That is it. This has to be the last time I read Noblesse, at least until next month. Then again that is what I said two weeks ago, except I broke and simply couldn’t wait to see what was happening with this slowly burgeoning back story.
This is what I love about Noblesse. Most manga have good moments and bad moments. Naruto will publish an odd chapter once in a while, while One Piece might drastically slow its story down over a few weeks.
Noblesse just moves from one level of excitement to another, never really hitting levels so low as to be considered bad, merely not as exciting in some places as it is in others.
But ‘not as exciting’ still means exciting to a degree. Bleach needs to be read in bulk because barely anything happens on a weekly basis. Noblesse needs to be read in bulk because it is that good and waiting can become irritating.
Muzaka finds himself weighing human freedoms against the the desires of his people as the werewolves and nobles approach imminent conflict.
I know, I have already said it more times than is necessary; BUT NOBLESSE IS SIMPLY GORGEOUS.
Some of these panels look like they were included just for drama’s sake, and I can’t complain; and I am specifically referring to that dramatic entrance Muzaka made.
Maybe that is Noblesse’s strength; it views itself as an anime and thus includes all those tiny little details only present with anime.
Noblesse is one of those really rare Manhwa that manages to combine both great art and interesting story telling, as opposed to most other Manhwa that seem almost obsessed with pristine art at the detriment of the story.
This is only the second Noblesse flashback in the manhwa’s run and it is doing a brilliant job of fleshing out the Noblesse world, steadily and at its own pace but without crawling like Magi, providing revelations and character development but without dwelling endlessly on irrelevant elements again like Magi.
Even with the fact that the pair haven’t shared more than a few panels together, one can already sense the relationship between Muzaka and Rai begin to develop. What makes this flashback so interesting to watch is how little we know of anything related to it.
We understood the relationship between Frankenstein and Rai before we had the opportunity to see it develop in the first flashback; and that was a treat because we knew so little of Lukedonia.
In this case, We didn’t even know Muzaka existed; but Frankenstein named him in the situation that brought Rai to the edge of death. That is intriguing. Noblesse has dealt with almost every facet of this ancient incident, with Rai facing against, confronting and even judging all those nobles that betrayed their people and one and only Noblesse.
And that had me believing that we had put the matter to rest. But have we really? Sure we know the nobles who were involved in the incident. Most if not all have been dealt with- and all were surprisingly repentant.
But outside of knowing who was involved, we don’t actually know what happened or who did what. And that is what makes Muzaka’s flashback so intriguing to read.
I cannot even fathom how the werewolf Lord’s path intertwined with the noble traitors. There is still so much to know before we arrive at that point that pits Rai against Muzaka
+VERDICT: Thinking about it, the conflict between Rai and Muzaka is a little easier to predict; clearly the traitorous nobles are going to use him to execute their uprising. We know the conflict within Lukedonia stemmed from their attempts at entering man’s affairs and even ruling over them. Which is exactly what Muduke has been doing for a few decades now.
It wouldn’t surprise me if both groups of nobles and werewolves were in bed together.
And it isn’t even that difficult to see why Muzaka would treat Rai in such a hostile manner. The Lord of Lukedonia is clearly a calm rational man that will approach the werewolf situation with care as it develops.
Rai on the other hand isn’t going to approach human deaths on a large scale so calmly; where he to encounter werewolves murdering humans, he would obliterate them and on a similarly massive scale. Even where it proves justified, I don’t see Muzaka taking this lying down.
+RATING: 10/10, this story is unfolding nicely. And clearly the pair behind the Manhwa know what they are doing. SO few manga are ever so well paced.