[Novel] S 4: Afterglow (エス 4: 残光 )

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エス 4: 残光 / S 4: Afterglow by Saki Aida

Written by: Aida Saki (英田サキ)

Illustrated by: Nara Chiharu (奈良千春)

English Publisher: June

Status: Completed

Volumes: 4

Summary: (from the back of the book)

At the end of S volume 3, detective Masaki Shiiba was last seen running away from the hospital room of his injured S, Keigo Munechika. Now, Shiiba has turned in his resignation, bought a gun of his own, and is bent on only one mission — to kill Takanari Godou.

 

Shiiba’s instincts are telling him that Godou was the one who had killed his sister Yukari and is the person responsible for Munechika’s injury. He vows to get the truth from Godou, even if he has to throw away his morals and life to do it. But can he do it? Can he shoot another person and commit cold-blooded murder for revenge? When he finds out more information about Godou’s past, will his resolution waver? And when the young Kiri Yoshizawa is thrown into the chaotic mix, can Shiiba accomplish his plans without any remorse?

Previous volumes here.

Finally! The elusive volume 4 is now mine muawahaha!

Seriously, though, it’s really hard to get a copy of this book. If I haven’t already gotten the first 3 books, I would have opted for a digital copy. But I was dead set on completing my copy. After 48 years of waiting, June reprinted this. Thank goodness.

Anyways!

Here goes…


May contain spoilers so proceed with caution!


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[Novel] S 3: Split (エス 3: 裂罅 )

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Synopsis: (From the back of the book)

Undercover detective Msaki Shiiba has one mission in life – to eradicate guns in Japan. It’s an overwhelmingly tough job, but Shiiba’s willing to give up his body, his soul, even his life to achieve his goal. He’s also willing to use anyone to get what he wants.

 

For almost a year now, Shiiba has been using Keigo Munechika as his “S,” his spy, to get information on the gun dealings of the Yakuza world. Shiiba uses his body in exchange for Munechika’s sensitive information… and only his body as far as Shiiba is concerned. Shiiba vows their relationship will not go beyond that.

 

A new case and some new information further complicate this difficult relationship. When a rowdy young man with a penchant for piercing and an enigmatic Yakuza leader cross paths with the young detective, sins of hte past are unearthed once more. Sins— sins that just might shatter the fragile bond between the detective and his “S.”

[Manga] PINK GOLD 4 (ピンクゴールド4)

The elusive PG 4 is finally in my hands! Muahaha. Elusive because I couldn’t find it anywhere for a long time, not even my go-to Mandarake has it. ; A ; But it’s finally here so it’s all good. 😀

Libre is taking the cover of this series to a new level. The previous PGs have a hard plastic cover with printed designs to cover the main illustration. It’s slick and tasteful, especially that beautiful PG2 black and pink design. This time, PG4 resembles a blu-ray disc layout complete with a box-like cover for the book, very dvd-like. I don’t appreciate it before when they first released the design but my opinion changed when I have the book in my hands. The first time I open the book, I have a difficult time getting the book though.

Ayane Yamano comes back in this book and draws the illustration again. We have Takaba Akihito from the Finder series and his glorious behind teasing the readers. He looks like he is being restrained and filmed. The accompanying card looks like a video recording, very fitting to the theme.

The cover screams blu-ray quality. Even the table of the contents says “Blu-ray disctic book”. Let’s see if the stories are of high quality.

Onto the stories~!

Read below for the summaries of each story~. Beware though that it could get spoiler~y at times so proceed with caution. Also, some photos are NSFW (though I try my best to only post safe ones lol) so be careful about that too. :3

[Novel] S 1 (エス 1)

Synopsis:
From the back of the book:

Welcome to Shinjuku district’s Kabukicho, Japan’s red light district. Here, the streets are dotted with bars, pachinko parlors and “love hotels”, which cater to all sexes and sexual orientations. These are the streets which Detective Masaki Shiiba must patrol.

 

A recent rise in gun crimes forces shiiba to go undercover and work with an “S” or spy, a member of a crime organization tasked to hand over information in exchange for special favors. Shiiba’s S is a man from the influential Matsukura Group, and someone who seems to have developed a fondness for Shiiba.

 

But when the detective gets a mysterious call warning him about his S, seeds of doubt are planted. If he can’t trust his S, who can he trust?