Cyan is a contented Abyssinian house cat, the beloved pet
of a young boy called Kokoro. His life could not be more contented,
that is, until one day Kokoro goes away and doesn't come back.
Heartbroken, Kokoro's mother can no longer look at Cyan, without
thinking of how things were - when her child was well. Unable
to deal with the situation Kokoro's mother abandons Cyan.
Alone in the world, he hooks up with a band of stray cats
known as the Free Collars, who are engaged in a turf war with
finally we come to the last book in the Free Collars Kingdom
series by Takuya Fujima - which is truly a surprise as the
book could have gone on much longer. Being the last book all
the story strands come together in the final territorial war
between the Free Collars and Siam.
the previous books, it makes more sense to look at this volume
as a whole as, for the most part, the book contains one long,
continuous battle. Cyan continues to be torn between his loyalty
to his new friends and the promise to his old master to return.
This in turn creates further conflict with the other members
of the Free Collar Kingdom.
whose animosity towards humans is finally explained, sends
her subjects against the Free Collars. Her revelation brings
into doubt everything Cyan feels about humans. The final battle,
like the rest of the book, is dense with one-liners and ultimate
cat attack moves - which shows off two of the best things
about this manga. The artwork remains detailed and dynamic,
though at points there is a little too much packed into each
page making it seem a little over busy.
when all has been revealed and the turf war concludes, Cyan's
master returns. But after everything he has experienced and
learnt, can Cyan really return to be a domesticated cat?
the end, it wasn't a bad manga, though I personally found
the amount of fight moves a little repetitive, but then it's
not aimed at someone of my advancing years, but rather at
a teenage male audience. And for that audience it is a good
piece of work.
book comes with the usual extras and notes which go some was
to illuminate Japanese cultural references.