So every month around the 6th- “Dead Rock.” Got it. Completely blindsided by this one, guys; I saw leaks coming out, but…….. the same day as “Black Clover,” “My Hero,” and “One Piece” leaks. And in the case of One Piece– Initial Translations. So I hopped on that. I didn’t think it would be this early in the month- I thought that was just for chapter 1! Now I know so I can prepare next month for chapter 3. But man; between this and the other 2(one of which might be getting the “Short Review” treatment for a while), I don’t know how many regularly scheduled posts are gonna come out. Picking this back up again on Sunday, August 6th, 2023, at 1:27 pm– an hour and 33 minutes before I have to go into work- I know. And by time this post comes out at this rate– you will, too.
I’ve had a little more time to sit on this chapter compared to when I started, and I have a few more ideas for what exactly is going on. Both chapters have given us things to think about. And both of them- despite showing off how different this series is(particularly when it comes to Yakuto in relation to Haru, Natsu, and Shiki) from Mashima’s other works; it still manages to keep those little “Mashima-isms” when it comes to comedy and characterization. I’m……… I already love this series. Better than “Edens Zero?” I won’t say that with only 2 chapters, but I’ll say that it’s already scoring a bit higher than Rave Master for me. Fairy Tail remains at the bottom. Let’s get into the chapter. Dead Rock Chapter 2: “School Rules Article 3.” This should be good………
Picking up from the last chapter: Yakuto makes his mission statement know to his new classmates- killing their teacher and telling them that he aims to kill their School Principal. Chako(Yatagarasu) says that he’ll never be able to do it, and Reisen(Orochi) asks why he killed their homeroom teacher on the first day. Yakuto admits he plans on killing every teacher in the end, anyway; he just wanted to make sure everyone here knew he was dead serious. Hien(Fenrir) asks why he aims to kill God, to which Yakuto explains that their “God” is an imposter– based on the name he chose. “Normally, the Ruler of the Demon Realm would call himself ‘Demon King’ or something” he says, so he speculates that there’s a “Rightful Sovereign” that God took the place of. But he has no proof of that. Freyr falls deeper for him, but everyone else thinks he’s crazy. Though they don’t feel like snitching. But Reisen warns Yakuto he’ll be the one to kill him before God ever gets the chance…….
Hien is of a similar mindset, but will only kill Yakuto if he starts causing problems for him. As for Maxwell’s body; he looks to have “Golem” roots, so his body is hollow. After trying to make Chako the head, they figure he has a spare somewhere and start looking for it. It’s gonna be a corpse under Mikoto’s control. While they’re off looking for that, we jump over to H#ll’s Kitchen, where Reisen is eating. Some upper classmen come up to mock him for having to take the Entrance exam, and explain to him School Rule Article 3: “Kill Anyone You Don’t Like.” Which they try to– and end up dead at Reisen’s hands. Then out comes the Head Chef Ogre, who plans to eat the 2 students Reisen just killed. Though when questioned, he also admits that he DOES put dead students in the food he serves. But these 2 he wants to eat himself.
He doesn’t care about them at all, but the idea of people getting eaten reminds him of a Really Bad Experience: He was protecting a Princess before coming to Dead Rock. And that Princess was stabbed through the heart with a familiar looking sword. The man who did the deed tells Reisen that she’s become “his meal,” and that whatever curse he just cast can only be broken by a Demon King. Thus why he’s here. He questions Ogre if Article 3 includes Teacher’s and Staff, to which Ogre Replies “If You Can.” Which he tries– and fails, getting hacked up by Ogre. He’s dead. And Yakuto isn’t happy about that. “I Don’t You For Killing My Classmate” he justifies, and……….. well, he shows off his Black Dragon Roots in front of the whole Cafeteria, catching the eye of a girl with ears……….