I must confess that at the conclusion of Sabikui Bisco Volume 1 and the anime convinced me that this story needed to continue. It was all so tightly connected that I couldn’t help but leave the story. Nevertheless, the series continued onwards and I continued with it into Volume 2, to find out what’s next for Bisco and Milo.
At the end of Volume 1, Bisco became immortal, which he’s not keen on staying, despite the obvious benefits of never having to worry about dying in a fight. They set out to find a cure. On the way, they encounter legendary monk Kelshinha, who seems like a frail old man at first but quickly becomes a dangerous enemy when he rips Bisco’s stomach out and runs off with it!
Although Bisco is immortal, his immortality resided in his stomach and without it, he’s destined to be ravaged by Rust-Eater spores and die in less than a week. The two chase Kelshinha to Shimane, where he sets about causing chaos and trying to take over – something our duo later learn he tried to do in the past as well.
Bisco and Milo aren’t alone in Shimane for long because in the chaos they run into Raskeni Jau (a monk who fought against Kelshinha last time he tried to take over) and her apprentice, Amli Amlini. It turns out that Amli can suck out some of the Rust inhabiting Bisco, which helps settle down the Rust-Eater spores and keep him alive a little longer until they can figure out a way to get his stomach back, so our heroes decide to use Raskeni’s home as their base of operations for now. Perhaps they can work together to solve this crisis, and maybe even get rid of Bisco’s immortality.
Volume 1 is not available. Sabikui Bisco The series’ second installment, in which our duo traveled from place to place is set in Shimane. Not that that’s a bad thing, since there is plenty of interest here including the fact the monks have some kind of magical abilities. There are many factions within Shimane with their own beliefs, ancient scriptures and other resources that Kelshinha is trying to get and use to power himself up.
One of my favorite things is Sabikui Bisco As a series, each book has been a standalone storyline. Volume 3 looks like it will continue that way. I spoke earlier about how I didn’t feel like the series needed to continue and in many ways, I still feel that way, but it’s hard to deny that there isn’t a part of me that wants to watch over Bisco and Milo just a little longer. This is because the author had a lot fun writing about them, as you can see in the dialogue between Bisco & Milo.
Due to the urgency of Bisco’s situation in this volume, the story moves at quite a fast pace but that doesn’t prevent author Shinji Cobkubo from fitting in plenty of the entertaining bickering Bisco and Milo’s relationship is built on. It’s clear the boys care about one another a great deal and the best relationships are those where you can say what’s on your mind, as they always do! The best thing about this series, for me, is the way that the protagonists interact with each other even during hectic action scenes.
Sabikui Bisco Volume 2 arrives in the West thanks to Yen Press. Jake Humphrey is continuing to translate Volume 2. The translation reads well and Humphrey certainly deserves credit for managing to keep Bisco and Milo’s dialogue snappy and retaining their very bold and differing personalities. Volume 3 is due for English release in the latter part of the month.
If you enjoyed Volume 1 or the anime, then it’s a good choice. Sabikui Bisco Then you’ll have a lot of fun reading Volume 2 as Bisco & Milo find themselves in a dangerous situation. These characters are so much fun to read about that I’m sure I’ll find myself coming back for Volume 3, as will other readers without a doubt.