Is there any way this series could be more awesome? (Other than by becoming an anime, I mean.)
What *I* want from a manga series is women who are growing, becoming stronger, becoming more who they are every day. Women who are not holding back to fulfill someone else’s expectations.
I want action, hard fought fights, and blood and *guts* and sweat. I love to watch people training until they puke.
I want comedy. I want to laugh until my stomach hurts, until I’m incoherent from the tears streaming down my face.
I want depth. I want rage. I want laughter. I want comradery and joy. I want touching moments of sublime beauty, and ridiculous moments where honestly, it just couldn’t get any stupider if it tried.
I want Ayana and Hayate to beat the living shit out of Ensuu and gain revenge on her for what she did to Ayana and Yukari. Like Jun, I want to know who the real Ayana is. Like Hitsugi I want to see the students in the Hoshitori reaching past their limits, ever striving for greatness. Like Sae, I want to see Akira’s sensitive side. Like Maki, I want to see Yukari smile.
I want it all.
In Hayate x Blade, Volume 9 (はやて×ブレード), I get ALL of it. Every last bloody thing I could want from this series is in my hand as I type.
Art – 8
Story – 9
Characters – 9
Yuri – 3
Service – 1
Overall – 9
This series is fucking brilliant.