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    It's...the end!

    Wow. It's taken me an hour to process Volume 8 after finishing it and...wow! I'm so relieved that it ended as I'd hoped, and that it didn't disappoint. I'm also loving the full circle of the plot. I'm having a hard time putting my thoughts into words, because there was SO MUCH to digest in this volume. Everything came to fruition, and there was a two year gap - gracefully, only one page! - and so much happened that I feel like is vitally important to the plot. For one, we finally find out the truth of Katsuragi's heritage, and it's where I suspected it was going. But, in another way, there were so many O.M.G. moments that I was literally squeaking out loud in surprise, laughing out loud, and crying at the twists this volume gave us. It was just so...intense. And everything I hoped it could be. I really think binge-reading them is best, because there is A LOT of political stuff, a lot of secrecy, and a lot of characters, so it's best read in order, in a short time period. I think that gives it its biggest bang, when you get to the final volume and it ends the way it does. Although it's been strongly hinted that Katsuragi takes after Akihito's father in manners, because of how he was raised, I was still surprised at how his "wisdom" - especially of the sort he gave to Soichiro - ended up as nothing more than parroting the (bad) advice Akihito's father gave him when he was young. The character development and growth is, perhaps, the most astounding part of this series. As I've said in previous reviews, Akihito goes from being regarded as a child, often a spoiled brat, by those on the outside, to becoming someone Katsuragi can trust to make wise and interesting decisions. As he says in this volume, though he doesn't always agree with the route Akihito wants to take, he's learned to accept it and support him, because he is exactly the deviation from the norm that is needed. He's refreshing and original, in his growth. On the flip side, Katsuragi is learning who he is. I mis-judged his age before (not surprising, as I'm not great with numbers) and the fact he's only 29 is somehow so much more amazing and means the gap between them is only about 9 years? If Katsuragi was about 19/20 when Akihito arrived at the Kuze house, aged 10, then it's not as big an age gap as I'd imagined. And it only further proves how young Katsuragi was to begin with, and how much he'd achieved in that short time. To see him discover himself at 29, to realise that he's been going down the path paved for not and not marking his own way, was beautiful to see. I was, honestly, so PROUD of Katsuragi for choosing to stay, instead of going with Akihito, because it showed how much he'd grown and learned what made him happy. He wanted to do more than serve people, though he didn't believe he could. And Akihito gave him that freedom to choose and follow his new dreams. Best of all, he did it without leaving the unwanted ultimatum of choosing his freedom OR Akihito. Akihito made it clear that he only wanted Katsuragi if he could be free and be himself. Which is stunningly mature of him, and lovely. Things I can't talk about without ruining it - I literally giggled and kicked my feet in excitement, with an out-loud O.M.G. moment about Soichiro's engagement. The watches made my heart melt. I was relieved that the 2 years passed in only a two-page spread, because I couldn't bear it if it had been dragged out. In the end, it had THE BEST ENDING EVER! (And, yes, that needs to be in caps) So many stories have this HUGE build-up and then the ending disappoints or feels lack-lustre. This is EXACTLY the ending I hoped for, when I first began reading Volume 1. And...then...the author gave us TWO BONUS STRIPS! I couldn't have asked for more. But...if the author ever decides to revisit this series, I'll be first in line. Until then, I have the paperbacks and e-books of both (because...you know...reasons) and I'll be re-reading them ALL again. Frequently. Often. (Probably next week.)

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