- Mangaka : Kishimoto, Massashi
- Publisher : Shonen Jump
- Genre : Action, Samurai, Sci-Fi, Shounen
- Published : July 21, 2019
Samurai 8: Hachimaru Den…why do you do this? Ata—the fearsome samurai from space—finally appears and we were excited for a grand battle. Daruma clearly wasn’t capable of fighting as he took damage last chapter, but our hope rested with Hachimaru maybe taking the mantle and fighting—or at least trying—for an epic duel. Instead, Hachimaru’s father shows that the two do indeed know one another and then uses a powerful special attack that eliminates most of Ata while possibly hurting him in the process. Chapter 11 of Samurai 8: Hachimaru Den does give us another name for Hachimaru—Hachikaku—and tells us samurai apparently die when they become samurai, but in the end, does any of that matter? We hate to say it, folks, but chapter 11 of Samurai 8: Hachimaru Den took what we had hoped would save the series a bit and threw it right out. Not much of interest happened this week though please expect us to talk more negative about chapter 11 then positive. This chapter was hyped in our minds and yet the end result was not even close to be enjoyable.
1. Hachikaku and Hachimaru?
Chapter 11 gives us an interesting revelation about our once weak young man Hachimaru. Ata apparently knows the newly minted samurai by another name and even calls him a mutt. Is it possible Hachimaru isn’t the son of his current father—which we called—and there’s more to him than meets the eye? We hope this revelation comes soon as it might be the only thing we’re enjoying about Samurai 8: Hachimaru Den so far.
1. Ata Defeated…ALREADY?!?!
Chapter 11 of Samurai 8: Hachimaru Den ends with Hachimaru’s dad using his special technique to apparently eliminate a samurai soul. This soul sucking move seems to come at a heavy cost for both the target and user but also in the process, it hurts us the readers. Is Ata already done for before even truly showing off his abilities? We expected way more of a battle between him and the other samurai,what we got was disappointing to say the least.
2. No Epic Battle
The biggest flaw and reason to skip chapter 11 of Samurai 8: Hachimaru Den is easily the lack of a giant battle. We’ve witnessed Ata destroy planets with ease and even beat legendary warriors like nothing. Then he meets Hachimaru’s dad who conveniently has a soul sucking power and Ata is left almost entirely destroyed. Where was our hoped giant battle!? Why did the end result of this chapter seem almost too simple? Maybe we’ll be wowed by chapter 12, but chapter 11 sure didn’t.
Chapter 10’s review Samurai 8: Hachimaru Den had us looking at this series with a new glimmer of hope. Chapter 11 took that glimmer and reminded us why we don’t really love this series. Yes, the art is still quite impressive and we have some themes we enjoy, but as a whole, Hachimaru Den just isn’t living up to any good expectations. Are we the only ones feeling this about Samurai 8: Hachimaru Den? Comment below to let us know and, for more reviews of this and other series, be sure to keep stuck to our hive here at Honey’s Anime!