Chaika: The Coffin Princess volume 1 by Ichirou Sakaki, Shinta Sakayama & NitroPlus
I gave this book ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ 4 stars, I liked it a lot.
Toru Acura lives a quiet, peaceful life. The war ended five years ago and with it, his reason for getting out of bed every day. He was a Saboteur in the war with a unique ability but without a war to fight what is a man whose only skills are on the battlefield to do?
Toru lives with his sister Akari. She is about fed up with his lazy ways. Is it so much to ask that he get out of bed and get a job? Akari forces Toru out of bed to find a job or at least some breakfast. Toru goes into the forest to forage for food and there he runs into Chaika.
Chaika is a strange girl from another country. She caries a huge coffin on her back and speaks in broken sentences. The chance encounter between her and Toru in the forest is about to shake up Toru's mindnumbingly peaceful life.
I enjoyed this manga quite a bit. Toru feels like a relatable character and Chaika is a mystery waiting to be solved. Akari is not wonderful in my opinion. She is the typical little sister with a brother complex that is mostly just annoying. She does seem like a capable fighter and maybe she will grow to be something more than the token annoying little sister with a brother complex.
I am interested to see where this story ends up. It feels like a good set up for a great story. So far it is a little
short on detail but it feels like it could be something wonderful. I recommend it to anyone who likes a good adventure series.