Book Review: Judge Volume 3

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Well, seem to be going quite well, huh?

As I mentioned in the previous post, I recently received three out of the four books I had ordered from Barnes & Noble.

So far, I have covered one title and two remain.

Today, I will be reviewing another one of those titles, which is called Judge Volume 3 by Yoshiki Tonogai.

As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.

With the second round of Judge drawing near, the seven remaining players try to decide what to do, while at the same time trying to figure out who among them is the executioner mentioned in a note.

However, things become worse for Hiroyuki when he finds out that the sought after executioner may have been an ally who was chosen to die in the second round of voting.

I kind of liked this volume. The mysteries behind the game of Judge seem to have become interesting. Not only do we have to find out who had brought everyone together, but also a man that was badly wounded appeared with the widely known seven deadly sins carved into him. Even today, I wonder why he was there and injured. If my guess is right, the people who brought Hiroyuki and the others to the place they are in now also brought this man in, but that still does not answer why he was there to begin with. I also liked how most the character were actually suspicious of one another, even suspecting Hiroyuki. I would suspect Hiroyuki as well if I were in his or her shoes, because he was so adamant about saving everyone and now he decides to join in deciding who should be killed off. Another thing that made things really interesting was it was revealed that the pictures found above the buttons used to vote for people could be easily swapped out. This means that it really is a mystery if everyone can be trusted, if they try to vote for themselves. Hopefully, Hiroyuki finally decides to become smart and abandon the idea of saving everyone completely. The thing that interests me the most though is who is actually killing the people that are chosen to die. After the second round voting, we find out how the guy seen before the game started died from one of Hiroyuki’s allies, thus making me want to suspect that he is the executioner a note mentions, but moments later, we find him dead, after we found out that he did not kill off the person chosen to die in the last round. Now, we do not exactly how he died, since the volume ended before anything was revealed, but I am starting to believe that Hiroyuki started showing his true colors, albeit briefly, and that there is more than one player responsible for the deaths, because Hiroyuki did grin after the now deceased ally thanked him for believing in his innocence. Then again, that is not enough to say for sure that Hiroyuki is evil, it only suggests that he was behind the death of his own ally. Outside of that, I cannot think of anything else that I particularly liked. The fact that there are more mysteries that make things interesting and Hiroyuki seemed to have shown that he was not really an innocent party made this volume pretty interesting.

Although there were things that I liked, there are some issues. However, I can only thing of one that annoyed me. Hiroyuki and his allies were finally prepared to go on the offensive and then they let their opponents go persuade them to try voting for themselves again. They were the ones who originally stabbed Hiroyuki in the back, so they should not have went along with it. On the other hand, if they had not, we would not have had any suspects for the one considered the executioner, especially since this is the halfway point of the series, because Baka-Updates Manga says that there are only six volumes in total. Still, it is kind of disappointing that nobody has really grown too much because the series is already halfway through. Hopefully, Hiroyuki will finally reveal his true colors. Otherwise, my time would have been wasted. While there was not too much that bugged me, the fact that Hiroyuki and his allies still voted for themselves at this point in the game did hurt things a bit.

Despite my disappointment of how things are at the halfway point, there was enough interesting things to make this worth reading. I only recommend this to fans of Judge, because they would probably be the only ones who are still reading by this point.

What are your thoughts on Judge Volume 3? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.

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