The drama begins.
This was a fun volume of Knight of the Ice, and it had a bit of a different feel than the previous volumes. In Volume 8, Kokoro and the others have all advanced to the Grand Prix Final, a stepping stone on the way to the Olympics. This volume has a different feel to it because of the vast number of characters there now are in this series. I feel like the characters are both a blessing and a curse. I absolutely love getting to see more of the relationships and lives of people like Marippe and Taiga, but I also feel like there’s maybe one too many side characters to keep straight sometimes. I am forever indebted to the character guide at the beginning of the issue. I remember the overarching storylines surrounding everyone, but I tend to get people confused, especially the blonde skaters.
Either way, this volume had a fun pace to it because there was always something happening, whether it was happening to Kokoro or not. He’s finally made it this far and wants to make it all the way to the Olympics, but he must pull off his knight choreography and embrace the theatrical aspects of it in order to get those needed points. At the same time, Taiga is struggling at times because of his love for Kokoro’s sister Marippe. She’s worried that their romance is dragging down his skating but still loves him, and now their father has decided to show up and insert himself back into their lives.
This volume was light on Kokoro and I think that was a good choice. It really built into a dramatic moment to see how everyone’s performances went and showed that although Kokoro is our main character, he has a lot of competition when it comes to skating.
I love this series. I adore reading it and it’s fun every time. It has just enough cuteness & sweetness within its tropes to feel fun and light but isn’t afraid to lean into the drama in order to build up the plot.
Title: Knight of the Ice (Vol. 8)
Author: Yayoi Ogawa
Three Descriptors: Adorable, Sweet, Honest