Again Ayano Yamane leaves me breathless and craving more and more of her work. She has yet to disappoint me in any of her volumes, her artwork is detailed and precise and the storylines, unlike many other yaoi, are actually captivating and get you thinking about the twists and turns within the plot.
In this volume we see Akihito attempting to re-establish his investigative photography career after an "extended vacation", so to speak. We see the daily struggles he goes through without love trysts and the mafia involved, and he is constantly trapped within situations that make him feel as if the world has a terrible grudge against him, like having to compete against a veteran photographer who appears to have no morals. Especially paired with him, we see that Akihito is a very caring and compassionate being, caring more about the well-being of others rather than a juicy scoop.
Asami however refuses to let him simply slip away. He is always one step ahead of Takaba, calculating his every move then sitting back and enjoying the entertainment Takaba gives him trying to rebel. Let's just say that Asami could possess the key to Akihito's future.
And the first (possibly) recurring female character has appeared, and seems to be an ally to Akihito, which he desperately needs seeing as how there are many people trying to disgruntle him. Adding another gender really balances out the reality of the story, in my opinion.
The only slight withdrawal I found was that we are left at an awesomely dramatic cliffhanger with Fei Long, Yoh, and Mikhail. There isn't even mention of a single one of them, and I found that frustrating seeing as how after so long a time getting to know them as human beings, you feel attached to them. But knowing Yamane-sensei's style, she most likely did that on purpose, to leave the previous story so open, implying that they all have open futures. I'm sure we'll see them again eventually.
I am overjoyed with the newest volume in the series and cannot wait until the 7th is released.