dessida in this chapter is quick to speak of her loyalty to Glenn,
showing a clear disinterest in Ascherit’s cause and whether or not it
merits any consideration; she doesn’t care about who Glenn is and how
righteous his goals might be, not in the face of what he did for her and
the loyalty she believes she owes him.
Corruption, murder, chaos and careless disinterest in the justice of things; the Ubel Blatt
story seems to hinge heavily upon these concepts in cementing the
difficulty of Ascherit’s objective; even in defeating and, well,
murdering the heroes of the kingdom, what does he actually expect to
accomplish outside attracting the ire of their admirers?
or less sets the young hybrid apart; Koinzel is no hero because he
doesn’t actually expect or even intend to bring about a positive change,
beyond simply exacting his revenge and moving on. That makes you wonder
just what he intends to do after achieving his goals. Disappear into
the myth, never to be heard of again?
That would be a waste of his talents.
-What sort of Mattered?
was kind of awesome watching Ascherit cross swords with Dessida,
primarily because it looked so good; each sword stroke was easy to
follow, some strikes coming close enough to causing harm that they
actually added tension to each panel with regards to the outcome.
said it was never in question that Ascherit would win this; powerful as
Dessida’s body might be, that typical Ascherit expression we have come
to know, lazy eyed with a hint of boredom, told all, that eventually the
black blades would be loosed and Dessida would lose several body parts
within the flash of a moment.
presence of Gurye only acted to accentuate the story and elevate the
stakes of the drama playing out with regards to master and teacher
finally coming face to face. Not that the certainty of the outcome
didn’t leave some room for doubt with regards to some hidden surprises
on Dessida’s part.
-What almost mattered?
like Ato and have enjoyed watching her grow from a truly irritating and
whiny individual to Ascherit’s right hand man. I have always taken a
keen interest in watching master and student relationships that actually
grow, with the student finally throwing off the training wheels to
stand on her own two feet.
said, it will suck if Ato’s conflict with Gunnido is interrupted by
Gurye’s actions. Then again this is Ascherit we are talking about; he’s
just as likely to walk away and leave her be, if only to allow her the
opportunity to prove herself.
Batt chapter was long; even for 29 pages, I was surprised by how much
material their was; I kept scrolling and there was always more, which I
cannot complain about.
with the quality of chapter 127, I am not exactly screaming in
anticipation for chapter 128; that doesn’t say anything about this
chapter but rather arises from the fact that this chapter was sort of
set up, even with the fight.
On a weekly basis, this would have been a great chapter; on a monthly schedule, these should have been two chapters.
Ascherit and Gurye meeting.