Moon Boy 6 by Lee YoungYou: C+

From the back cover:
The Black Rabbit disappears again, this time leaving behind the Fox Tribe’s only means of tracking him! Worried that the tribal elders will discover the truth, student council members Sa-Eun and Jin-Soo split up in a frantic search for their ward… only to find themselves facing off against the most improbable of enemies! After this battle, will the student council ever be the same?

Wow, things actually happened in this volume. Unfortunately, they weren’t the most coherent of things, but progress is progress, I suppose.

The most major event is that Yu-Da stops acting like he’s still under the foxes’ spell and allies himself with… some people. I cannot tell whether they’re foxes or rabbits or what, but their leader is the same guy (now possessing a schoolgirl’s body) who made it possible for Yu-Da to regain his own consciousness at age fifteen. They’ve liberated a bunch of low-level, animal-like foxes and have some kind of agenda. That’s about as specific as I can be about it, since it’s all very muddled.

Belatedly, some backstory is superimposed upon a couple of the foxes on the student council, but it’s rather too little too late. It would’ve been nice if either of these two had had much personality before one ends up betraying the other, or if we’d had some notion of the real depth of their history together before that happened.

Moon Boy really has a making-it-up-as-I-go-along kind of feel to it. True, we’ve seen a couple of members of this new gang for a little while now, and heard about the leader, too, but it just doesn’t feel… final. This volume is a lot more serious than those before it, which I appreciate, but I’d like it more if I could feel confident that we’re approaching a planned-out ending, and not just veering randomly down another ambling path.

Review copy provided by the publisher.

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  1. I have to say, these have been awesome and hilarious to read. I definitely have no interest in reading the story, but I am really enjoying the reviews! 😀

  2. Thanks. My comprehensive review of volumes 1-6 should be up on Manga Recon on Tuesday.

  3. And here’s that review.

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