Hey all, Sam here.
Just a few more days until my mom is in town. I’m pretty excited about it. I’ve been doing a little bit of tidying up around the house, and David and I have been doing a little work repairing the screen on the front porch and also putting together a porch swing. It’s a small change but it has made a big difference for our house.
Anyway, welcome back to another Manga Monday review post. Each week I bring one volume of any of the myriad series I’m reading, and I review it. I tend to alternate between two different series at any time for review purposes, although I might be reading more than two series at once. If I ever get too many reviews banked up then I might start doing two Manga Monday posts each week. I was actually doing that for a while a few years ago.
There are still a bunch of series I need to get myself all caught up on, but I feel pretty good about my ability to do so. I enjoy reading manga, and find them to be a wonderful way to boost numbers for readathons or reading challenges. A typical volume of manga for me will take about 20-30 minutes to read. It’s pretty great…although, obviously it could lead to those times where reviewing one volume each week leads to having too big of a review backlog.
All right, let’s jump into this review.
A ROMANCE TO UN-DIE FOR
Shibuki’s quest has only just begun, but he and his comrades have already encountered tough enemies and managed to walk away with surprising new allies. After some close calls, it’s time for a break! A relaxing stay at a hot spring inn is on the agenda, where Shibuki—who has a temporary holy immunity—plans for an evening of steamy firsts with Surfi. These awkward young lovers have a lot ahead of them, but none as memorable as their first romantic date. Their indulgences are cut short, however, when the Demon King’s followers make a chaotic entrance!
Rating: 4 stars
This is definitely a romance focused series, primarily focused on the relationship between Shibuki and Surfi. Then throw in the fantasy adventure aspect, as we have a group of adventurers on a quest to defeat the Demon King.
I loved how the series started, with the seeming defeat of the Demon King, and the death and then reawakening of one of the main characters. It was just such an intriguing point to begin the story. And Shibuki being undead and Surfi being the Holy Saint, so holy that even touching her harms undead…well that certainly puts a damper on their relationship.
The first volume felt a little slow, but I usually expect that in the beginning. I have to say that this second installment in the series also felt slow. Perhaps that’s because my mind is still thinking of this as a fantasy manga with romance in it, when this series is a romance with fantasy elements in it. So, while there are some fighting/action sequences, most of what happens is going to be character and relationship driven.
Surfi is SOOO innocent in the ways of relationships though, and that makes the fact that she and Shibuki are engaged. Like, she thinks that giving him a shoulder massage would be too forward. It’s cute and yet embarrassing at the same time.
This volume has some cute moments, with Shibuki and Surfi going on a date, and the whole party going to a hot spring bath.
Then to counterbalance that, the party encounters one of the Demon King’s followers and a fight ensues, leading to this particular follower of the Demon King being led to believe that the Holy Knight, protector of the Holy Saint, might just actually be an undead.
So what sort of endgame is the Demon King planning? And will Surfi start to learn more about romance and relationships outside of her temple life? I guess the only way to find out is to keep on reading.
Well, that is all from me for today. Thank you so much for stopping by. I’ll be back soon with more geeky content.
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