07-Ghost Volume 15 focuses on Teito Klein, a former slave with amnesia who learns that he was once the prince of the Raggs Empire, a kingdom that was destroyed by the Barsburg Empire. He also harbors the Eye of Mikael, an artifact that’s said to bring either the world’s salvation or destruction. Teito had been at the Barsburg Empire’s military academy because he has an ability to use a rare supernatural power called Zaiphon. Teito finds himself on the run when he learns the truth about his past, and is attacked by Chief of Staff Ayanami. Teito is rescued by three bishops from the 7th District who provide him with sanctuary.
Volume 15 sees Princess Ouka becoming distraught when she discovers that she’s a replica and not the real princess. But Teito tells her that unlike the other replicas, she has a soul, and isn’t a fake. Teito’s words calm Ouka down and help her find some new strength. The excitement in the volume builds as an attempt is made on the life of the Emperor of Barsburg, and the scientist behind the Ouka replicas gets schooled by Ouka. I loved seeing Ouka standing up to the professor and using her power to destroy every replica in the area. While that may sound mean, the professor showed his true colors when he attempted to choke Ouka because she wouldn’t do what he commanded her to do.
We then see that the emperor wasn’t killed, and we also get an interesting backstory on how the emperor’s obsession with Teito’s mother ultimately led him to wage war on the Raggs Empire. The emperor was definitely one messed up person in his youth, thanks to the influence of someone calling himself “The Warmonger.” But with help from Ouka and Teito, the emperor is able to receive redemption for all he’s done after The Warmonger is chased off. With Ouka, I can see why she’s willing to forgive, since the emperor is her only family. But I was actually surprised as how easily Teito was able to forgive him, since it was ultimately the emperor’s fault that his father is dead and that his mother is incapacitated.
We also get to see backstory of when Teito was young, and how his mother fell into a deep sleep because she was poisoned by The Warmonger. The emperor still has the antidote, and this allows Teito to have a touching reunion with his mother after all these years. This was definitely the most emotional section of Volume 15.
Then the manga places quite an emphasis on the backstory for Ea and Landkarte, who are two of the 07-Ghosts. And through these flashbacks, it appears that the audience has been given a hint as to who “The Warmonger” is. Verloren, the evil death god, launches a plan, and both Ouka and Teito are determined to stop him. Karr also wants to get in on the action, and he gets what he hopes for when he runs into a long-lost friend right at the end of Volume 15.
07-Ghost Volume 15 is an intense read, due to all of the background information that’s provided and revealed, in addition to the buildup in the action as the story heads toward a major conflict between two of the major characters. The volume ends with a major cliffhanger that will make readers want to read the next volume to find out what’s going to happen.
From the way the story in Volume 15 builds, it’s rather blatant that the series is quickly heading toward its climax. A lot of information was revealed in this volume, and everything that’s revealed builds up to the showdown that begins right at the end of it.
Overall, I enjoyed reading this volume. Readers who have followed this series from the very beginning should be satisfied with the progression of the story and with the answers and backstories that are provided in 07-Ghost Volume 15. When it comes to the 07-Ghost series as a whole, I’d have to say that I think it would appeal to manga readers who enjoy compelling stories with supernatural elements.
The reviewer was provided a review copy by VIZ Media