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07-Ghost Vol. 8 by Yuki Amemiya and Yukino Ichihara (a J!-ENT Manga Review)

November 29, 2013 by  



“07-Ghost” is an exciting, action-packed manga series. And while the last two volumes have featured a lot of action, while this eighth volume does  feature action, it features a lot of background on Teito’s past.  So, if you are a fan of the manga series, “07-Ghost” vol. 8 is an important volume and is recommended!

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MANGA TITLE: 07-Ghost Vol. 8

STORY AND ART BY: Yuki Amemiya and Yukino Ichihara

FIRST PUBLISHED IN JAPAN: ICHIJINSHA, INC.

PUBLISHED IN USA BY: VIZ Media, LLC/Shonen Jump Manga

RATED: T for Teen

RELEASE DATE: January 14, 2014

While the Seven Ghosts travel to their past lives’ memory bank to investigate who tampered with their memories, Teito unearths a shocking secret of his own; he is the evil god Verloren’s vessel! And unless he regains the Eye of Mikael, his soul may crumble, spelling the end of the world.

Teito Klein, Frau and Capella have survived their journey to the land of Raggs, the place where Teito was supposedly born.

What is known is that Teito Klein was born the prince of Raggs but stripped of his memories and was raised by the military academy’s chairman. For some reason, he harbors the Eye of Mikael (an artifact that brings the world ‘s salvation or destruction) in his right hand but the Black Haws have stolen it.

But once Teito Klein approaches the front gate of the Raggs Castle, spirits envelop him and tell him the truth about his past.

But what happened in Teito’s past and why was the Raggs Kingdom destroyed? Find out in volume 8 of Yuki Amemiya and Yukino Ichihara’s “07-Ghost”!

What is “07-Ghost”?

In 2005, Yuki Amemiya and Yukino Ichihara created a fantasy manga titled “07-Ghost”. Serialized in “Monthly Comic Zero” published by Ichijinsha, the manga is currently on it’s 14th volume and won a double-first prize in the third Zero-Sum Comics Grand-Prix which was chosen first place by readers and editors, a rare feat.

In 2009, the manga series received an anime and drama CD adaptation and while the manga was licensed by Go! Comi (an imprint of American manga publishing company, Go! Media Entertainment, LLC.) in 2009 but in 2010, the company’s website expired and the license to the series was picked up by Viz Media.

“07-Ghost” is set in the Barsburg Empire which is divided into seven districts. The series introduces us to the upcoming graduates of the Barsburg Empire Military Academy and the main protagonist Teito Klein.

Teito is a person that no one at the Academy talks to or appreciates. For one, they consider him sort of like a teacher’s pet, because he doesn’t have to do certain things that the other students must go through. Also, he is a former slave of the Raggs Kingdom. But he does have one friend and that’s Mikage.

Teito tends to have frightening dreams, about his father dying and trying to give him a message. Seeing a pool of blood.

One day, Teito was going to turn in his report to Mr. Shigure until he overhears the heads of the academy talking about him. How he has exceptional abilities and is a candidate for the Eye of Mikael. It is revealed that the Barsburg Military dissected the entire royal family of Raggs in order to find the stone which belonged to the King of Raggss.

Immediately, memories start to come back to Teito and memories of the military leader Ayanami killing his father. As Teito surges towards him, he is held back and imprisoned.

Mikage frees Teito and not wanting to get Mikage in trouble, Teito pretends that he had taken Mikage hostage. As Teito escapes, Ayanami tries to stop Teito but Teito barely escapes with a shield.

As Teito escapes from the Academy, he ends up landing on a perverted bishop named Frau who takes him into the church. Because he is in District 7, anyone who escapes to that area is protected by the church and the Barsburg Military are unable to interfere. So, for now, Teito is in good hands as he tries to recuperate from his injuries.

While at the church, he learns about the guardians of the church and is told about the legend about the God of Death, Verloren, committing a heinous crime in Heaven and fleeing to Earth. He invaded people’s hearts and terrorized them. So, the overseer of Heaven sent Seven Rays of Light to punish Verloren. They were known as the Seven Ghosts and have sealed the evil Verloren. And the church has seven statues that protect the land.

Meanwhile, the military of Barsburg are intent in capturing Teito from the church and General Wakaba wants his military to use anything necessary to bring Teito back. Even if it means blackmailing Mikage to get to Teito.

But other dark entities working for the evil Verloren, known as the KOR are interested in Teito as well.

In volume 2, after threatening to kill his family, Mikage is possessed and sent to retrieve Teito. But for his love for his Teito who he thinks of his family, Teito immediately sacrifices himself to save his dear friend. The tragedy makes Teito despite the Barsburg Academy even more, but Frau knowing the hurt in Teito, finds the reincarnation of Mikage in a small dragon, who instantly bonds with Teito.

Wanting revenge against Barsburg Academy, the Church realizes that Teito is the Mikael Stone that they are after, but also know that he is a target and tells him that he must be trained to protect himself or else the KOR’s will get him.

Also, Teito has a new roommate, a cocky individual from a royal family, Haruken Oak who joins the church.

Will Teito accept the training that the church will have him endure? Meanwhile, the Barsburg Military Academy lays out plans to find a way to infiltrate the church and retrieve Teito.

In volume 3, as the Barsburg Military Academy has infiltrated the church, the WARS begin attacking both Teito and Haruken. With the Church knowing they have been penetrated, Teito learns the truth about the man known as “father” and raised him. He also learned that Verloren’s body was sealed by the eye of Mikael and had slumbered for 1,000 years. While Verloren’s soul was sealed by the Eye of Rafael and wanders the Earth to unable to enter Heaven and is forever reborn into human bodies.

But it appears that Barsburg Military Academy has more than one plan than to capture Teito, they also have a plan to target Frau.

In volume 4, the Barsburg Military Academy make their strike on Teito and manage to install a wars on the Eye of Mikael. Frau is left to decide which one to save….Teito or the Eye of Mikael?

Meanwhile, it’s the start of the Bishop Exam and Teito and Hakuren are partners. But are the two strong enough to make it out together and pass?

In volume 5, it is the continuation of the Bishop Exam as both Teito and Hakuren have passed. But now, they must find out that the next people they must defeat, are the dark versions of themselves.

Meanwhile, it’s a beginning in a new chapter of Teito’s life as he and Frau visit areas he once lived, in hopes his memories will he return.

As for the Barsburg Military, they managed to capture the Eye of Mikael, but without it’s master (vessel), it is useless. So now, they must do what they can to get Teito Klein.

In volume 6, Teito Klein, Frau and Capella are now at the God house in District 6. But as Teito is being tested, those of the God House are cautious about Teito Klein and his abilities. It is revealed that in various God Houses, for District 7, they select the Pope, while the God House in District 1 selects the Emperor. For District 6, their mission is to assassinate those who interfere with the prosperity of the empire.

As Teito visits the room of the late Master Xinglu, the 13th head of the house, was a person who liked to create dolls but when Teito sees the photo of Master Xinglu, it’s Castor?

Are these two connected in some way? Or are they the same people?

In volume 7, Teito Klein, Frau and Capella’s journey to a safe village proves to be unsafe as Teito learns that wherever he goes and he’s not around Frau, he is being followed by Ayanami and Teito starts to wonder if Ayanami is actually Verloren? Meanwhile, the danger of having young Capella with them and the dangers that exist, makes Teito realize that a child should not be around them and he needs to make an important choice with what he will do with Capella.

Meanwhile, Hakuren must make an important choice when he receives an official invitation to work for the Barbsurg Royal Family.

Meanwhile, as Teito, Frau and Capella head to District 5, more trouble awaits them.

And now in volume 8, the history of Teito Klein is all revealed as his memories of his past as a child in the Raggs Kingdom is revealed.

The main characters of 07-Ghost are:

  • Teito Klein – The main protagonist and a former slave of Raggs. He has been having nightmares of something terrible, but for Teito he is starting to realize that the nightmares are memories and that his father entrusted him with something special before he was killed by the Barsburg military. He is not friends with many people at the Barsburg Military Academy because he receives special treatment, but in truth, Teito has exceptional fighting/magic skills. His only good friend is Mikage. But when Teito finds out that members of the Barsburg Military were responsible for his father’s death, Teito escapes from the military and is a wanted individual.
  • Frau – A perverted Bishop who saved Teito after his escape from the Barsburg Military Academy. He is a member of the 07-Ghosts (Zehel) and is often teasing Teito.
  • Castor – A bishop who watches over Teito and a member of 07-Ghosts. Castor has the power to manipulate dolls.
  • Labrador – A bishop who loves to garden and brew herbs for medicine. He watches over Teito by giving him things to protect him.
  • Mikage – Teito’s good friend and both have promised that they will die together as best of friends. Barsburg Military Academy tried to blackmail him by threatening to kill his family if he did not bring back Teito, but since he considers Teito as family, Mikage has sacrificed himself to save his dear friend. But to later be reincarnated into a small dragon.
  • Ayanami – The antagonist and Teito remembers him as the person responsible for his father’s murder.
  • Haruken Oak – New at the Church and becomes Teito’s roommate. Part of royalty but has his reasons of becoming part of the church.
  • Capella – A young slave that Teito has saved. He now follows both Teito and Frau.

For the last seven volumes, we have read about Teito being the prince of the once prominent Raggs Kingdom. But what happened to the Kingdom and led to its destruction?

And why was Teito given the Eye of Mikael and why does the Military Academy want him so badly?

While volume 8, the history and the memories that Teito had lost has come back and what he learns about himself will be change his life forever.

Meanwhile, the two operatives sent by the Military Academy to infiltrate Frau and Teito’s group in order to capture Teito have managed to establish contact with them and are pretending as escapee combat slaves.

Suffice to say, with the new revelation in volume 8, life for Teito Klein will not be the same from here on in.

There a lot of important things revealed in this volume which I don’t want to spoil for everyone but if you have managed to read volumes 1-7, questions in regards to Teito’s past are answered in this eighth volume.

In the past volumes, I have discussed the confusion of the action scenes and not knowing who is who in the panels at times but with this volume, Yukino Ichihara has done a better job with the action elements and the series is becoming much more easier to follow.  There are some moments where blonde characters look to alike that you may get confused in the process… So, readers may have some confusion while reading this volume.

Character designs are beautifully done and for the most part, the pacing of the series and the written work by Yuki Amemiya continues to get stronger with each volume.

Overall, “07-Ghost” is an exciting, action-packed manga series. And while the last two volumes have featured a lot of action, while this eighth volume does  feature action, it features a lot of background on Teito’s past.  So, if you are a fan of the manga series, “07-Ghost” vol. 8 is an important volume and is recommended!

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