My Thoughts on “Sabaku no Harem” Chapter 5
I’m torn on this chapter. First, I like that this manga is taking on the subject of child slavery. Second, I hate that Mishe’s character is further declawed and defanged. How many times is Mishe going to literally run into trouble and need to be rescued? Since when has Mishe forgotten how to fight? Why has Mishe been turned into a bland shoujo girl who gets bullied by the pretty mean girls and obsesses over whether the male main character loves her. But I am happy that Prince Kallum fails throughout the entire chapter. His smoothness doesn’t work on the children and he’s unable to save Mishe at the end of the chapter. Prince Kallum is far too arrogant, so it’s nice to see his devastated face.
The cliffhanger ending of this chapter is too cruel. Before reading chapter 6, I felt a combination of hope and fear. Will Mishe return to the neighboring country only to be enslaved again? Will Mishe wake up with amnesia? Will Mishe get brainwashed and ordered to kill Prince Kallum? It was a long two month wait to see what happens next.
Here are some of my favorite scenes from this chapter. I particularly like Alicia’s many sarcastic facial expressions.