The Autumn of Black Cat continues! We’ve taken a look at the first five volumes, and how the story sets up the central characters, the villain and the overall gist of the story. Now with the second batch of five volumes we take a look at what happens next! Does the story pick up steam? Or does it contend to tread water for just a little longer. After the cut join me as we take a look at the next five volumes of the Black Cat!
The Autumn of Black Cat begins! Today we will be talking about the first five volumes of the series, which encompass what I am calling the “Introduction Arcs.” As is common with most shonen series, the start often has several small mini story arcs to help establish the characters, the relationships and powers, as well as just prototype some story ideas or plots. Often as is the case with the start of a shonen, the art style looks very different than it does by the end or middle of a series. Either way, this is usually were fans will know if a series is worth sticking around. After the cut let’s get into the very first five volumes of Black Cat!
Long-running series tend to be great well-done pieces of work, but they can also fall into the trap of not knowing when to quit. Shows that run on for too long tend to experience either a dramatic drop in quality or simply decide to spin the wheels.
In the West, sitcoms like That 70s Show, MASH, and Scrubs, all suffered from lackluster final seasons due to cast departures, script changes, or a general weariness of running such a long-term show. The Godfather Part 3, will always remain a strange postscript from the first two installments for this reason. In regards to Anime, there have been many mangas and series that have been criticized for overstaying their welcome, or not ending when they should.
Things like the 2nd half of Death Note, Inuyasha, Dragon Ball’s Buu Arc, Bleach after the Aizen storyline is concluded, and current running series Food Wars have all suffered for not knowing when to quit on a good note. There is a debate on whether current fan darling Attack on Titan is suffering the same fate. There are many reasons for this, either due to editorial mandate, a desire to remain published, or general burnout and disinterest in the work. These series and many more have had part of their legacy be sticking around for just a bit too long. Even Naruto, while having a satisfying conclusion suffered from having plotlines and villains remain long after their storylines should have naturally concluded.
The series we are looking at today doesn’t suffer from this and actually succeeds because it decides to end when it finishes its story. Let’s take a Shallow Dive into Kentaro’s Yabuki’s Black Cat