When I last reviewed Suppose a child from the last Boonies dungeon moves to a starting town, the anime adaptation had just started. Now it’s over, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t many manga left to keep the fans going. Today, let’s watch volume 4!
This episode of the series picks up at the end of Volume 3, where Lloyd and his friends participate in the Military Academy Witchcraft Tournament. Riho faces off against Rokujo Academy of Sorcery Director Rol in the decisive battle, but with so much history between these two, there’s more than the fate of the competition that hinges on this fight!
Ultimately, Lloyd’s team emerges as the tournament winners and receives the Holy Sword as a reward, but Rol and his group are not happy with the outcome and plot to steal the sword. When Rol’s subordinate, Phyllo, informs him that the sword is with Mary, the witch, they quickly set out to steal something valuable that they can hold hostage in exchange for the sword, but as always, nothing is going very well for this bunch of bad guys …
Phyllo steals an expensive orb from Marie’s house, but when Lloyd returns to find the trashed place, he assumes it is Maria who has been captured and rushes to save her! This leads him to take on Phyllo in a fight that has quickly become one of my favorites of the series so far.
As usual, Lloyd assumes he’s not powerful enough to defeat his opponent in a one-on-one fight, so instead, he challenges her to do a standoff. This leads to both buildings destroying and flying around the area as their ridiculous strength comes out in full force, I assure you, readers, this is by no means a traditional arm wrestling contest!
This fight comes to life thanks to the brilliant illustrations proposed by Hajime Fusemachi. I’m sure no one else could describe the fun and craziness of this series as well as they can. Granted, after watching the anime adaptation, my feelings for the manga had started to subside a bit, but this volume brought me back and got me excited about the story again.
The expressions, comedic timing and action shown throughout this volume are fantastic. Despite the fact that not much is happening in the overall story, it’s still a lot of fun, which is perhaps the most important thing. My only criticism is that there is a lot of dialogue in places throughout this volume and because Fusemachi draws such small panels it can sometimes overwhelm the artwork, but it is by no means a big problem.
Since we’ve just been through a tournament arc, the next volume in the series sets up something a little different with Lloyd taking a part-time job at a hotel. It gives the cast a chance to relax, but I’m sure it will be filled with a fair amount of misunderstandings and ridiculous situations that we’ve come to know the manga for.
Suppose a child from the last Boonies dungeon is moved to a starting town Volume 4 arrives in the West thanks to Square Enix Manga and was translated by Andrew Cunningham. The translation reads well with no problems to note. Volume 5 of the series is slated for release in October.
Overall, volume 4 of Suppose a child from the last Boonies dungeon is moved to a starting town is another fun entry in the series. If you’ve enjoyed your time with the manga so far, this one certainly won’t disappoint.