Manga Review: THE KINGDOMS OF RUIN Vol. 3 & 4 by yoruhashi (2021-2022)

Genre: Dark Fantasy Seinen
Year Release in English: 2020 – 2021

Reminder: The star rating reflects overall opinion of the series. Click here for my reviews of Volumes 1 and 2.

This series continues delivering hyper violence with a politically-charged back drop while humans witches face off in a war of obliteration while one young man is on a mission to eliminate them both.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Content warnings: Gore, violence, blood, genocide

Adonis continues to be on his revenge quest, and my god, does it border on omnicide. He’s against the humans, but he’s also against the witches. The anger and rage is so calculated, there are no accidents here. But the humans fighting against the witches and Adonis aren’t the heroes either. It’s an exploration of how everyone can suck with big hyperviolent set-pieces and I’m super into it.

The magic the witches use is fascinating, especially as we see it play out both during the battle on the moon and on Earth with a bona fide coup. I’m really intrigued by the political arena within this novel. While the number of witches is now down to three, I’m not sure they are all on the same side, and I am hanging on strongly to that curiosity.

Content warnings: Gore, blood

Volume 4 takes a much-needed break from all the madness and mayhem from the battle preceding. This volume is all processing. Doroka and Adonis challenge each other on their respective world views. I think there was a missed opportunity in earlier chapters to really establish Doroka’s personality and perspectives. Adonis’ rationale for resurrecting her, however, is clear, but it’s emerging that there are more nefarious purposes.

The break includes a fringe society of bikers who have been rejected by the scientific utopia, a found family that choses to include Doroka and Adonis. Seeing them handle and navigate this encounter adds some depth to their characters and throws their connection into uncertainty. They figure it out, and move onto the next thing.

Meanwhile, in the capital, a new ruler named Dorothea rules, and I am afeared.

2 thoughts on “Manga Review: THE KINGDOMS OF RUIN Vol. 3 & 4 by yoruhashi (2021-2022)

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